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Latest campaigns from Save Japan Dolphins:
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.
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.
Can you help orcas in captivity by attending the Long Beach, CA, hearing of the California Coastal Commission on October 8th?
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.
This year, thanks to the support of Earth Island's Save Japan Dolphins Campaign, 13 kids from the Fukushima area were able to swim with dolphins and play in the outdoors on Mikura Island.
Read an excerpt from Susan Casey's new Book "Voices in the Ocean".
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!
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.
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.
Read about the landmark ruling.
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".
Author of Death At SeaWorld writes about our 2014 Cove Report.
Read about the campaign to close a captive facility in Italy & write a letter to the government.
People in San Diego are petitioning the local government to support retiring Corky, a SeaWorld orca, to her home waters of British Columbia.
For 2015, we have ten priorities for Earth Island's work to protect whales and dolphins all around the world.
Cetaceans have the right to be free. We just need to recognize it.