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Kiska the orca

Real stories from the dark side of captivity

Since we launched our campaign, we've been talking a lot about what a dark place...
Theo's rubbish collection

WDC Dolphin Defender Theo awarded BBC Climate Champion Award

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Uncovering the dark side of captivity

Last week we launched our major new campaign to reveal and uncover the dark side...
Bottlenose dolphins © Christopher Swann

On the anniversary of the massacre of 1,423 dolphins, what’s changed?

One year ago today, 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, including mothers with calves and pregnant females,...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
A dolphin plays in front of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay

Sharing our Spey Bay stories – tell us yours

2022 is Scotland's Year of Stories, a year in which stories inspired by, created or...
Orcas in Australia

Did orcas help rescue entangled humpback whale?

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An orca named 'Hulk' off Caithness, Scotland

My amazing week watching orcas in Scotland

Orca Watch's 10th anniversary event in the far north of Scotland was exhilarating with a...

Italian Government joins others in condemning Taiji dolphin hunt

It seems that Italy has now joined the growing number of nations stepping up to condemn the Japanese dolphin hunts.

Gazzeta del Sud reports that Italy has formally raised concerns over a controversial dolphin hunt in Japan’s Bay of Taiji, urging officials to “reconsider” the event. Italian Ambassador in Tokyo Domenico Giorgi sent his message, “in the spirit of deep friendship” that he said unites the two countries, asking the Japanese minister of agriculture and fisheries to think about ending the hunt.’

Italy joins with Germany, the UK and the USA in offically condemning the hunt, escallating the issue to a whole new level.

This is the first time we have seen conservation-led countries so openly speaking out against the hunts. For many years pro-conservation countries have politely expressed their concerns behind the scenes, but the recent hunt and the killing methods used, alongside the blantant role of the captivity industry involvement has spurned open condemnation.

Maybe Japan will listen for once, but if its behaviour in the IWC is anything to go by, they will simply ratchet up the rehetoric and turn their nose up at the candid comments of those who are their friends.

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