First look at the Coffs Harbour sea-pen sanctuary

Mar 26, 2019 by afdadmin
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Earlier this month, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park (formerly Dolphin Marine Magic) announced they will no longer breed dolphins in captivity. Now there’s more good news for the five dolphins currently residing at the marine park in New South Wales. The concept designs and potential locations for building a dolphin sea-pen sanctuary in the region are View full story

Update: Taiji legal action

Mar 21, 2019 by afdadmin
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By Will Sacre Last month, AFD launched legal action against the world’s largest dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan. A press conference to announce this landmark lawsuit was held in Tokyo to a packed room of journalists from various Japanese media outlets. If you’d like to watch the press conference, please click here. Media coverage of View full story

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

The facts about our legal action to stop the Taiji dolphin hunts

Feb 13, 2019 by afdadmin
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AFD has filed world-first legal action against the Taiji dolphin hunts. Here’s what that means. On the 14th of February 2019, AFD attended a press conference in Tokyo to announce we have officially filed legal action against the Taiji dolphin hunts. The case, which was supported in part by a kind contribution from the Brigitte View full story

“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