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Success! Protection for great whales to remain

Some breaking, good news has emerged today from WDC’s team at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.

CITES is an international treaty drawn up in 1973 to protect wildlife from exploitation and, at the lastest meeting (which began on September 24th) it was feared that key protection for whales might be removed.

Victory for harbour porpoise protection in Scotland

A new conservation area has been set up in waters off the west of Scotland to help protect the harbour porpoise.

One of the smallest creatures in the ‘whale and dolphin family’, WDC has been campaigning to get protection for the porpoise for many years because their numbers have been falling due to issues with catching food and breeding.

SeaWorld cuts dividend as financial woes continue

SeaWorld announced this week that it would be cutting the dividend paid to its shareholders for the current quarter and stop paying dividends altogether for the foreseeable future.

Instead the company will focus on repurchasing shares with $190 million set aside to pay for this.

WDC helps expose large shipment of endangered fin whale products

A coalition of conservation and animal protection organizations, including WDC has confirmed today that more than 1,500 tonnes of products from endangered fin whales were shipped from Iceland to Japan in July 2016.

The discovery comes as major conservation meeting, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) considers removing key protection for whales. The 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) starts in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 24.

California Bans Orca Captivity and Breeding

Last month, the California State Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill to ban captive orca performances and breeding programs and Tuesday California Govenor, Jerry Brown, signed the bill into law. This historic legislation is in stark contrast to the situation in Arizona where dolphins from California were recently shipped to become the main attraction at Dolphinaris, a dolphin swim-with program set to open next month in Scottsdale.

Controversial Arizona dolphinarium set for October opening

A new dolphinarium that has been built in the Arizona desert is set to open on October 15th according to the company's website.

The construction of the Mexican-owned Dolphinaris, which has the potential to hold up to 12 dolphins, has come in for widespread criticism from the local community and beyond.

Concerns Over Humpbacks Removed from US Endangered Species List

Not everyone is celebrating the recent announcement by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that it will remove federal protections from 9 global populations of humpback whales including humpbacks that feed off the east coast of the US and Canada.  Based on a White House press release, this decision is “evidence that U.S.

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