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SeaWorld Files Bitter Lawsuit Against California Coastal Commission Ban on Forced Breeding of Orcas
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

SeaWorld filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission on Tuesday, December 29th, trying to overturn a ban on breeding of orcas in their captive facilities at SeaWorld San Diego and a ban on moving in any new orcas or removing any from the facility. Read More >


Canadian Anti-Captivity Bill Introduced Again
| Laura Bridgeman

Senator Moore has once again tabled a bill that aims to bring dolphin and whale captivity in Canada to a permanent end. Read More >


Another Orca Dies Too Young At SeaWorld
| International Marine Mammal Project

SeaWorld's alleged care has resulted in yet another untimely death of an orca whale. This is the third death in under six months at SeaWorld San Antonio. Read More >


Key 2015 Accomplishments for Dolphins and Whales
| David Phillips, International Marine Mammal Project

A look back on the International Marine Mammal Project's Key 2015 Accomplishments for Dolphins and Whales, including the Dolphin Safe label, Fukushima Dolphins Kids Camp and more! Read More >


SeaWorld Threatens California Coastal Commission
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

SeaWorld has continued to state it will challenge the Coastal Commission’s legal right to make orca breeding conditions on their permit. Read More >


From Retail to Dolphin Tales
| Mark Berman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

This is the story about how South Carolina became the first and only state to ban the captivity of cetaceans in the US. Read More >


Lori Marino: The Wild Lives of Cetaceans
| International Marine Mammal Project

Dr. Marino discusses why dolphins need other dolphins in order to live happy, fulfilled lives. She makes a solid case against captivity. Read More >


Editorial Boards Slam SeaWorld
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

On November 15, the Washington Post editorial board published a piece titled “SeaWorld’s Whales Still Deserve Better”. The authors argue that just as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus had to come to grips with the reality that dressing up elephants and forcing them to stand on their heads was a callous holdover of another age, SeaWorld should recognize the need for new thinking and bold action. The whales now in captivity are unlikely to survive in the wild, but sanctuaries could be created that would better emulate conditions of their natural habitat. The existing tanks would be put to far better use accommodating the injured animals that are a part of SeaWorld’s admirable rescue efforts. Since breeding orcas only consigns future generations to captivity and its inherent cruelty, SeaWorld should voluntarily end the practice. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

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