Posts by Danny Groves

UK Government urged to phase-out single-use plastics by 2025 not 2042

4,000 billion pieces of unnecessary single-use plastic waste could be consumed in the UK between 2026 – 2042 Eighteen leading environment charities (including WDC), coordinated by Wildlife and Countryside Link have put further pressure on the UK Government to phase-out all non-essential single-use plastics by 2025 to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution. More than…

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Scientists offer help to Putin to help free captured whales

A group of scientists representing a range of international organisations, including WDC, have written to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin expressing concerns about the welfare of 87 belugas and 10 orcas currently held in a facility in Srednyaya Bay in Nakhodka, Russia. All were captured last year for sale to Chinese theme parks and dolphinaria,…

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Are France and Spain looking to weaken protection for whales and dolphins?

As EU governments continue to negotiate the terms of the Technical Measures under the European Common Fisheries Policy, it is emerging that French and Spanish Ministers seem set to choose fishing interests over the legal protection of dolphins, and other protected marine life, from entanglement in fishing gear in European waters. Entanglement in fishing nets and gear…

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Orcas held in Russian whale jail face threat from ice

The 11 orcas captured last year for sale to China and currently held along with 87 beluga whales in small sea pens described as a ‘whale jail’ near Vladivostok, may start dying after many have reportedly developed frostbite. As temperatures begin to drop at the site, ice is starting to form on the surface of…

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Japan to resume commercial hunts the day after leaving IWC

According to reports from Japan, whalers there are looking to begin a commercial whale hunt (killing whales for profit) one day after Japan formally withdraws from the IWC (International Whaling Commission – the global body that regulates whale hunting), on July 1st. This will be the first time Japan has openly hunted whales commercially for…

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