State by state and measure by measure, we may be seeing the end of orcas in captivity.
Thank you, yes you, all 7,570 of you who took time out of your day to sign a petition to protect North Atlantic right whales. I don’t always sign petitions-- there are so many out there on so many topics and websites.
Sir Richard Branson quickly responded to our recent call to end his affiliation with captive facilities by issuing his own ultimatum to dolphinaria.
He has asked dolphinaria the world over to pledge to end live captures of whales and dolphins else Virgin will have nothing to do with them. Since his call for the pledge we have been monitoring the various facilities for a response.
Evidence is mounting rapidly for the social transmission of certain behaviours within some mammal populations. Dolphins are no exception and their ability to learn from others within their social groups may be an important factor when it comes to adapting to human induced change within their environments.
WDC welcomes the Scientific American editorial calling for an end to captivity for orcas and elephants.
Are you following this Sir Richard?
WDC notes with some anticipation a prompt statement of response by Sir Richard Branson to our campaign calling on him to stop Virgin's promotion of facilities holding captive whales and dolphins. We have been asking Virgin about this issue for some time with no reply. Public pressure resulting from our campaign launch has now brought about a response.
Scientists have uncovered what is thought to be the world's largest whale graveyard after stumbling across dozens of skeletons of fossilised baleen whales whilst carrying out construction works on the Pan-American highway in Chile.
WDC notes with interest the comments made by Richard Branson on protecting whales and dolphins, following the launch of our campaign calling on him to end Virgin’s relationship with whale and dolphin captivity. Sir Richard makes some interesting points in his latest post on whales and dolphins, to which we respond below.
In 1993, Warner Bros released Free Willy, the tale of a captive orca and his 12-year-old human friend. The popular film ended with Willy’s dramatic return to the ocean, even if he did have to jump a sea wall to get there. Meanwhile, Keiko, the real-life orca who starred in the film, was languishing in Reino Aventura, a run-down facility in Mexico, following his capture from the wild in Iceland.