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Blackfish movie trailer out now

WDC’s Rob Lott did a great review of the new documentary on orca and captivity. ‘Blackfish’, and the movie trailer is now available. This is one movie not to miss.

WDC's own Erich Hoyt will be in Seattle in June

If you get a chance and you are in the region, WDC’s own Erich Hoyt is giving a talk, ‘Adventures with Orcas in the North Pacific, from A1 Stubbs to Iceberg, the White Russian Bull‘, at the Hall at Fauntleroy, Seattle, WA on June 8th at 7.00 pm. You can find details here If you have never…

Kill a whale to treat a pampered pooch? At least one Japanese pet food company has seen the light

I’m pleased to see that at least one Japanese company has decided to stop selling dog treats made from endangered fin whales. WDC, working with other NGOs (The Animal Welfare Institute, AWI); Environmental Investigation Agency, EIA and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network, IKAN) exposed the fact that Icelandic whaling company Hvalur…

Selling snake oil is a tradition

When Marie Curie was being feited for her two nobel prizes, there were plenty of charlatans who were ready to leap upon her work to sell the latest ‘snake oil’ curative. The number of medicines that suddenly appeared in the early 1900s based on radium and other similar products was both amazing and scary. What…

Boundary changes: too little to save whale watching in Faxafloi Bay?

  In what may be regarded as only a minor victory for the whales and for the local whale watching industry, Iceland’s Ministry of Industry and Innovation has slightly extended the no-whaling zone in Faxafloi Bay. Here, just outside the capital Reyjavik, minke whales are targeted by whale watch boats and whalers alike. On May…

Nice piece by National Geographic on why the Georgia Aquarium import is a bad idea

Kenneth Brower writes an interesting piece on the Georgia Aqaurium’s attempt to import wild caught beluga, reversing 20 years of an defacto moratorium on imports of wild-caught marine mammals into the USA. Brower notes “If the agency  [NMFS] is to issue a permit for the 18 belugas, it will have to depend on similar assertions…