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Poll Reveals Americans Oppose Keeping Orcas in Captivity

WDCS, together with The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Welfare Institute, released the first-ever nationwide opinion poll gauging attitudes about keeping orcas, also known as killer whales, in captivity for public display that shows more Americans oppose than support the practice. The poll found that only 1 in 4 people are…

'Blowing the whistle' – ex-SeaWorld orca trainers speak out

Once you’ve read this article, please take a moment to watch our video and sign our petition asking Sir Richard Branson to stop Virgin Holidays selling trips to SeaWorld. Thank you. In February 2012, a fascinating new website was launched. Voice of the Orcas is ‘devoted to providing a voice to those without’, and it…

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William M Johnson’s critically-acclaimed 'The Rose-Tinted Menagerie' has been republished as an illustrated Amazon Kindle ebook

One of the most influential anti-captivity books of the last Century, and hailed as ‘a ground-breaking work’ upon its original release in 1990, The Rose-Tinted Menagerie explores the role of animals in entertainment, from the gladiatorial contests of ancient Rome and the travelling shows of the Middle Ages, to the circuses and dolphinaria of the…

South Korea backs down on plans to start whaling

The Australian press is reporting that South Korea is backing down on its threats to resume commercial whaling through the loophole of so-called ‘scientific whaling’. The Sydney Morning Herald, and the Australian are both reporting that due to pressure both internally from its own media and NGOs and after strong protests from Australia, the US…

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William M Johnson’s critically-acclaimed 'The Rose-Tinted Menagerie' has been republished as an illustrated Amazon Kindle ebook

One of the most influential anti-captivity books of the last Century, and hailed as ‘a ground-breaking work’ upon its original release in 1990, The Rose-Tinted Menagerie explores the role of animals in entertainment, from the gladiatorial contests of ancient Rome and the travelling shows of the Middle Ages, to the circuses and dolphinaria of the…

Initial reports suggest 60 pilot whales killed in Faroe Islands

WDCS has received an initial notification that some sixty pilot whales have been killed in the Faroe Islands. We shall report more as we know it. Background of Faroese small whale hunts