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Ringling Brothers Circus to Close; No More Animal Acts
| Mark J. Palmer

The venerable (and long-protested) Ringling Brothers, and Barnum & Baily Circus has announced that it will close after 146 years of touring the United States. Read More >


Key Accomplishments in 2016
| Mark J. Palmer

2016 proved to be a year of many accomplishments for whales and dolphins. The International Marine Mammal Project was kept busy. Read More >


Barcelona Shutting Down Its Dolphinarium!
| Laura Bridgeman

Barcelona has decided to shut down it's dolphinarium and explore retirement options. Read More >


40 Namibian Environmental Groups Petition China to Stop Exploitation of Wildlife
| Mark J. Palmer

A group of 40 Namibian environmental organizations delivered an Open Letter to the Ambassador of China on December 21, 2016. The letter criticizes the Chinese government’s lack of action against poaching operations ongoing in Namibia perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Read More >


Success? Company Supposedly Withdraws Application To Destroy Namibian Coastal Ecosystems

The power of the people just won another huge victory: the companies that applied for a permit to capture hundreds of dolphins, whales and other marine animals in Namibian waters off Africa have announced that they will no longer pursue approval for the permit. Read More >


Vancouver Aquarium’s Case For Captive Whales Flounders
| Jeff Matthews

Unable to pinpoint a specific cause for the deaths of their last two remaining belugas, the aquarium was left to speculate. And speculate they did, deftly pointing their finger at the critics of whale captivity that have been an ever-present thorn in their side. Read More >


Vancouver Aquarium Loses Two Captive Belugas – Mother and Child
| Mark J. Palmer

Within just weeks of each other, the Vancouver Aquarium has lost two beluga whales, a mother and her child, to uncertain causes. Read More >


Barcelona Considers Shutting Down Dolphinarium and Retiring Dolphins

Barcelona is currently deciding whether to shut down its dolphinarium, become a dolphin captivity-free city, and retire the dolphins to seaside sanctuaries. Read More >


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