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Iceland shipment to Japan could contain meat from rare hybrid whales

WDC, along with a number of conservation and animal protection organisations, is calling on the Japanese government to prove that a shipment of Icelandic whale products that arrived in Ishinomaki, Japan, on November 14th does not include illegally imported meat from hybrid blue-fin whales. 

Orcas and belugas held in Russian 'whale prison'

Reports from Russia’s Pacific Coast suggest that 11 orcas and up to 90 beluga whales have been taken from the wild and placed in tiny holding pens in a bay near the city of Nakhodka.

According to local independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta it is the largest number of marine mammals to be held in this way, and prosecutors are said to be investigating whether the orcas and belugas are being kept in the tiny enclosures illegally.

Record-breaking donation boosts WDC’s work to end captivity

WDC is delighted to announce that it has received its largest corporate donation to-date of just under $680k from our friends at Humble Bundle following WDC’s nomination as Humble Bundle’s ‘charity of the month’ for August. The donation will be used to support our vital world to put an end to the cruel practice of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.

Footballs used to highlight plastic waste

Photographer, Mandy Barker has combined her interest in taking pictures and football (or soccer) to highlight the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean and on the shorelines of the world.

Her latest, thought-provoking photography project was triggered in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup and uses striking images of washed-up plastic footballs to shed light on the sheer scale of plastic debris.

UK Fisheries Bill launched today

UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove announced a Fisheries Bill in Westminster that says it will ‘ensure that negative impacts of fishing activities on the marine ecosystem are minimised.’

The announcement states that the Bill will deliver on the UK government’s commitment to sustainable fishing and marine conservation.

Bill to outlaw captivity of whales and dolphins finally passes Canadian Senate

After 3 years the Canadian Senate has finally passed a Bill to outlaw the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada.

Bill S-203 now needs to be passed by the House of Commons by May. If it is approved, a fine of up to $200,000 could be imposed on anyone keeping and breeding whales and dolphins in captivity.

Study reveals plastic now inside humans

The first evidence of microplastics making their way into humans has been revealed by scientists studying participants from the UK, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Austria.

Nine different types of plastic were found in the faeces of every person who took part in the study, 20 microplastic particles in every 10 grams of stool, which suggests humans are swallowing them in food.

Plastic in the gut could suppress the immune system and aid transmission of toxins and harmful bugs or viruses, experts believe.

Shop and sell on eBay to save whales and dolphins

From 22nd until 28th of October you can support us whilst buying and selling items on eBay. WDC will be featured at checkout, giving you the chance to donate when grabbing a bargain. And, if you’re one of the millions of people who use eBay to sell your unwanted items, you can also support our work by donating a percentage of your eBay sales to WDC – a perfect reason to have that overdue wardrobe clear out.

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