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Your May 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


Sometimes we need to remind ourselves how far we’ve come. It’s easy to get weighed down by the bad things and forget about our achievements. I remember when there were still captive dolphins in the UK and when most people didn’t question places like SeaWorld. We’ve come a long way together since then!

We’ve made giant strides in our campaign to stop UK holiday companies supporting whale and dolphin captivity.

British Airways still refuses to listen, but big players like Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook and TripAdvisor are more progressive and have begun making radical changes. We’re so grateful to you and all our wonderful supporters for standing with us to show these companies that people care.

Little White the beluga whale

And in more good news…

The beluga whale in the picture above is Little White and we are getting nearer to the day we will release her, Jun Jun (pictured below) and Little Grey into their new sea sanctuary home.

As we speak, they are in the care of experts who are helping them prepare for the upheaval and stress of transportation and for the challenges they will face once they are ‚home‘, such as colder water and having to hunt for their own food again. It’s not unlike the training astronauts have to go through before going to the International Space Station! Read all about it below.

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

Jun Jun, one of the beluga whales preparing for sanctuary

Closer to sanctuary

I’m so excited about our project to create the world’s first sanctuary for ex-captive beluga whales. Jun Jun (pictured), Little White and Little Grey are preparing for their new lives. To get them mentally and physically ready is a lot of work, but it’s worth it!

Wild dolphins leaping

We’ve come a long way

Unlike the dinosaurs at British Airways, other, more open-minded travel companies are listening to you. We are advising Virgin and TripAdvisor, and Thomas Cook is auditing all the captive facilities on its books.

Gamers for orcas

New ways to fundraise

Join our 24 hour gaming fundraiser on 9 June. Anyone who loves playing games can set up their own gaming marathon. You can take part on a console, a phone or even play board games. You can game alone or with friends, online or in person! Interested?

A dolphin in a net

Campaign update

We’ve been busy since we launched our campaign to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in nets in UK waters. Have a read of my blog to find out what our team has been doing to influence decision-makers in the UK and in Europe.

Plus, even more ways you can help …

Kolgraf orca 100 Credit: Rob Lott

Play our Summer Raffle

Take part in the raffle and you could win £1,000*. Play with as little as £1, and you could win one of seven cash prizes worth £2,000. All proceeds go towards our orca captivity work.

Humpback - Lisa Barrett

Shop on eBay!

To celebrate World Ocean’s Day on Thursday 8 June, are enabling shoppers to donate to WDC at the checkout, through the PayPal giving fund.


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.

Your March whale and dolphin news

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News from the world of whales and dolphins


I’ve got some good news and some sad news for you this month. I also wanted to say a massive ‚thank you‘ for your support – it is truly appreciated and makes a big difference for whales and dolphins.

If you haven’t done so already, please sign our petition below and before I get on with sharing the news with you, I thought you might enjoy this picture, snapped by my colleague Charlie, of dolphins having fun in the wild in Scotland…

A humpback whale

With very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

A common dolphin in a net

Sign our Care2 petition

Thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die in fishing gear in UK seas every year. We need to protect them. If you haven’t signed our petition yet, please take a few seconds to do it now. If you already have – THANK YOU!


Fin whale hunt called off

Iceland’s main whale hunter has announced there will be no fin whale slaughter in Iceland this summer, saving the lives of up to 184 endangered whales. This is fantastic news. My colleague Vanessa explains how you helped make this happen.

Richard Branson as Poseidon

Virgin listened to you

We celebrate another leap forward in our campaign to stop UK holiday companies supporting whale and dolphin captivity. Virgin Holidays has listened to you and won’t sign up any new attractions that feature whales and dolphins for ‚entertainment‘.

Yogscast and Hat Films on the Moray Firth

Hunters target pregnant whales

A new documentary makes the shocking revelation that around 90% of the minke whales killed by Norwegian hunters are female, and the majority of them are pregnant.

Great Swim Series

Swim for WDC’s Team Orca!

