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Over 570 whales killed during 2021 hunts in Norway

The highest number of whales killed in Norway since 2016 has been announced just as...
A wild orca in Iceland

Shocking footage of captive orca butting head against wall

Kiska is a wild caught Icelandic orca who has spent the last four decades in...
Atlantic white-sided dolphin

Even locals outraged as 1400 dolphins die in Faroese hunt

Much of the criticism has come from within the country where usually there is a...
Rescuing a stranded orca calf

Rescuers search for orca family after saving stranded calf

According to New Zealand rescue organisation Whale Rescue, the orca was found alone at Porirua,...

South Korea cracks down on whale and dolphin captivity

Protesters demand the closure of Geoje Sea World in South Korea © KAWA

South Korea's government has indicated that it will ban new facilities from displaying whales and dolphins.

The move comes as growing numbers of the population become aware of animal rights issues.

The government has also said it will be issuing new regulations concerning the 23 existing aquariums in South Korea after around 20 marine mammals (including whales and dolphins) died at facilities between 2016 and 2020. New rules on visitor interactions, such as petting and feeding the mammals will also come into force.

Captivity for whales and dolphins is a cruel existence. For an individual who is used to swimming many miles every day, a tank is a featureless prison cell.

In confinement, whales and dolphins may swim endlessly in circles, can lie on the floor of the tank for many hours, chew on the sides of the pool and repeat the same patterns of behaviour over and over.

Find out more about WDC’s work to end captivity including the creation of open sea sanctuaries HERE

 

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