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Russia seizes Japanese Whaling vessel

The Japan Times leads with a report that 'Russia has seized a Japanese research whaling ship in the Sea of Okhotsk on suspicion of intruding into Russian territorial waters, government sources said on Friday.

The 712-ton Shonan Maru No. 2 left Japan on Aug. 8 to examine whales in the Sea of Okhotsk at the request of the government-linked Fisheries Research Agency.

Protests force travel convention organisers to drop dolphin entertainment plans

A decision to include captive dolphins as part of the entertainment at a major world convention for travel writers has been dropped following outrage amongst some of the journalist due to attend.

Event organisers describe the TBEX convention, being held in Cancun in September, as the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, and social media travel industry professionals.

WDC joins worldwide dolphin slaughter protest

Staff from WDC’s offices around the world will join supporters and other concerned members of the public in a number of international demonstrations on the 1st September against Japan’s infamous dolphin slaughter. Thousands of people are expected to join in the ‘Japan Dolphin Day’ protests outside Japanese embassies in cities such as Buenos Aires, London, and Phoenix, and call for an end to this ongoing slaughter.

SeaWorld to make pools bigger after share price drops

Following growing public criticism of its captive orca shows, SeaWorld has announced that it is to build new, larger pools its theme parks. The announcement also comes after the company’s shares traded near to their lowest point since SeaWorld was listed on the stock market last year.

The release of the 2013 documentary ‘Blackfish’ caused a backlash against SeaWorld and a series of entertainers have pulled out of planned performances at SeaWorld parks. SeaWorld’s long time corporate partner, Southwest Airlines is also to end its relationship with the parks.

WDC supporter Adam Walker completes seven year ocean challenge

Adam Walker has just become the first Brit to complete what's known as the Oceans 7 - the hardest seven ocean swims in the world. He took on this incredible feat to raise funds for WDC. On Wednesday 6 August, he successfully swam the North Channel, the strait which separates north-eastern Ireland from south-western Scotland and now celebrates the culmination of his seven year challenge.

On his adventures he’s been stung by a Portuguese Man of War, joined by a pod of dolphins, encountered sharks and witnessed pilot whales, and all to raise money to protect whales and dolphins.

Yet another dolphinarium in the EU?

WDC and partner NGOs are objecting to plans to build yet another captive dolphin facility in Europe. The proposed site for the new dolphinarium facility is the Portuguese island of Madeira where, ironically, whales and dolphins can frequently be spotted living wild in their natural habitat in the waters around the island. Instead, any dolphins held at the facility would face a life performing meaningless tricks in a small concrete tank where they can never hope to cover the vast distances that they do living wild in the sea.

Wild-caught orca, Bingo, dies in Japan

Bingo, a male orca who was captured in 1984 on the west coast of Iceland, has died at the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium in Japan, where he had been held since 2011. In April 2014, the aquarium reported that Bingo was in poor health, suffering from inflammation of the lungs.

WDC congratulates global hotel chain on whale meat ban

WDC congratulates the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing hotel companies whose brands include Radisson, Park Inn and Quorvus, which yesterday confirmed that it has added whale meat to its list of prohibited foodstuffs. The move follows a complaint made by a tour guide whose party stayed at the Group’s Radisson Blu hotel at Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway where they were shocked to see whale meat on the menu. The ban covers over 440 hotels in 72 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa operated by the Rezidor Group.

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