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WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...
We need whale poo ? WDC NA

Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Risso's dolphin entangled in fishing line and plastic bags - Andrew Sutton

The ocean is awash with plastic – can we ever clean it up?

You've seen pictures of plastic litter accumulating on beaches or marine wildlife swimming through floating...
Fin whale

Is this the beginning of the end for whaling off Iceland?

I'm feeling cautiously optimistic after Iceland's Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir wrote that there is little...

Boo on Shamu!

Is SeaWorld trying to buy our forgiveness by connecting with well-known and well-loved brands? First Wendy’s, now Stauffer’s (the ones who make those delicious animal crackers) have SeaWorld-themed products that encourage their customers to visit the oceanarium.  The “Shamu and Friends” line of cheddar cheese crackers features smiling orca cartoons, and the box declares that “a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will help protect animals around the world through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.”

  

Sounds like a good deal – buy some delicious snacks and help protect animals, but you’re also buying the idea of happy, smiling orcas in captivity.  With the recent release of “Blackfish” and the numerous incidents at SeaWorld that have been in the media recently (a beached pilot whale, a dolphin who jumped out of its tank), more attention is being brought to the cruelty of captivity and awareness of the issue is increasing.  Pixar even changed their planned ending of the upcoming “Finding Dory” to reflect the controversy around captivity – the animated marine animals featured in the movie will have the option to leave a captive marine park.  As with Wendy’s, consumer choices matter – don’t buy the Shamu snacks, don’t encourage this partnership, and tell Stauffer’s that you don’t support captivity and they shouldn’t either.