News from the world of whales and dolphins

Find out how we helped keep the ban on whaling in place, plus all your whale and dolphin news

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WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

News from the world of whales and dolphins

Hi  thanks to your support we’ve just won an important victory for whales!

Our amazing team has just spent a tough couple of weeks at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) – the body that regulates whaling. Our main goal was to make sure Japan was unsuccessful in its efforts to overturn the ban on commercial whaling. I’m thrilled to tell you we were successful.

The whaling ban is one of the most important conservation wins of all time. It saddens me greatly that we have to fight so hard to keep it to protect whales like the magnificent minke in this photo.

When I look at a picture like the one above, I remember why we keep doing what we do, even when it’s hard. Whales are incredible, intelligent beings. They play a vital role in the ocean environment – they even give us every other breath we take – and they have the right to live their lives free from human harm.

As always, thank you for your support – you are a vital part of our work.

With best wishes on behalf of everyone at WDC,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

The WDC team fighting to keep the whaling ban

We kept the whaling ban

In the picture are my brilliant colleagues, Carolina Cassani and Vanesa Tossenberger, fighting to keep the whaling ban. We won but we’ve got a lot more to do. Thank you for playing your part – we’re only able to get to these important meetings because of the donations our supporters give us.


A New Zealand dolphin leaps

Win for NZ dolphins

Last month I told you that a mining exploration permit had been granted in the home of the critically endangered Māui dolphins. I’m delighted to let you know that after public outcry and protest letters from WDC and many other groups, the decision has been reversed.


Riley the spaniel helping his human clean up litter

Plastic-free pets

At WDC, we’re always on the look out for alternatives to single-use plastic. It’s everywhere, including in a lot of the products we buy for our pets. We’ve been discovering some great pet-friendly, plastic-busting alternatives and I wanted to share them with you.


WDC looking out for dolphins

This could be you!

WDC conducts an important research project from the remote Welsh island of Bardsey. We were joined by some fantastic volunteers last month. If you’ve got what it takes and want to do something practical to help whales and dolphins, you could join us in 2019.


A captive dolphin

The truth about captivity

Dolphins live shorter lives in captivity than in the wild. A new study, undertaken for WDC by a zoology student volunteer reveals some shocking stats. Wild dolphins can expect to live between 30 and 50 years. In captivity, on average, it’s fewer than 13 years.


Humpback whales - James D Watt

Consider leaving a gift.

A gift in your Will, however large or small, can help us save the whale and make our vision a reality – a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.


Kesslet and baby - Charlie Phillips

Exciting dolphin news!

Two of the adoption dolphins, living off the coast of Scotland, recently gave birth! Adopt Rainbow or Kesslet today and keep up-to-date with their growing families!


Our vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. Please consider making a donation today to support our work. Thank you.


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