Posts by Danny Groves

Huge success for WDC campaign as Virgin Holidays ends SeaWorld trips

Virgin Holidays has announced that it is to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld as part of a move to cut links with facilities that hold whales and dolphins in captivity for entertainment.  The announcement represents a huge success for WDC’s ongoing campaign to stop tour operators promoting and supporting the captivity industry, a campaign that…

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Canada ends whale and dolphin captivity

The Canadian government has officially passed Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. From this point it an offence in Canada to keep captive, breed, import, or export any whale, dolphin, or porpoise. However, there are exemptions for whales and dolphins currently in captivity, as well as for rescue and rehabilitation efforts. There are…

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Russian company behind infamous ‘whale jail’ is fined

A Russian company behind the ‘whale jail’ housing 10 orcas and over 80 beluga whales in the east of the country has been fined 28.1 million roubles ($433,000; £430,000) according to reports. Captured last year for possible sale to Chinese captivity theme parks, the individuals are currently held in cramped sea pens in Srednyaya Bay…

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No fin whales to be hunted in Icelandic waters this summer

According to an announcement by the company behind Iceland’s fin whale hunts, Hvalur hf, no endangered fin whales will be killed off Iceland this summer.  Hvalur hf, owned by Kristian Loftsson, slaughtered over 146 fin whales last year, including at least two rare blue whale/fin whale hybrids and a dozen pregnant females. Whaling is cruel, and increasingly…

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How you fly two beluga whales home to the ocean

Ahead of the relocation of Little White and Little Grey to the world’s first open water sanctuary for belugas, we gave international media the opportunity to discover how this epic 6,000-mile journey will be delivered to plan, and speak to some of the expert team involved in making this as comfortable a journey as possible…

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Ban on plastic straws in UK announced

The UK Government has announced a ban on the sale of plastic straws, plastic stemmed cotton buds and plastic stirrers. The ban will come into place in England from next April in the hope that it will help reduce the effect of plastic on the environment. Billions of plastic straws, buds and stirrers are discarded…

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New date set for beluga move to sanctuary

Following bad weather preventing the initial operation to move two beluga whales from captivity in China to a new ocean home in Iceland, we’re pleased to confirm a new date has been set for the departure of Little Grey and Little White. Our top priority has always been Little Grey and Little White’s welfare and…

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UK’s wildlife police unit launch public awareness drive with WDC to counter increasing dolphin disturbance

As the holiday season approaches, increasing reports of dolphin disturbance incidents in the waters around the UK involving members of the public have prompted WDC to launch a new public information drive in partnership with the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) – a dedicated British police department that gathers intelligence on wildlife crime. Of…

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Fisherman frees escapee military whale from body harness

A Norwegian fisherman has reportedly removed a harness attached to a whale believed to have escaped from a Russian naval facility. The whale, thought to be a beluga, was spotted by Fisherman Joar Hesten off the coast of Finnmark in northern Norway. As the whale approached, Hesten put on a survival suit and jumped into…

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