Photo Credit: Pierre Gleizes/EIA
EIA’s research and investigations document and track the overexploitation of great whales and smaller cetaceans around the world, as well as the increasing impacts of other environmental and human threats. EIA will always fight for precautionary policies for the world’s whales, dolphins, and porpoises—we cannot risk losing these precious and unique species.
We use our research and field evidence as the basis for a multi-layered campaign that aims to change national and international policies to increase protections for species. We work independently and alongside other non-government organizations as well as governments to promote stronger actions to stop whaling and increase protections for cetaceans within the United States' waters and abroad.
Maintaining the international commercial ban on whaling is crucial to protecting the largest species on Earth. We continue to challenge those nations, including Iceland, Japan, and Norway, which engage in commercial whaling through loopholes or under the pretenses of scientific research.
Alongside the battle to protect great whales, we campaign to end the unsustainable slaughter of small cetaceans and halt the market demand for these species’ products. For example, over the years, EIA has worked to dramatically shrink Japan’s domestic market for cetacean products.
We are also working to increase international protections for species like the Arctic’s iconic beluga whale and narwhal, which both face a number of threats as the Arctic warms.
EIA’s founding campaign was to protect whales—we will continue to fight for cetaceans as long as they remain under threat.
Banner Photo Credit: Yannick Bindert, yannickbindert.com/