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End Captivity

Keeping whales and dolphins in tanks is wrong. Wild whales and dolphins can travel up to one hundred miles a day. They are highly intelligent and live in complex societies. Yet, they are still taken from their homes and families and confined for human ‘entertainment’.

Morgan, held in captivity at Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain.
Morgan, held in captivity at Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, WDC has worked for decades to end whale and dolphin captivity and public opinion is changing. You can help us convince authorities to ban captivity in their countries and states. You can persuade companies not to support the cruelty. You can enable us to educate the public and help create sanctuaries for ex-captive whales and dolphins.

Join our fight for freedom. You can help end the suffering.

Introduction to captivity

Captive whales and dolphins have usually been separated from their families. Many were captured in brutal hunts where others died. Wild whales and dolphins live rich and social lives which we are only beginning to understand. A concrete tank can never replace an ocean home.

The mental, emotional and physical stress that captive whales and dolphins suffer can weaken their immune systems and make them prone to disease. Even though captive whales and dolphins are kept in an environment free of predators, pollution and other threats, they die young. The death rate for infant whales and dolphins is higher in captivity.

Around 3,000 whales and dolphins are held in aquaria, zoos and marine parks globally and we won’t stop until the last of these facilities closes. You can help create a happier future.

Cathy Williamson leads WDC's international End Captivity team. Cathy is a leading expert in whale and dolphin captivity, live captures and trade. She has a background in environmental science and policy and has headed WDC's End Captivity programme for nearly two decades. Cathy started campaigning on behalf of whales and dolphins at the age of 11 when she wrote to the government of the Faroe Islands asking them to stop the pilot whale slaughter.