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France Bans All Dolphin and Whale Captivity While SeaWorld Invests in It – May 12, 2017

US-based company still refuses to divest from industry proven harmful to cetaceans

On May 7, the French government passed new legislation aimed at phasing out all dolphin and whale captivity, a move that reflects growing public awareness and concern over the poor living conditions cetaceans are forced to endure in captivity.  

photo of dolphins at Marineland Antibes Photo by John Clift Captive dolphins at Marineland Antibes in France. Last week, France pased legislation to phase out all dolphin and whale captivity.

The new law prohibits keeping any cetacean captive, with the ultimate goal being to entirely shut down the archaic industry throughout France. For those unfortunate individuals who are already held… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Bill to End Dolphin and Whale Captivity Reintroduced In Canada – December 30, 2015

If passed, legislation would prohibit acquisition and captive breeding of cetaceans

A federal bill to end dolphin and whale captivity throughout Canada was reintroduced by Nova Scotia Senator Wilfred Moore in early December. The bill first made its appearance this past summer, at a time when the conservative Harper government held sway over Parliament. However, with the changing political climate in Canada — namely, the new Trudeau administration — things may be looking up for the whales and dolphins.

Dolphin at Vancouver AquariumPhoto by abdallahh/FlickrA dolphin at Vancouver Aquarium. The Ending of Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act aims to put an end to the display of cetaceans in aquariums throughout Canada.

The Ending of… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Not Our Oceans, Not Our Whales: What We Must All Do To Stop Whaling – December 9, 2015

It’s time to move beyond our culture’s anthropocentric view of the living world

As Japan sets off on a mission to kill whales in the Antarctic Ocean, outraged people the world over have come together to denounce the country’s actions. Before placing all the blame on the country, however, we ought to look at how even anti-whaling nations remain complicit in the slaughters.

a minke whale underwaterPhoto by Len2040/FlickrWhat we need to do now is push our legal and ethical frameworks governing how we treat our fellow beings beyond their current limits.

Earlier this year, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to halt its JARPA II research program after rejecting the country's claims that it was… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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No, SeaWorld Is Not Phasing Out Orca Shows – November 10, 2015

The marine entertainment company is reworking its orca shows, not eliminating them

Yesterday’s headlines proclaiming that SeaWorld will be ending orca whale shows were almost as misleading as the alleged "educational value" of the shows themselves.

On Monday, SeaWorld announced that it will “phase out” the San Diego park’s theatrical killer whale show in 2016, and unveil a “new orca experience” in 2017. According to the announcement, which was made in a presentation to investors, the new experience will be "informative." SeaWorld also says the new shows will be take place in a “more natural setting” and that they will carry a "conservation message inspiring people to act.”

Photo of SeaWorld Orca ShowPhoto by Josh Hallettmore

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Former SeaWorld trainer says that at the end of the day, Orcas are ‘just working for their food’ – October 20, 2015

In Conversation: Jeffrey Ventre

Jeffrey Ventre spent seven years as a whale and dolphin trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, during which time he became critical of the marine entertainment industry. Now a medical doctor in Washington, he has become a vocal opponent of the practice of keeping free ranging mammals in captivity. He has also worked to undermine SeaWorld’s claim that the trainer-cetacean relationship is at the heart of cetacean performances. Instead, he argues, marine entertainment shows are almost entirely incentivized through use of food. Ventre is featured in the book Death at SeaWorld, and in the movie Blackfish. Speaking recently with Sonar, a nonprofit cetacean research and advocacy group, Ventre discussed his work… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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