Petititon against commercial whaling

Commercial Whaling in Norway

In the face of 30 years of whale hunt ban – most whaling takes place in European waters!

Did you know that a larger number of whales are killed in European waters than by the Japanese whaling fleet?

Over the past years, Norway transformed itself into the largest whaling nation, and Iceland, too, is hunting whales commercially.

OceanCare is convinced that European countries and particularly the European Union must not idly watch what’s happening in the waters surrounding the continent. We demand the thorough enforcement of the global moratorium on commercial whaling!

Your voice for the whales

Sign our petition to EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella now!

Time is short. The 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission starts on October 20th 2016.

Stop commercial whaling

Dear Commissioner Vella,

Whales are strictly protected from being hunted within the European Union. A worldwide ban on commercial whaling is effective since 1986 – for 30 years. Nonetheless in recent years a larger number of whales fell victim to whaling in European waters, hunted by Norway and Iceland, than to the Japanese whaling fleet.

I’m convinced that the European Union bears responsibility to condemn such disgrace – especially if it happens in neighbouring waters – at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and to actively work towards ending all commercial whaling activities.


  • Norway transformed itself into the world’s largest whaling nation. In 2014/15 it killed more great whales that Japan and Iceland combined. Over the past two years alone, Norway killed 1’396 whales.
  • 345 whales fell victim to the harpoons in Island, 663 in Japan over the past two years

The European Union has a binding common position on whaling, which aims at maintaining the moratorium. However, regrettably there has been no EU initiative at the IWC since 2001 which included a call to halt those ongoing commercial whaling activities. For the upcoming meeting, too, there are no plans to advocate ending whale hunting in European waters. Thus, an important voice – that of 25 IWC members – remains silent on wrongdoings which take place in neighbouring waters and are disapproved by the majority of these states’ populations.

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