IDA Champions Interdependence With Whales and Dolphins in Belgium

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

On May 14, 2016, In Defense of Animals’ Dr. Toni Frohoff spoke at an agenda-setting conference in Brussels, Belgium, about our interdependence with dolphins and whales. Dr. Frohoff has spent decades studying dolphins and whales in the wild. Our relationship with these beings is ever changing, and there is an urgent need for us to improve […]


Empty the Tanks, Global Day of Protest

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Mark your calendars – Saturday, May 7 is the next Empty the Tanks, an annual day of international protest against dolphin and whale captivity! If you are one of the growing number of people who know that all dolphins and whales deserve to be free, then we encourage you to attend your nearest event. […]


Iceland Won’t Be Killing Whales This Summer!

by Laura Bridgeman

  This summer, the Icelandic whaling fleet will stay in port and will not kill any whales. Kristján Loftsson, the managing director of Hvalur whaling company, is the driving force behind Iceland’s whaling industry and has been keeping it afloat for years. Loftsson had planned to kill 155 fin whales and ship most of the […]


Don’t let Marine Mammals Suffer in Captivity in Washington!

by Will Anderson

Washington State Close to Preventing Cetacean Captivity  On February 2, 2016, the House of Representatives in the state of Washington passed the House version of a bill, House Bill 2888 (SB 65820),  that focuses on ending cetacean captivity in the state. The proposed bill prevents whales and dolphins from being held in captivity for entertainment, […]


SeaWorld’s Sham

by Laura Bridgeman

  Think SeaWorld is Phasing Out Captivity? Think Again Sea World’s sham headlines spread like wildfire on Monday claiming that SeaWorld would begin phasing out orca shows. A bit of clarification is needed to make sense of what was actually said. In statements on its websites and in a press conference held on Monday, SeaWorld […]


Marine Life Halved in Last 40 Years

by Lisa Couper

Marine Life Halved in Last 40 Years Marine vertebrate populations declined by 49% between 1970 and 2012, according to the 2015 World Wildlife Report. Nearly six thousand populations, and over one thousand species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish were included in this study. In addition to the decline in these species, the report also […]

Dolphin Blog

Tragic Oil Spill in Santa Barbara

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Update: Slick Cover-ups and Dead Dolphins, but Graphics Can’t Show the Full Picture As we reported earlier, more than 10 miles of the Refugio/Santa Barbara, California, coastal community has experienced contact with and damage from over 100,000 gallons of thick, crude oil that poured into the ocean from a ruptured pipeline. The latest figures […]

Orcas begging for food.

Captive Orca Update

by Web Team

SeaWorld’s Excuses for Orca Entertainment Are a Complete Flop Earlier this month, IDA attended a roundtable discussion in San Diego where SeaWorld defended their captive orca programs and attempted to regain public trust. SeaWorld has been under fire ever since Tillikum, an adult male orca, killed a third person and the movie, Blackfish, heavily promoted […]