Protect a whale and her calf
Despite being protected for over 20 years, many of the great whale species are struggling to recover. Whales breed slowly and only give birth every one to two years to a single calf at a time. This means that they take longer to recover from over-exploitation than other more prolific species, and a mother and calf are even more important to protect.
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In 1986 a moratorium was established, effectively halting commercial whaling. However, stocks are still depleted because the slow-breeding mammals take a long time to replenish their populations. Also, they are still being killed for ‘scientific’ purposes by countries such as Japan, Norway and Iceland. Greenpeace is campaigning for the governments of these countries to stand by the moratorium and put an end to all kinds of whaling in whale sanctuaries.