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Few animals on land or sea inspire such awe as whales, yet relatively few have suffered so severely at human hands.
Humanity's complex relationship with whales and dolphins is marked by contradiction, ranging from reverence, affinity, and cultural significance to one of history's darkest chapters in the unsustainable exploitation of any wild species.

WWF's campaign to end uncontrolled commercial whaling is part of a much broader effort to minimise human impacts on all cetaceans, whether from commercial exploitation, climate change, being caught and killed in fisheries nets or other human-caused threats.

In the context of the International Whaling Commission, WWF is working to promote conservation of all cetaceans as well as to ensure that commercial exploitation never again threatens any species of whale.

The next IWC meeting (the 59th) will take place in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

The Annual Commission Meeting will take place from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 May.

Find out what's on the table this year for whales.

Increased protections for migratory species but a step change in ambition is needed for global biodiversity protection

22 Feb 2020

Global wildlife meeting agrees increased protection for jaguar, Asian elephant and Oceanic Whitetip shark, but points to difficult negotiations on a ...

WWF statement on CITES' decision on Totoaba

26 Aug 2019

In response to the CITES committee decision on Agenda Item 89 to continue Standing Committee oversight of totoaba issues, WWF issued the following ...

WWF is working in collaboration with international whale researchers to better understand baleen whales in the Southern Ocean. This data is critical to help inform conservation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Antarctic.

10 Sep 2018

Participants from about 66 countries will meet in Florianopolis, Brazil this week to make decisions on issues that could significantly impact the ...