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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

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WDC travel insurance partner joins our fight against captivity

Alpha have agreed that as of today, in line with WDC’s policy against swimming with whales and dolphins, they have removed ‘swim with’ experiences from their policies and activity packs, to show that they do not support or endorse the activity.

Many people love the idea of swimming with wild dolphins, which is somewhat seen as an activity to ‘tick off the bucket list’, however it can be very intrusive and stressful for the dolphins involved.  In some locations, dolphins are repeatedly disturbed by boats dropping swimmers in the water next to them and it has been documented that dolphins sometimes end up leaving their usual homes in search of quieter areas. Disruption to feeding, resting, nursing and other behaviour may have a long-term impact on the health and wellbeing of individual dolphins and populations, and there is a risk of dolphins becoming injured by a boat’s propellers or even becoming dependant on humans for food.

“Here at Alpha we don’t just stick to insurance; we’re passionate about the tourism industry we’re part of and want to give back! The support of sustainable tourism is a key focus for us as and we believe a massive part of that is marine tourism. This is why we’ve teamed up with WDC to support their amazing work for whales and dolphins across the globe. Together, we hope to raise awareness of the attractions and activities that are sustainable and responsible options for tourists and put an end to the cruel and outdated practices elsewhere.” – Sophie Phillips, Alpha Travel Insurance

WDC are thrilled that Alpha have chosen to make such a positive change, and we hope this will inspire other members of the travel industry to act against activities which can harm whales and dolphins and other marine life.

Get your travel insurance with Alpha and get a special discount

To kick-off the partnership, Alpha are offering a special 5% discount code on top of their existing 15% online booking discount to all WDC supporters purchasing one of their travel insurance policies, that can be entered when requesting a quote. This will also generate a donation from each purchase to WDC, worth 10% of the base premium after tax!

Unique discount code: WDCAlpha

You can visit Alpha Insurance for further information, or to use your code, by visiting their site here.