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Richard Branson’s pledge on captive whales and dolphins

Following our 10th March letter to Sir Richard Branson and his colleagues at Virgin Holidays, Sir Richard has made a further statement on Virgin’s engagement process on the issue of whale and dolphin captivity. Our detailed letter addressed points raised in Sir Richard’s previous statement on 27th February and also asked for commitment from Virgin Atlantic Cargo…

Good Things are ‘Bloom’ing in California: New Bill Seeks to Ban Orca Captivity

State by state and measure by measure, we may be seeing the end of orcas in captivity. In a move that is certain to mobilize SeaWorld’s corporate lobbyists and send them scurrying to the State Capitol in Sacramento, a new piece of legislation revealed today in California seeks to ban orcas from being held in captivity…

1, 2, …..7,570 ways to save whales!

Thank you, yes you, all 7,570 of you who took time out of your day to sign a petition to protect North Atlantic right whales.  I don’t always sign petitions– there are so many out there on so many topics and websites. I don’t always know if they get to the person/place/agency intended, or if…

Has SeaWorld rejected Branson’s demand to renounce live captures?

Sir Richard Branson quickly responded to our recent call to end his affiliation with captive facilities by issuing his own ultimatum to dolphinaria. He has asked dolphinaria the world over to pledge to end live captures of whales and dolphins else Virgin will have nothing to do with them. Since his call for the pledge…

Save our Seals

Back in 2013, WDC and nine other UK and Scottish charities wrote to the UK and Scottish governments asking them to do more to protect seals and harbour porpoises. Otherwise healthy harbour and grey seals and harbour porpoises were (and still are) dying around the UK coastline due to “corkscrew” injuries thought to be consistent with…

Dolphins learning

Evidence is mounting rapidly for the social transmission of certain behaviours within some mammal populations. Dolphins are no exception and their ability to learn from others within their social groups may be an important factor when it comes to adapting to human induced change within their environments. But what does ‘social transmission’ of behaviours actually…