Stop whaling


At SEA LIFE we are committed to stopping Whaling. Whales are incredible animals but they face many threats. There is no humane way to kill a whale and, with no sustainable market for whale meat, no ethical justification for continuing to butcher them.

Please join us by signing our SEA LIFE petition to stop Whaling. We have set this up in association with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

Along with helping millions of people discover the marvels of the marine world, the SEA LIFE network has an important role to play in helping safeguard our seas and their inhabitants for the future.

SEA LIFE fosters conservation through enhanced awareness by regularly making a more direct contribution towards conservation and marine animal welfare. In recent years, a special program has been established to manage and develop these activities. That program is called Save Our Seas – S.O.S for short.

Lend your support and sign our petition here.

What we do to protect the whales

We have supported the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society by sending letters to Environment Ministers across Europe urging them to block a request from Greenland to slaughter 10 Humpback Whales. Greenland is already allowed a quota of Minke, Fin and Bowhead Whales for 'subsistence'; in other words to support the livelihoods of a small population of native Inuits. Unfortunately, their whale hunt is becoming increasingly commercial.

School children deliver the message - stop Whaling!

In June 2010, a mass postcard petition against the return of commercial Whaling was hand-delivered to the EU Commissioner for the Environment. Thousands of postcards filled in by visitors at all of the SEA LIFE Centres calling for an end to Whaling were among those delivered to the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potocnik, in Brussels.

The handover, by a group of Belgian schoolchildren, was staged just days before the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted on a proposal to lift the current 24 year ban on commercial Whaling. The postcard petition was initiated by SEA LIFE and our campaign partner the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and has been run throughout SEA LIFE centres across Europe and the US.

Read more about whaling. Chris Butler-Stroud, WDCS's Chief Executive, explains more about Whaling.

About the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

Established in 1987, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales and dolphins (also known as Cetaceans). They are the world voice for the protection of these animals, creating significant pressure to bring about change.

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