Stop Whaling Campaign
WDCS and SEA LIFE Centres
What do we do together?
Education - Both WDCS and SEALIFE have a commitment and responsibility to conservation education.
Together we run a range of initiatives including our dolphin diploma, talks on conservation at centres and creating interpretation material. We have twice held a junior conservation conference.
Campaigning – over 2009 and 2010 we ran a joint campaign to get people globally to stop plans to lift the 24 year old ban on commercial whaling. We won! We presented over 200,000 protests personally to the EU Environment Commissioner and were successful in persuading the EU to stand firm on its conservation commitments.
Now we are joining forces to take on the Icelandic whalers!
Captive dolphins – SEALIFE and WDCS are against the holding of whales and dolphins in captivity. SEALIFE, its parent group Merlin Entertainments and WDCS are working on a project for the rehabilitation, release and retirement of dolphins that have been held in captivity.
Walk for whales and dolphins - We run annual walk for whales and dolphins from the UK SEALIFE centres.
SEA LIFE aquaria have over 10 million visitors a year. They are urging all their visitors to join in the campaign.
This follows a very successful WDCS/SEA LIFE initiative where we delivered over 200,000 protest cards and e-protests to the EU Environment Commissioner to persuade the EU to fight for the ban on commercial whaling. It worked. The ban remains in place. The Commissioner posted a photo of himself receiving the cards on his Facebook page and said this: “Taking delivery at the Berlaymont of 200,000 Save the Whales postcards. You can be sure that I will do my best!”