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Meet the 2021 WDC Interns!

Every spring and summer, we get to open up our office to interns from all...
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Orca Month 2021 – We are Family

We have come to the end of another amazing Orca Action Month, and for the...
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Does social and racial justice have a place in saving whales?

The short answer is YES. The planet needs whales and whales need us, ALL of...
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Humpback whale “swallows” a diver? Not exactly.

For any media inquiries, please give us a call at 508-746-2522. Let's break it down...
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Three new companies join the Whale SENSE community

Working on the Whale SENSE program ties together two of my favorite things - whales...
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How Kylie Made A Whale of A Difference

Amanda shared with me that Kylie was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer during her...
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The Power of Three North Atlantic Right Whales

I kid you not when I say that a normal chain of thoughts in my...
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My 100 Million Dollar Idea – Whales!

Through all of the different roles I fill at WDC and in the marine mammal...
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Even locals outraged as 1400 dolphins die in Faroese hunt

Much of the criticism has come from within the country where usually there is a...

Another orca dies in captivity

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of yet another orca held in captivity. According...
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Another captive orca tragedy as Morgan’s calf Ula dies

A young female orca in the wild may expect to live a long life in...
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Captive beluga dies shortly after transfer into US

Sadly, a beluga known as Havoc, one of five whales recently moved from MarineLand in...

Canada outlaws holding whales and dolphins in captivity

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It’s official!  Canada’s “Free Willy” bill S-203 has been passed into law, making it illegal to hold whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada.  While the bill incorporates individuals currently held in facilities – now just Marineland Canada in Ontario and the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia (which has already committed to phasing out its captive-held whales and dolphins) – it outlaws captive breeding and the display and trade of whales and dolphins.

We at WDC are celebrating with our friends in Canada who worked so hard to ensure this bill passed.  After being introduced in 2015, S-203 faced unprecedented efforts to stall, delay, and halt passage in the Canadian Senate, despite overwhelming and widespread support among Canadians.  Fears grew as the current Parliamentary session neared its end before the next federal election, as failure to pass before Parliament adjourned would have permanently killed the bill.

In the nick of time, and thanks to a last-minute surge of effort from Canadian animal welfare groups, S-203 has passed the House of Commons and is on its way to the desk of Prime Minister Trudeau.  “We are thrilled that S-203 will now become law, and Canada has joined the growing list of countries, states, and communities that recognize the cruelty of holding whales and dolphins captive,” said Colleen Weiler, Jessica Rekos Fellow with WDC.  “Today we celebrate, and tomorrow we go back to work to ensure the welfare and protection of those still held captive in Canada.”

WDC is working with the SEA LIFE Trust to welcome two captive-held belugas to the world’s first ever sanctuary for whales and dolphins.  Sea sanctuaries provide a more natural alternative for captive-held whales and dolphins, and we hope that more of these sanctuaries can be established to provide a home for all whales and dolphins currently held in captivity.

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