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Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
WDC's Ed Fox, Chris Butler-Stroud and Carla Boreham take a message from the ocean to parliament

Taking a message from the ocean to parliament

It's a sad fact that whales and dolphins don't vote in human elections, but I...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Tokitae in captivity

Talking to TUI – will they stop supporting whale and dolphin captivity?

Last Thursday I travelled to Berlin for a long-anticipated meeting with TUI senior executives. I...

Earth Day Q&A with Waipapa Bay Wines’ marketing director, Fran Draper

We've been partnered with Waipapa Bay Wines since 2019 so for this year's Earth Day,...
Orcas at the seabed

The secrets of orca beach life

Rubbing on smooth pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas...

Support grows for an end to cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium

WDC welcomes recent statements from Vancouver’s Mayor and Park Board Commissioners Constance Barnes and Sarah Blyth, supporting a phase out of whale and dolphin captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Aquarium currently holds belugas and Pacific white-sided dolphins, the latter imported from Japan in 2001 and 2005, and concerns have been raised about further imports of cetacean individuals as reports suggest the aquarium is looking to create further whale and dolphin exhibits.

As more people become aware of the welfare and conservation risks posed to whales and dolphins by their capture and confinement in captivity, the development of further captive whale and dolphin facilities around the world is being brought increasingly into question. The City of Vancouver would be greatly praised by concerned citizens worldwide and throughout the conservation and scientific community for implementing a position against the keeping of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium. 

About Cathy Williamson

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