Your April whale and dolphin news

How you can help stop whaling and some great news on our campaign to end captivity.

News from the world of whales and dolphins


I thought I’d share this wonderful image of a minke whale with you. This beautiful whale is a symbol for me of how all whales should be – living their lives, undisturbed in the ocean, without the threat of a harpoon.

A wild minke whale

You can help us stop the whale hunts

I’m sure you were as saddened as I was to hear that Japan’s whaling boats returned from their Antarctic hunt with 333 minke whales. After the outcry it sparked last year, the Japanese government hasn’t yet released figures on how many of them were pregnant. If we go by the 2016 figures then we can guess that well over 100 of the whales they killed could have been carrying a baby.

You can help. If you have a Twitter account, please take part in our action and ask the EU to say ’no‘ to a trade deal with Japan while Japan kills whales. And please make a small donation to help fund our campaign – even a gift of just £3 or £5 will help.

I have some good news for you too – travel industry giant, Thomas Cook, is taking great strides in the right direction by reviewing its stance on promoting captive whale and dolphin facilities. I’ll bring you more news on that next month as well as on the progress we are making in our project to create the world’s first sanctuary for ex-captive beluga whales.

Until then, thank you for being part of WDC. We couldn’t be here for whales and dolphins without you!

With very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

Japanese whaling ship

Take action – stop whaling

Japan’s whalers returned from their Antarctic hunt with 333 whales. In just over four months they killed 178 females and 155 males despite global condemnation. Please join the growing community who want these hunts to stop.


Well done Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook will drop tours to some captive dolphin parks in response to public pressure. We are making great progress in our campaign to stop UK holiday companies supporting whale and dolphin captivity. Thank you for your brilliant support!

A dolphin in a net

Stop UK dolphin deaths

If you haven’t yet signed our petition to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in fishing gear in UK seas, then please sign now. We only have a small window to make sure the protection they have under the EU does not get lost after Brexit.

Gifts in Wills

Orca families share an inseparable bond – the whole family is there to love, care for and protect each other. But some orca populations are critically endangered. With a gift in your Will, however large or small, you can help us to give orca families the protection they need to survive.

Fourth Element - Ocean Positive

Calling all ocean lovers! What if you could wear something that was good for the ocean and support WDC at the same time? Fourth Element have released their OceanPositive range which includes swimwear made from recycled fishing nets! Now is your chance to win some great prizes.


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