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France abolishes whale and dolphin captivity.

May 17, 2017 by afdadmin
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Not only does France have a brand new President, the country recently made the welcome move to abolish dolphin and whale captivity. The decision was made after Environment Minister Segolene Royal, found out animals in marine parks were drugged, leading the minister to introduce an immediate ban on captive breeding. The government even went a View full story

It’s that time of year again: Empty the Tanks!

May 11, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Ashley Boreckyi The annual worldwide protest and public awareness campaign is upon us and we are calling on all dolphin advocates to show up and spread the word. On May 13th peaceful gatherings and educational events will be held in over twenty countries, including Australia at Sea World on the Gold Coast and Dolphin View full story

The Faroese Grindadráp: culture or carnage?

May 05, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Ashley Boreckyi Thrashing wildly in blood red water, dozens of exhausted pilot whales endure a long and tortured death at the hands of hunters, hacking at their sides. Once they are dead – which may take up to several minutes – blunt knives are used to hook the whales by their blowholes and haul View full story

Billboard with dolphin-hunt footage goes live in Japan

May 05, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Michelle Helou After a long battle, AFD’s billboard displaying real footage of the Taiji dolphin hunts finally aired and played to thousands of people in Japan. The ad played above a busy intersection in Osaka – the closest major city to the dolphin-hunting town of Taiji. Local Japanese animal protection groups like Animal Rights Osaka View full story

Help stop dolphins being flown to Kuwait in the name of “science”

Apr 21, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Divya Lotliker Thanks to increasing global awareness about the adverse effects of captivity on dolphins, public opposition to the marine park industry is growing. Thomas Cook, one of Britain’s largest travel companies has recently stopped promoting tours to a number of animal attractions, including captive dolphin facilities. This positive shift follows similar policy changes View full story

We’re taking this controversial marine park to court.

Apr 11, 2017 by afdadmin
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In an Australian-first lawsuit, AFD has initiated legal proceedings against a marine park called Dolphin Marine Magic. This is the place where a baby dolphin named Ji died after swallowing metal and leaf litter in his pool. It’s also the park where a very elderly dolphin, who is in remission from cancer, has been confined View full story

Is 2017 the year animals gain rights?

Apr 07, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Divya Lotliker A few months into 2017 and it is clear that the way we view animals and the environment is shifting. In March itself, three rivers have for the first time been granted legal rights. Since the 1870s, the Whanganui Iwi tribespeople of New Zealand have fought hard for the 290km long Whanganui View full story

The hidden cruelty

Apr 03, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Meg Lamb Thai veterinarians recently removed approximately 915 coins from a twenty-five year old green sea turtle. The turtle was named “Omsin” – Thai for piggy bank. As Thai custom holds that a turtle’s long life shall rub off on those who share their wealth; many tourists came to Omsin’s pond to toss in View full story

Thank you – for convincing an airline to stop transporting dolphins.

Feb 16, 2017 by afdadmin
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Last year Finland’s last remaining marine park announced it was closing following a shift in public attitudes towards marine captivity and a subsequent decline in attendance. This was great news. However, rumours soon emerged that the park’s four captive dolphins – Veera, Delfi, Leevi and Eevertti – were to be sold to a notorious death park View full story