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Large number of dolphins moved to Abu Dhabi marine park

Up to 24 captive bottlenose dolphins have reportedly been sent to a new SeaWorld theme...
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Success! Removal of last river dams to help threatened orcas in the US

Great news has emerged from the US concerning our work to protect the endangered orca...

More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

Brutal Japanese drive hunt season ends but killing goes on

The horrific drive hunt season in Japan has ended but, although a temporary end to the slaughter in Japan is welcome, the drive hunt season for pilot whales carries on until April. Sadly, the fishermen in Taiji also continue to take part in harpoon hunts and ‘small type coastal whaling’ for false killer whales and pilot whales.

The coastal ‘small type whaling’ season in Taiji runs from May 1 through September 30th. In these hunts, pilot whales and false killer whales are targeted from boats.  Hand-held harpoon hunts occur off Taiji from January through August and also elsewhere in Japan, where all dolphin species, including Dall’s porpoises, are targeted.  As a result, Japan’s dolphins are assaulted and traumatized year-round.  Incredibly, the total quota (number that can be slaughtered) for all small whale and dolphin species in Japan for 2013-2014 is 16,497 individuals.