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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Ban on plastic straws in UK announced

Ban on plastic straws in UK announced

The UK Government has announced a ban on the sale of plastic straws, plastic stemmed...
UK’s wildlife police unit launch public awareness drive with WDC to counter increasing dolphin disturbance

UK’s wildlife police unit launch public awareness drive with WDC to counter increasing dolphin disturbance

As the holiday season approaches, increasing reports of dolphin disturbance incidents in the waters around...
New EU fisheries law fails to stop dolphins dying in nets

New EU fisheries law fails to stop dolphins dying in nets

MEPs voted today in favour of a new Regulation that includes measures intended to tackle...
Preparations for beluga whale move to Iceland continue

Preparations for beluga whale move to Iceland continue

Ahead of the relocation of Little White and Little Grey to the world’s first open...

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.