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Italian Government joins others in condemning Taiji dolphin hunt

It seems that Italy has now joined the growing number of nations stepping up to condemn the Japanese dolphin hunts. Gazzeta del Sud reports that ‘Italy has formally raised concerns over a controversial dolphin hunt in Japan’s Bay of Taiji, urging officials to “reconsider” the event. Italian Ambassador in Tokyo Domenico Giorgi sent his message,…

SEA LIFE Marine Conservation Trust (SLMCT) Condemns the Dolphin Drive Hunts

The SEA LIFE Marine Conservation Trust (SLMCT), a registered charity established in 2013 to raise awareness of issues affecting the world’s marine life, issued the following statement condemning the dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan: “In light of the ongoing dolphin drive hunt season in Taiji, Japan, the SEA LIFE Marine Conservation Trust (SLMCT) – the…

New species of river dolphin

How did we miss an entirely new species of river dolphin?

The newly discovered Araguaian Boto of Brazil is a rare and special dolphin indeed!  Sadly it is also in trouble and urgent conservation action is required to secure its future.  All river dolphins are vulnerable and need much greater protection than they currently enjoy. But Araguaian Botos are amongst the most endangered because they are…

Pressure grows on dolphin hunts as German Minister speaks out

Just a day after the U.S. and U.K. Governments’ statements condemning the latest dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, the German Federal Agriculture Minister has also stepped forward with a statement condemning the hunts. Hans-Peter Friedrichs stated that the most recent pictures and reports from the Taiji drive hunts were “outrageous and shocking” and “Dolphins have to be…

(c) E. Lazareva, Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP, WDC)

White Alright?

Only a few days ago, a young white bottlenose dolphin was brutally ripped apart from her family by dolphin fishermen in Taiji, destined for a life in captivity. Although every whale, dolphin and porpoise is special and deserves to live a life free from pain and suffering, when something “different” comes along, it’s only human…

The Australian MPA Network

New Australian Government Puts The World’s Largest MPA On Hold

The incoming Conservative Government has set aside previously agreed management plans and is instigating a review to determine future boundaries and acceptable activities. The Government has cited the reasons for its decision as a need for ‘genuine consultation with fishers and other stakeholders’. The Government has been caught hook, line and sinker by the commercial…