Whaling can be a cruel practice that destroys both environments and protected species. Certain species of whales, including the blue whale, are under serious threat of extinction due to hunting practices. While there have been some whaling laws passed, there are still countries that participate in the hunting and slaughtering of these marine mammals. Learn what you can do to protect these creatures.
Method 1 of 3:Gathering Information and Learning About WhalingGo ad free and support
1Research whaling laws by reading government websites. University and government websites often contain information about animal protection laws.
Michigan State University provides an excellent website that discusses United States marine law. This includes information on special animal protection acts such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a fantastic website containing a wealth of knowledge on maritime law. This organization works toward sustainable aquaculture. They are very active in research and reaching out to the community.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) focuses on the protection of our environment. Their website provides insights into US laws and customs that are specifically designed to protect animals. They provide clearly-written overviews of laws as well as helpful educational materials like handouts.
2Brush up current laws. Some countries have already put a stop to whaling. In 1986, the International Whaling Committee tried to conserve whaling species by passing specific laws and sanctions. Even U.S. President Obama passed sanctions on marine conservation in 2010. Trustworthy SourceNational Resources Defence CouncilMultinational environmental advocacy group focused on grassroots activism and legislative actionGo to source
Know laws that are in progress. While certain laws have already been passed, you should be aware of what laws are in progress of being passed. You need to be aware of this situation so that you can better articulate your argument. This can help you focus how you might be able to help stop whaling.
Whaling is part of a world-wide conversation. In 2014, the U.N. ordered Japan to stop whaling near Antarctica. As the whaling debate continues, more and more countries are taking action and passing laws to protect our marine mammals.
3Read reputable websites. Unfortunately, not all websites on the internet are created equally. While you are searching for facts, look at reputable websites that have fact-based information. These types of websites include non-profit organizations and government sites. They frequently end with the URL .org or .gov.
Method 2 of 3:Taking ActionGo ad free and support
1Write letters. Get your message heard by writing to people of power. This includes your local government representatives. If you are US citizen, you can write to your state representative or even people in the national government. You may also contact organizations that are known for whaling. You can also write to organizations aimed at protecting whales to find out how you can help.
2Sign petitions. Your voice and signature can be a powerful tool to help pass laws. Check whale-saving organizations to see if they have active petitions to save whales. Singing a petition can help bring about the change of laws or the creation of new laws. If you are a US citizen, check out our national government's page of open petitions.
3Join organizations. There are fantastic and reputable whale-saving organizations that are constantly looking for active members. Organizations like World Wildlife Federation and Pacific Whale Foundation are active supporters always looking for new participants. They have membership opportunities so that you may directly or indirectly join.
4Adopt a whale. To become directly involved, you can adopt a whale through the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). Your donation will go directly to help organizations protect the species.
5Donate money. If you want to help indirectly, you can donate money directly to organizations designed to stop whaling. Be careful and do your research before you give or send money. You want to make sure that you are not going to be scammed and your money is going to honest research.
6Volunteer your time. If you are geographically in a place to do so, consider volunteering your time. You can help spread the word through events. You can pass out information flyers. You can even lead your own event! Get involved with a cause you care about.
7Boycott products from companies involved in whaling. Boycotting is a great way to show companies that you are serious about your protest. By not purchasing products, you are halting supply and demand. This is a great way to protest as it hurts the companies main motivation -- its revenue.
You can also boycott companies that do not take a stand against whaling. For example, in 2008, a popular Japanese camera company was boycotted because of its public stance on whaling.
Method 3 of 3:Getting Others InvolvedGo ad free and support
1Tell your friends. If you feel strongly about this issue, a great way to help spread awareness is to get your loved ones involved. If your friends and family see how passionate you are about this topic, perhaps they will join you in your efforts.
2Join protests. There are often marches or active protests against whaling. If you are in an area where you can do so, consider joining a march or picket to demonstrate what you have learned about whaling.
3Start or join a conversation. Go online or write about your concerns to a magazine or newspaper. The more you talk about this topic, the more your opinion will be heard. Start a conversation about stopping whaling, and get more involved.