Although there's a worldwide ban on commercial whaling, whales still aren't safe. They face many threats such as being hunted illegally, climate change, water pollution, noise pollution, overfishing and being struck by ships.
Despite these threats, some nations – particularly Japan, Norway and Iceland – want to resume commercial whaling. An increasing number of nations in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) are voting for an immediate resumption of commercial whaling. This is a not a result of a changing world opinion; it is because the Fisheries Agency of Japan is operating what it calls a 'vote consolidation program'. This provides fisheries aid to developing countries in return for their vote for a resumption of commercial whaling at the IWC.
The history of whaling is a history of serial disasters - the depletion of one species after another, by an industry operating in a circle of greed. Greenpeace along with other dedicated conservation groups are fighting to stop the slaughter.
Read more on the situation in Japan, Norway and Iceland