Animal Friends Pet Insurance, one of the largest suppliers of pet insurance in the UK, paid a surprise visit to WDC today to make a very generous donation of £20,000 as part of a country-wide Christmas charity giveaway. The company was established with the sole aim of generating funds for animal welfare charities around the world, and to-date, the company has donated £2 million pounds.
Jim Atchison, the chief executive of SeaWorld, has resigned following recent negative global public criticism, falling revenues and sharp drop in share price.
SeaWorld has seen falling attendances in the wake of the release of the film Blackfish, in 2013, which shone a light on the cruel treatment of killer whales in captivity.
The company's share price has fallen 44% this year and, in a company statement, SeaWorld said it would be looking at taking measures to save $50m in the coming year.
An oil spill from a tanker has spread along a 40km (25 mile) section of the Sela river in India threatening a population of Irrawaddy dolphins.
The tanker, which is thought to have been carrying 350,000 litres (75,000 gallons) of oil, collided with another vessel early on Tuesday.
The Indian government has begun legal action against the owners of both ships and Indian naval vessels have been sent to the area to help deal with the spill.
Valuable teeth have been stolen from some of the carcasses of the seven beached sperm whales that died earlier in the week on Parara beach, Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.
South Australian authorities have issued warnings that action will be taken against members of the public if they go near the dead whales. Regulations state that a person who is on land must not move closer than 50 metres to a marine mammal or they could face a fine of up to $100,000.
A rare mass standing involving seven sperm whales this week remains unexplained.
The whales were discovered on Parara beach on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia after they found themselves caught in a low tide.
Six of the whales found on the beach were already dead, with another dying later despite efforts to save and refloat the whale.
Late yesterday afternoon, a report came in from Comox, BC about a dead orca found in the Strait of Georgia, with heavy bleeding from the mouth. The orca was brought to shore as everyone held their breath and waited for news, hoping that they were not a Southern Resident - another hit for this critically endangered population. They have already lost two adult members this year, plus the especially tragic loss of the first new calf in two years for the clan.
WDC is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of a protected bottlenose dolphin in the seas around Florida, USA. US law enforcement authorities are looking into the incident after the pregnant dolphin was discovered on Miramar Beach in the panhandle area of Florida. It has since been revealed that the dolphin died of a gunshot wound and was within weeks of giving birth.
Oil company, TransCanada has brought a halt to construction of a terminal on a major pipeline along the St. Lawrence River in Canada following growing fears for a nearby population of endangered beluga whales.
In an attempt to improve its tarnished image and falling attendances, SeaWorld Orlando is to host high school journalism students to teach them about its work.
According to local reports, students from local schools were selected last month to attend sessions in the hope that they will then help promote SeaWorld and its activities.
This week, the owner and parent company of The Hump, a now-closed sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, California, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully selling sei whale meat imported from Japan.