Latest Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society Stories

2010-06-16 06:05:00

Companies in Norway, Japan and Iceland are betting heavily on the lifting of a commercial whaling moratorium, and are working to develop new whale-based products ranging from golf balls to hair dye, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS). As members of the 88-nation International Whaling Commission (IWC) prepare for a meeting next week in Agadir, Morocco, debate on the use of hunted whales has focused on meat consumption, particularly...

2010-05-24 06:05:00

A group of conservationists and other experts said Sunday that whales and dolphins should get "human rights" to life and liberty because of growing evidence that they are highly intelligent beings. Participants at a conference at the University of Helsinki said more and more studies are showing the giant marine mammals have human-like self-awareness, an ability to communicate and organize complex societies, which makes them similar to great apes. "We affirm that all cetaceans as persons...

2010-05-11 06:30:00

Conservationists were shocked to see a gray whale which appeared off the coast of Israel on Sunday. Gray whales are thought to be extinct across the Atlantic Ocean, so this appearance made within the Mediterranean Sea was a major surprise. The whale could have inadvertently traveled a huge distance from its natural habitat thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean. However, questions are now being raised about the possibility that gray whales have returned to former haunts in the...

2010-03-15 09:46:00

WASHINGTON, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Further demonstrating his commitment towards environmental conservation, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) today introduced legislation aimed at protecting whales. The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2010 addresses major threats to whales including commercial whaling, ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, ocean noise, and climate change and reasserts the U.S. as a leader in whale conservation. "Whales are in a sea...

2009-06-24 06:25:00

Environmentalists are infuriated by a Danish request for consent to continue hunting humpback whales of the coast of Greenland, the AFP accounted. Ole Samsing, Danish commissioner at the annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference being held on the Portuguese island of Madeira, immediately demanded a "quick solution" in light of the request. "We want to put forward a proposal for a quota of 10 humpback whales per year for the 2010-2012 period" in Greenland, a semi-autonomous...

2009-06-17 06:35:00

Environmentalists made their opinions known at a key meeting on Tuesday involving plans to resume the hunting of humpback whales, which went under a moratorium protection over 40 years ago.The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) said Greenland intends to ask a summit on Monday to grant it permission to hunt 50 humpbacks over five years."Denmark is lobbying intensely, with the support of Sweden, to build a European consensus in favor of Greenland's proposal," WDCS spokesman Nicolas...

2009-06-09 11:33:00

BOSTON, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Two weeks before the annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), taking place from 22nd to the 26th of June in Madeira, Portugal, European whaling nations provoke the international community with an increase of whaling quotas and granting export permits for whale meat to Japan. In response WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, calls "Europe: Whale Enemy No.1" and launches its campaign to request immediate action taken by the US...

2009-03-27 06:00:00

The world's first conference on marine protected areas for marine mammals MAUI, Hawaii, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The conservation of the world's most iconic ocean species, whales and dolphins, is to take a step forward next week with the launch of the first conference on protected areas for marine mammals. Over 150 marine experts from 30 countries around the world will gather in Maui, Hawaii, on Monday 30th March to build plans for networks of protected areas, which will...

2008-12-17 05:00:00

An animal welfare problem of major proportions has been uncovered in a new report by WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. PLYMOUTH, Mass., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The report, Shrouded by the sea, reveals the shocking truth behind the entanglement of whales, dolphins and porpoises in fishing nets, estimated to kill more than 300,000 of these animals worldwide each year. The harrowing details of how whales and dolphins slowly meet their death in fishing nets, many...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'