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Dolphin and Whale Trade: Top News

Thousands Turn Out for Empty the Tanks Demonstrations
| Mark J. Palmer

Demonstrators gathered in 22 countries at numerous marine parks to protest keeping cetaceans in concrete tanks. Read More >


Taiji Plans Big Future on the Backs of Captive Dolphins

Taiji’s leaders are planning to have dozens of captive dolphins trapped in a “whale park”, and sell 60 dolphins to China every year. Read More >


South Korea Bans Imports of Live Dolphins from Taiji
| Mark J. Palmer

Dolphins caught by cruel methods are no longer permitted to be imported into the country. Read More >


Analysis of Taiji Dolphin Slaughter for Season 2017-18

The horrible and heartless season of slaughter of dolphins in Taiji has ceased for now; here's how it played out this year. Read More >


Baby Beluga Tyonek Sentenced to Life in SeaWorld’s Prison
| Laura Bridgeman

What are SeaWorld's true motives for rescuing this baby beluga? Read More >


Canada Moves to Ban Cetacean Captivity
| Laura Bridgeman

New amendments will help rid Canada of captivity; though Bill S-203 still remains in the senate. Read More >


Dolphins Lose a Friend: Russ Rector
| Mark J. Palmer

Rus was a pioneer in efforts to end the captivity of dolphins, having himself been a dolphin trainer. Read More >


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Campaign Top News

International Marine Mammal 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
  • 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 >
Freeing Whales & Dolphins from Captivity >
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