Category: AFD’s work

BREAKING: Coffs Harbour dolphins will be the last in captivity in NSW

Mar 14, 2019 by afdadmin
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Fantastic news Dolphin Defenders! On the 14th March 2019, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park (formerly ‘Dolphin Marine Magic’) announced they will no longer breed dolphins, ensuring the five dolphins currently in pools will be the last generation under human care in NSW. Action for Dolphins has long been campaigning for an end to captive breeding, and View full story

Thank you!

Feb 22, 2019 by afdadmin
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Hi AFD family, It’s Sarah here, on the way home from Tokyo, where we launched a new legal action against the Taiji dolphin hunts last week.  I can’t quite believe it’s finally launched, and I’ve been reflecting on the special people who contributed their talent and time to get to this point. Last week we 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

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

Let Dubai Holdings know orcas don’t belong in the desert

May 30, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Hannah Tait Keeping orcas in a concrete tank for human entertainment is a cruel and outdated practice. Orcas in captivity suffer high levels of psychological and physical stress. They chew on the sides of pools, vomit after meals, and even bash their heads against walls in frustration. Many countries have begun to take a View full story

AFD urges government to ban marine killing shark nets

Mar 10, 2017 by afdadmin
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– By Hannah Tait On the 23rd February 2017, Australia for Dolphins entered a submission to the Australian Government in regards to the NSW shark net trial, calling for them to be taken down and replaced by more sustainable alternatives. This submission will be read aloud in Parliament, representing the views of so many that love the View full story

Will the JAZA breakthrough reduce the Taiji hunts? Answers from Japan…

Aug 03, 2015 by afdadmin
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Thanks to AFD’s supporters, who made legal action possible which resulted in the JAZA decision, 2015 is a breakthrough year for dolphin protection. The historic decision by JAZA (the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums) to ban all its aquariums from purchasing dolphins captured in Taiji was the first major breakthrough in ending the hunts View full story

What’s a WAZA?

Mar 05, 2015 by afdadmin
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This month AFD is taking on WAZA. But what exactly is a ‘WAZA’? The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the leading international body representing facilities that keep and display captive animals. Its aim is to promote conservation and animal welfare in zoos and aquariums. To many, WAZA membership represents a guarantee that View full story