Cetacean Society International

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Autumn 2018 "Whales Alive!" Newsletter

Posted on 26 October 2018

Contents of the Autumn 2018 issue:

  • A Few Losses and Plenty of Wins for Whales in Brazil
  • Petition to Stop Whaling in Iceland
  • Vaquita, the World's Most Endangered Cetacean
  • Japan's North Pacific Sei Whale Hunt Criticized by CITES
  • Marine Mammal Protection Act Under Renewed Attack
  • Continued Concern for North Atlantic Right Whales
  • Upcoming Events

Read this issue of Whales Alive! in PDF format.

Changes at Cetacean Society International

Posted on 20 June 2018

By David Kaplan, CSI President

CSI is evolving. We are both streamlining the administration of the organization and returning to some of our grassroots foundation. At the same time, CSI is remaining committed to the national and international affairs that affect the world of whales.

One change that looks to the future but is actually from our past: a return to having and relying on a Scientific Advisory Council. There is also a renewed effort to increase membership and to encourage active participation of the membership in activities and goals of the organization. It is in this spirit that CSI has been back to its roots in its involvement in local activities and events. In its first few years (the 1970's) CSI was able to accomplish the building of a life size statue of a whale on the lawn of a local museum. CSI was able to lobby the State of Connecticut to adopt the Sperm whale as its State Animal. Though in the end, those two projects may be viewed as a local political act, in fact each of these achievements was the result of grassroots activists who cared enough about whales to stand up and act. It is that spirit that CSI wants to incorporate into the organization that we are today. With these changes, CSI is better situated to meet the challenges of the present and the future.

CONNY's 40th Birthday Celebration!

On June 25, 2016, CSI celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the building of CONNY, the life-size ferro-concrete model of a sperm whale built by CSI in 1976 on the grounds of the Children's Museum at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, CT.

The celebration included programs by CSI as well as Don Sineti and Friends performing live, and the Connecticut River Ramblers performing live. It also included Robbins Barstow's video of the amazing story of the construction of CONNY, which required many hours of volunteer labor and donated materials. Some of the people who built CONNY were on hand, too.

CSI's Anti-Captivity Flyer

CSI's 1997 anti-captivity flyer is still relevant today, even with outdated statistics. Its message is even more powerful than today's headlines in major media, as reflected by Wall Street, SeaWorld's increasing panic, and the public's realization that their tickets support the exploitation of the captives. Read it here:

Don't Be Held Captive To Any Illusions: CSI's anti-captivity flyer

TEDx Talk Highlights Why SeaWorld Should Retire Shamu

AWI Scientist Dr. Naomi Rose Highlights How Captivity Destroys Orca Family Structure

CSI is a founding partner in the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA).

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