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Freeing Whales & Dolphins from Captivity: Top News

What Will SeaWorld Do?  Four Potential Moves
| Laura Bridgeman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Everyone wants to know what will SeaWorld do now that their tank expansion plan can only happen if orca breeding ends. Here is a review of some of their options. Read More >

Topics: SeaWorld

SeaWorld Tank Expansion Approved Only with Ban on Breeding of Orcas
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

In a stunning victory, the California Coastal Commission conditioned SeaWorld San Diego’s expansion of orca tanks (called by SeaWorld the “Blue World Project”) on SeaWorld ending breeding or moving captive orcas into California, effectively telling SeaWorld to phase out captive orcas. Read More >

Topics: SeaWorld

Stopping IMATA Trainers From Participating In the Cruel Taiji Dolphin Captures
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Our message is simple: We are asking IMATA to follow the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in denouncing the captures of dolphins during the horrendous Taiji dolphin drive hunts going on right now in Japan, and to take action against its members who participate in the capture, training, selling or buying involved in stripping these dolphins from their families and subsidizing the brutal hunts by paying top dollar for "show quality" dolphins. Read More >

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The Latest on Earth Island Institute’s SeaWorld Lawsuit
| David Phillips, August 24, 2015

The Latest on Earth Island Institute's SeaWorld Lawsuit Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

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 >


SEAWORLD CLAIMS IT WILL NOT TAKE WILD-CAUGHT BELUGA WHALES

In a surprising reversal, SeaWorld has now announced on their website that they will NOT accept any of the 18 wild-caught beluga whales that the Georgia Aquarium is attempting to import into the US from Russia. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

Susan Casey Presents “Voices in the Ocean” at Earth Island Institute
| Mary Jo Rice, International Marine Mammal Project

Bestselling author Susan Casey, flanked by Earth Island Institute activists Mark Berman, Mark Palmer, and David Phillips, presented her new book "Voices in the Ocean" to an audience at the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, California. It was an inspirational night about the amazing dolphins. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

WATCH “KEIKO, THE UNTOLD STORY” NEW MOVIE TRAILER
| Theresa Demarest, filmmaker for "Keiko, The Untold Story".

Keiko moves from the sea pen to a bay pen in Iceland and then swims all the way to Norway. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, Keiko

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  • As carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, the oceans become more and more acidic, with devastating impacts on krill, corals, diatoms and other species at the base of the oceanic food chain, upon which dolphins and whales depend.
    - By Audrey Evangeline Lee
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has Listed the Dolphin Killing Tuna Industry of Mexico as "Sustainable" But a UK Audit Questions Their Standards
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Russian Conservationists and Experts Inspect Conditions in Russia's "Whale Prison", Raising Concerns About the Health and Well Being of 87 Beluga Whales and 11 Orcas
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Save Japan Dolphins >
  • As documented in "The Cove", dolphins continue to be horribly slaughtered while the dolphin hunters get top dollar for live trained dolphins, ripped from their families.
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Taiji is not the only place that dolphin hunts occur in Japan. In northern Japan ports, Dall's porpoises are harpooned for their meat.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Dolphin + Whale Project >
  • As carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, the oceans become more and more acidic, with devastating impacts on krill, corals, diatoms and other species at the base of the oceanic food chain, upon which dolphins and whales depend.
    - By Audrey Evangeline Lee
  • Japan announces they will no longer kill whales in the Antarctic Ocean, a cause for celebration, but also they will drop out of the IWC and start commercial whaling within its 200 mile zone, bad news for those whales and dolphins.
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Keiko Whale Rescue >
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Dolphin Safe Fishing >
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has Listed the Dolphin Killing Tuna Industry of Mexico as "Sustainable" But a UK Audit Questions Their Standards
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • After ten years of litigation, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has concluded that the US Dolphin Safe tuna label should remain strong, and not be weakened to allow Mexican tuna, stained by the blood of dolphins, to be falsely labeled "Dolphin Safe". A huge victory!
    - Mark J. Palmer, Associate Director, International Marine Mammal Project