Thank you for your support !
Our brilliant Stop Whaling team are back from the meeting of the International Whaling Commission and Astrid and Carolina have asked me to say a massive thank you to everyone who enabled them to be there to fight for the whales.
We won some and we lost some but all-in-all it was positive and we are so grateful to you for giving us the support and motivation we need to face challenges like this.
You can find out what happened in Chris or Astrid’s blogs, but in a nutshell – we didn’t get the Southern Atlantic Whale sanctuary (again) but we did get a commitment from nations to go all out to try to save the little vaquita from extinction, and we did get agreement that the IWC needs to have more control over Japan’s so-called ’scientific‘ whaling.
The biggest revolution of the meeting was the overwhelming number of votes in agreement that whales are vital for a healthy planet and are our allies in combating climate change. WDC has pioneered this thinking and Astrid and Caro took every chance to discuss it with delegates at the summit.
As Chris, our CEO, said in his blog „we are only just beginning to realise that we don’t just like whales we actually need them. If we are to fight climate change and help bring this planet back into some state of ecological-security for our grandchildren, then we cannot afford to lose one whale, but we actually need millions more swimming in our oceans.“
I’m proud of our team and what we’ve been able to achieve, but these successes are a work in progress. We’ve a lot more to do to make sure the whaling nations are held to account and can no longer ignore the opinion of the rest of the world. If you are able to make a donation to help Astrid and Caro continue their important work, we promise to put it to work straight away. Together we can create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
Thank you again for your support – with it we achieve great things.
With very best wishes,
WDC campaigns manager
Astrid and Caro reflect
If you want to find out more about what we won and what we lost, have a read of Astrid’s blog.