Voyage to the Arctic: A Whaler's Tale

Whaling Today

Why don't we have a whale industry in Britain anymore?

Although the Whaling industry in Hull had virtually ended by the late 1860s, it carried on in other parts of Britain, and all over the world.


All of the whales killed in the whaling industry suffered a very long, painful death. Although more humane ways of killing whales were developed over time, people still argued that whaling was very cruel.


Over time people also began to realise that many species of whales were becoming endangered with extinction. Whales had been hunted for too long, and soon they would all die out completely! Something had to be done to save them.


What was done to save Whales from extinction?

In 1946, the International Whaling Convention (or IWC) was set up to oversee the whaling industry all over the world. It was set up because of the decline in the population of whales (due to whaling).


In 1979, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned the hunting of all whale species.


In 1986 Greenpeace helped to secure an international agreement against commercial whaling.


In 1987 the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) was formed to protect Whales and Dolphins and the environments they live in.


The anti-whaling laws and agreements have protected many whales, but some whaling still continues by countries such as Japan and Norway for 'scientific purposes'. Some countries want the ban on whaling to be lifted so that they can carry on whaling as before.


Note to Teachers: Images are available on the internet to show whaling today, but these tend to be unsuitable for sensitive pupils, and so are not included here. Click on the Greenpeace link below to search for images.


To find out more about the arguments for and against Whaling today, visit the HMS Endurance Tracking Project by clicking on the link at the end of this page below.


How can I help?

WDCS is campaigning to create 12 safe havens for whales and dolphins, called 'Marine Protected Areas', by 2012.

You can support their campaign by signing their petition. Click on the link below to access the WDCS website.

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