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Norway’s whaling future uncertain after survey shows little domestic appetite for whale meat

Norway’s whaling future uncertain after survey shows little domestic appetite for whale meat

The future of Norway’s whaling industry appears to be in serious doubt as it struggles...
More Success! WDC’s negotiations with travel giant TripAdvisor pay off

More Success! WDC’s negotiations with travel giant TripAdvisor pay off

Online travel giant, TripAdvisor is to stop the promotion of whale and dolphin captivity shows,...
Preparations for beluga whale move to Iceland continue

Preparations for beluga whale move to Iceland continue

Ahead of the relocation of Little White and Little Grey to the world’s first open...
Whale culture should play a part in their conservation says new international study

Whale culture should play a part in their conservation says new international study

An international group of researchers working on a wide range of species, including whales, argues...
Icelandic whaling report raises concerns

Icelandic whaling report raises concerns

A long-anticipated report into the economic impact of Icelandic whaling has been released and raises a number...
WDC and Clarity launch local Urban Beach Clean initiative to tackle plastic pollution

WDC and Clarity launch local Urban Beach Clean initiative to tackle plastic pollution

Leading marine wildlife charity, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is celebrating the New Year by...
Japan is leaving the Whaling Commission to start commercial whaling – and it is a big deal

Japan is leaving the Whaling Commission to start commercial whaling – and it is a big deal

On 26 December 2018, the Japanese government announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission...
Japan to withdraw from International Whaling Commission and start hunting whales for commercial profit

Japan to withdraw from International Whaling Commission and start hunting whales for commercial profit

The Japanese government has decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the...

WDC expertise

The WDC team consists of staff, external consultants and other colleagues with a huge range of expertise in the issues concerning whales and dolphins. We are widely respected by peers, governments and other organisations as well as international media.

Dolphin dating game

WDC Project manager, Nicola Hodgins, gives a Tedx talk on our research project in Scotland that has discovered mating between Risso's dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Rights for whales and dolphins

WDC Chief Executive, Chris Butler-Stroud, gives a university presentation on the widening arguments to give whales and dolphins rights as we learn more about them.

Save whales, save ourselves

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Executive Director of WDC North America, talks about marine mammals' complex patterns of behaviour and their key role in the ocean ecosytem.

WDC has carried out vital conservation work in over
countries over the last 30 years.

Our successes

End captivity

Stop whaling

Create healthy seas

Prevent deaths in nets

Upheld ban on commercial whaling

Thomas Cook ends ticket sales to SeaWorld

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

We work with partners from all sectors to secure a future where whales and dolphins are safe and free.

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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:

Ethical Superstore

End captivity

Whales and dolphins have a right to live free and healthy lives. These highly intelligent individuals should not suffer for human entertainment.

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Stop whaling

Commercial whaling is illegal. And yet, every year, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill around 1,500 whales.

Fourth Element

Create healthy seas

Commercial fishing, oil and gas drilling, and shipping are threatening the lives of whales and dolphins.

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Prevent deaths in nets

Hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins are accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear every year.