We traveled to Japan to release our new report, Toxic Catch: Japan's unsustainable and irresponsible whale, dolphin and porpoise hunts, to raise awareness around the harmful effects of these hunts including drastic population declines of wild cetaceans and threats to human health for people consuming meat and blubber.
The true global scale of wildlife and forest crime doesn’t become apparent until you look at all these environmental abuses as a single whole. Wildlife and forest crime is a serious, transnational crime, alongside human trafficking, money laundering, arms trade and drug dealing. It’s worth at least US$17 billion a year
It is 29 years since I first went to the Faroe Islands to investigate the pilot whale hunt. We arrived in Fuglafjørður just as a pod of 54 had been killed. Even then, we were told that while people liked the pilot whale meat and blubber, they did not really need it.