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News & Events
December 19, 2012
The HSUS and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Call on Federal Agency to Take Action to Protect Right Whales
In the wake of the death of an entangled right whale in waters off the northeastern coast of Florida, The Humane Society of the United States and Whale and Dolphin Conservation urge the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to take several key actions that will better protect right whales.
November 30, 2012
Read an exclusive conversation with Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds about his behind-the-scenes role in the poignant and thought-provoking new documentary "The Whale" and what this remarkable story means to him.
November 30, 2012
"The Whale" is a documentary film that tells the story of Luna, an inquisitive, friendly, orca whose life teaches us about the mysterious yet undeniable bond we have with our fellow creatures.
November 13, 2012
Follow champion surfer Dave Rastovich's fight to protect whales, dolphins, and other marine life in the documentary, "Minds in the Water."
February 14, 2014
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently seized 2,000 pounds of illegal shark fins from a San Francisco merchant. That merchant is a part of an association whose members sold and distributed shark fins to restaurants and grocery stores and who had sued the State of California challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on the sale and trade of shark fins. In the wake of this major bust, the association has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge.
January 6, 2014
China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.
September 13, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.
August 27, 2013
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to keep in place California’s law that bans the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state.