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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins

Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Travelling dolphin show is shut down

Dolphin circus in Indonesia

An infamous and cruel travelling dolphin circus in Indonesia has been shut down following years of campaigning by Dolphin Project and local activists, and supported by WDC.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Indonesia has announced that it will not renew permits for Wersut Seguni Indonesia, the company responsible for the travelling dolphin circus, and so it will now close down.

For many years the dolphins forced to take part in the shows were transported from venue to venue, often spending days at a time in small boxes.

Once the circus set up in a new location the dolphins were forced to perform tricks for food, swam in tiny highly chlorinated pools and made to dance to loud background music.

The public are being encouraged to send a note of thanks to Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister @siti.nurbayabakar (Instagram).

WDC is working to establish a sanctuary for beluga whales held in captivity – read more.

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