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Whale and Dolphin Conservation endorses the SWIMS Act to phase out whale captivity in the US

January 30, 2024 — On January 30, representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced the Strengthening Welfare in Marine Settings (SWIMS) Act. This important legislation would end the future capture and breeding of orcas, beluga whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales for public display. If…

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WDC in Japan – Part 4: A journey to Taiji’s killing cove

Taiji's cove with boats rounding up dolphins to be slaughtered or sold to aquraiums

Every year in Taiji, Japan, 500 to 600 dolphins of various species are killed, or captured and sold to zoos and aquariums worldwide. I had to visit the home of the notorious ‘cove’ to understand why and how this is still happening, and what needs to be done to end it forever. But I wasn’t prepared for what I witnessed.

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Kharabali the beluga whale dies in captivity

December 12, 2023 — RIP Kharabali On December 12th, Mystic Aquarium announced the passing of Kharabali, a captive beluga whale who was part of a group of five beluga whales transported from Marineland park in Canada to the U.S. in 2021. Kharabali is the third whale in this group to have died since being transported,…

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Orca Moana dies suddenly at Marineland

Twelve-year old orca, Moana has died suddenly at the Marineland Antibes theme park facility in France. The exact cause of his death will probably not be revealed until the results of a necropsy are known. Moana’s mother Wikie, his brother Keijo, and his uncle Inouk remain at the facility, which is in poor condition. WDC…

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Lolita the orca dies after half a century in captivity

Orca Tokitae (also known as Lolita) has sadly died of suspected renal failure after many decades held in captivity, and not long after plans to potentially release her into a sanctuary were announced. Tokitae was also given the name Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut by the Lummi Nation of Washington State. She died at the Miami Seaquarium after being kept…

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