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Help Save Dolphins and Whales

Dave Phillips, Save Dolphins and Whales

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As this year draws quickly to a close, I want to thank you for helping us save dolphins and whales and ask for your support to strengthen our efforts.

For me, there has been no more searing image from 2018 than the photo of Pacific Northwest orca mom Tahlequah holding her baby up at the surface, hoping against hope that her newborn would take its first breath and survive.

Not a single one of these orcas has had a successful birth in more than three years, and their total population of 74 is declining. They are fighting a desperate battle against extinction. Tragically, Tahlequah’s baby died within hours of birth. Orcas have incredibly tight bonds with their families and are widely known to grieve the losses of pod mates. It is rare for us to witness this grief. But this situation was like no other.

     Tahlequah carried her dead baby for seventeen days and nearly a thousand miles – a gripping indication of these orcas trying to hold on.
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     The photo sailed around the world. It was a moment of connection and learning about how incredible orca whale communities are, and what is at stake.

For us here at the International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP), it hammered home the importance of our hard work to stop the capture and trade of dolphins and orcas and confront the fishing practices, boat traffic, sound blasting, and plastic pollution that threaten their ocean homes.

We will never give up. Orcas and other dolphins have the right to live free from harm from world fishing industries and companies that profit off the cruel practices of holding them in concrete tanks to perform circus tricks. Our resolve is strengthened to stop the cruelty to dolphins and whales, shine the light on areas where the harm is taking place, and mobilize public support.

This work isn’t easy, and we cannot do it without your help. You’ve helped as consumers and petition signers, and supported undercover investigations, public advocacy and educational outreach. You have lots of choices of where to put your year-end gifts, and I hope you’ll consider making a generous donation today to help fund our work to protect whales, dolphins and their ocean habitats.

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Freeing Whales from Lives in Tanks

     We made great progress this year as part of a pioneering lawsuit against SeaWorld to force them to finally tell the public the truth about the abuses associated with holding orcas in captivity. SeaWorld has tried to dismiss our lawsuit four times, but the federal judge has shut them down each time. The case will proceed to trial in the year ahead.Orca SeaWorld photo.jpeg

Captivity is cruel to orcas and other dolphins. They wear and break their teeth on the sides of tanks and steel gates. They are pumped up with drugs to deal with their health issues – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, antibiotics, and stomach antacids. They have to continually perform for crowds just in order to eat, and they often die premature deaths.

Despite the growing opposition worldwide to holding whales in captivity, SeaWorld refuses to retire a single orca or dolphin to seaside sanctuaries where they can live longer, better lives.

With your support, we can force an end to this cruelty. 

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An Orca and Beluga Disaster in Russia

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A massive scheme concocted by secret Russian business interests is threatening the lives of orcas and belugas right now. 11 orcas and 90 beluga whales were snatched from the wild and are being held in small secret pens in a harbor on the East Coast of Russia. Permits for captures under this unscientific and cruel plan were surreptitiously approved by the Russian government.

One of our staff members has been on-site in Russia, working closely with Russian activists to expose this tragedy, stop the export and press the government to see that these whales are returned to the wild where they belong.

But we face great odds, and time is of the essence. Up to a hundred million dollars could go Russian profiteers if they pull this off. And intervening to find out what is going on is highly dangerous work. A prominent Russian animal advocate was recently knocked down and her camera broken by thugs as she tried to photograph the outside of the whale holding facility. We must get the word out and support the efforts to get these orcas and belugas back to the wild.

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Meanwhile, Japan also remains a hotspot for whale and dolphin misery. Japan Dec eblast Taiji Cove photo.jpgcontinues to conduct whaling as well as allow and subsidize the continued killing of dolphins in Taiji.

We revealed to the world the ties of the international captivity industry with the slaughter of Taiji dolphins – the best “show quality” dolphins are separated permanently from their families and shipped around the world to dolphinariums to do circus tricks.  The rest of the families are brutally slaughtered and sold as meat in Japan markets – toxic meat, as it contains large quantities of mercury and PCBs.  It is a horrible business, and it must be ended. 

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In all these campaigns and more, we are saving dolphins and whales thanks to your support.

On behalf of all dolphins swimming in their natural ocean homes and those that are desperate for our help, thank you again for your critical help.

Best Wishes,

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David Phillips,  Executive Director
International Marine Mammal Project

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🐳 Your October whale and dolphin news 🐬

How you can take action to help the environment and save whales. Plus all the latest whale and dolphin news.

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News from the world of whales and dolphins

Hi  did you know that if we slow down our ships, we’ll benefit the environment and save whales? The even better news is that you can help make this happen!

Transport Ministers from around the world are meeting in London right now. They are discussing a proposal to cap ship speed limits. You can influence this important decision.

Just tweet or email your country’s Transport Minister and ask her or him to support this proposal.

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We’re on a roll!

Last month, I was proud to tell you that our Stop Whaling team helped thwart Japan’s efforts to abolish the whaling ban. This month I’ve got even more great news for you – Japan may face international trade sanctions over its hunt of sei whales. Sei whales are the third largest creature on our planet and they’re endangered – you can see them in the photo above and I’m sure you’ll agree that they are pretty amazing creatures.

International trade in sei whale meat and body parts is banned, yet Japan still kills as many as 134 of them every year. CITES, the convention that regulates international trade in endangered species, has agreed that this hunt is illegal and demanded that Japan takes action or face possible sanctions. Our brilliant team was instrumental in achieving this result – thank you for supporting us to make this happen.

