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Hopes raised for whale and dolphin protection after last minute landmark nature agreement

WDC's Ed Goodall (far right) at COP15 with Thérèse Coffey (centre) UK Secretary of State...

WDC orca champion picks up award

Beatrice Whishart MSP picks up her Nature Champion award The Scottish Environment LINK, an organisation...

Large number of dolphins moved to Abu Dhabi marine park

Up to 24 captive bottlenose dolphins have reportedly been sent to a new SeaWorld theme...

Success! Removal of last river dams to help threatened orcas in the US

Great news has emerged from the US concerning our work to protect the endangered orca...

Ban on plastic straws in UK announced

Plastic pollution on beach

The UK Government has announced a ban on the sale of plastic straws, plastic stemmed cotton buds and plastic stirrers.

The ban will come into place in England from next April in the hope that it will help reduce the effect of plastic on the environment.

Billions of plastic straws, buds and stirrers are discarded each year, many of which find their way into the ocean after being flushed down the toilet.

Once in the ocean plastic never biodegrades and poses a serious risk to the lives of whales and dolphins. Over 50% of all species have been observed eating plastic waste that they have mistaken for food.

The Government wants to encourage people to use paper alternatives if necessary but has stated that exceptions will be made for people with a medical need or disability if requested.

Whilst the ban is a good start on the road to reducing plastic pollution, the removal of these items is only the first step, and the Government in the UK has been urged to widen the ban to a huge range of plastic items in the next few years as a matter of urgency.

For more on plastic pollution and how to reduce your plastic use, visit WDC’s www.notwhalefood.com

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