How did we achieve this success?
Success! The EU announces that it will begin legal action against France, Spain and Sweden if they continue to flaunt regulations.
We presented to the EU Environment Commissioner, Virginius Sinkivicius, and more than 120 other people at a formal ‘bycatch roundtable’.
We co-organised and presented at an event about deaths in fishing gear at the European Parliament.
July 2019 to now
We’ve held a series of meetings with relevant departments in the European Commission to urge them to take action.
WDC initiated and submitted a formal complaint to the EU, partnering with legal experts, ClientEarth and getting 23 other European animal welfare and conservation organisations on board.
WDC supporters emailed and phoned their MEPs to urge them to demand protection measures for dolphins at an important EU fisheries vote.
We took our campaign direct to decision-makers in the European Parliament.
We rallied our supporters to lobby their MEPs to make sure dolphin and porpoise deaths in nets were a high priority for the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy review.
WDC produced evidence of EU countries breaking laws supposed to prevent dolphin and porpoise deaths in nets.
We detailed the measures that the EU needed to implement to tackle the problem.
2004 and 2005...
We joined forces with Greenpeace, going to sea to gather evidence of this horrific problem.
We published a detailed analysis of the true scale of the issue.
We surveyed beaches in Cornwall, investigating the bodies of dolphins for signs of entanglement.