There’s still time so sign up and take part in the Great London or North Swim 2017 and help raise money for WDC’s international whale and dolphin conservation projects.

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Mother’s Day gift inspirations

Every mum deserves a special treat for Mother’s Day and we’ve got some lovely new gift ideas. Every penny you spend goes to help whales and dolphins around the world.

UK dolphins need you !

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UK dolphins, porpoises and whales need your help

Whales and dolphins can’t breathe underwater. Trapped in a net, they will panic, just like you would. Many endure terrible wounds and broken bones as they try to escape. When they can’t struggle anymore, they will close their blowhole and suffocate.

Will you help keep them safe by signing our petition on Care2 now? 

Thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die in fishing gear every year in UK seas. Most of the protection they have comes from the EU. But, after Brexit they won’t even have that. What then? Even more could die.

I know you’ve helped our campaigns before and I hope we can count on you again. Your support is incredibly valuable. Please spare a few seconds to sign this important petition. Urge the governments of the UK to put laws in place to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales once Britain leaves the EU.

We can win this campaign if we all stand together, so we’ve teamed up with our friends at the petition site, Care2. We must show Ministers that people care about dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in UK seas.

Thank you for taking a few moments to sign. It’s a simple thing to do but can make a big difference. Let’s stop the suffering.

Thank you

With my very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager


AfA February Newsletter

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Dear Sylvia,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year of the Rooster from all of us at the Asia For Animals Coalition! Here’s to making sure the year of the Rooster is a great year for all animals!

Updates and Calls for Action!

Great News from Vietnam: Another cruel festival halted in
Vietnam following public outcry

A Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival in which a live buffalo is hung has been ended after angry citizens protested after footage of last year’s Dong Cuong New Year festival went viral in Vietnam. Thankfully, the central and local authorities are in agreement and have ordered organisers not to allow such animal cruelty to taint the village’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

Read more here

It’s Time to End Cruel Animal Attractions in Indonesia!

Zoos and ‘safari parks’ throughout the country are exploiting animals to attract visitors.
Based on the ongoing monitoring of wildlife attractions in Indonesian zoos by “Scorpion”, these activities conducted for visitors’ entertainment are based on abuse and exploitation, resulting in immense animal suffering.

We believe that the keeping of wildlife in captivity for the purposes of entertainment is not ethically justifiable, and are committed to raising awareness of the plight of these animals, whilst lobbying for the strengthening of laws to safeguard the welfare of wildlife in captivity.

Please join us in calls to end cruel animal attractions in Indonesia

We have written to the Ministry urging immediate action be taken to halt this brutal and cruel exploitation of animals, but we need you to make YOUR voice heard too!

Please sign and sharing Scorpion’s petition, calling on the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to ban all cruel animal attractions in Indonesia
Sign petition
Find out more about animal exploitation in the name of entertainment and how YOU can help

Lasah The Elephant Still Needs Your Help!

For the last 20 years, an elephant named Lasah has been nothing more than a prop to humankind. From hauling logs to being gawked at in zoos to performing in shows and commercials, Lasah hasn’t had it easy. Now, he is at Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) in Malaysia where he’s been giving rides to tourists for the last decade.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Friends of the Orangutan (FOTO) has secured a place for Lasah at a wonderful elephant sanctuary called Kualah Gandah

To those of you who made your voices heard for Lasah by signing the petition, you may have received an email from the wildlife department in Malaysia regarding this situation. Sadly, the government has made no indication when they will transfer Lasah to the sanctuary here.

View the Malaysian government’s response to us and Friends of the Orangutan’s reply
We won’t give up on Lasah… Will you?

Please continue to sign and share the two petitions:

FOTO petition: Help Free Lasah The Elephant In Malaysia petition: Free Lasah the elephant from daily abuse

Thank you !

