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Freeing Whales & Dolphins from Captivity: Top News

RUSSIAN ORCA WHALE IMPORTS COULD BE NEXT
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

18 wild-caught beluga whales from the Sea of Okhotsk may be imported into the United States to be kept in small concrete tanks. Over the past two years, eleven orcas were caught in the wild in the Sea of Okhotsk. Seven are believed to have been exported to a Chinese aquarium, while three others are now at the Moscow aquarium, the first orcas ever put on display in Russia. Take action with us now. Read More >

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INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER CHRIS PALMER
| Laura Bridgeman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Earth Island Institute interviews Chris Palmer, one of the world's foremost wildlife documentary filmmakers about dolphins, whales, and wildlife protection around the world. Read More >


COURT BLOCKS SEAWORLD’S BID TO MOVE LEGAL CASES TO ORLANDO
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

US Judicial Panel rules against an effort by SeaWorld to combine lawsuits against it for false advertising and transfer the cases to Orlando, Florida where their corporate offices are located. Read More >

Topics: SeaWorld

BELUGA IMPORT LAWSUIT
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Earth Island Institute has intervened in the lawsuit to stop the inport of 18 wild beluga whales captured in Russia. The lawsuit is now in the hands of the judge. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

PROTECTING DOLPHINS IN THE SOLOMONS
| Lawrence Makili, Pacific Islands Director

International Marine Mammal Project’s Dolphin Safe program, to end the catching and killing of dolphins in Solomon Islands Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION SHOULD DENY SEAWORLD TANK PLAN
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Tens of thousands of comments are flooding in to the California Coastal Commission in advance of its hearing and consideration of a permit to allow SeaWorld to expand its concrete tanks. The plan is being attacked as being a distraction from the issue that it is cruel to hold orcas in captivity for performance and profit. Read More >

Topics: SeaWorld

STOP THE CALIFORNIA SEA LION CAPTIVITY PERMIT
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

In the captive marine mammal trade, there are a number of long-time members well known among activists. One such is Mr. Moby Solangi, a captive dolphin and sea lion broker based in Gulfport, Mississippi. Solangi is believed to have caught more than 200 dolphins for the US Navy and various aquariums around the world. Through the years, he leased dolphins and sea lions for shows in many parks. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

CANADA SEEKS TO BAN OWNERSHIP OF CETACEANS
| Laura Bridgeman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

A Canadian Senate bill seeks to put a ban on owning or otherwise using cetaceans for human profit or benefit. Introduced by Senator Wilfred Moore, it seeks amendments within existing Canadian law in a bid to phase out cetacean captivity for good. Most notable are the amendments to the Criminal Code, which seeks to make owning, controlling, moving and breeding a cetacean a punishable offence, with such activities carrying potential prison and financial ramifications. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

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  • Sharks Are Being Devastated All Over the World, Sought for Their Fins (and Usually ONLY Their Fins) for Shark Fin Soup. Our Colleagues at Friend of the Sea Has Made a Dent, Encouraging Two Business Chains to Stop Serving Shark Fin Soup.
    - By Friend of the Sea
  • 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
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 >
Freeing Whales & Dolphins from Captivity >
  • 34 Marine Mammal Experts Are Asking President Putin to Return the 10 Orcas and 80+ Beluga Whales, Now Kept in Inadequate Facility, To Their Ocean Homes. The Russian Government Has Still Not Decided How to Proceed.
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Prominent Citizens from Around the World, Including Russians, Have Signed a Letter Urging President Putin to Restore the Whales, Currently Held in the Notorious Russian "Whale Jail", to Their Ocean Families. Scientists, Actors, Supermodels and Business Leaders Have Signed!
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Dolphinaris in Arizona has Finally been Shut Down, but the Remaining 4 Dolphins (Four Others Died in Dolphinaris) have been Moved to a Poorly Situated sea pen Enclosure on the Caribbean Island of St. Thomas. Water Circulation is Poor, and It is No Sanctuary. You Can Help!
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Dolphin Safe Fishing >
  • Sharks Are Being Devastated All Over the World, Sought for Their Fins (and Usually ONLY Their Fins) for Shark Fin Soup. Our Colleagues at Friend of the Sea Has Made a Dent, Encouraging Two Business Chains to Stop Serving Shark Fin Soup.
    - By Friend of the Sea
  • Increasingly, Plastics are Showing Up All Around the Marine Environment, in Places Far From Shores. Whales and Dolphins are in Peril Due to the Increase in Plastics in the Ocean.
    - By Erin Murphy
  • 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