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I’ll tell you whale i’ve been … Part 1!

Following on from the exciting discovery made by IWDG and others of a travelling humpback whale in the north east Atlantic, thanks to photo-id (where individual whales can be recognised over time due to distinctive and unique markings on the underside of their flukes) researchers are slowly pulling together the different pieces of the jigsaw…

Help us support an end to orca captivity in the State of California!

A progressive and bold new bill recently introduced into the California Legislature by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) may be the beginning of the end to orca captivity in the state forever. The proposed bill, entitled the California Captive Orca Welfare and Trainer Safety Act (AB 2140), does a number of things that will…

Obama Administration acknowledges that Iceland’s whaling is not acceptable or sustainable

Yesterday, the Obama Administration acknowledged that Iceland’s whaling is not acceptable or sustainable.  While falling short of issuing economic sanctions from the US government, Iceland’s whaling company is already feeling economic pressure from consumers.   Highliner Seafoods, one of North America’s largest seafood distributors, recently pledged that it will not purchase seafood products from any company…

Wind of change blowing within Iceland?

If the initial reaction within the Icelandic media to yesterday’s announcement from the White House outlining a range of sanctions against Iceland for its whaling is anything to go by, Iceland is taking President Obama’s words – and underlying tone  – very seriously indeed.  The website of Iceland’s National Broadcasting Service, the Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) carries an…

We’ve been emailed by Richard Branson!

I am pleased to report that yesterday I received an email from Sir Richard Branson, acknowledging our correspondence, and inviting WDC to be part of Virgin’s engagement process on captive whales and dolphins in tourism and in “gathering the expertise and perspectives [Virgin] will need to clarify [its] future vision”. I responded favourably, of course,…

US steps up the pressure to end Icelandic Whaling

Iceland urged to become Whale Nation rather than whaling nation. In a move designed to increase pressure on Iceland to take action against its rogue whaling company, Hvalur hf, US President, Barack Obama, has responded to calls by WDC and a coalition of NGOs by ordering federal authorities to greatly increase diplomatic sanctions against Icelandic…