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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...
Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

Understanding whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands – why change is not easy

Most people in my home country of the Faroe Islands would like to see an...

Dolphin scientists look like you and me – citizen science in action

Our amazing volunteers have looked out for dolphins from the shores of Scotland more than...
Atlantic white-sided dolphins

The Faroes dolphin slaughter that sparked an outcry now brings hope

Since the slaughter of at least 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins at Skálafjørður in my home...
Fin whale

From managing commercial slaughter to saving the whale – the International Whaling Commission at 75

Governments come together under the auspices of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to make decisions...

Giving Tuesday: A Day for Giving Back in the Midst of Holiday Deals

We have our days for getting deals, now it’s time for a day of giving back.

It’s estimated that a third of American adults participate in Black Friday, a yearly national wide bargain bonanza that occurs the Friday following Thanksgiving. In 2011 Americans spent $52 billion on Black Friday and that number is on the rise. While this event is amazing for the economy as well as the consumer’s average spending ticket, I think it’s indicative that we continue to lose sight of what really matters during the holiday season.

This year, things are getting even more out of hand; retailers such as Walmart and Target will be opening on Thanksgiving evening so shoppers can get a jump start on sales. Thanksgiving is meant to be spent with family and friends, and to give thanks for what we have in our lives. I don’t believe we should be shopping during the holiday, and I don’t believe that employers of these companies should have to work. Apparently I’m not alone in feeling that the holidays are about more than buying as many presents as possible because there is a new movement developing in the US to bring our focus back to what is important.

Giving Tuesday is the charitable sector’s answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a campaign to create a national day of giving to start the annual holiday season, and it encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. This day was created by New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered with The United Nations Foundations in 2012, and in its second year, I believe this can become an amazing day for giving back to your favorite charity. As a WDC intern I hope that’s us!

I’m asking anyone who can spare it, to donate a little of the money that you’ve saved over the course of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to WDC. With your donation you can help WDC end captivity for whales and dolphins, put a stop to whaling, end cruel dolphin hunts, limit boat traffic collision with cetaceans, and so much more. Please visit our WDC website on December 3, 2013 to support the work WDC is doing around the world. I’d like to thank any and all in advance who can donate to WDC during Giving Tuesday. With your help we can create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.