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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

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Minke whale - V Mignon

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

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Sponging dolphin in Shark Bay

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WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...
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Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
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....

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.