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Uncovering the dark side of captivity

Last week we launched our major new campaign to reveal and uncover the dark side...
Bottlenose dolphins © Christopher Swann

On the anniversary of the massacre of 1,423 dolphins, what’s changed?

One year ago today, 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, including mothers with calves and pregnant females,...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
A dolphin plays in front of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay

Sharing our Spey Bay stories – tell us yours

2022 is Scotland's Year of Stories, a year in which stories inspired by, created or...
Orcas in Australia

Did orcas help rescue entangled humpback whale?

Kidzone - quick links Fun Facts Our Goals Curious kids Kids blogs Fantastic fundraisers Gallery...
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

I wasn't alone in hoping that substantial changes would be made as a result of...
Minke whale - V Mignon

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

An ill-conceived and so far ill-fated joint US/ Norwegian experiment to test minke whales' reaction...

Southwest Airline’s “Transfarency” ad, not so fare to dolphins

As part of Southwest Airlines “Transfarency” campaign, a recent advertisement highlights a number of tropical get away spots the airline flies to.  When a customer asks about potential travel destinations, Southwest responds with the Jax Jones song refrain of “yeah yeah yeah.”  Unfortunately, when the customer asks if he can “swim with dolphins” when traveling, Southwest eagerly responds with more “yeah yeah yeah’s”. 

In 2014, WDC welcomed the news that Southwest had ended its 25 year relationship with SeaWorld after the release of Blackfish which raised concerns about the treatment of whales in captivity.  However, orcas are not the only species that suffer when confined.  Dolphins continue to be taken from the wild to supply the growing demand for swimming with dolphins and dolphin encounters. In captivity, dolphins have a lower survival rate than in the wild and the stress of their confinement often results in behavioral abnormalities, illness, and lowered resistance to disease and death.  

Southwest Airlines, WDC is asking you to take our Pledge Never to Plunge and end your promotion of swimming with dolphins.  Yes to low fares and faraway places but NO to swimming with dolphins!  

About Regina Asmutis-silvia

Executive director - WDC North America