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Protecting Dolphins in the Solomons

Protecting Dolphins in the Solomons

July 24, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Lawrence Makili reports from the Solomon Islands on some new events that give hope for the dolphins.

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UPDATE: CA Coastal Commission Should Deny SeaWorld Plan

UPDATE: CA Coastal Commission Should Deny SeaWorld Plan

July 22, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Stop Sea Lion Captivity Permit

Stop Sea Lion Captivity Permit

July 19, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Say NO to New Dolphinarium in Poland!

Say NO to New Dolphinarium in Poland!

July 13, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Help stop this dolphin-assisted therapy (DAT), education and entertainment facility from becoming a reality.

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The Aquarium Community Finally Takes the Responsible Step for Dolphins of Taiji

The Aquarium Community Finally Takes the Responsible Step for Dolphins of Taiji

July 6, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Japan Whaling Harpooned by IWC Scientists

Japan Whaling Harpooned by IWC Scientists

June 29, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Global Warming and Salmon Extinction

Global Warming and Salmon Extinction

June 23, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Peru Dolphins Killed for Shark Bait

Peru Dolphins Killed for Shark Bait

June 17, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Canada Seeks to Ban Ownership of Cetaceans

Canada Seeks to Ban Ownership of Cetaceans

June 11, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Canadian Senator wants to put cetaceans beyond human use.

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Japan Prince Akishino Supports JAZA Decision!

Japan Prince Akishino Supports JAZA Decision!

May 29, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Japan's Prince Akishino, 2nd in line for the throne and President of JAZA, publicly endorsed JAZA's decision to end buying dolphins from the Taiji hunts.

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Taiji Mayor: We Will Not Quit

Taiji Mayor: We Will Not Quit

May 21, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Taiji Mayor wants to keep killing and capturing dolphins in defiance of Japan Association of Zoos & Aquariums decision.

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SeaWorld Attendance Takes Another Big Hit

SeaWorld Attendance Takes Another Big Hit

June 4, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

SeaWorld is forgetting to promote itself as a theme park.

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JAZA Votes to End Buying Taiji Dolphins

JAZA Votes to End Buying Taiji Dolphins

May 20, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

A huge victory for Save Japan Dolphins:  JAZA votes to stop buying live dolphins from Taiji!

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Two Views of Today’s Dolphin Slaughter

Two Views of Today’s Dolphin Slaughter

January 5, 2012 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

Ric O'Barry returns to the Cove in Taiji, where he sees the first dolphin slaughter of 2012.  Volunteer Cove Monitors Leah Lemieux and Heather Hill report.

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Korean & EII Advocates Fight Beluga Export

Korean & EII Advocates Fight Beluga Export

May 4, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Recently, Korean activists backed by Earth Island Institute Philippines held a press conference opposing the trafficking in beluga whales.

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WSJ: SeaWorld Has A Whale Of A Problem

WSJ: SeaWorld Has A Whale Of A Problem

April 20, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

WSJ calls it the "Crisis of the week".

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Earth Island Advances Lawsuit Against SeaWorld

Earth Island Advances Lawsuit Against SeaWorld

April 13, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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John Hargrove on SeaWorld

John Hargrove on SeaWorld

April 8, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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SeaWorld Take Note: Ringling Retiring Elephants

SeaWorld Take Note: Ringling Retiring Elephants

March 5, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Ringling is retiring elephants. Why can't SeaWorld retire orcas, dolphins and belugas?

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Chimps One Step Closer to Personhood. Are Dolphins Next?

Chimps One Step Closer to Personhood. Are Dolphins Next?

April 20, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Read about the landmark ruling.

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Cove Catch of Bottlenose Dolphins Down 80%

Cove Catch of Bottlenose Dolphins Down 80%

March 9, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Making Sure Tuna is Dolphin Safe

Making Sure Tuna is Dolphin Safe

March 11, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Earth Island's International Dolphin Safe Monitoring Program saves the lives of 80,000 to 100,000 dolphins each year.  Here's how.

