Petition Alert - Petition to End Live Capture of Dolphins & Whales
Please sign this Petition to the Obama Administration for a law Banning Capture in US waters of Dolphins & Whales for Public Display.
Dolphins and Whales have evolved over millions of years and have adapted perfectly to life in the oceans of the world. They are intelligent, social and self-aware, exhibiting evidence of a highly developed emotional sense.
The capture of dolphins is traumatic and stressful and can result in their injury and even death. The number of dolphins that die during capture operations or shortly thereafter are never revealed in dolphinariums or Swim-with-the-Dolphins attractions. No permits have been approved since 1993 to capture dolphins in US waters for public display.
CSI thanks Ric O'Barry, Campaign Director, Dolphin Project, Earth Island Institute, for once again leading us all forward.
NEWS ALERT! Membership and Donor Dollar Matching Opportunity!
If you care about whales, dolphins and porpoises there is no better time to join or contribute to CSI! An anonymous donor will match your donations or membership contributions made before November 15th! Contributions will be tax deductible for all US taxpayers.
Every Day CSI:
- FIGHTS any killing of cetaceans by whalers and fishermen
- PROMOTES responsible whale and dolphin watching
- PROTESTS the captive display of cetaceans
- REPRESENTS your concerns to governments, treaty organizations, media and scientists
- ADVOCATES for humane, non-lethal, non-invasive, ethical research standards
- FACILITATES a network of scientists, educators, activists, and resources
- SEEKS SOLUTIONS to ship strikes, entanglements, rogue hunting and pollution
- INFORMS on issues of marine pollution, habitat degradation, and fisheries interactions
- BATTLES sources of harmful human noise in the oceans
- SUPPORTS marine mammal stranding and disentanglement operations
- PROVIDES educational materials and career guidance
- ANSWERS public and media questions and concerns
Please help us to help whales, dolphins, and porpoises! Double the impact of your money! To the right is the link to CSI's donation or membership page
Download a Free Book on the Bottlenose Dolphin in Argentina!
For our Spanish-speaking visitors and anyone who wants a free, scientifically accurate book on the bottlenose dolphin CSI is very pleased to recommend "Las Toninas de la Bahia, Descubriendo a los Delfines de Patagonia Norte", which freely translates to "The bottlenose dolphins of the Bay, Discovering the Dolphins of North Patagonia" (Argentina)
Written by Els Vermeulen, Hilda Suárez and Alejandro baalbiano, the book is a labor of love by scientists "to increase the awareness around this population and highlight its vulnerability", but the easy to read text also provides a wealth of information about the species worldwide. It also covers other species of whales and dolphins in the region, explains how scientists do the research, provides information on many individuals, behaviors, and issues affecting the dolphins, and includes a catalog of named dolphins.
Believing that "social networking is essential in the increasing awareness of environmental issues", the authors have created a Facebook page, in Spanish and English, where the 3.7MB book can be downloaded for free under the "files" tab, and anyone can join the Facebook Group to comment and stay current on the research.
CSI Founding Partner in World Cetacean Alliance (WCA)
CSI is proud to announce that it is a founding partner in the newly formed World Cetacean Alliance (WCA)! The Alliance, launched on World Oceans Day, consists of 28 partners all pledging to work together to expand our individual organizations influences and reach to help save and protect cetaceans globally.
The WCA has three core deliverables that CSI has been working on for years and will continue too within the alliance:
- Map and report on the captivity industry
- Map and report on critically endangered cetaceans
- Map and report on critical habitats worldwide
Please help CSI in mapping your areas of concerns or global hotspots: In English, in Spanish or in German. Mapping your concerns will help CSI and the WCA focus on areas with the most critical needs. A short survey video tutorial can be found on youtube at: YoutTube Survey Video.
Adopt a Humpback Whale Today
When you contribute to CSI, who do you help?
Salt is just one of the thousands of large whales at risk. She is a humpback whale who spends spring, summer and fall feeding in the waters of Stellwagen Bank within miles of Cape Cod shores. In December she migrates to the warm Caribbean waters for the breeding and calving grounds.
But there is much more to this story. Salt is considered the Grand Dame of Stellwagen Bank. She was the first whale to be given a name. She is one of the very first known grandmothers and soon will be a great-grandmother. She may return in May with calf number thirteen. She has eight Grandcalves. She is the only humpback whale to be seen every year since first being seen in 1975. When Salt has a new calf, they visit the boats together quite frequently. Most humpback whales do not form long-term relationships. However, over the years Salt and Cardhu (another mature female) have spent several summers together!
In addition to a DVD of her story, Salt is now one of the two humpback whales (Colt is the other) in our new Humpback Whale Adoption Program. In the past, Salt was most at risk from net entanglements and ship strikes. Today we add whaling efforts to the most immediate threat. Yes, whaling. Salt's migration to the calving grounds is dangerous as St Vincent and the Grenadines kill several humpbacks annually. If Salt decides to swim the same distance north, Greenland kills eight or nine humpbacks each year.
The CSI volunteers work tirelessly to try to protect Salt and all the whales, dolphins and porpoise from threats of all kinds. It is not too late to reverse the growing call for an increase to whaling quotas but we need your help. Salt needs your help.
This holiday season give a whale of a gift (yes, it has come to that) and spend some time meeting a
whale where they live.
Click here to order from: The Whale Video Company
CSI is an all-volunteer, non-profit conservation, education and research organization
dedicated to protecting cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and the marine environment.
Cetacean Society International
CSI is recognized worldwide as one of the most effective cetacean advocacy organizations. 93% of every dollar is spent on programs to protect whales, aid non-intrusive research and to educate the public.
Why Save the Whales?
What is there about cetaceans that place them in a special niche in the evolution of relations between humans and non-human life forms? Whales, dolphins and porpoises have a beauty and grace all their own which is of surpassing quality. Throughout human history, cetaceans have been the subjects of exceptional artistic creations. They are supremely photogenic.
Cetaceans have such a unique fascination and such widespread interest for persons of all ages and backgrounds that they become breakthrough educational motivators.
Furthermore, whales appear to have a special affinity for human beings.