Campaigning at the International Whaling Commission

Keep the whaling ban in place

What does the International Whaling Commission do?

The IWC is the decision making body of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. The various governments that are members of the IWC make their decisions through its various meetings and committees, using the IWC secretariat to help manage their discussions and decision making.

The IWC website states that, 'The main duty of the IWC is to keep under review and revise as necessary the measures laid down in the Schedule to the Convention which govern the conduct of whaling throughout the world.'

How does WDC work with the IWC?

WDC attends the meeting to provide scientific, legal and conservation expertise to government delegates. We work with member nations to equip them with the knowledge and evidence they need to make informed decisions. WDC scientists also take part in research projects on behalf of the IWC, such as in Antarctica.

IWC meeting in Brazil

Which countries are members of the IWC?

The IWC: we've achieved a lot together

Keeping the ban in place: Despite many attempts by the whalers to overturn the moratorium (ban), WDC and other groups have helped ensure commercial whaling has not returned.

Making conservation a priority: Over the years, WDC has helped the IWC has to evolve from simply a meeting of whaling countries, to recognising and tackling a wide range of other related issues that impact whales, from climate change to pollution.

Exposing the whalers: Despite the moratorium, hundreds of whales are still hunted each year. WDC works to expose the horror behind these kills and keep the pressure on the whalers to cease these cruel hunts.

Latest Campaign News

South Korean PM confirms end to 'scientific' whaling plans

South Korean PM confirms end to 'scientific' whaling plans

WDCS welcomes the fact that the Korean Times is reporting that "Despite the necessity of scientific research about whales, the government decided to only allow...
South Korea backs down on plans to start whaling

South Korea backs down on plans to start whaling

The Australian press is reporting that South Korea is backing down on its threats to resume commercial whaling through the loophole of so-called 'scientific whaling'....
Initial reports suggest 60 pilot whales killed in Faroe Islands

Initial reports suggest 60 pilot whales killed in Faroe Islands

WDCS has received an initial notification that some sixty pilot whales have been killed in the Faroe Islands. We shall report more as we know...
Another Korean newspaper and another local NGO calls for a pull back on whaling plans

Another Korean newspaper and another local NGO calls for a pull back on whaling plans

The Hankyoreh said it "makes no sense" to start hunting whales again. "The government explained the need for scientific whaling by noting a significant rise...