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My wonderful week as a dolphin research volunteer

Joelle Davies has always wanted to join our research team in Wales on their annual dolphin and porpoise survey. This year she made it happen and the experience was everything she had hoped it would be, and more. If you think you might like to join us next year, or you just want to know…

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The world is watching Japan this Rugby World Cup so let’s Stop Whaling

Today is the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.  As a Welshman, I am of course looking forward to the rugby, but as a lifelong campaigner for whales and dolphins I’m also acutely conscious that the games are being held in a country whose government actively subsidises one of the world’s last…

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Whaling and dolphin hunts in Japan – it’s all money and politics

I have been busy representing WDC in a number of press interviews on the launch of the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan and the renewed whaling effort under the Japanese government’s self-allocated whaling quotas. This is the first year Japanese whalers have been hunting outside of the jurisdiction of the International Whaling Commission (IWC,…

Scientists call on EU and Member States to take action to prevent dolphin deaths

After more than 1,000 common dolphins washed up dead on the French coast over the winter, scientists from France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK have come together to call for action to reduce the numbers of dolphins dying in fishing gear (bycatch). We call on the European Commission to ensure urgent action to tackle…

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How one of our supporters played a major role in persuading British Airways to say ‘goodbye’ to SeaWorld

Back in 2014, I asked WDC supporter, Kathleen Haase, if she would like to help us persuade British Airways to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld and other facilities that hold whales and dolphins captive for human entertainment. She agreed and to be honest, I think she let herself in for more hard work and knockbacks…

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We’re so close to winning protected areas in Scotland’s seas

It’s been eight years since we formally asked the Scottish government to protect the marine areas that Risso’s dolphins, minke whales and other species use to feed and to raise their young around Scotland’s stunning and wild coastline. And finally, here we are! These areas where the dolphins bring their new born calves, and where…