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Pressure grows on dolphin hunts as German Minister speaks out

Just a day after the U.S. and U.K. Governments’ statements condemning the latest dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, the German Federal Agriculture Minister has also stepped forward with a statement condemning the hunts. Hans-Peter Friedrichs stated that the most recent pictures and reports from the Taiji drive hunts were “outrageous and shocking” and “Dolphins have to be…

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White Alright?

Only a few days ago, a young white bottlenose dolphin was brutally ripped apart from her family by dolphin fishermen in Taiji, destined for a life in captivity. Although every whale, dolphin and porpoise is special and deserves to live a life free from pain and suffering, when something “different” comes along, it’s only human…

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New Australian Government Puts The World’s Largest MPA On Hold

The incoming Conservative Government has set aside previously agreed management plans and is instigating a review to determine future boundaries and acceptable activities. The Government has cited the reasons for its decision as a need for ‘genuine consultation with fishers and other stakeholders’. The Government has been caught hook, line and sinker by the commercial…

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Driven by Demand: The Devastation Continues in Taiji

On January 17th, over 250 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the killing Cove in Taiji, Japan. The drive hunts have been occurring as they do every season, plodding along with ruthless consistency as the hunt season passes well beyond its mid-way mark. Having started September 1st with a possible quota of over 2,000 individual dolphins,…

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Blackfish gets a BAFTA nomination but just misses out on an Oscar

In January 2013, the Sundance Film Festival in the US was buzzing with news of a documentary that was listed which would  lift the lid on the dark underbelly of a company that is considered as American as apple pie – SeaWorld. In just 12 months, Blackfish has brought the barbaric issue of keeping highly…

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Misa-line-ing whale protection

As a federally appointed member of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team, WDC has worked for the past several years to help develop a plan that would reduce the amount of vertical line in the water column, thereby reducing the risk of entanglement to North Atlantic right whales by commercial fisheries.   We were pleased…