We published this feature in late November when this issue broke, but on the 12th December Defra announced that the UK will introduce a new Animal Welfare Bill 2018 that '...sets out that the government “must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government policy”.
The international ‘hacktivist’ group, Anonymous, which targets the internet sites of governments and other organisations, has set its sights on Norway in response to the country’s continued commercial whale hunting.
Reports have emerged from Norway that several Norwegian institutions have been targeted by the hackers who usually focus on banks and government or academic institutions.
London’s Natural History Museum has taken more positive steps to counter plastic pollution in the ocean by announcing a ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles at its two UK sites.
The museum's main building in South Kensington, London, and premises in Tring, Hertfordshire look set to do away with bottles and offer visitors alternatives such as water fountains and reusable bottles, as well as looking at ways to encourage visitors to bring their own bottles. It has already stopped offering plastic straws.
Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Bryde’s whales are genetically isolated from other baleen whale populations and are only found in the deep water canyons of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. As few as a dozen individuals may remain.
WDC is devastated to hear that Morgan, the wild orca held at Loro Parque on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, is pregnant. The news comes just a few weeks after SeaWorld, who had previously listed all the Loro Parque orcas on its own company inventory, appeared to conveniently end its association with the Tenerife park.
Scientist studying blue whale feeding habits have documented a switch from ‘right-hand’ to left when these huge creatures feed.
Blue whales are similar to many other creatures when it comes to ‘handeness’ or laterality. They tend to always favour the right. However, results from a six year study of their behaviour off the coast of southern California have revealed that the whales will swap sides when feeding.
WDC is delighted to announce that, for the second year running, we have been chosen as one of the charities supported by The Yogscast’s annual Jingle Jam fundraiser.
WDC supporters will remember that last year, the UK-based YouTube video game sensations and their millions of fans helped raise an amazing $365k for WDC throughout the month of December – the biggest partner donation WDC has received in our 30 year history.
Film footage showing the true horror of Japanese whaling activities in Antarctica has now been made public following a five year struggle in Australia.
The film was recorded in 2008 by a customs official but the Australia Government refused to release it, concerned it would harm diplomatic relations with Japan.
A Freedom of Information request was made to have the film released by environmental groups and the Australian Information Commissioner finally agreed after deciding it would not harm relations.