Posts by Julia Pix

A WDC supporter’s impression of Vancouver Aquarium

David Yeadon is a WDC supporter who visited Vancouver Aquarium two years ago, when he was 16. What he saw shocked and upset him so much that he asked us if he could tell his story. The views and opinions expressed by our guest bloggers are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent…

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What’s up with all these New Zealand dolphin deaths?

Gemma McGrath is WDC’s campaigner in New Zealand and in this blog she explores the lessons we need to take from the recent spate of Hector’s and Māui dolphin deaths in fishing nets and why the government’s response is utterly lacking. With all the recent Hector’s dolphin deaths in trawl nets, an alarming seven this…

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Chilling new research shows why dolphins should not be hunted

Whales and dolphins are ‘sentient’ – this means that they are conscious beings, capable of feeling pain and suffering physically and psychologically. This adds a whole new level to our thinking about the welfare and conservation issues associated with the hunting and killing of these mammals. What long-term emotional impact might there be for a…

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Japan is leaving the Whaling Commission to start commercial whaling – and it is a big deal

On 26 December 2018, the Japanese government announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the body that regulates whaling) in order to officially resume commercial whaling operations in Japanese waters. The intention is to stop the so-called research whaling’ operations in the high seas of Antarctica and the North Pacific and instead…

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A new opportunity to stop Japan’s whaling?

Last Wednesday, the European Parliament voted ‘yes’ to the EU-Japan free trade agreement (or Economic Partnership Agreement). It also agreed to a closely related strategic partnership agreement with Japan. This marked the end of our campaign to use these trade talks to get better protection for whales from the harpoons of Japanese whalers. Our aim…

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No EU-Japan trade agreement unless Japan stops whaling!

When we launched our campaign in March 2016, calling on the EU to make whaling a deal breaker in the negotiations with Japan on a free trade agreement, we had a clear goal: to get the EU to use the trade talks as a powerful tool and put pressure on Japan to stop its whaling…

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Philip Hoare reflects on New Zealand dolphins

Acclaimed writer, broadcaster and WDC ambassador, Philip Hoare has recently returned from a trip to New Zealand where he was fortunate enough to come across both sperm whales and endangered Hector’s dolphins. Collectively known as New Zealand dolphins, Hector’s and Māui dolphins are dying in fishing nets at a catastrophic rate. Unless we take action,…

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The joy of wild whale watching

Jen Graham is a residential volunteer at WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre. Experiencing whales and dolphins in the wild in Scotland has given her cause to reflect, and in her guest blog she explores why we need to remember that we inhabit a shared planet. The views and opinions expressed by our guest bloggers are those…

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We won for whales at the International Whaling Commission

We did it! We kept the whaling ban in place. Our team has just returned from the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates whaling). We went with very clear goals. Now, after a week of heated discussions, it’s time to take stock and look at what we´ve achieved –…

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