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In a major victory for whale conservation, a federal court ruled in favor of the US National Marinef Fisheries Servide and four environmental group intervenors including the Earth Island Institute, to block the importation of 18 beluwha whales from Russia's Sea of Okhotsk. The belugas would have been imported for public display at several captivity facilities in the US including the Georgia Aquarium and Shedd Aquarium.
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I walked into the Atlantis Hotel here in Nassau in the Bahamas this morning to deliver our urgent request to the International Marine Animal Trainer's Association (IMATA), which is holding their annual conference here.
Our letter requests that IMATA renounce the captures of dolphins for captivity that help fund the dolphin slaughter in Taijji, Japan, and we further urge IMATA to take action against any of their members who engage in captures, training, buying or selling, or trading in Taiji dolphins. Our letter is endorsed by a growing number of scientists and conservation organizations.
I am here to ask the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association, meeting in Nassau, to renounce the captures of live dolphins during the Taiji dolphin slaughter, going on right now in Japan.
The Taiji Whale Museum has announced they will no longer be a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums because of their greed in brokering live dolphins from the cruel dolphin hunts. They need to be blacklisted.
Can you help orcas in captivity by attending the Long Beach, CA, hearing of the California Coastal Commission on October 8th?
To our surprise, SeaWorld has announced that they will not accept any beluga whales from Russia, an issue that Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project is fighting in court in Atlanta.
Bestselling author Susan Casey, flanked by Earth Island activists Mark Berman, Mark Palmer and David Phillips, was featured at a reception, presentation and book signing on Sept. 9th at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Ca.
Our lawsuit to prevent the import from Russia of 18 wild-caught beluga whales was heard in court last week, but we fear wild orca imports from Russia may be next.
Still some seats left, but RSVP SOON! Join bestselling author Susan Casey and the Earth Island Dolphin Team at the Brower Center in Berkeley, for a special event and booksigning on Wednesday, Sept. 9th.
SeaWorld has lost its bid to consolidate two lawsuits in federal court and move the trial to their home base in Orlando, Florida. Score ONE for the captive orcas!
Lawrence Makili reports from the Solomon Islands on some new events that give hope for the dolphins.
Our monitoring staff report on Dolphin Safe tuna from Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Our friend Susan Casey, best-selling author, has come out with a new book about dolphins, entitled Voices in the Ocean, which features Earth Island staff and our adventures.
SeaWorld's advertising campaign is not working at all.
The lawsuit over importing 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia is coming to a climax.
UPDATE: Hearing Postponed. SeaWorld is trying to expand its concrete tanks for orcas in San Diego, but they should invest their money in retiring the orcas from circus act performances and instead transfer the orcas to bigger sea pens. The California Coastal Commission is holding a hearing on the issue, and they can deny permission for the expansion.
A long-time leader of the captivity industry is seeking to obtain sea lions from California that can be rehabilitated and released, and instead wants to buy them for a life in captivity.
In Peru, although it is illegal, there has been an increase in dolphin hunting, using the meat for shark bait. Here's what you can do.
Help stop this dolphin-assisted therapy (DAT), education and entertainment facility from becoming a reality.
At last, after many years of campaigning, the aquarium industry takes action to end the sourcing of captive live dolphins from the Taiji slaughter in Japan.
The IWC Scientific Committee questions the science behind Japan's proposed scientific whaling, but Japan plans to kill 333 minke whales in Antarctica this winter anyway.
Canadian Senator wants to put cetaceans beyond human use.
Global warming threatens whales and dolphins and their marine habitats. Here is the first of a series of blogs about the danger, and what you can do to help.
SeaWorld is forgetting to promote itself as a theme park.
A collaborative community effort in Indonesia resulted in decreasing dolphin kills.
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A huge victory for Save Japan Dolphins: JAZA votes to stop buying live dolphins from Taiji!
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer wants SeaWorld to Free Willy.
WSJ calls it the "Crisis of the week".
