Stop dolphin slaughter in Peru

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The consumption of dolphin meat was never a Peruvian custom. It was introduced to Peru by Italian settlers in the sixties, when fishermen began to land small numbers of dolphins that had been caught accidentally in fishing nets. However in the following years dolphin meat consumption climbed steadily and in the early nineties had reached an estimated total of up to 20,000 dolphins annually. As a result of the work of the Peruvian NGO “Cruzada por la Vida” the consumption of dolphin meat was prohibited by law in 1996. Read more about historic dolphin catches.

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Page author: Stefan Austermühle

What we are doing to stop the dolphin slaughter in Peru:

In 2002 Mundo Azul started investigating the Peruvian black market for illegally caught dolphin meat. The dolphin meat is regularly landed at night on beaches near the ports in order to avoid the controls put in place by harbor officials. At this point, the meat has already been cut into small pieces and hidden in boxes, while heads, flukes, bones and intestines have been thrown over board when at sea or while entering the harbor. The meat is then openly sold on local markets.

Mundo Azuls volunteers are engaged in undercover investigation of the illegal sales of dolphin meat. We are then providing all the evidence and intelligence we collect to the Peruvian police and are actively supporting the implementation of police raids. We are also supporting the Peruvian police through capacity building. Raising public awareness and environmental education are further activities of our dolphin conservation campaign. We are engaged in dolphin research that provides us with important baseline information for conservation planning. Finally we are promoting whale and dolphin watching as a sustainable economic alternative to illegal dolphin killing.


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What you can do to stop the dolphin slaughter in Peru

  1. Stay informed and connect to our various social network profiles, RSS-feeds and/or the newsletter
  2. Spread the word: share this web-page with your social network friends (see our add-it function on the right menu bar) or send out the link by email.
  3. Go whale watching and dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expeditions: This way you are directly supporting Mundo Azul’s research and conservation work and you are showing the Peruvian public that tourism can be an economic alternative to dolphin killing.
  4. Sign on to the various action alerts and signature lists published regularly in Mundo Azul’s web site.

What you can do when you witness dead dolphins on the beach or the illegal sale of dolphin meat: read here.


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Related links: 

Whale and dolphin species of Peru

Go whale watching in Peru

Go dolphin watching in Peru

Whale watching as an alternative to dolphin killing

Be a dolphin conservation volunteer

Mundo Azuls whale and dolphin research

First aid for stranded dolphins

Stop whaling



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Take part in dolphin and wildlife conservation projects, advocacy campaigns, environmental education and much more


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If you want to dedicate a few months or more to meaningful conservation work in Peru, than this is the option for you.


Book the following trips with Mundo Azuls commercial partner Nature Expeditions in Peru in order to support our conservation work

coastal marine birding               coastal wetland birding                                                     Urban birding in Lima


Protected bird site                                           Coastal desert oasis

Pantanos de Villa                                               Lomas de Lachay                                              Birding in the Andes





Please also support the following conservation campaigns

Save the dolphins          Save the sharks