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WSPA and our local partner organization, the Bioresource Research Center (BRC), have been working to bring an end to the cruel sport of bear baiting for over a decade.

With no option for humane slaughter, WSPA calls for a stop to all commercial whaling. Visibility, sea swells and movements of the boat and whale make it impossible to assure a lethal shot at sea.

After the ban, whaling continues
The IWC regulates the whaling industry and acts to conserve whale populations. But two member nations – Norway and Iceland – have lodged objections to the ban which allow them to whale commercially.

Whaling: an inhumane end
WSPA uses the best scientific evidence available to show that there is no humane way to kill whales at sea.

Dolphin references
This report determined that calf mortality in captivity was much higher than in the wild; however, the mortality data from the wild population may have been incomplete.

Animal friendly travel
Animal circuses, bullfights, ‘swim with dolphin’ programes and poor welfare zoos are all examples of animal exploitation in the name of entertainment.

Dolphins in Captivity
WSPA has achieved several notable successes during this time including a pledge from the Seven Seas luxury cruise line to no longer offer dolphin encounter tours at any of their ports of call.

Plight of the captive dolphins
The mortality rates and abnormal behaviours of captive dolphins prove that a lack of stimulation causes them terrible stress. Space is also an issue – pools are miserably small for large, far ranging animals that would swim up to 50 miles a day in the wild.

US Dolphin Regulations
The United States is often considered to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and yet, when it comes to captive marine mammals, even the United States fails to provide the necessary safeguards and standards to protect one of our favorite creatures.

Ten Ways You Can Help Animals
This problem is made worse by “factory-style dog-breeding facilities known as puppy mills, which put profit above the welfare of animals.

Bottlenose Dolphin Facts
The bottlenose dolphin, known by its scientific name as Tursiops truncatus, is the species of dolphin most often found in captive exhibits and swim programs. Bottlenose dolphins spend much of their time playing and interacting with their pod members.

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