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Cashing in on China’s porpoises?

In a bid to try and avoid losing yet another species, China has initiated a scheme where people who report an injured or dead finless porpoise to the authorities can get a cash reward.  The Yangtze finless porpoise is a sub-species of the narrow-ridged finless porpoise and is the world’s only freshwater porpoise, inhabiting as…

SeaWorld set to expand overseas?

As SeaWorld continues to refute damage to its business as a result of the so-called “Blackfish effect”, President and CEO Jim Atchison has reported international expansion plans. WDC notes this news with some concern. SeaWorld already holds 23 orcas in its North American theme parks and a further 4 to 6 at Loro Parque zoo…

WDC helps secure another victory for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales!

Today, the U.S. District Court D.C issued a finding in favor of right whales! Based on their decision, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the US agency charged with protecting right whales, must acknowledge and thoroughly evaluate the impacts to right whales from the proposed development of an offshore wind farm in right whale habitat.  Last June,…

Whale have you been?

Back in 2007 a humpback whale photographed close to Texel Island in the Wadden Sea, Netherlands was positively matched to a humpback whale photographed off Toe Head, County Cork, Ireland several months later. Several weeks after frequenting Irish waters, the same individual was re-sighted just 60km south of where it was initially recorded off the…

Richard Branson’s pledge on captive whales and dolphins

Following our 10th March letter to Sir Richard Branson and his colleagues at Virgin Holidays, Sir Richard has made a further statement on Virgin’s engagement process on the issue of whale and dolphin captivity. Our detailed letter addressed points raised in Sir Richard’s previous statement on 27th February and also asked for commitment from Virgin Atlantic Cargo…

Good Things are ‘Bloom’ing in California: New Bill Seeks to Ban Orca Captivity

State by state and measure by measure, we may be seeing the end of orcas in captivity. In a move that is certain to mobilize SeaWorld’s corporate lobbyists and send them scurrying to the State Capitol in Sacramento, a new piece of legislation revealed today in California seeks to ban orcas from being held in captivity…