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Pledge Never to Plunge

Thanks to public pressure, SeaWorld pledged to finally end their captive orca breeding program. Yet almost 600 other whales and dolphins remain imprisoned in North America. We need public pressure to end the captive breeding and confinement these #forgotten whales.

Join WDC and let US government Agencies and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquaria know that the public does not support interacting with captive whales and dolphins.
Take the Pledge Not to Plunge and give a voice to the #forgottenwhales

Many people are unaware of the problems surrounding captive swim with the dolphin or whale programs and dolphin encounters, and the negative impact on all involved - humans, dolphins and whales. Just like orcas in captivity, these whales and dolphins suffer from the stress of captivity, too. We can’t forget these individuals in our work to end captivity and create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

Swimming with captive dolphins and having "close" encounters may seem like fun, but the harsh reality is kept well hidden. Dolphins and whales in captive settings suffer from their confinement, have high levels of stress, and often have dramatically shortened lives.

WDC is raising awareness about the dark side of these programs. Take the pledge and help us end captivity for ALL whales and dolphins.

Please sign the pledge and share on your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter account: 
I #pledgenevertoplunge with the #forgottenwhales and dolphins.

There's even a downloadable version of the pledge on the thank-you page. With your permission, we will share your pledge with the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks (an international organization representing aquariums, zoos and other facilities that hold marine mammals in captivity) and the US government's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and let them know that the public does not support interacting with captive whales and dolphins.

Take the pledge never to plunge! It's a promise that you will NEVER participate in a captive Swim with the Dolphin or Whale program or dolphin encounter from this date on. In taking the pledge, you join the growing list of individuals who are doing something to end captivity for ALL whales and dolphins.

The forgotten whales and dolphins infographic

There are almost 600 dolphins and whales who remain in captivity in North America. With your support, we will end the cruel practice of captivity for ALL whales and dolphins. When you make a donation or adopt a whale, WDC uses those funds to  

  • work on the establishment of sanctuaries for whales and dolphins currently in captivity
  • meet with legislators, aquarium, and key regulatory members to advocate for increases in standards for captive whales and dolphins and protections in the wild
  • pursue legislation to end captivity once and for all

Please donate or adopt today - every dollar makes a difference!

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