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SeaWorld Tank Expansion Approved Only with Ban on Breeding of Orcas
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

In a stunning victory, the California Coastal Commission conditioned SeaWorld San Diego’s expansion of orca tanks (called by SeaWorld the “Blue World Project”) on SeaWorld ending breeding or moving captive orcas into California, effectively telling SeaWorld to phase out captive orcas. Read More >

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The Latest on Earth Island Institute’s SeaWorld Lawsuit
| David Phillips, August 24, 2015

The Latest on Earth Island Institute's SeaWorld Lawsuit Read More >

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Reflections On Our Key Beluga Lawsuit Victory
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

We at Earth Island and activists dedicated to ending the captivity of cetaceans are celebrating the victory in federal court in Atlanta. In a huge win, Judge Amy Totenberg denied the Georgia Aquarium the permit they sought in order to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from a population in Russia that is sorely depleted. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute. The court victory has many ramifications. Russia, along with Taiji, Japan, and Cuba, is becoming a major source of captive marine mammals, as other sources around the world have either been depleted or closed to the dolphin trade by activists and governments. Read More >


IMATA ACCEPTS TAIJI DOLPHIN LETTER
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Save Japan Dolphins staff member Mark Palmer goes to Nassau, Bahamas to deliver a joint scientific and conservation community letter calling for the IMATA to stop its certified trainers from playing any role in the Taiji dolphin captures. Read More >


SEAWORLD CLAIMS IT WILL NOT TAKE WILD-CAUGHT BELUGA WHALES

In a surprising reversal, SeaWorld has now announced on their website that they will NOT accept any of the 18 wild-caught beluga whales that the Georgia Aquarium is attempting to import into the US from Russia. 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 >

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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 >

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