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Scientific American joins in calls to end orca captivity

WDC welcomes the Scientific American editorial calling for an end to captivity for orcas and elephants. Are you following this Sir Richard? Please let Sir Richard Branson know that the tide is turning and he needs to be part of the solution, not making money out of the problem. [<a href=”//storify.com/ButlerStroud/the-travel-companies-that-underpin-seaworld-and-wh” target=”_blank”>View the story “The…

Richard Branson’s statement on Virgin trips to captive whale and dolphin shows – WDC responds

WDC notes with some anticipation a prompt statement of response by Sir Richard Branson to our campaign calling on him to stop Virgin’s promotion of facilities holding captive whales and dolphins. We have been asking Virgin about this issue for some time with no reply. Public pressure resulting from our campaign launch has now brought about a…

Whale graveyard uncovered

Scientists have uncovered what is thought to be the world’s largest whale graveyard after stumbling across dozens of skeletons of fossilised baleen whales whilst carrying out construction works on the Pan-American highway in Chile. Although the area, known as Cerro Ballena or “whale hill”, is famed locally for its abundance of hidden and fossilised skeletons,…

A further call to action for Sir Richard Branson

WDC notes with interest the comments made by Richard Branson on protecting whales and dolphins, following the launch of our campaign calling on him to end Virgin’s relationship with whale and dolphin captivity. Sir Richard makes some interesting points in his latest post on whales and dolphins, to which we respond below.  “I believe no dolphins…

Can captive whales or dolphins be returned to the wild?

In 1993, Warner Bros released Free Willy, the tale of a captive orca and his 12-year-old human friend. The popular film ended with Willy’s dramatic return to the ocean, even if he did have to jump a sea wall to get there. Meanwhile, Keiko, the real-life orca who starred in the film, was languishing in Reino Aventura, a run-down facility in Mexico, following…

Scottish Parliamentarian Adds to Concerns Over Drive Hunts in Japan

On the heels of a flurry of diplomatic proclamations condemning the cruelty of the dolphin drive hunts in Japan, a Scottish member of Parliament has joined the refrain and issued a statement to encourage her colleagues to take up action against the hunts. In her statement and motion lodged in the Scottish Parliament on February…