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Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Another Dolphinarium Opens, This Time In Moscow

WDCS is dismayed to learn that a new dolphinarium opened in December 2011 at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre in Moscow, a country where the capture and supply of marine mammals is still a depressingly big business.
The new dolphinarium is home to captive Black Sea dolphins and beluga whales, some of which were formerly housed at the now-defunct Moscow Dolphinarium, which closed down in mid-2011 amid claims of incompetence and animal cruelty.

WDCS is opposed to the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity for many reasons. Whales and dolphins that are confined in a dolphinarium cannot behave naturally. When captive, these animals are severely deprived of freedom, stimuli and social contact, and usually die younger than they would in the wild.

Find out more about whales and dolphins in captivity.