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Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...
Amazon River dolphin (Boto)

River dolphins observed playing with anaconda

Researchers in Bolivia recorded an unusual interaction between local rivers dolphins and an anaconda snake...
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Dolphin pens identified at Russian naval base

Analysis of satellite imagery suggests that Russia may be using military dolphins at its naval...
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New report reveals 100,000 dolphins and small whales hunted every year

When you hear the words ‘dolphin hunts’ it’s likely that you think of Japan or...

Minke whale hunts stop in Iceland

Iceland’s commercial hunt of minke whales has ended for this year. The common minke whale is the...

Icelandic whalers breach international law and kill iconic, protected whale by mistake

Icelandic whalers out hunting fin whales for the first time in three years appear to...

Doubts remain after Icelandic Marine Institute claims slaughtered whale was a hybrid not a blue

Experts remain sceptical of initial test results issued by the Icelandic Marine Institute, which indicate...

Japan set to resume commercial whaling

Reports from Japan suggest that the government they will formally propose plans to resume commercial...

End the whale hunts! Icelandic fin whaler isolated as public mood shifts

Here’s a sight I hoped never again to witness. A boat being scrubbed and repainted...

Australian Government to block Japanese whaling proposal

Japanese Government officials have reportedly confirmed that they will propose the resumption of commercial whaling...

Pregnant whales once again a target for Japanese whalers

Figures from Japan's whaling expedition to Antarctica during the 2017/18 austral summer have revealed that...

Did Icelandic whalers really kill a blue whale?

*Warning - this blog contains an image that you may find upsetting* They say a...

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

I have to admit to bitter disappointment when I arrived in Tromsø, northern Norway, a...

Norway's whaling season begins

April 1st saw the start of the whaling season in Norway. Despite a widely-accepted international moratorium...

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be...

Thousands of WDC supporters ask UK Government to extend plastic bag charge to stop plastic pollution

Earlier this month, WDC and BRITA UK asked you to help us in our mission to tackle plastic pollution and keep the seas healthy for whales, dolphins and porpoises by telling the UK Government that action urgently needs to be taken to reduce single use plastic and so reduce plastic pollution in the ocean.

Your response was fantastic – nearly 3,500 of you emailed the UK Government asking for a levy on single use plastics, like drinks bottles, coffee cups, cutlery, straws and food packaging, which are often only used for a few minutes but never biodegrade. They can then pollute the oceans for generations, continuing to pose a serious risk to the lives of whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife.

 

At least 56% of all whale and dolphin species have been observed eating plastic waste that they have mistaken for food. Only this week it was announced that most of the endangered sperm whales that have been found dead in the eastern Mediterranean since 2001 were killed by plastic debris.

We know that taxation can be an effective tool in changing behaviour both for consumers and businesses. Just a year after the 5p plastic bag charges were introduced, sales of single use carrier bags were down 85% – a fantastic step towards protecting marine wildlife.  

The consultation asked the public to consider extending that plastic bag charge to other plastic items, and it gave us a real opportunity to make our voices heard on this vital issue. We would like to thank each and every one of you who responded.

Sarah Taylor, Managing Director of WDC partner, BRITA UK, said: ‘It is fantastic to see so many people add their voice on this important issue, and it is welcome that the Government has committed to eliminating avoidable plastic waste. Research shows that up to 12.8m tonnes of plastic leaks into our seas every year thanks to litter from single-use plastic water bottles and other sources. This is unacceptable, poses hazards to the marine environment, and has unknown consequences for human wellbeing. We also believe it does not have to be the case. Although there is no simple solution, all of us can play a part in tackling single-use plastic waste in order to protect marine life and keep our streets clean from litter. There are many small swaps we can all make that would have a huge impact.”

For more information on plastic pollution and inspiring ideas to help reduce your plastic use, visit www.notwhalefood.com or search for #NotWhaleFood on social media.