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Mixed messages from Virgin on whale and dolphin captivity

US airline Virgin America, which was founded by Richard Branson, has announced that it is to drop a scheme that allows its customers to earn points toward travel when they spend money at SeaWorld parks. Virgin America, still part owned by Branson, is the latest in a line of big company names to cut certain ties with SeaWorld following global public backlash against keeping whales and dolphins in captivity. Recently, both Southwest Airlines and student travel firm, STA both announced changes in the their relationship with SeaWorld.

Wild dolphin cross breeding in UK revealed by WDC

Shrinking dolphin populations in UK waters may be causing one species to mate with another according to WDC research.
 
WDC has recently released the first documented proof of hybridisation between wild dolphins in UK waters, where one species mates with a completely different species.

Scottish windfarms decision bad for marine mammals

WDC are supportive of efforts to reduce climate impacts and move away from the use of fossil fuels. However, the decision by Scottish Ministers today to consent these four offshore wind farms off the Forth and Tay on the east coast of Scotland will drive another nail in the coffin of the local harbour seal population.

Possible new whale species under threat

A new species of whale that may have been discovered off the coast of Florida in the United States could also be the most endangered species in the world.

Dolphin shows don’t have the X Factor for Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell, executive producer and judge on TV talent show The X Factor, has promised to stop the future broadcast of scenes involving X Factor contestants swimming with dolphins following an online public petition.

A preview for next weekend's Xtra Factor episodes, filmed at judges' houses, shows the final six boys attending a dolphin show, as well as swimming with them. Cowell has reacted to the public outcry by tweeting: "I had no idea Xtra Factor producers filmed with dolphins. This will NOT be showed on Saturday."

Animal protection groups call on American travel writers to help protect whales in Iceland

WDC, together with The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) are calling on the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) to help protect whales from hunting in Iceland.

The 2014 SATW’s annual conference is taking place in Iceland from September 15–20, 2014, with participants offered the opportunity to visit several of Iceland’s magnificent natural wonders.

NGOs denounce the European Union for promoting the killing of whales

EU countries undermine the global ban on commercial whaling

On the opening day of the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC ) in Slovenia, 15 civil society organizations, including Whale and Dolphin Conservation have denounced member countries of the European Union for effectively sentencing humpback whales to death through the promotion of commercial whale hunts.

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