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Russian Orca Whale Imports Could Be Next

August 17, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Our lawsuit to prevent the import from Russia of 18 wild-caught beluga whales was heard in court last week, but we fear wild orca imports from Russia may be next.

SPECIAL EVENT Susan Casey at the Brower Center

August 13, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Join bestselling author Susan Casey and the Earth Island Dolphin Team at the Brower Center in Berkeley, for a special event and booksigning on Wednesday, Sept. 9th.

Court Blocks SeaWorld’s Bid to Consolidate & Move Cases to Orlando

August 7, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

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!

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.

Monitoring Report for PNG

August 3, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Our monitoring staff report on Dolphin Safe tuna from Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Susan Casey and Voices in the Ocean

August 5, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Our friend Susan Casey, best-selling author, has come out with a new book about dolphins, entitled Voices in the Ocean, which features Earth Island staff and our adventures.

SeaWorld Just Keeps on Sinking

August 6, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

SeaWorld's advertising campaign is not working at all. 

Update on Beluga Import Lawsuit

July 28, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

The lawsuit over importing 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia is coming to a climax.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Canada Seeks to Ban Ownership of Cetaceans

June 11, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Canadian Senator wants to put cetaceans beyond human use.

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.

SeaWorld Attendance Takes Another Big Hit

June 4, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

SeaWorld is forgetting to promote itself as a theme park.

Indonesia: Working for Shark and Dolphin Protection

June 3, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

A collaborative community effort in Indonesia resulted in decreasing dolphin kills.

Keep Cyprus Captivity-Free!

May 27, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Take action, sign the petition.

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!

Charles Krauthammer says Free Willy

May 8, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer wants SeaWorld to Free Willy.

WSJ: SeaWorld Has A Whale Of A Problem

April 20, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

WSJ calls it the "Crisis of the week".

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.

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?

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.

Chimps One Step Closer to Personhood. Are Dolphins Next?

April 20, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Read about the landmark ruling.

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.

Making Sure Tuna is Dolphin Safe

March 11, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Earth Island's International Dolphin Safe Monitoring Program is 25 years old and saves the lives of 80,000 to 100,000 dolphins each year.  Here's how.

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.

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.

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.

Former SeaWorld Scientist: Captivity No Longer Educational

February 12, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

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

Lolita Added to Endangered List

February 5, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

Could this captive orca be one step closer to freedom?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What SeaWorld SHOULD Do

January 21, 2015 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

What should SeaWorld do?  We have some ideas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cetacean Personhood

December 8, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

Sign the petition for cetacean rights!

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Ten Day Rescue of Four Blue Whales in Indonesia

October 30, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Our staff member Femke den Haas tells the full story of the rescue of four endangered blue whales in Indonesia.

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!

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.

GOOD NEWS 10-29 All the Blue Whales are Free!

October 23, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

GOOD NEWS:  Femke den Haas of Jakarta Animal Aid Network reports that all the blue whales are free and in the ocean!

Earth Island to Defend Belugas In Court Case

April 21, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Earth Island Institute and our colleagues have been successful in being allowed to intervene in a court case to prevent the importation of eighteen wild-caught beluga whales from Russia to the Georgia Aquarium and three SeaWorld parks.

Angel in Captivity—Updated

February 4, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

Our volunteer Cove Monitor Heather Hill managed to gain access to the Taiji Whale Museum to photograph and video Angel in her tank, and the results show continued problems for the little albino dolphin.

Towards Personhood: Its Everyone’s Responsibility

February 7, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

Shifting our collective ethics about dolphins

El cautiverio es cruel – ¡No compre boletos a espectáculos de delfines!

February 4, 2013 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

Los delfines han evolucionado por millones de años, adaptándose perfectamente a la vida marina. Los problemas relacionados con el cautiverio incluyen, pero no se limitan, a los siguientes hechos.

Las Orcas Y Otros Delfines No Pertenecen En Cautiverio.

July 14, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

Decir no al cautiverio!

Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunt is Not a Tradition

January 21, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

The claim by the government of Japan that the dolphin drive hunts are "traditional culture" in Taiji is nonsense -- the hunts started in 1969.

No Dolphinariums in India

January 14, 2013 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

Good news from India: No dolphinariums will be authorized by the government!

Saving Dolphins in Singapore and the Philippines

June 6, 2011 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

Ric O'Barry tells of blood dolphins caught in the Solomon Islands, trained in the Philippines, but destined for small tanks in Singapore.

SeaWorld’s Hypocrisy

September 24, 2011 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

SeaWorld is putting out a press release to emphasize their "rescue" work with dolphins, whales, and seals, but don't buy what they are trying to sell.

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