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News from the world of whales and dolphins
Hi there I’m excited to bring you your November newsletter as there’s so much to tell you! I’ve got news about our progress creating the world’s first beluga whale sanctuary and our investigation exposing the illegal sale of whale meat online. I want to introduce you to Sarah, one of WDC’s many inspiring conservationists and also celebrate a huge victory with you.
You may be aware that we are working with Merlin Entertainments to develop the world’s first sanctuary for captive beluga whales and secure a better future for the three belugas living at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai. We are getting closer to being able to announce its location and, all being well, we hope to move the whales to the sanctuary in spring 2019.
I can’t wait to watch Jun Jun, Little White and Little Grey, the three belugas, discover their new home in the sea, with no more concrete walls. I have no doubt there will be tears, many of them mine! I think it’s probably the most difficult and exciting (and definitely the most expensive) project I have ever been involved with and I’m sure you’ll feel the same when I bring you regular updates on the three belugas‘ journey to a better life.
I hope you enjoy this month’s round up. Remember, none of this would be possible without our brilliant supporters, so as always, THANK YOU!
With very best wishes,
Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager
We expose Illegal meat
A WDC undercover sting revealed whale meat illegally on sale to international buyers in pounds, euros and dollars on a Japanese website. We are now working with UK police, customs and officials from CITES, the body that regulates trade in endangered species.
Move over Lara Croft!
We’ve partnered with the developers of a video game featuring a strong, female conservation hero. But what’s it really like to work in marine conservation? Find out from Sarah Dolman who leads our work to prevent dolphin deaths in fishing gear.
Thanks for taking action
Almost 270,000 people signed our petition calling on the EU to refuse a trade deal with Japan while Japan kills whales. WDC’s Astrid (right) and Care2’s Joanne represented you at a positive meeting with Bernd Lange from the European Parliament.
A MASSIVE success…
You could probably hear our cheers from the South Pole when we heard that after years of hard work, the world’s largest marine protected area will be created in the Antarctic’s Ross Sea. A massive 1.55sq km will be given protection.
Have you seen our TV ad?
On Monday we launched a new TV ad in the UK encouraging viewers to adopt an orca. It focuses on orca families and the threats they face. Remember, adopting a whale or dolphin makes a perfect gift this Christmas – see our exclusive offer below.
Exclusive offer for you
A whale or dolphin adoption makes a perfect gift this Christmas. Thanks to the Whale Bag company, the first 50 supporters to call us on 01249 449500 will receive a free Whale Bag with their adoption. Call between Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and quote ‚Christmas 16‘.
Christmas is getting closer and the number of shopping days is disappearing fast. Don’t panic! Our online shop has lots of great gift ideas for your family and friends.
Play our Christmas raffle and help protect endangered orcas. You could win £100, £500 or even £1,000! Play online today for just £1. You must be over 16 and live in mainland UK.