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International Marine Mammal Project: Top News

Global Warming and Sea Level Rise
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Global warming is being caused by gases that are emitted by human activities. What can you do? Use less energy and eat less meat, for starters. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

Coastal Commission Made Correct Call On SeaWorld Whales
| Deborah A. Sivas

Changing the show’s script and the stage design to project a more “naturalistic” look will do nothing to improve the quality of life for SeaWorld’s whales. Read More >


Importance of Taiji Whale Museum Lawsuit
| Takashi Takano, Attorney and Professor of Law

This case is a touchstone of constitutional protections of freedom of thought and expression in Japan, and could be beneficial for the Taiji dolphins as well. 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 >


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

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