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Trade sanctions announced after Mexico fails to protect near extinct porpoise

The international body behind the treaty that protects endangered plants and animals from the threats...

WDC exposes failure of Government scheme to protect whales and dolphins from net deaths

Following our investigations, we have revealed that a UK Government scheme to protect whales and...

First cases of bird flu in dolphins discovered in the UK

The UK Government has announced that two dolphins and a harbour porpoise have died from...
Kiska the orca

Kiska the ‘world’s loneliest whale’ dies at Canadian theme park

Kiska, dubbed the loneliest whale in the world, has died at Marineland, a zoo and...

SeaWorld to sue over captive orca breeding ban

SeaWorld has begun legal proceedings against the California Coastal Commission over its decision to prevent the marine park from breeding any more orcas at SeaWorld’s San Diego marine park.

The ban was included as part of the ruling to allow SeaWorld to go ahead with its $100m Blue World project, which would have seen an expansion of the tanks holding orcas at the park. Under the ruling no orcas can be sold, traded or transferred. SeaWorld contends that the Commission has no authority to impose such restrictions, claiming that the “the orcas are not, in any way, part of the coastal or marine environment”.

The Commission has said that it stands by its original decision.

More on the fate of captive orcas and orcas held at SeaWorld.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.