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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 >


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 >


Tragic Taiji Dolphin Kill This Year
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Earth Island Institute's Report on the Number of Dolphins Killed thus far this year in Taiji, Japan along with commentary on how this compares to past years and the reasons for the changes. 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

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

Angel and Taiji Whale Museum Lawsuit Update
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Our Angel and Taiji Whale Museum lawsuit update shows what we are doing for the unfortunate albino dolphin and the others who have been captured during the infamous drive hunts. Ours is the first lawsuit ever filed against the Whale Museum. Read More >


2015 Fukushima Kids Dolphin Camp
| Tomomi Mikawa, Transpacific Correspondent

A Japanese citizen's perspective on Fukushima and the peaceful dolphins of Mikura Islands, which are a short distance from the horrors of ‪#‎Taiji‬. Read More >


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