Policy & Advocacy

Extinction emergency

Ask the New Zealand government to take action to protect Māui and Hector's dolphins.

We have until August 4th to let them know.

Latest Policy Developments

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  • Create healthy seas
  • End captivity
  • Prevent deaths in nets
  • Stop whaling
Beluga whales safely land in Iceland

Beluga whales safely land in Iceland

Cargolux delivers Little Grey and Little White safely to Iceland on their way to the...
Canada ends whale and dolphin captivity

Canada ends whale and dolphin captivity

The Canadian government has officially passed Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. From...
Hope for whales and dolphins as ‘world first’ protected areas proposal is announced in Scotland

Hope for whales and dolphins as ‘world first’ protected areas proposal is announced in Scotland

On the eve of World Oceans Day, promising news has emerged from Scotland with the...
No fin whales to be hunted in Icelandic waters this summer

No fin whales to be hunted in Icelandic waters this summer

According to an announcement by the company behind Iceland’s fin whale hunts, Hvalur hf, no...

Whales play a vital role in the health of our planet and have the right to life & freedom.

(This is the foundation of all our work)

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PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS

Every year WDC produces a series of reports, scientific papers and expert responses to consultations.

WDC expertise

The WDC team consists of staff, external consultants and other colleagues with a huge range of expertise in the issues concerning whales and dolphins. We are widely respected by peers, governments and other organisations as well as appearing frequently in international media.

Rights for whales and dolphins

WDC Chief Executive, Chris Butler-Stroud, gives a university presentation on the widening arguments to give whales and dolphins rights as we learn more about them.

Dolphin dating game

WDC Project manager, Nicola Hodgins, gives a Tedx talk on our research project in Scotland that has discovered mating between Risso's dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Save whales, save ourselves

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Executive Director of WDC North America, talks about marine mammals' complex patterns of behaviour and their key role in the ocean ecosytem.

WDC has carried out vital conservation work in over
countries over the last 30 years.

Our successes

End captivity

Stop whaling

Create healthy seas

Prevent deaths in nets

Upheld ban on commercial whaling

Thomas Cook ends ticket sales to SeaWorld

Reducing fishing gear threat to right whales

Whale meat no longer moved through EU ports

Marine protected area created in Bangladesh

UK commits to reduce death in nets

Marine protected area created in Antarctica

US import of captured beluga whale stopped

Speed limit for ships along the US east coast

Harbour porpoise homes protected in UK

Online whale meat sales stopped in Japan

World's first beluga whale sanctuary

We work with partners from all sectors to secure a future where whales and dolphins are safe and free.

Whether a corporate sponsor, trusts or other grant-making body, find out how your support can help whales and dolphins.