Find out what you can do to continue to support Friends of the Orangutan’s efforts for Lasah

Indonesia: Calling on Sriwijaya Air to Stop
Transporting Dolphins for Travelling Circus Operators

The Asia for Animals Coalition is supporting our friends at Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) in their campaign to end the exploitation of dolphins in travelling circuses in Indonesia.

We are committed to ending the captivity of cetaceans globally, many of which are wild-caught. The welfare of dolphins used in travelling circuses is further compromised by their training, frequent transport, and the lack of suitable resting and holding facilities at circus venues. The dolphins are held in close confinement for almost all of their lives, forced to travel for hours on end, and exposed to regular human handling and excessive noise… All in the name of ‘entertainment’…

Circus dolphin packed into a dry crate in between shows
(Photo credit: JAAN)
There is growing international recognition of the role airlines play in permitting the captive cetacean industry to continue its exploitation, and of the severe stress cetaceans suffer during hours of restricted confinement during air transportation. Globally we are seeing an ever-growing number of airlines pledging to no longer transport these animals.

Please join us in supporting JAAN in calling on Sriwijaya Air to stop transporting dolphins for travelling circus operators in Indonesia! Please sign and share the petition below urgently

Sign Petition

Elephants in Tourism: Please Don’t Pay For Their Suffering

Elephant tourist parks, camps and shows exist in many parts of Asia, and the tourist demand to get close to these iconic animals is fuelling the cruel and abusive treatment of elephants…

Tourists may think activities like riding an elephant do no harm, but the brutal truth is that breaking these animals‘ spirits to the point that they allow humans to interact with them involves cruelty at every turn.
Read more here
Elephant training methods which keep the animals in constant compliance are based on fear and pain: Calves are “broken” by removal from their mothers, physical restraint and fear. Adults are forced to perform in a certain way through the abusive use of the bullhook (ankus).
Whilst it is often claimed that tourist elephants are “rescued” or being kept for conservation. The reality is that encouraging human-elephant interactions is contrary to conservation and rehabilitation efforts. Teaching animals to perform inappropriate tricks portrays them to the public in a humiliating manner, instead of showing their natural grace and beauty. And this compromises efforts to promote empathy and respect.

What can you do?

You can make a difference. Most elephants in captivity are part of tourist-driven businesses. Please don’t pay for the elephants‘ suffering.

  • NEVER go on elephant rides
  • NEVER visit attractions with elephant shows or performances
  • NEVER stay in resorts or hotels that have captive elephants
  • NEVER use tour operators that book elephant rides or tours to elephant camps
Find out more

The AfA coalition site is going from strength to strength but we need your help to spread the word even further. Please send this email to your friends, family and colleagues and follow us on Facebook to receive updates on what you can do to help. Click here to follow us on Facebook page

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Wow! Look what you helped achieve for whales and dolphins

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Look what you helped us achieve

Thank you – whales and dolphins are safer because of you!

We achieved great things together in 2016. To find out how your support helped WDC protect whales and dolphins, watch our short video.

– You helped persuade SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas and end the theatrical shows.

– You played a part in securing the world’s largest protected area of ocean in Antarctica.

– You convinced the Scottish Government to protect harbour porpoises.

– You won an agreement to remove river dams that were stopping orcas getting their salmon prey.

Never doubt the power we have when we stand together. Every penny you give, every petition you sign and every campaign you share makes a difference. Together, we will create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

From all of us at WDC, thank you for your support. Whales and dolphins are lucky to have you on their side.

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager.

Support WDC in 2017
There are many ways that you can support WDC in 2017.

Adopt a whale or dolphin, volunteer your time, swim for Team Orca, make a donation or collect your pennies for our change box challenge! You can make a difference.

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Support WDC in 2017

There are many ways that you can support WDC in 2017.

Adopt a whale or dolphin, volunteer your time, swim for Team Orca, make a donation or collect your pennies for our change box challenge! You can make a difference.

Iceland Trek - More info
Want to see whales in the wild? Fancy a new challenge this year? 

