WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation is the leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins.
A world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
Every whale and dolphin - safe & free
There are 4 vital ways that we are fighting for the survival of whales and dolphins.
Together we can:
Whales and dolphins have a right to live free and healthy lives. These highly intelligent individuals should not suffer for human entertainment.
Commercial whaling is illegal. And yet, every year, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill around 1,500 whales.
Create healthy seas
Commercial fishing, oil and gas drilling, and shipping are threatening the lives of whales and dolphins.
Prevent deaths in nets
Hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins are accidentally caught and killed by commercial fishing fleets every year.
How we work
We are authorities on whale and dolphin issues, and we are passionate about what we do. We work globally through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research, rescue, education and much more.
We operate at international meetings and work across many seas and oceans, as well as through our offices in the UK, North America, Germany and Australia.
Passion – We care deeply about whales and dolphins, and we share this passion with our supporters.
Integrity – Our work is backed by robust research, science and philosophy. We are the authority on whales and dolphins and the threats they face.
Inclusiveness – WDC does not work alone. Our supporters are at the heart of what we do. We also work with other NGOs, communities and governments to achieve real protection for whales and dolphins.
Courage – We are not afraid to take on big business, governments or industries whose actions harm whales and dolphins.
Whales and dolphins face threats each and every day but every day our supporters, volunteers and partners make an invaluable contribution to our work. We are extremely grateful for this support.
Take a look at some of WDC’s achievements in the past year that you helped to make possible!
Upheld ban on commercial whaling
More protection for dolphins in New Zealand
Reducing fishing gear threat to right whales
Whale meat no longer moved through EU ports
Marine protected area created in Bangladesh
UK commits to reduce death in nets
Marine protected area created in Antarctica
US import of captured beluga whale stopped
Speed limit for ships along the US east coast
Harbour porpoise homes protected in UK
Online whale meat sales stopped in Japan
World's first beluga whale sanctuary
Today there are around 3,000 whales and dolphins held captive in aquariums, zoos and marine parks. One day, we’ll look back on this time and think, how could this barbaric cruelty ever have been considered entertainment? Help us end captivity now.