Stop experiments on whales plus all your April whale and dolphin news — WDC

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A minke breaches

We need your help to stop experiments on whales! 

Norwegian authorities have approved plans to catch minke whales, hold them in pens and conduct experiments on them. It’s hard to believe isn’t it!

The cruel, dangerous and completely unnecessary project is planned to take place from 15th May to 22nd June and then run again in 2022.  A mile-wide net will be used to herd migrating juvenile minke whales into an enclosure. From there, they will be moved, one at a time and locked inside a modified salmon-farming cage clamped between two rafts. Once the whales are trapped, the researchers will try to measure their brain waves to determine how they might react to naval sonar and noise from oil and gas exploration.  As many as 12 whales could be held captive for as long as four days before being released.

We have to try to stop this. Please email the Norwegian authorities now using our template text.


As always, thank you for your support – I hope you enjoy reading the stories below to find out what we are achieving together. We are only here to fight for whales and dolphins because of you – our brilliant supporters.

With best wishes from all of us at WDC,

Julia Pix

Please consider making a donation to help us stop whale exploitation in Norway


Dolphin in net

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Ren Yabuki

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Indigo breaching

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Jet skiers harassing dolphin

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You can enjoy the beautiful whales and dolphins in this video even if you’re not lucky enough to encounter them when you are on the water …

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