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Posts by Julia Pix

No EU-Japan trade agreement unless Japan stops whaling!

When we launched our campaign in March 2016, calling on the EU to make whaling a deal breaker in the negotiations with Japan on a free trade agreement, we had a clear goal: to get the EU to use the trade talks as a powerful tool and put pressure on Japan to stop its whaling…

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The Winding Way of Whales & Wind Farms

I recently attended a two-day workshop on Long Island on offshore wind development projects. You could say I was “blown away” (I’m a sucker for a good pun) by the number of people involved in the workshop-over 180! While we were primarily focusing on the wind farms planned for development off the coast of New…

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Whales and whalers – how and why WDC is fighting to keep the whaling ban

Today, representatives of the world’s governments are gathered in Florianopolis, Brazil to discuss whales, whalers and whaling. This important ten-day summit of the International Whaling Commission, (IWC, the body that regulates whaling) happens every two years. WDC is at the meeting to provide expert advice to governments and to fight on the side of the…

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Mining exploration permit granted inside Māui dolphin sanctuary

A permit has been granted for mining exploration inside the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary, an area established to protect the critically endangered Māui dolphins. There are fewer than 60 Māui dolphins left and we must do everything we can to protect them. Please sign our petition now. WDC Australasia’s Mike Bossley said, ‘at this stage…

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WDC presents petition to Carnival and asks them to stop exploiting dolphins

Today, WDC representatives, Rob Lott (End Captivity campaigner) and Julia Thoms (campaigns manager) met with senior Carnival staff at their headquarters in Miami. We were there to present more than 27,000 signatures from WDC supporters who want Carnival to stop offering their cruise ship passengers shore excursions to swim-with-dolphins attractions. If you were one of…

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Godzilla is not whale food

Elspeth Shears is a residential volunteer at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay. Our visitor centre is on the Moray Firth, north east Scotland, home to the most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins in the world. With the Scottish sun shining up above on a beautiful Sunday in Moray, Scotland, more than 60…

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Insights on life as a volunteer at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre relies on its volunteers to keep it running. Jack Farge is one of our brilliant residential volunteers, and in his guest blog he talks about his experience so far, and why you really should come and visit! (The views and opinions expressed by our guest bloggers are those of the author, and…

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Will Carnival stop exploiting dolphins? We're making progress.

A massive thank you to everyone who has joined our campaign urging cruise giant, Carnival to stop exploiting dolphins. If you haven’t signed yet, please add your name now. Many swim-with-dolphins facilities in Mexico and the Caribbean exisit primarily to service cruise passengers and we are asking Carnival, as the world’s largest cruise company, to…

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The last straw – how a plastics hero took on a supermarket

Rosie Copeland is a #plasticshero. She took on supermarket giant Morrissons and persuaded them to stop selling plastic straws. In her guest blog for WDC, she explains what motivated her to act and how if she can do it…you can too. If you want to nominate someone as a WDC #plasticshero, get in touch using…

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