We are getting nearer to a big announcement about where our sanctuary for ex-captive beluga whales will be. In the meantime, we’re making great progress.
A marine park holding whales and dolphins in France has pledged to fight the recently introduced ban on breeding orcas and dolphins in captivity.
French authorities announced an end to captive breeding just days ago, which represents a major blow for the captivity industry in the country and a major victory for WDC’s anti-captivity campaign.
SeaWorld's financial figures for the first quarter of the year saw its revenues drop by around 15% compared with the same period in previous year. Although overall losses improved, visitor numbers also fell, the company putting much of this down to a late Easter.
France has banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and orcas (killer whales), a move that represents a major boost for WDC’s ongoing campaign to end to whale and dolphin captivity shows.
A study analysing the health of two wild dolphin populations claims that wild dolphins are exposed to more pollutants than those held captive in concrete tanks.
The study in the journal PLOS ONE, compared to two populations of captive dolphins in Georgia and California with two wild dolphin populations also in the US, in Florida and another in South Carolina.
A marine park in Australia, Coff's Harbour Dolphin Marine Magic, is being taken to court over its advertising claims that dolphins held at the park are "happy and healthy".
Animal welfare charity, Australia for Dolphins, claims that the public are being misled under Australian consumer law and that the dolphins suffer from stress and the risk of early death.
The case will now be heard in the Federal Circuit Court. Five bottlenose dolphins are currently held at the park.
Two Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins held at the Seoul Grand Park aquarium in South Korea are to be released back into the wild in July.
Geumdeung and Daepo, both male dolphins, were captured in a fishing net in 1997 and 1998 respectively and have spent nearly twenty years in captivity since.
It is believed the decision to release them came from the local mayor, Park Wan-soon. The dolphins will spend the next few months being prepared for their release.
SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas has just announced the birth of another orca calf.
Twenty four hours after the final ‘old style’ Blue Horizons captive dolphin show finished at SeaWorld Orlando, the company’s new ‘more educational’ Dolphin Days show has begun. But SeaWorld’s attempt to align its brand with the growing public uneasiness with whale and dolphin captivity has left many questioning how different the shows are in reality.
Travel industry giant, Thomas Cook has announced that it is dropping tours to some captive dolphin theme parks in the wake of growing public feeling against the use of whales and dolphins for entertainment.
In its own report, Thomas Cook (the UK’s second largest travel company) found many facilities broke UK travel association ABTA’s guidelines and badly treated the dolphins held in small tanks.