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Importing Wild Beluga Whales for Captivity

Importing Wild Beluga Whales for Captivity

March 17, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

In the ongoing case of the import of 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia, here is our press release.

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SeaWorld Continues Sinking

SeaWorld Continues Sinking

March 2, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

SeaWorld continues to sink, with both attendance and income down substantially for their 4th quarter.

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Savemart is Not Saving Dolphins

Savemart is Not Saving Dolphins

February 18, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Help us stop Savemart supermarket from selling dolphin deadly tuna

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Bills to Ban Cetacean Captivity Stall in WA and CA

Bills to Ban Cetacean Captivity Stall in WA and CA

February 25, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Former SeaWorld Scientist: Captivity No Longer Educational

Former SeaWorld Scientist: Captivity No Longer Educational

February 12, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Episode 1 in our mini-series, "Questioning Captivity".

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Save Japan Dolphins’ #CoveReport: Kills at Record Low

Save Japan Dolphins’ #CoveReport: Kills at Record Low

January 23, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Author of Death At SeaWorld writes about our 2014 Cove Report.

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Map: Global Laws Concerning Captivity

Map: Global Laws Concerning Captivity

February 23, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

A one-of-a-kind map of the world's regulations (or lack thereof) for cetacean captivity.

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Miami Seaquarium Lies About Keiko to Keep Lolita

Miami Seaquarium Lies About Keiko to Keep Lolita

February 10, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

The truth about the Keiko Release effort and why it was so successful.

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EII Stranding Training in the Philippines

EII Stranding Training in the Philippines

February 16, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

In the Philippines, Earth Island Dolphin Safe monitors train to help stranded dolphins and whales.

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Mercury Rising in North Pacific Ocean

Mercury Rising in North Pacific Ocean

February 9, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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.

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Lolita Added to Endangered List

Lolita Added to Endangered List

February 5, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Could this captive orca be one step closer to freedom?

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Miami Dolphins Sack SeaWorld

Miami Dolphins Sack SeaWorld

January 23, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins football team has ended a three year promotion with SeaWorld, further sapping corporate support from the dolphin prison.

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Closing Rimini Dolphinarium - An Activist Experience

Closing Rimini Dolphinarium - An Activist Experience

January 22, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Read about the campaign to close a captive facility in Italy & write a letter to the government.

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San Diegans Petition to Free Orca Corky at SeaWorld

San Diegans Petition to Free Orca Corky at SeaWorld

January 9, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

People in San Diego are petitioning the local government to support retiring Corky, a SeaWorld orca, to her home waters of British Columbia.

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COVE REPORT – September though December 2014

COVE REPORT – September though December 2014

January 6, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Earth Island presents a summary of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, to date, and what we can expect for this hunt season.

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What SeaWorld SHOULD Do

What SeaWorld SHOULD Do

January 21, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

What should SeaWorld do?  We have some ideas.

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IMMP Team Bids Farewell to Ric O’Barry

IMMP Team Bids Farewell to Ric O’Barry

January 7, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Earth Island wishes Ric O'Barry all the best in his new endeavors.

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10 Priorities for Dolphin and Whale Protection in 2015

10 Priorities for Dolphin and Whale Protection in 2015

January 7, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

For 2015, we have ten priorities for Earth Island's work to protect whales and dolphins all around the world.

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Japan’s New Whaling Plans – Slaughter Lite

Japan’s New Whaling Plans – Slaughter Lite

December 10, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Read about Japan's new plans to kill yet more whales in Antarctica, in defiance of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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Cetacean Personhood

Cetacean Personhood

December 8, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

Sign the petition for cetacean rights!

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Japan Whaling Scheme Earns Worldwide Scorn

Japan Whaling Scheme Earns Worldwide Scorn

December 3, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

International media is sharply critical of the Japan government's new whaling scheme.