With so many bad things happening in the world, it’s important to celebrate the positive and remember that we create change when we stand together. Thank you for your continued support!

From all of us at WDC,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

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Take action!

If you’re in the UK, US or Canada, you can influence talks happening right now! If we slow ships we will save whales, cut emissions and reduce underwater noise. Just email or tweet your Transport Minister and ask them to support the ship speed limit cap.

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I’m pleased to let you know that your copy of Whale & Dolphin will be with you at the end of November. It’s a great issue with exciting news about whales and dolphins in Scotland. If you’re not signed up, it’s not too late – subscribe today with a donation of £30 or £3 a month.

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New Zealand dolphins

Tackling extinction

If you are a teacher or parent, your school can help save the New Zealand dolphin by performing and filming a rugby ‚Haka‘. WDC is an official partner of the Oxford/Cambridge Varsity Match and five lucky schools will be selected to perform their Haka at the game at Twickenham on 6 December!

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Morgan, the orca

Orca, Morgan has a baby

Usually, a new orca baby is cause for celebration, but sadly not in this caseMorgan is held captive by theme park, Loro Parque in Tenerife and her little baby will probably never be free or feel the ocean on her skin.

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It’s that time of year again. Play our raffle today with just £1 and you could win £1,000! It’s a great way to have fun and show your support for WDC with all proceeds supporting our work.

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The perfect Christmas gift 

Check out a range of awesome Christmas gift ideas in our online shop including the WDC Whale & Dolphin calendar for 2019. The perfect gifts for whale and dolphin lovers.

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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.

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Hi

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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 …

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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.

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To celebrate World Ocean’s Day on Thursday 8 June, eBay.co.uk 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.

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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.

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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.

http://uk.whales.org/urge-cecilia-malmstrom-to-make-japans-whaling-deal-breaker

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.

http://uk.whales.org/donate/donate-to-help-stop-japanese-whaling

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

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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.

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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!

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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

Hi

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…

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With very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

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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!

Tilikum

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.

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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‘.

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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.

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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

 

Urge WestJet to Stop Selling SeaWorld Tickets

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WestJet—the second-largest air carrier in Canada—is still selling SeaWorld tickets and tours, despite learning that the company’s cruel practices include confining sensitive and intelligent orcas to concrete tanks, giving them psychoactive drugs, and subjecting them to overwhelming physical and emotional stress, which has resulted in the deaths of both orcas and humans. Dozens of other corporate partners cut ties with the abusement park years ago, but WestJet continues to profit from animal suffering. Urge the airline to do right by animals and end its affiliation with SeaWorld.

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It’s been more than three years since the release of the documentary Blackfish—whose „star,“ Tilikum, recently died after 33 years in a concrete tank—but orcas at SeaWorld are still swimming in endless circles and breaking their teeth by gnawing in frustration on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks. And other dolphins are still being impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged. Facing sinking attendance, SeaWorld finally announced last year that it would end its sordid orca-breeding program—which has since been made illegal in California—but this action does nothing for the 22 orcas, more than 100 other dolphins and whales, and many other animals who are suffering in the company’s tanks right now.

It’s unconscionable to make the currently captive, miserable orcas live the rest of their lives, up to another 40 years, in these conditions. SeaWorld needs to build coastal sanctuaries—where these animals could feel ocean currents, hear and communicate with wild pods, and dive deep—and we need to show WestJet that its customers care deeply about the welfare of all the animals suffering at marine parks.

Please urge Gregg Saretsky, the president and CEO of WestJet, to end the company’s relationship with SeaWorld today.

Help orcas!
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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.

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Want to see whales in the wild? Fancy a new challenge this year? 

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Tell Entertainers to Cancel Their Performances at SeaWorld Food Festival!

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SeaWorld Orlando is hosting a „Seven Seas Food Festival,“ and we need your help to let the entertainers scheduled to perform know that it’s wrong to support a company that deprives complex, emotional, and social orcas of everything that’s natural and important to them.

Even though compassionate artists and dozens of other bands— such as Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Barenaked Ladies, and 38 Special— canceled their performances at the abusement park, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Bill Engvall, Styx, Justin Moore, ZZ Top, Phillip Phillips, Village People, the Commodores, Oscar D’León, Olga Tañón, and Grupo Manía are still set to participate, which will lead their fans to support a company that forces highly intelligent orcas to do confusing tricks and live in concrete tanks that are, to them, the size of a bathtub.

Entertainers listen to their fans, so please ask these performers to cancel their appearances at SeaWorld.

Tell Entertainers to Cancel Their Performances at SeaWorld Food Festival!

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/seaworld-food-festival/

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Orcas at Seaworld

SeaWorld Orlando is hosting a „Seven Seas Food Festival,“ and we need your help to let the entertainers scheduled to perform know that it’s wrong to support a company that deprives complex, emotional, and social orcas of everything that’s natural and important to them.

Even though compassionate artists and dozens of other bands— such as Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Barenaked Ladies, and 38 Special— canceled their performances at the abusement park, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Bill Engvall, Styx, Justin Moore, ZZ Top, Phillip Phillips, Village People, the Commodores, Oscar D’León, Olga Tañón, and Grupo Manía are still set to participate, which will lead their fans to support a company that forces highly intelligent orcas to do confusing tricks and live in concrete tanks that are, to them, the size of a bathtub.

Entertainers listen to their fans, so please ask these performers to cancel their appearances at SeaWorld.