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WTO Rules Against Dolphins, But Mexican Dolphin-Deadly Tuna May Still Find No Markets
| David Phillips, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

World Trade Organization rules against the dolphin safe tuna label, but Mexican dolphin-deadly tuna is unlikely to make it to US supermarket shelves because retailers, companies and consumers do not want to buy tuna caught at the expense of dolphin lives. Read More >


BREAKING NEWS Georgia Aquarium Will Not Appeal Beluga Case
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Georgia Aquarium announced on November 17th that they will not appeal the case of the import of 18 beluga whales from Russia. This puts an end to their efforts to seek an import permit. Our coalition, which includes Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project, Animal Welfare Institute, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, and Cetacean Society International, had intervened in the case as defendants in support of NMFS, which denied Georgia Aquarium’s import permit application. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

SeaWorld “Phase-Out” of Orca Shows is All Spin
| Laura Bridgeman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

“SeaWorld fully intends to continue forced breeding of orcas in captivity,” says David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) of Earth Island Institute. “They will continue to keep orcas in concrete tanks with no intention of retirement or release. They intend to continue to import and export orcas to other captive facilities.” Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

Protecting Solomons Islands Dolphins Through Eco-Tourism
| Lawrence Makili, Pacific Island Director, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

EII Pacific Island Director Lawrence Makili reports on new efforts to support dolphin eco-tourism in the Solomon Islands. This is an exciting joint effort with the villagers, some funding from the government, and expertise and involvement from Earth Island Institute. Read More >


Scientists Call for California Commission to End Captive Orca Breeding
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

A group of scientists has come together to propose that the Commission add a condition to the permit approval in which SeaWorld would no longer breed orcas in captivity in San Diego. The condition would further restrict SeaWorld from bringing in or removing any captive orcas from their San Diego facility, with exceptions for retirement of captive orcas to a sea pen and for bringing in stranded and sick individuals for rehabilitation and return to the ocean. Read More >


Reflections On Our Key Beluga Lawsuit Victory
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

We at Earth Island and activists dedicated to ending the captivity of cetaceans are celebrating the victory in federal court in Atlanta. In a huge win, Judge Amy Totenberg denied the Georgia Aquarium the permit they sought in order to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from a population in Russia that is sorely depleted. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute. The court victory has many ramifications. Russia, along with Taiji, Japan, and Cuba, is becoming a major source of captive marine mammals, as other sources around the world have either been depleted or closed to the dolphin trade by activists and governments. Read More >


IMATA ACCEPTS TAIJI DOLPHIN LETTER
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Save Japan Dolphins staff member Mark Palmer goes to Nassau, Bahamas to deliver a joint scientific and conservation community letter calling for the IMATA to stop its certified trainers from playing any role in the Taiji dolphin captures. Read More >


Watch The “Free Willy Story” About Keiko’s Amazing Odyssey From Mexico To Iceland
| David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Keiko was the whale featured in the hit movie Free Willy. This film chronicles Keiko's history and his amazing odyssey from a cramped pool in Mexico City, to a new rescue/rehab facility in Newport, Oregon to his return to a sea pen in his native waters in Iceland. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, Keiko

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