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WDC in talks with New Zealand‘s Minister for Conservation over dolphin protection

WDC in talks with New Zealand‘s Minister for Conservation over dolphin protection

WDC team meets NZ Minister for Conservation Representatives from Whale and Dolphin Conservation have met...
Success! We campaigned to stop British Airways selling tickets to SeaWorld – and now they have!

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More fantastic news for our End Captivity campaign has emerged with the announcement from British...
First Bryde’s whale auction held after Japan resumes commercial hunts

First Bryde’s whale auction held after Japan resumes commercial hunts

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Ecuador introduces welcome measures to prevent dolphin imports for captivity shows

Ecuador introduces welcome measures to prevent dolphin imports for captivity shows

The Government of Ecuador has modified environmental legislation to prohibit the import of marine mammals...

Ecuador introduces welcome measures to prevent dolphin imports for captivity shows

Dolphins in captivity

The Government of Ecuador has modified environmental legislation to prohibit the import of marine mammals by aquariums, as well as breeding and the display of individuals removed from their habitats.

This is particularly positive news as it follows efforts in 2018 by a dolphinarium company in Venezuela to open a captive dolphin facility in Salinas, Ecuador. This met with significant opposition from NGOs in Ecuador and internationally.

Ecuador is a Party to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) which in its resolution 11.22 invites Parties to implement national legislation prohibiting the live capture of whales and dolphins for commercial purposes as well the import of wild-caught whales and dolphins.

We congratulate the government of Ecuador for this progressive initiative to protect cetaceans.

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