WDC has teamed up with Police Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in a bid to educate watchers on how to stay within the law and other practical guidance relating to the watching of marine wildlife, including whales and dolphins.
A new law has come into force in Mexico City that bans dolphinariums. It means that the dolphinarium based in the city, Dolphin Discovery Mundo Marino Six Flags, must now move the dolphins it holds or potentially face large fines.
The destination of any relocated dolphins must be approved by the authorities. Sadly, there are still many other locations in Mexico that hold dolphins in captivity, many offering swim-with opportunities to tourists.
WDC’s work to keep whales and dolphins safe and free from the many threats they face has received a huge boost this week – an unbelievable donation of almost $250k from Humble Bundle and software company, Magix.
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Inge Huijbrechts, global vice president for responsible business at Radisson Group, it was agreed that the meat will be withdrawn from sale immediately.
WDC now have a brand new exciting partner!
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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).