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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 >


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 >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

Susan Casey Presents “Voices in the Ocean” at Earth Island Institute
| Mary Jo Rice, International Marine Mammal Project

Bestselling author Susan Casey, flanked by Earth Island Institute activists Mark Berman, Mark Palmer, and David Phillips, presented her new book "Voices in the Ocean" to an audience at the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, California. It was an inspirational night about the amazing dolphins. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

WATCH “KEIKO, THE UNTOLD STORY” NEW MOVIE TRAILER
| Theresa Demarest, filmmaker for "Keiko, The Untold Story".

Keiko moves from the sea pen to a bay pen in Iceland and then swims all the way to Norway. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, Keiko

First Sea Sanctuary for Whales, Dolphins Considered
| BY JENNIFER VIEGAS, Discovery News

The first permanent sea sanctuary for whales and dolphins could be located in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to marine mammal experts who are also still considering other locations. Interest in establishing a sea sanctuary for former captive cetaceans is ramping up, with a workshop on the matter to be held in December at the Society for Marine Mammalogy biennial conference in San Francisco. Read More >

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RUSSIAN ORCA WHALE IMPORTS COULD BE NEXT
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

18 wild-caught beluga whales from the Sea of Okhotsk may be imported into the United States to be kept in small concrete tanks. Over the past two years, eleven orcas were caught in the wild in the Sea of Okhotsk. Seven are believed to have been exported to a Chinese aquarium, while three others are now at the Moscow aquarium, the first orcas ever put on display in Russia. Take action with us now. 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 >

Topics: SeaWorld

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