“Whale Jail’ in Russia holding orcas and belugas

Nov 19, 2018 by afdadmin
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By Will Sacre Over one hundred orcas and beluga whales are currently being held in a “whale jail” near the Russian city of Nakodhka.   Reports and images from a number of authorities and not-for profit groups show the animals are being held in tiny sea pens. It is said to be the largest number View full story

The Icelandic Orca Project

Sep 17, 2018 by afdadmin
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By Steve Kavokos, Iceland Explorer at large @stevechristopher__ I couldn’t close these editorials without highlighting some of the people who made them possible. The Icelandic Orca Project is like a well-oiled machine, piloted by Dr. Filipa Samarra and her partner Paul Wensveen. Filipa Samara is a true orca expert and leader of the team. She has View full story

Another win against captivity! Thomas Cook stops selling SeaWorld tickets

Aug 21, 2018 by afdadmin
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Amazing news! Thomas Cook, one of the UK’s largest travel company, will no longer sell tickets to SeaWorld and Loro Parque, due to animal welfare concerns. The decision comes after increasing pressure from animal rights groups and activists, and changing customer expectations to take animal welfare into account. Thomas Cook chief executive, Peter Fankhauser, shared View full story

Iceland: Tahlequah reaffirms why we all should care.

Aug 20, 2018 by afdadmin
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– By Steve Kavakos, Iceland explorer at large @stevechristopher__ I sat sipping on a coffee a fellow volunteer brought me. It was hot and burnt the roof of my mouth, but my brain needed caffeine. I stared out over fog covering the mountain peaks surrounding our camp. A man walked past with his German Shepard, the View full story

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