We are delighted that travel industry giant, Thomas Cook has done the right thing and dropped SeaWorld in the United States and Loro Parque in Tenerife. This follows a three month ultimatum to improve welfare standards for the orcas and dolphins they hold.
We are delighted to announce that Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn has agreed to become a WDC Patron.
Jerome is well-known for his role as skilled mercenary Bronn of the Blackwater in the global TV hit, Game of Thrones. He also starred in ITV’s Soldier Soldier and Ripper Street. Aside from acting both on TV and stage, he is a big animal lover and long-term supporter of WDC.
He is not only a passionate campaigner for whale and dolphin protection against the increasing threats they face but also raises awareness of the need for responsible whale watching in the wild.
In heartbreaking news from the Pacific Northwest, the Center for Whale Research has reported that a newborn calf has died less than an hour after being born. On Tuesday July 24th, the Center observed a new calf born in the endangered Southern Resident orca population to a member of J pod, Tahlequah (J35), a 20-year-old female. Sadly, a short time later the new b
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The FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act conference report was released by Congress yesterday, and it’s not great news for whales. The report includes a rider that weakens provisions in the US Marine Mammal Protection Act, but not to the extent the original rider had proposed.
Experts remain sceptical of initial test results issued by the Icelandic Marine Institute, which indicate that a whale controversially killed just a few days ago by whalers was a blue/fin hybrid, not a pure blue.
A permit has been granted for mining exploration inside the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary, an area established to protect the critically endangered Māui dolphins.
There are fewer than 60 Māui dolphins left and we must do everything we can to protect them.
Images documenting the slaughter of what is an iconic symbol of the natural world have deeply concerned international whale experts and confirm the indiscriminate and cruel nature of whale hunting.
On June 28, 2018, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) filed “The Definite Plan” for dam removal on the Klamath River with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This is one of the last steps before dam removal on the Klamath can begin, in what will be the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States, and probably the world, to date. If the p
A NASA-funded study has warned that marine creatures like whales and dolphins will be exposed to greater threats from boat traffic as sea ice continues to melt in the Arctic.
The study found that narwhals in particular would be under threat as new shipping lanes opening up as a result of sea ice melting due to global warming. Some scientists predict that even the North Pole may be passable within a matter of decades.