Trek Iceland is a five-day sponsored trek where you’ll experience the country’s incredible landscapes, mountains, glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls.

More info


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WDC RIP Tilikum, ’star‘ of Blackfish


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News from the world of whales and dolphins

A very happy New Year to you !

What do you want for whales and dolphins in 2017? I asked some of my colleagues what they would wish for and I’ve made a list. I’d love it if you would add your wishes in the comments section. Let’s see how many we can make come true this year by standing together and speaking out for the remarkable beings with whom we share our blue planet.

A humpback whale

I’m starting this year with hope. With your brilliant support and the amazing team of experts I work with at WDC, we have the power to change things for the better. I’m looking forward to sharing all the successes we achieved together in 2016 in your e-news next month. In the meantime, please add your hopes for whales and dolphins in 2017 to our wish list on my blog.

I do have some sad news for you. But even this news comes with hope. Two of the world’s best-known orcas have died. Their lives couldn’t have been more different. Granny was probably more than 100 years old, having escaped the terrible captures that decimated her population in the 1960s and 70s. Granny will always remind us that orcas can live long and incredible lives in the wild.

I wasn’t sure how to feel when Tilikum, the ’star‘ of the movie Blackfish, died at SeaWorld last week. Although I feel sadness, I think my over-riding emotions are relief and hope. Relief that he is no longer enduring the horrible existence that drove him psychotic. And hope that his suffering will not have been in vain – that because the world heard his story through Blackfish, future generations of orcas will not go through what he did. More on both these orcas below.

As always, thank you for your support. We simply wouldn’t be here without you and we appreciate everything that you do, from taking part in our online actions to giving the money that keeps us going.

With very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

Make a donation to fund our work in 2017

WDC's Julia Thoms at British Airways headquarters

BA say ’no entry‘

304,996 of you asked British Airways to stop supporting SeaWorld. Apparently, BA couldn’t care less what you think. I took our petition to BA’s HQ this week but they had briefed the security guard not to let us in!

Find out what happened


Rest in peace Tilikum

He died two days before SeaWorld’s orca shows ended. Let’s hope the tragedy of his life will mean others can be free.

Read Tilikum’s story

Granny enjoying life

Goodbye to an icon

Granny lived for more than 100 years. Imagine the experiences she had! She represents the long and rich lives of wild orcas. She must have carried the memory of the friends and family she loved and lost to the captures of the 60s and 70s.

More about Granny

Yogscast and Hat Films on the Moray Firth

Thank you Yogscast!

Thanks to leading YouTube network, Yogscast, and the generosity of nearly 90,000 of their amazing fans, WDC has received its biggest ever partner donation of $365,000.

Read more

Dolphin Charm Necklace
Treat the one you whaley love with a Valentine’s gift from our online shop. We’ve got romantic gift ideas for men and women. Or why not just spoil yourself…because you can! Every penny you spend will help us protect whales and dolphins in 2017.

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Adopt a whale or dolphin
Looking for a Valentine’s gift but trying to avoid the hearts and flowers? How about giving your loved one a whale or dolphin adoption? Our monthly updates mean that not only will they get to know the individual they have adopted, but they will think of you all year round!

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Image credits: Humpback whale – WDC/Sue Rocca | British Airways petition – WDC/Rob Lott | Tilikum – Paul Wigmore | Yogscast Crew – Hat Films | Dolphin Necklace – WDC | Dolphins – WDC/Charlie Phillips




Neuigkeit zur Petition: Neue Tierschutzrichtlinie beendet nicht die Gefangenschaft von Delfinen

Katie Bashford

London, Vereinigtes Königreich

21. Dez. 2016 — Hallo ihr 166.556!

Thomas Cook hat eine neue Tierschutzrichtlinie bekanntgegeben. Darin steht, dass es eine härtere Vorgehensweise bedarf, um den Tierschutz in den Attraktionen zu garantieren. Ich habe die Stellungnahme gelesen sowie mit dem PR Team von Thomas Cook gesprochen und glaube, dass es ein kleiner Schritt in die richtige Richtung ist. Tierschutz zu verbessern ist niemals etwas schlechtes.