A new lawsuit challenges SeaWorld's false claims about orcas in captivity -- Earth Island is working directly with the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP and the plaintiffs to seek an order forcing SeaWorld to tell the truth.
Ringling is retiring elephants. Why can't SeaWorld retire orcas, dolphins and belugas?
John Hargrove, star of Blackfish and author of Beneath the Surface, visited us at Earth Island, and here is what he had to say about SeaWorld in this exclusive interview.
Read about the landmark ruling.
Read our Cove Report on the Sept. 2014 to Feb. 2015 season of dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan, where catch of bottlenose dolphins is down 80% from last year.
Earth Island's International Dolphin Safe Monitoring Program is 25 years old and saves the lives of 80,000 to 100,000 dolphins each year. Here's how.
In the ongoing case of the import of 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia, here is our press release.
The truth about the Keiko Release effort and why it was so successful.
Legislation to ban dolphin and whale captivity in the state of Washington and to phase out orca captivity in California have stalled and need support.
Episode 1 in our mini-series, "Questioning Captivity".
Could this captive orca be one step closer to freedom?
In the Philippines, Earth Island Dolphin Safe monitors train to help stranded dolphins and whales.
Mercury levels are rising in the North Pacific Ocean, according to new scientific studies of the pollution. This means dolphins in Taiji will become likely even more toxic.
Read about the campaign to close a captive facility in Italy & write a letter to the government.
SeaWorld continues to sink, with both attendance and income down substantially for their 4th quarter.
The Miami Dolphins football team has ended a three year promotion with SeaWorld, further sapping corporate support from the dolphin prison.
People in San Diego are petitioning the local government to support retiring Corky, a SeaWorld orca, to her home waters of British Columbia.
Author of Death At SeaWorld writes about our 2014 Cove Report.
What should SeaWorld do? We have some ideas.
Earth Island presents a summary of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, to date, and what we can expect for this hunt season.
Earth Island wishes Ric O'Barry all the best in his new endeavors.
For 2015, we have ten priorities for Earth Island's work to protect whales and dolphins all around the world.
Read about Japan's new plans to kill yet more whales in Antarctica, in defiance of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Sign the petition for cetacean rights!
In Hokkaido, whale watching is becoming more and more popular with Japanese tourists, watching species that the Japan government targets for slaughter.
Cetaceans have the right to be free. We just need to recognize it.
Student Phoebe Goldstein of Colorado tells us how she got her school to drop SeaWorld from their field trip.
Dr. Roger Payne, one of the world's foremost whale scientists, urges Japan to end the killing of dolphins in Taiji.
Our staff member Femke den Haas tells the full story of the rescue of four endangered blue whales in Indonesia.
Jennifer Wolfsong is running a 100-mile race to benefit our Save Japan Dolphins Campaign!
A Dolphins Tale is a Hollywood fantasy; here's the ugly truth about Winter the dolphin and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida.
GOOD NEWS: Femke den Haas of Jakarta Animal Aid Network reports that all the blue whales are free and in the ocean!
Earth Island Institute and our colleagues have been successful in being allowed to intervene in a court case to prevent the importation of eighteen wild-caught beluga whales from Russia to the Georgia Aquarium and three SeaWorld parks.
Our volunteer Cove Monitor Heather Hill managed to gain access to the Taiji Whale Museum to photograph and video Angel in her tank, and the results show continued problems for the little albino dolphin.
Shifting our collective ethics about dolphins
Los delfines han evolucionado por millones de años, adaptándose perfectamente a la vida marina. Los problemas relacionados con el cautiverio incluyen, pero no se limitan, a los siguientes hechos.
Decir no al cautiverio!
The claim by the government of Japan that the dolphin drive hunts are "traditional culture" in Taiji is nonsense -- the hunts started in 1969.
Good news from India: No dolphinariums will be authorized by the government!
Ric O'Barry tells of blood dolphins caught in the Solomon Islands, trained in the Philippines, but destined for small tanks in Singapore.
SeaWorld is putting out a press release to emphasize their "rescue" work with dolphins, whales, and seals, but don't buy what they are trying to sell.