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WDC Responds to SeaWorld’s Public Relations Campaigns

During the final weeks of December 2013, SeaWorld finally launched a counter-offensive public relations response to the growing tide of public discontent that has been mounting through an outpouring of social media and other events since the general release of the documentary Blackfish in July 2013. Compounding the ever-surmounting pressure undoubtedly spurred by the late-October…

If a whale breaches in a forest does it make a sound?

As many of you know our mission at WDC is to create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free and we strive to do this in any way possible.  We also look for creative ways to communicate our messages with attention grabbing mediums that cut through the static that most individuals…

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There‘s no place like home

SeaWorld’s response to the growing ‘Blackfish effect’ continues to be that the movie is a misrepresentation of the facts that is based on a biased agenda. This argument is significantly undermined by the constant and repeated refusal by Sea World to be interviewed or to in any way give their side of the story. For…

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WDC welcomes another Dolphin SMART participant in Hawaii

WDC and program partners have continued expansion of the Dolphin SMART conservation program in Hawaii to the island of Maui. Dolphin SMART is a voluntary outreach and stewardship program that awards annual recognition to tour operators who responsibly view wild dolphins and educate their patrons on dolphin conservation. Trilogy Excursions is the most recent operator…

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Whale meat in Berlin: more ‘blame games’ and news of an earlier scandal narrowly averted

Further to our recent blog on the discovery of minke whale meat openly on sale at Berlin’s Green Week and the subsequent Norwegian claims that they were unaware of the illegality of such sales, it is quite interesting to have a look at earlier Norwegian press on the subject. On Tuesday 21st January, a day…

‘Banana Republic’ Iceland?

Forgive me for smelling a rat here, but the latest news out of Iceland regarding the now infamous whale beer strikes me as highly suspicious. Banned only a fortnight ago on food safety grounds, we learn of a sudden U-turn permitting the beer to go on sale – conveniently just in time for the midwinter…