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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...

Faroes dolphin hunt review – disappointing is an understatement

I wasn't alone in hoping that substantial changes would be made as a result of...
Minke whale - V Mignon

We told them this would happen! Time to halt cruel whale experiments

An ill-conceived and so far ill-fated joint US/ Norwegian experiment to test minke whales' reaction...
Sponging dolphin in Shark Bay

Dolphins who catch fish with shells

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TUI Germany to end support for whale and dolphin captivity?

WDC is very pleased at reports that TUI Germany will no longer offer holidaymakers trips to shows featuring captive whales and dolphins. We now await news from other branches of the TUI company, including Thomson and First choice holidays, which make up TUI UK, that they will follow suit.

In December, WDC wrote to Thomson and First Choice asking them to adhere to guidance on captive dolphin attractions issued by the UK Travel Association, ABTA, which recommends against tour operator support for attractions which acquire whales and dolphins from the wild, separate mothers and calves and display behaviour unnatural to wild whales and dolphins.

About Cathy Williamson

Cathy Williamson was policy manager of our End Captivity Programme until July 2021.