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Caribbean whaler turns whale watcher

WDC warmly welcomes the news that Orson ‘Balaam’ Ollivierre, regarded as the chief whaler on the island of Bequia (‘bek-way’) – the second largest island of the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean – has abandoned whaling in favour of whale watching. Since 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has awarded St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)…

Who speaks for the Japanese people when it comes to whaling?

Policymakers should be careful what messages they are listening to coming out of Japan at the moment. I would argue that they should definitely be careful of the proclamations of the Intitute of Cetacean Research (ICR). The ICR is not the Japanese Government and is definately not representative of the Japanese people. The Website of the…

End of the Road? Another legal setback for SeaWorld

WDC welcomes the recent decision by the US Court of Appeals to uphold the original Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation against SeaWorld and deny their most recent petition for review.  With this decision, SeaWorld’s only option left open to them in their tortuous legal battle to overturn the original citation issued in August…

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Spectacular Start to the Season at the Scottish Dolphin Centre!

Well in the past couple of weeks we have been very privileged with the variety of wildlife that has been seen here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre. It has been getting busier and busier as the weather has improved. The Easter holidays has seen kids and families come flocking in to try and get a…

Where is Everybody?

Hi Everyone, Just a quick update to say that things have gone very quiet again just at the moment. Even the boat operators are not seeing that much in the way of dolphins moving around the Inner Firth. The photo above is a recent one of Kesslet – looking all alone, but in fact Charlie…

Japan should think carefully over its whaling in the North Pacific

Japan is still reeling from the ICJ decision that effectively ended its whaling this year in Antarctica. However, Japan’s whalers are awaiting guidance from the Japanese Government as to whether they can carry out their whaling in the North Pacific. Japan has an established Article VIII whaling programme in the North Pacific (JARPN) taking a…