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WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

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Ecotricity staff support WDC’s campaign to end captivity

WDC’s Policy Manager, Rob Lott, was recently invited by WDC affiliate partner, Ecotricity, to give a series of lunchtime talks on our captivity campaign to staff at the renewable energy supplier’s HQ in Stroud.

Around 25 staff gave up their lunch break to come and find out the facts about the effects of captivity and the work that WDC are doing around the globe to help end the keeping of whales and dolphin in aquaria for human ‘entertainment’.

Andrew Parker, Partnerships Account Manager at Ecotricity said “We have been partners with WDC for nearly a decade now, and it’s a subject very close to people’s hearts at Ecotricity. Having Rob along to talk to staff was really interesting and appreciated by all. We love the work that WDC do, so want to help in as many ways as we can – events like this just strengthen the bonds already in place”.

Rob’s talk was also recorded so that it could be shared with Ecotricity staff who weren’t able to attend on the day and our petition to ask British Airways to stop selling trips to SeaWorld was shared by staff with over 40 completed petition postcards being returned.

Rob said “We had a great reception from our partners at Ecotricity with an engaging audience who were all keen to hear more about our captivity campaign and to find out what they could do to help in bringing to an end such outdated and cruel practices.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed our recent WDC talk. I found the information informative and the subject matter emotive. I went away newly invigorated to challenge whale and dolphin captivity and the senseless suffering these animal endure. One of the key take away items for me was the fact I could see WDC in action in the UK in the north of Scotland, something I will be taking my family to experience shortly” – Lizzie Hieron, Ecotricity

For every WDC supporter who switches their energy supply to Ecotricity quoting ‘WDC’ we’ll receive a donation of up to £60 to help us continue our work to end captivity and ensure that every whale and dolphin is safe and free. To find out more, or to get a quote, visit  www.ecotricity.co.uk/wdc