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Humpback whale playing with kelp

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Alison Wood Ali is WDC's education projects coordinator. She is the editor of Splash! and KIDZONE,...
Japanese whaling ship

WDC in Japan – Part 5: The meaning of whaling

Katrin Matthes Katrin is WDC's communications and campaigns officer for policy & communication in Germany...
Risso's dolphins off the Isle of Lewis, Scotland

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Nicola Hodgins Nicola is WDC's cetacean science coordinator. She leads our long-term Risso's dolphin research...
Save the whale save the world on a tv in a meeting room.

Saving whales in boardrooms and on boats

Abbie Cheesman Abbie is WDC's head of strategic partnerships. She works with leading businesses to...
Outcomes of COP28

Outcomes for whales and dolphins from COP28

Ed Goodall Ed is WDC's head of intergovernmental engagement. He meets with world leaders to...
Taiji's cove with boats rounding up dolphins to be slaughtered or sold to aquraiums

WDC in Japan – Part 4: A journey to Taiji’s killing cove

Katrin Matthes Katrin is WDC's communications and campaigns officer for policy & communication in Germany...
Blue whale at surface

Creating a safe haven for whales and dolphins in the Southern Ocean

Emma Eastcott Emma is WDC's head of safe seas. She helps ensure whales and dolphins...
We're at COP28 to Save the Whale, Save the World.

We’re at COP28 to save the whale, save the world

Ed Goodall Ed is WDC's head of intergovernmental engagement. He meets with world leaders to...

Blackfish strikes again

It seems Blackfish has struck another blow against Sea World and the keeping of orcas.

Blackfish posterThe Mail online reports that following a ‘national outcry over the treatment of orca whales at SeaWorld’ the Canadian band, ‘Barenaked Ladies’ have cancelled an upcoming concert at the Sea World theme park.

The Mail reports that, ‘The decision came after after drummer Tyler Stewart, 46, watched Blackfish, a documentary about the SeaWorld trainer who was killed in 2010 by an orca named Tilikum, which aired on CNN last month.

The controversial story sparked outrage and fans launched an online petition last week asking the group to cancel their show at SeaWorld’s Orlando park on February 15, 2014, during its Bands, Brew & BBQ event.’

WDC welcomes this move by ‘Barenaked Ladies’. We also hope that investors in Sea World are watching how public opinion is swinging against this industry and that this is another step closer to Sea World becoming a normal visitor attraction without having to exhibit whales and dolphins.

If you want to know more about Sea World, you could not do better than read David Kirby’s book ‘Death At SeaWorld’ available from WDC.