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Pro-whaling government gets a bashing in Iceland as public turns against ‘fat cat’ politics

The growing frustration of the Icelandic people at their government’s failure to deliver its election promises reached boiling point on Tuesday as thousands of people gathered in Austurvöllur square in front of the Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament building in central Reykjavik. Protestors waved their keys in a symbolic gesture to the current coalition government (between the…

The Full Set !

Hi Everyone, Yesterday saw me eventually get photos of Rainbow and her big youngster ID#1141 at Chanonry Point so that is the whole set of six adoption dolphins been accounted for now and they all look healthy. I’m very happy and a bit relieved – I always like to get all of the WDC adoption…

Wise words on what it means to be a ‘legal person’

Professor Steve Wise of the Non-human Rights Project made a presentation at TED describing how he and colleagues have been navigating a course for the transformation of chimpanzees from ‘legal things’ (like chairs or pencils) to ‘legal persons’. The presentation is now available on the TED website, is only 14 minutes long and is well…

WDC welcomes two new Florida businesses to Dolphin SMART

WDC, one of the founding partners of the Dolphin SMART program, welcomes two new Florida businesses to the voluntary outreach program. Odyssey Cruises and Captain Dennis Wilson Charters in Tarpon Springs join 16 other Dolphin SMART participating operators in the program designed to promote the conservation of dolphins in coastal waterways through responsible viewing and…

JAZA decides to comply with WAZA’s Code of Ethics. What next?

News broke today that the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), after a board meeting and vote of its membership, would respond to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (WAZA) recent suspension by announcing that it would comply with WAZA’s ethical mandates to no longer procure live dolphins from the dolphin drive hunts…

Making a noise about noise!

WDC delivered a keynote presentation –  – on progress that has been made in the last 20 years (since we have been working on the issue) to reduce marine noise pollution at the Oceanoise conference this week. The conference included sessions on efforts to reduce noise pollution, particularly international shipping and seismic surveys. WDC’s talk focused…