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Freeing Whales and Dolphins from Captivity

The Problem:  Whales and dolphins continue to be killed around the world and need our help.  Japan, Iceland, and Norway kill more than 1,000 minke, fin, and other great whale species every year, all for meager sales of whale meat. Thousands of dolphins are still killed every year in Japan and the Solomon Islands for meat, and in Indonesia and Peru for shark bait.

Whales and dolphins also continue to be captured in places such as Russia, Cuba, and Japan for export to captivity facilities.

Our Action Campaign:  We have a long history of working within the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to end commercial whaling.  In 1982, we helped pass a moratorium on commercial whaling.  We publish a daily newsletter ECO at IWC meetings, which is the voice for whales and the environmental and animal welfare community.  We work with grassroots groups and local people to educate local fishermen about the need to stop killing dolphins and sharks. And we support the growing efforts for watching wild dolphins and whales rather than killing them.

We support community efforts to replace dolphin killing with dolphin tourism in places like the Solomon Islands, and fight to block the import and export to captivity of wild dolphins, belugas and orca whales.

Current Challenges:  Commercial whaling, undertaken under the guise of “scientific” whaling must be stopped.  Japan is planning more illegal whaling in Antarctica, despite losing a major lawsuit in the International Court of Justice at the Hague.  Iceland and Norway are also defiant. 

We work to stop the import of wild belugas captured in Russia into US captivity facilities, and to blow the whistle on live dolphin exports from the cruel “Cove” drive hunts to places such as Dubai and China.  

Time For SeaWorld to Start Telling the Truth

Time For SeaWorld to Start Telling the Truth

Our major litigation on behalf of two former visitors to SeaWorld, who paid to attend the marine park in San Diego, CA, against SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. alleges false and misleading claims made by SeaWorld about the health and welfare of captive orca whales.  The plaintiffs are represented by Covington & Burling LLP, which is being assisted by Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project.

“SeaWorld is luring people to buy tickets based on a pack of false and misleading statements, instead of revealing the cruel and unhealthy conditions that captive orcas have to endure,” states David Phillips, Executive Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute.  Read More >

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Campaign Highlights

SeaWorld Reverses Position and Won't Import Wild Russian Beluga Whales

SeaWorld Reverses Position and Won't Import Wild Russian Beluga Whales

Under heavy pressure from the public and facing declining attendance, SeaWorld is now claiming that it will not allow import of wild beluga whales caught in Russian waters

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