IFAW National Whale Day – Friday 26 June 2015

Just when you thought Japan had stopped whaling

This year IFAW’s National Whale Day will be held on Friday 26 June. We’re using IFAW’s National Whale Day to highlight the fact that the Japanese government are about to start killing whales again in the Southern Ocean.

On March 31 2014 the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop its previous lethal so-called scientific whaling programme.

Last summer was the first time in 100 years that whales were safe from hunting in the Antarctic. But Japan now plans to send its ships of death back to kill more whales. Their new plan is to slaughter 333 whales every year for 12 years, a total of almost 4000 whales. That’s on top of the 10,000 they have already killed in the Antarctic in the name of ‘science’. IFAW is opposed to all whaling. It cannot be done humanely and many species of whale were hunted to the brink of extinction during industrial whaling. Some, such as the beautiful blue whale are only just showing signs of recovery. And there is absolutely no need to kill whales to research them.

So while we celebrate this year’s IFAW National Whale Day we want you to help us stop whaling forever.

Watch this space for our petition to the Japanese Prime Minister calling on Japan to withdraw its plans to return to the Southern Ocean.

In the meantime we need your help. Go to and tell your MP and Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop you want to see the Australian Government doing all it can to ensure a permanent end to so-called 'scientific whaling' in the Antarctic.

Don’t forget to follow IFAW on Facebook and Twitter #stopwhaling #nationalwhaleday, @IFAWAU, for updates in the lead up to IFAW’s National Whale Day.

 

IFAW’s National Whale Day will be held on Friday 26 June 2015.

What is IFAW’s National Whale Day?

Launched in 2008 by IFAW, National Whale Day is a celebration of the whales and dolphins that migrate to our coastlines annually and Australia's position as a world leader in whale conservation.

IFAW’s National Whale Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of, and discuss solutions to, the threats facing whales and their environment including whaling, noise pollution, vessel strikes, marine debris and by-catch, entanglement and climate change.

For more information on IFAW’s National Whale Day, please contact us at nationalwhaleday@ifaw.org

 

Want to find out more about whales? Download our five whale fact sheets here:

Humpback Whales

Southern Right Whales

Blue Whales

Sperm Whales

Dwarf Minke Whales