Policy & Advocacy

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WDC joins Antarctic groups calling for Ross Sea protection

WDC joins Antarctic groups calling for Ross Sea protection

WDC, together with the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) and the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition...
Rare whales protected as largest marine reserve created in Southern Indian Ocean

Rare whales protected as largest marine reserve created in Southern Indian Ocean

The Australian Government has expanded the sub-Antarctic Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve, to...
Homes for whales and dolphins – WDC hands over public responses to Scottish government

Homes for whales and dolphins – WDC hands over public responses to Scottish government

The Scottish government's request for the public’s views on a proposed network of marine protected...
WDC supporters lead the charge for more whale and dolphin protection in Scotland

WDC supporters lead the charge for more whale and dolphin protection in Scotland

The Scottish government has opened a public consultation asking people what they think of its...

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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Small cetacean report

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

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.

Every whale and dolphin - safe & free

There are 4 vital ways that we are fighting for the survival of whales and dolphins.

Together we can:

Corky - Orca at Seaworld

End captivity

Whales and dolphins have a right to live free and healthy lives. These highly intelligent individuals should not suffer for human entertainment.

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Stop whaling

Commercial whaling is illegal. And yet, every year, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill around 1,500 whales.

Fourth Element

Create healthy seas

Commercial fishing, oil and gas drilling, and shipping are threatening the lives of whales and dolphins.

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Prevent deaths in nets

Hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins are accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear every year.