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US government refuses to shield endangered right whales from lethal ship collisions

The Biden administration in the US has denied an emergency petition that seeks to protect...

Automated cruelty – vending machines in Japan now dispense dead whale

In an effort to prop up the cruel and declining whale hunting industry in Japan,...

The Yogscast raises an ocean-sized donation for WDC

The New Year started with a bang for whales and dolphins thanks to Bristol-based gaming...
Russia captive orca NARNIA_2017_2 CREDIT Oxana Fedorova

Narnia the orca dies at Russian dolphinarium

Narnia the orca performs in Russia © Oxana Fedorova Narnia, a wild orca taken from...

California passes bill to ban orca breeding

Lawmakers in California have passed a bill that would ban the breeding and export of orcas held in California. The bill was introduced by Democratic Assemblymember Richard Bloom in March 2014 and resubmitted earlier this year. It has now been passed to the state Governor for approval.

Even though SeaWorld announced earlier this year that it would be ending its breeding programme, the law will prevent the company from being able to change its mind in future.

The bill only applies to orcas and not to the many other whales and dolphins that SeaWorld holds.

About George Berry

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