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Vancouver Aquarium Breeding Ban Rescinded

Vancouver Aquarium Breeding Ban Rescinded

November 25, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

A real loss: The Vancouver Parks Commission rescinds the ban on breeding cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium, caving in to local politics and the captivity industry.

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Whale Watching in Hokkaido Growing in Popularity

Whale Watching in Hokkaido Growing in Popularity

November 17, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

In Hokkaido, whale watching is becoming more and more popular with Japanese tourists, watching species that the Japan government targets for slaughter.

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Open Letter to Japan from Dr. Roger Payne

Open Letter to Japan from Dr. Roger Payne

November 6, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Dr. Roger Payne, one of the world's foremost whale scientists, urges Japan to end the killing of dolphins in Taiji.

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My School Won’t Go to SeaWorld

My School Won’t Go to SeaWorld

November 7, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Student Phoebe Goldstein of Colorado tells us how she got her school to drop SeaWorld from their field trip.

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San Francisco Recognizes Cetaceans Right to Freedom

San Francisco Recognizes Cetaceans Right to Freedom

October 22, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

Cetaceans have the right to be free. We just need to recognize it. 

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An Urgent Update from Japan

An Urgent Update from Japan

September 22, 2014 by David Phillips, Save Japan Dolphins

Executive Director Dave Phillips of Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project explains why we need your support in Japan.  Please consider a donation.

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The Truth about Winter the Dolphin

The Truth about Winter the Dolphin

September 17, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

A Dolphins Tale is a Hollywood fantasy; here's the ugly truth about Winter the dolphin and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida.

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Best Ever Japan Dolphins Day!

Best Ever Japan Dolphins Day!

September 2, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

International Events Raised Awareness and Built Community

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1.5 Million Donations of $1

1.5 Million Donations of $1

October 16, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

One of our great volunteers, the talented film-maker and actress Melissa Thompson Esaia, is making a movie about global warming, and YOU can help in a unique Kickstarter Campaign!

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Join Our Fall Contest

Join Our Fall Contest

September 27, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

We need your help for coming up with auction items for our annual Save Japan Dolphins Seven Seas Auction this fall.  Do you have a great idea for an auction item?

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Taiji: Three Days of Rissos

Taiji: Three Days of Rissos

September 18, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Our volunteer Cove Monitor Terran Baylor reports on three sad slaughters of Rissos dolphins, the first of the 2014-15 dolphin hunting season, in Taiji, Japan.

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Jennifer Goes the Distance to Help Dolphins

Jennifer Goes the Distance to Help Dolphins

September 10, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Jennifer Wolfsong is running a 100-mile race to benefit our Save Japan Dolphins Campaign!

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An Angel in the New York Times

An Angel in the New York Times

February 12, 2014 by David Phillips, Save Japan Dolphins

Advert in the New York Times for Angel and a Letter to Abe

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Towards Personhood: Its Everyone’s Responsibility

Towards Personhood: Its Everyone’s Responsibility

February 7, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

Shifting our collective ethics about dolphins

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Yoko Ono’s Open Letter to Taiji

Yoko Ono’s Open Letter to Taiji

January 20, 2014 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

Ono: "The way you are insisting on a big celebration of killing so many Dolphins...will make the children of the world hate the Japanese."

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SeaWorld’s Captive and Psychotic Orcas

SeaWorld’s Captive and Psychotic Orcas

October 28, 2013 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

Ric O'Barry tells us about orcas in captivity as Blackfish continues to be shown on CNN.

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Beluga Import Permit DENIED!

Beluga Import Permit DENIED!

August 6, 2013 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

The US National Marine Fisheries Service has denied the Georgia Aquarium a permit to import 18 beluga whales caught in the wild in Russia.

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Taiji Whale Farm Redux

Taiji Whale Farm Redux

October 9, 2013 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

The Taiji Town Council proposes (again) to net in whales and dolphins for a theme park that includes swimming with whales and munching on dolphin meat.

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