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Whales and dolphins belong in the ocean, wild and free.

The world is changing.

We no longer find it acceptable to capture and confine these sentient ocean-dwellers. The world is reimagining how we can connect with these amazing animals–not at the cost of their life or freedom, and not for our entertainment. Whale and dolphin sanctuaries will create a new ethic, reforming our relationship with these incredible beings and providing for the enrichment and long-term care for those that cannot be returned to the wild. Whale and dolphin sanctuaries provide a pathway towards freedom and a hopeful end to a ruthless industry.

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Why This Issue Matters
Why it is important

Whales and dolphins continue to be captured from the wild and held in captivity worldwide.

How it relates to you

Sanctuaries are a step towards returning whales and dolphins to a more natural environment.

How to join the cause

Join OPS and support our collaboration with the Whale Sanctuary Project (WSP).

Captivity is just another form of whaling.

While we seek to gain global protection for all whales and dolphins from hunting and capture, we can build a better future for those already in captivity and redefine our relationship with these magnificent creatures.

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The Cove

The Cove exposes the tragic dolphin hunts that continue every year in Japan, and serves as a reminder that we have a long way to go towards securing protection for whales and dolphins around the globe.

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