International Whaling Commission: Ban the Killing of whales for "Research Purposes"
  • Petitioned International Whaling Commission

This petition was delivered to:

International Whaling Commission
Austria - Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
Dr. Andrea H. Nouak
Whaling Section Fisheries Agency
IWC Japan
IWC - Italy
South Africa -Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism
Mr. Herman Oosthuizen
UK - Marine Species Conservation Team Marine and Fisheries Directorate
U.S. Alternate Commissioner to the IWC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Ryan Wulff
President of the United States

International Whaling Commission: Ban the Killing of whales for "Research Purposes"

    1. Bethany Ordonez
    2. Petition by

      Bethany Ordonez

      Ossining, NY

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed in Washington DC on 2nd December 1946. The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.
The International Whaling Commission issues permits for "research" as stated:

"As part of their response to the decision for a pause in commercial whaling, some member governments have implemented major research programmes which may include the sampling of whales caught under special permits which the Convention allows them to grant."

It is this permit which allows the whaling fleets to enter the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary and kill whales for "research" purposes.
Unless the IWC changes their laws governing the "research" of whales, the Whaling fleets will continue to be allowed to "legally" kill whales in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary.
The IWC needs to ban the killing of whales, dolphins and other cetaceans for research purposes.
The IWC needs to refuse to issue permits to countries who are in violation of IWC treaty obligations.
The IWC needs to acknowledge that the killing of Pilot Whales violates treaty obligations, and prosecute any nations that are in violation of such treaties.

Listed on this petition are some members of the IWC, as well as the IWC head office.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Latisha King CHESTERFIELD, MO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Love Them!

    • Ryan Travis FAIRFAX, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      What the Japanese have been doing is senseless and wrong! I feel like we should remind the Japanese that US still has power over them, remind them about Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    • kyle sheremeta USA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      stop killing whales

    • Kathy Grim ROCHESTER, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Research purposes has been the label that Japan has used to hunt and kill whale for human consumption. We are aware that whale meat contains heavy metals and other toxins and should not be consumed. It is time to stop this practice.

    • Barbara Saylor KIRKLAND, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      There is no good research done by killing whales. The countries who claim to be doing "research" are blantantly killing whales for profit and have not produced a single piece of research in the process. "Weighing stomach contents?" "Taking tissue samples" What valuable information has been obtained? Information worth sacrificing the life of the whale?

      Its time to put an end to this farce and ban killing or capturing all whales. Period. No exceptions.


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