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Iceland to monitor whale hunt cruelty

Following our call for an investigation into violations of the Icelandic Whaling and Animal Welfare...
Beluga whales in the wild

Beluga whale in River Seine dies after rescue attempt

A beluga whale that became trapped in the River Seine in France has sadly had...
Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin © Mike Bossley/WDC

Last captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin to be freed in South Korea

Bibongi, the last Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin held in captivity in South Korea, is to be...

Vancouver Aquarium display of whales and dolphins to end

After years of opposition from anti-captivity campaigners, the Vancouver Aquarium has finally announced that it will no longer keep whales and dolphins in captivity. Last year, the Vancouver Park Board which runs Stanley Park where the Aquarium is based, voted to stop the aquarium from bringing in any new whales and dolphins in the future. The Aquarium, which currently holds one Pacific white-sided dolphin, opposed the decision but has now agreed that it will end its captivity programme.

WDC Policy Manager, Rob Lott welcomed the decision. “We are delighted to hear that Vancouver Aquarium will no longer display whales and dolphins. This surprising but welcome decision is another nail in the coffin for the captivity industry and comes after a long battle between the Aquarium and the City’s Park Board and animal welfare advocates, like WDC, who successfully argued that public opinion had shifted on the issue of keeping whales and dolphins in tanks.

Four whales and dolphins have died at the aquarium in the last 12 months and the future for Helen, the sole remaining dolphin, is uncertain. WDC is now calling on the Aquarium to assess Helen, together with the reported four belugas Vancouver currently has on loan to other institutions, as potential candidates to be moved to a more natural sea sanctuary environment like the one that WDC is establishing with Melrin Entertainments in Iceland.”

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About George Berry

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