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International Whaling Commission formed

1946

Seventeen nations met in Washington D.C. to discuss the detrimental effects of whaling on the whale population. These nations formed this commission to set regulations to direct whales away from extinction.

International Whaling Convention issued

December 2, 1946

Legal document was created by the IWC that states the limits and regulations set on whaling. It also explains specific permits given to nations/groups with special circumstances.

Blue Whales put on Endangered list

1964

Only twenty blue whales are managed to be found and killed by Antarctic whalers. The population takes such a low dip the species is put on the endangered list.

Humpback Whale Population: 1,500

1966

Only 1,500 humpback whales were recorded to exist before the bans were in effect. The species was near extinction and put on top of the endangered list.

United Nations Environmental Conference

1972

The American Cetacean Society informed the delegates attending the conference of the whaling issue. There was a 52-0 vote in favor of creating a moratorium.

Sea Shepherd purchased first anti-whaling ship

1978

The Earth Force Society purchased their first whaling-intereference ship, which would intercept whaling fleets during hunts and save the lives of hundreds of whales.

Commercial Whaling Moratorium placed

1982

The IWC decided that in order to restore the whale population to its original size, there should be a pause in whaling from the 1985 season and on.

Makah permitted to whale

May 17, 1999

The U.S. government allows the Makah tribe to whale again on grounds that the practice is cultural. This enrages other nations that are denied this exception.

International Court of Justice rules Japan can't whale

March 31, 2014

Japan's JARPA II program was not given permits to continue whaling on the Southern Ocean. Their scientific research is no longer necessary or safe for the whales.