Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace displayed dead whales and dolphins in front of Berlin's famed Brandenburg Gate Monday to demonstrate why it believes a whale hunting moratorium should continue.
Greenpeace says it found the dead mammals on various European beaches, saying some drowned while trapped in fisherman's nets while others were badly wounded in collisions with ships.
Greenpeace marine biologist Stefanie Werner says 300,000 whales and dolphins drown in fishing nets every year and many others die from pollution, accidents with ships, or from the effects of global warming.
She asked how can pro-whaling nations justify hunting them?
The International Whaling Commission meets next week in Anchorage, Alaska, where Iceland, Japan, and Norway are expected to push to end a worldwide ban on commercial whaling.
Whaling is a tradition and an industry for many in those countries.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.