WDC warmly welcomes the news that Orson ‘Balaam’ Ollivierre, regarded as the chief whaler on the island of Bequia (‘bek-way’) - the second largest island of the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean - has abandoned whaling in favour of whale watching.
Policymakers should be careful what messages they are listening to coming out of Japan at the moment. I would argue that they should definitely be careful of the proclamations of the Intitute of Cetacean Research (ICR).
The ICR is not the Japanese Government and is definately not representative of the Japanese people.
WDC welcomes the recent decision by the US Court of Appeals to uphold the original Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation against SeaWorld and deny their most recent petition for review. With this decision, SeaWorld’s only option left open to them in their tortuous legal battle to overturn the original citation issued in August 2010 is to appeal to the US Su
Well in the past couple of weeks we have been very privileged with the variety of wildlife that has been seen here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre. It has been getting busier and busier as the weather has improved. The Easter holidays has seen kids and families come flocking in to try and get a glimpse of our record breaking bottlenose dolphins.
Japan is still reeling from the ICJ
decision that effectively ended its whaling this year in Antarctica. However, Japan's whalers are awaiting guidance from the Japanese Government as to whether they can carry out their whaling in the North Pacific.
Japan has an established Article VIII whaling programme in the North Pacific (JARPN
WDC and its conservation partners filed a suit in US federal court today challenging the US government’s five year delay in designating additional Critical Habitat for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales remain and their survival is threatened by vessel strikes, entanglements in fishing gear, and habitat degradation.
For those of you not familiar with the humble badger - do you remember the Harry Potter books and the school house of Hufflepuff? Well … the badger is the emblem of the Hufflepuff house in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are eight different species of badger found in a variety of places around the world including Europe and the USA, yet none are quite as striking as the European badger with their distinctive black and white striped faces.