National Whale Day: Tell us why whaling should never return to the Antarctic
Today is National Whale Day. IFAW established National Whale Day back in 2008, as a way of celebrating the whales and dolphins that migrate to our coastlines annually, as well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of, and discuss solutions to, the threats facing whales.
Sadly those threats are still many and varied, including whaling, noise pollution, vessel strikes, marine debris, by-catch, entanglement and climate change.
However, this National Whale Day gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a major victory for whales – the International Court of Justice’s decision to strike down Japan’s Antarctic whaling. As a result, this coming summer will be the first time in 100 years that whales will not be hunted in the Southern Ocean. During this century of Antarctic whaling, nearly 2 million whales were killed. This quite staggering fact is testament to the carnage humans have wrought on whales. That whales, which have roamed the oceans for millennia, long before humans first stood upright, should have been brought so drastically close to extinction because of us, is a terrible tragedy.
But the tide is turning. The World Court’s decision exposed the sham of “scientific” whaling for what it was. But we must not be complacent. Japan is already talking of plans to return to the Southern Ocean with a revised “scientific” whaling plan. That’s why we’re celebrating the end of 100 years of Antarctic whaling by showing 100 reasons why it should never return.
We need you to share with us your reason why you want to see a permanent end to whaling.
All the details for how you can take part can be found at www.nationalwhaleday.com.au.
We’ll collect together the best 100 reasons and present these to politicians and diplomats.
Whether it’s protecting whales from harpoons in the Antarctic, or industrial development, noise pollution and ship strikes in our waters, we’ll be speaking out for the whales. But to succeed, we need your voice there with us.