Die Petition widerspricht jedoch dem Grundgedanken von Delfinen in Gefangenschaft. Ein Kernziel dieser Kampagne ist es hervorzuheben, dass kein Becken – egal wie groß – jemals die Bedingungen des Ozeans kopieren kann.

Delfine sind Geschöpfe, die NICHT in Gefangenschaft gehören, aber Thomas Cook unterstützt diese grausame Industrie, indem sie noch immer Tickets für Delfinparks verkaufen.

In den nächsten paar Monaten wird Thomas Cook weitere Informationen über die neue Richtlinie veröffentlichen. Außerdem werden sie darüber informieren mit welchen Einrichtungen sie nicht weiter zusammenarbeiten werden. Ich bin gespannt auf diese Veröffentlichungen.

Währenddessen möchte ich mich nochmals bei euch allen bedanken und euch bitten mir noch einmal zu helfen, indem ihr Thomas Cook auf Facebook ( schreibt und ihnen mitteilt, dass kein Becken jemals groß genug für Delfine ist und niemals den Ozean ersetzen kann. Denkt daran, den Link zu unserer Petition hinzuzufügen:

Das hat jedes Mal gut funktioniert und je lauter wir sind desto besser. Bitte teilt die Petition auch weiterhin in euren Netzwerken und sprecht über das Problem. Zusammen können wir etwas verändern!

Veränderungen kommen langsam, aber sie kommen! Danke, dass ihr alle ein Teil des Prozesses seid!

Bis alle Becken leer sind!




Entscheidungsträger-Antwort: Antwort von Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook

21. Dez. 2016 — (übersetzt aus dem Englischen)

Wir freuen uns eine neue Tierschutzrichtlinie bekanntzugeben. Wir glauben, dass dies ein beachtlicher Schritt ist, um den Tierschutz im Tourismus voranzutreiben.

Unter dem folgenden Link finden Sie mehr Informationen zum Thema von unserem Geschäftsführer Peter Fankhauser (in Englisch!):

A new approach to animal welfare in tourism
Peter Fankhauser Group Chief Executive, Thomas Cook. London Zoo first opened its doors to the public in 1847, just six years after our…



Urge Officials to Keep Animals Out of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi!

SeaWorld enslaves animals in tiny concrete tanks at marine abusement parks across the country, and now, it’s expanding its failing business around the world. Please urge officials in Abu Dhabi—the capital of the United Arab Emirates—to ensure that SeaWorld is not allowed to set up shop unless it doesn’t hold dolphins, seals, polar bears, penguins, or any other animals captive at its new park.

Since the release of Blackfish—the documentary that exposes SeaWorld’s violent capture and cruel confinement of orcas—the park’s attendance has tanked, top executives have been ousted, celebrities such as Harry Styles have urged fans to stay away, and hundreds of employees have been laid off, including 320 just last week. In 2014, the park lost 1 million visitors, and in 2015, SeaWorld San Diego was the worst-performing major theme park in the world. Meanwhile, support for Disney, Six Flags, and Cedar Fair—which do not rely on abusive animal entertainment—has swelled. Succumbing to public pressure, SeaWorld recently agreed to end its sordid orca-breeding program—which has since been made illegal in California—but this does nothing for the 168 other dolphins and whales who are currently swimming in endless circles and breaking their teeth in frustration as they gnaw on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks. And it does nothing for the 38 orcas, dozens of beluga whales, more than 100 dolphins, and innumerable smaller animals—such as sharks, pinnipeds, and penguins—who have already died, many of them prematurely.

Please send a polite letter to His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, the chair of Miral Asset Management and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, urging him not to allow SeaWorld to use Abu Dhabi as a life raft for its failing business model and to prohibit the company from setting up shop unless it commits to not holding animals in captivity.