Your interest and support fuel our efforts to protect dolphins and whales around the globe. Here are updates from a few of our current campaigns.
HELPING CLOSE THE RUSSIAN WHALE JAIL
We are playing a key role in responding to the shocking, unprecedented, and brutal captures of wild orcas and beluga whales in Russian waters. It’s the largest single capture of orcas and belugas in history, and we need your help.
Eleven orcas and 90 belugas were captured and placed in small holding pens in the Russian port of Nakhodka, on Russia’s Pacific Coast. They’re now hundreds of miles from where they were caught and stripped from their families. 1 orca and 3 belugas from the group have since gone missing.
The orcas and belugas in the Russian “whale jail” are in danger, and we are pressing the Russian government to end this travesty. We’ve helped generate worldwide outrage leading to a cancellation of the original plan to sell them all to captive parks in China. But more must be done.
They must be released to their home waters where they were captured. The Kremlin has not yet decided on the fate of the whales, and is contemplating a dangerous plan to release them where they are now, far from their homes.
Your can help our team keep the pressure on and demand action. We’ve also pulled together a group of 25 marine mammal experts to urgently request that Russian orca captures be banned permanently. We’re working closely with grassroots groups in Russia and around the world to free these whales.
Closing the Russian “whale jail” is only one part of our campaign to end the capture and captivity of dolphins and whales.
FORCING SEAWORLD TO STOP THE LIES
For more than 50 years, the US company, SeaWorld, has been the driving force behind the myth that holding orcas and smaller dolphins in concrete tanks doing tricks for human entertainment is humane. Enough is enough.
We are moving forward with a federal court lawsuit against SeaWorld’s unfair business practices and false advertising. We are forcing them to disclose information that they’ve kept hidden.
SeaWorld claims that orcas are „happy“ and „thrive“ in captivity. With this lawsuit, we’re pulling back the veil to show the cruel reality of what life is like for orcas in captivity. The case is scheduled to come to trial this October.
We are also suing the US Trump Administration to get the necropsy reports for orca deaths at SeaWorld, including Tilikum, the orca at the center of the film Blackfish. We believe these records must be made public and will reveal causes of death and other information demonstrating the health and welfare threats to orcas from lives in tanks.
Please donate as generously as you can!
ENDING JAPAN’S KILLING OF DOLPHINS AND WHALES
At the end of February, yet another bloody hunt season for Taiji dolphins ended. Tragically, the number of dolphins killed this year has risen.
The killing is subsidized by the sale of some captured dolphins to aquariums, while most of the rest of the are killed for meat. A trained wild dolphin can bring $150,000 or more on the world market. Dolphins off the coast of Japan pay a terrible price for this trade.
In 2020, Tokyo will host the summer Olympics. We are working to bring pressure to bear on the Japanese government to end the killing of dolphins and whales permanently before the games begin.The world spotlight will be on Japan, and the Olympics could cause international embarrassment over the barbaric slaughter and their recent decision to quit the International Whaling Commission and begin rogue commercial killing of whales.
Your donations can help end the plight of orcas and belugas in Russia and get them back to their families and home waters.
We can force SeaWorld to tell the truth, end the keeping of orcas in tanks, and retire them to seaside sanctuaries.
And we can continue to shine a spotlight on the Japanese government and press for an end to all killing of dolphins and whales.
Your donation of $35, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford will help us fight back.
A monthly donation of $10 or more is a great way to take action, and you will be eligible to receive a special campaign gift.
Thanks so much for all you can do to help dolphins live wild and free.
David Phillips, Director
International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute
P.S. Donate $35 or more and receive a beautiful handcrafted enamel dolphin zipper pull designed by Alaskan artist, Wm. Spear.
P.P.S. Donate $50, or become a Monthly Sustaining Donor, and receive an organic cotton Save Japan Dolphins campaign t-shirt. All shipping free.
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