Cetacean Society International

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Posted on 24 October 2016

IWC Meeting Livestreamed!

The IWC66 meeting is being covered by a live online video stream. CSI Representative Heather Rockwell is there to represent CSI and whales! (Due to external factors, we cannot guarantee the reliability of the connection.) Note that Slovenia is 6 hours ahead of the US east coast.

Here are the video feeds for each day of the meeting (October 24 to 28):

Posted on 1 October 2016

CSI has been involved in the Save the Whales movement since 1974.
But they're not saved yet.

Annual request for your support to help us save whales at the 66th International Whaling Commission

Mail to: CSI, 65 Redding Road-0953, Georgetown, CT 06829-0953 USA

CSI will again have a presence at the IWC. Board Member and our in-house IWC expert, Heather Rockwell, has again volunteered her time and energy to advocate for whales at this international setting. We need your help to make this happen.

CSI has always been and remains an all-volunteer society. What budget we have, what funds we raise, all go to helping whales. Through education, research and advocacy, CSI has been fighting to save whales for over forty years. We make this annual request of you, our friends and all friends of whales: to please contribute to covering the cost of sending our representative to the IWC. With your help, Heather will represent CSI and represent you at the IWC. She is our eyes and ears and voice at the Slovenia meetings. It is with your help that we will be there.

The 'other side', the corporate side, the side with a moneyed interest in the commercial killing of whales, never seems to struggle for funds to promote their interest. It is the non-profit group, those advocating to change habit and history and advocate to stop the killing and that have the moral high ground but not the deep pockets. In this fight, we'd rather be the side of influence over affluence, and so we must ask for your help.

As Heather reported to the most recent gathering of the CSI Board: “with regards to the summer (2016) North Atlantic hunts: Norway has killed 590 minke and Iceland killed 46 minke.” It is no secret that Japan continues the killing of great whales under the guise of 'research'. Mainstream media is blind to the slaughter and most folks seem to think that the whales were 'saved' years ago. We know the truth.

On the brighter side, the Buenos Aires Group is again trying to establish a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary at the October IWC sessions. It will be a battle of nations, however, very much weighted to defeat as Japan covers the dues of otherwise disinterested nations so to gain their vote. A whaling nation needs no Sanctuaries.

And then there are the non-profits, the NGOs that tirelessly lobby and cajole to save whales, to convince nations that the time to stop the 'taking' of whales is simply overdue. That is the role of CSI in Slovenia. It is why we make this plea.

Please consider a gift of $100 (or whatever you can afford). CSI does not ask often. We ask when there is a need. Attending the IWC is that need. Won't you help?

I sincerely thank you for your kind consideration of this request. CSI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Your gift is deductible to the amount allowed by law.

David Kaplan, Esq. President, CSI

New Anti-Captivity Film "Voiceless"

Posted on 24 August 2016

Will you be a voice for the voiceless? Watch this new film "Voiceless" here:


This film is produced by Blue Freedom Inc., a student non-profit organization and is intended for educational purposes. Learn more at http://bluefreedom.org/ and check out their Resource Hub at http://www.bluefreedomresourcehub.org/

Celebrate for Whales with CSI!

The U.S. Navy must limit Low Frequency Active Sonar use to protect marine mammals and habitats!

For more on this legal victory that included CSI as a plaintiff, please see: https://www.nrdc.org/media/2016/160718.

For even more see: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/michael-jasny/major-victory-low-frequency-sonar.

And if you want much more, contact CSI's Bill Rossiter at rossiter@csiwhalesalive.org or 203-770-8615. Rossiter's been involved with the issue since 1996; this has been a long battle.

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.

The Movie SONIC SEA Shown In Hartford, CT

"Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution."

The movie SONIC SEA was shown at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT, on May 23 through May 26, 2016. CSI was there to make a presentation on each night. Thanks to everyone who organized this event, and everyone who attended the movie!

See the movie's web site at www.sonicsea.org.

Proposal To End Dolphin Captivity In New South Wales, Australia

Posted on 7 May 2016

The former NSW Premier Bob Carr and current politicians have announced a proposed new bill to end dolphin captivity in NSW Australia. This legislation would effectively phase out dolphin captivity in NSW, placing an immediate ban on captive dolphin breeding. Dolphin Marine Magic is one of only two dolphinariums in Australia and it is in the state of New South Wales. There is a current plan to turn DMM into a marine hospital rather than the outdated circus that it is right now.

For more information see:




CSI's Anti-Captivity Flyer

Posted on 12 November 2015

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

Posted on 27 May 2015

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

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