After being stalled in the Canadian Senate since November 2017, a bill that would ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada is finally moving forward. If S-203 passes the Senate, it will be voted on by Parliament and be one step closer to becoming law.
WDC is excited to announce that our video games fundraising event, Gamers for Orcas, raised over $275,000 – smashing last year’s total.
The event, which WDC ran for the first time in 2017, sees some of our fantastic partners in the video game industry come together with broadcasters and a host of fantastic individual fundraisers to help support WDC’s work to keep whales and dolphins safe and free.
In good news from Canada, Kinder Morgan has stopped all “non-essential production” of its Trans Mountain pipeline as the province of British Columbia and many First Nations continue to fight the proposal in court. The pipeline expansion would increase the number of oil tankers – by as many as 408 per year, a 700% increase – travelling through federally designated critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca
Radisson Group has agreed to remove whale meat from the menu at one of its hotels in Iceland following pressure from WDC.
Last week, a WDC supporter notified us of whale meat on the menu at the Park Inn Radisson hotel in Keflavik, Iceland and, following consultation with Inge Huijbrechts, global vice president for responsible business at Radisson Group, it was agreed that the meat will be withdrawn from sale immediately.
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Leading UK Pet Insurer, Animal Friends Pet Insurance have once again committed to help the threats faced by whales and dolphins around the world by donating £25,000 to global marine wildlife charity, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).
The Don’t Buy From Icelandic Whalers campaign, an alliance of 14 conservation and animal protection groups including WDC, has reacted with dismay to the news that Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur will resume fin whaling and with skepticism to the news that Hvalur has abruptly sold its shares in seafood giant, HB Grandi to Brim, another major Icelandic seafood company, on the eve of a major fishing industry trade expo.
Two recently published papers provide new information about the highly endangered Southern Resident orca population and threats to their survival and recovery. This unique community of orcas lives in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the U.S.
UK prime minister, Theresa May has announced that a consultation will begin later this year that could lead to the banning of cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics from sale in England in 2019.
The move is the latest in a drive to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans. Plastic is a growing threat to whales and dolphins as well as seabirds and other marine creatures with over half of all whale and dolphin species recorded eating plastics they've mistaken for food.