All available evidence tells us there is no way to hunt and kill whales at sea without causing immense suffering. With no option for humane slaughter, WSPA calls for a stop to all commercial whaling.
Visibility, sea swells and movements of the boat and whale make it impossible to assure a lethal shot at sea. Whales can suffer for up to an hour before they succumb to the harpoons and rifles of the hunters.
We know this is how whales are killed. But we know little about their behaviors, intelligences and social groups under the waves.
WSPA believes that gaining an insight into the lives of whales is essential in understanding the full impacts of the hunts on these animals.
Commercial whaling has been banned for more than twenty years. But some countries – like Norway, Japan and Iceland – continue to hunt whales.
This means around 2,500 whales are still killed every year in cruel and unnecessary hunts that cause intense pain and distress.
Their meat is then sold commercially for human consumption.
WSPA works to stop all commercial and scientific whaling by: