WDC, together with local press and community organisations, are calling for greater protection for the unique population of indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins that live in the Port River in Adelaide.
A new law has come into force in Mexico City that bans dolphinariums. It means that the dolphinarium based in the city, Dolphin Discovery Mundo Marino Six Flags, must now move the dolphins it holds or potentially face large fines.
The destination of any relocated dolphins must be approved by the authorities. Sadly, there are still many other locations in Mexico that hold dolphins in captivity, many offering swim-with opportunities to tourists.
WDC’s work to keep whales and dolphins safe and free from the many threats they face has received a huge boost this week – an unbelievable donation of almost $250k from Humble Bundle and software company, Magix.
WDC is excited to announce that our video games fundraising event, Gamers for Orcas, raised over $275,000 – smashing last year’s total.
The event, which WDC ran for the first time in 2017, sees some of our fantastic partners in the video game industry come together with broadcasters and a host of fantastic individual fundraisers to help support WDC’s work to keep whales and dolphins safe and free.
Radisson Group has agreed to remove whale meat from the menu at one of its hotels in Iceland following pressure from WDC.
Last week, a WDC supporter notified us of whale meat on the menu at the Park Inn Radisson hotel in Keflavik, Iceland and, following consultation with Inge Huijbrechts, global vice president for responsible business at Radisson Group, it was agreed that the meat will be withdrawn from sale immediately.
WDC now have a brand new exciting partner!
Following public pressure from organisations and individuals all over the country, the Government recently asked for our views on extending the charge on single use plastic bags to other single use plastics, like drinks bottles, coffee cups, cutlery, straws and food packaging. The ‘convenience’ items are often only used for a few minutes but never biodegrade, meaning that they can pollute the oceans for generations, continuing to pose a serious risk to the lives of whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife.
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Leading UK Pet Insurer, Animal Friends Pet Insurance have once again committed to help the threats faced by whales and dolphins around the world by donating £25,000 to global marine wildlife charity, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).
The Don’t Buy From Icelandic Whalers campaign, an alliance of 14 conservation and animal protection groups including WDC, has reacted with dismay to the news that Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur will resume fin whaling and with skepticism to the news that Hvalur has abruptly sold its shares in seafood giant, HB Grandi to Brim, another major Icelandic seafood company, on the eve of a major fishing industry trade expo.