Close Encounters

Aug 16, 2018 by afdadmin
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Words and images by Michael Ashton. The ancient Greeks passed down many fundamental concepts about maths, philosophy, art and culture. But what is often forgotten is their reverence for dolphins. Greek coins, pottery, art, temples, and mythology are full of dolphin images. Dolphins’ sonic language or ‘echolocation’ is comprised of clicks and whistles sent in View full story

5 years on and stronger than ever.

Aug 06, 2018 by afdadmin
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-By Sarah Lucas, founder and CEO of AFD. It’s hard to believe it was five years ago that Action for Dolphins (or, as we knew it then, ‘Australia for Dolphins’) was founded. I first went to Taiji at the end of 2012. I managed to rope my dad, a huge animal lover, into coming to View full story

Gearing up to end the blood bath in 2018

Aug 06, 2018 by afdadmin
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Every year from September to March wild dolphins are herded into a cove in the town of Taiji, Japan. The best looking are sold to marine parks around the world, and the rest are brutally killed. The water turns red with blood. In a few short weeks, the blood bath is due to begin again. View full story

Arriving in Iceland: A beautiful country, wrestling with change .

Jul 24, 2018 by afdadmin
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By Steve Kavokos, Iceland Explorer at large @stevechristopher__ I have finally made it to Iceland. It’s everything I hoped it would be and more. When my plane dropped below the clouds to reveal Iceland’s famous volcanos, my emotions got the better of me. Getting here has been no easy task. From geographical challenges, time and View full story

Discussing dolphins with the Hon. Bob Carr.

Jul 16, 2018 by afdadmin
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The Former Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Bob Carr, launched his political memoir, ‘Run for your Life’ this week. He’s dedicated an entire chapter to dolphins. AFD’s Public Engagement Officer, Hannah Tait, attended the book launch and sat down with Mr. Carr afterwards to chat about his work phasing out dolphin captivity in View full story

Orcas in Iceland: The beginning of something magical

Jul 09, 2018 by afdadmin
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By Steve Kavakos: Iceland Explorer at large @stevechristopher__ My name is Steve Kavakos and I am not a marine biologist. I simply have a love for the ocean and more specifically, orcas. As a child I watched videos, read many books and hunted the internet for information about these fascinating animals. Now that I’m older it’s View full story

Empty the Tanks day 2018

May 18, 2018 by afdadmin
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On Saturday the 12th of May, Action for Dolphins attended the sixth annual Empty the Tanks demonstration outside Sea World on the Gold Coast. Our Public Engagement Officer, Hannah Tait, has written about the day. The demonstration was organised to begin at 10am yet, from 9:30am onwards carloads of people were arriving. The designated spot View full story

Open letter to Thomas Cook Group: Stop promoting and selling tickets to SeaWorld Orlando

May 10, 2018 by afdadmin
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Dear Mr Fankhauser and Board of Directors, Re: Thomas Cook Group and SeaWorld I am writing on behalf of Action for Dolphins (‘AFD’), a not-for-profit animal welfare organisation, to request that Thomas Cook Group cease promoting and selling tickets to SeaWorld Orlando. It is admirable that Thomas Cook Group conducts animal welfare checks for the View full story

Dear Sea World: it’s time to empty the tanks

Apr 05, 2018 by afdadmin
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– By Olivia Perez Countries around the world are taking a stand against dolphin captivity. South Korea just approved a ban on importing dolphins captured in the Taiji hunts, Greece banned animal performances in 2012, and the last dolphinarium in the UK closed more than 20 years ago. But here in Australia, Sea World on the View full story