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Posts by Cathy Williamson

Orcas and belugas held in appalling ‘whale jail’

You may have read the stories about the so-called ‘whale jail’ in Russia. If you have, you’ll have seen the sickening images of belugas and orcas crammed into tiny pens, having been taken from their families to supply the growing captivity industry in China and other countries. In December, we welcomed news that Russian authorities…

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How long do bottlenose dolphins survive in captivity?

We were happy to host Zoology student, Grace Long for a two week placement at our UK headquarters, in March. Grace is a student at the University of Exeter and she’s keen to get into whale and dolphin research and conservation. She joined our End Captivity team during her time with us and took on…

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Why whale and dolphin captivity is cruel – the science

In 2017, an important new academic book brought together all aspects of marine mammal welfare as a reference point for universities, students and all those working for marine mammal protection, welfare and conservation. Marine Mammal Welfare, Human Induced Change in the Marine Environment and its Impacts on Marine Mammal Welfare has a large section dedicated…

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How do you build a beluga whale sanctuary?

Preparing a new home for two ex-captive belugas is a wonderful world first. The future of the two captive beluga whales we are building a sanctuary for, in a remote location in Iceland, is looking more certain by the day. As the weather improves and we get the necessary endorsements for our sanctuary to be…

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Luftfahrtverband Star Alliance: Keine Hilfe im Kampf gegen Delfinjagden in Japan

Jedes Jahr von September bis April sind Delfine und Kleinwale in Taiji Opfer grausamer Treibjagden. Die intelligenten Meeressäuger werden wegen ihrem Fleisch gejagt oder lebend gefangen, um an Zoos und Delfinarien verkauft zu werden. Dieses Blutbad findet trotz weltweiter Kritik immer wieder statt. Die Delfine erleiden einen unvorstellbar schmerzvollen Tod oder müssen miterleben, wie ihre…

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Providing answers to questions raised about sanctuaries

Last month, we reported on the devastating death of Jun Jun, a female captive beluga whale at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, who was part of our project to develop the world’s first sanctuary for belugas. Sadly, Jun Jun will now never go to a sanctuary but our work to progress this project for the…

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A look Inside The Tanks

Recently launched on YouTube, Jonny Meah’s short documentary, Inside the Tanks, presents a balance of views on the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity, centred on the one of only two facilities to keep orcas in captivity in Europe, Marineland, in the French Mediterranean resort of Antibes. Jonny accompanies marine biologist Dr Ingrid Visser, as…

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