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Has SeaWorld rejected Branson’s demand to renounce live captures?

Sir Richard Branson quickly responded to our recent call to end his affiliation with captive facilities by issuing his own ultimatum to dolphinaria. He has asked dolphinaria the world over to pledge to end live captures of whales and dolphins else Virgin will have nothing to do with them. Since his call for the pledge…

Save our Seals

Back in 2013, WDC and nine other UK and Scottish charities wrote to the UK and Scottish governments asking them to do more to protect seals and harbour porpoises. Otherwise healthy harbour and grey seals and harbour porpoises were (and still are) dying around the UK coastline due to “corkscrew” injuries thought to be consistent with…

Dolphins learning

Evidence is mounting rapidly for the social transmission of certain behaviours within some mammal populations. Dolphins are no exception and their ability to learn from others within their social groups may be an important factor when it comes to adapting to human induced change within their environments. But what does ‘social transmission’ of behaviours actually…

Scientific American joins in calls to end orca captivity

WDC welcomes the Scientific American editorial calling for an end to captivity for orcas and elephants. Are you following this Sir Richard? Please let Sir Richard Branson know that the tide is turning and he needs to be part of the solution, not making money out of the problem. [<a href=”//storify.com/ButlerStroud/the-travel-companies-that-underpin-seaworld-and-wh” target=”_blank”>View the story “The…

Richard Branson’s statement on Virgin trips to captive whale and dolphin shows – WDC responds

WDC notes with some anticipation a prompt statement of response by Sir Richard Branson to our campaign calling on him to stop Virgin’s promotion of facilities holding captive whales and dolphins. We have been asking Virgin about this issue for some time with no reply. Public pressure resulting from our campaign launch has now brought about a…

Whale graveyard uncovered

Scientists have uncovered what is thought to be the world’s largest whale graveyard after stumbling across dozens of skeletons of fossilised baleen whales whilst carrying out construction works on the Pan-American highway in Chile. Although the area, known as Cerro Ballena or “whale hill”, is famed locally for its abundance of hidden and fossilised skeletons,…