Scott Fryer
Scott Fryer campaign leader

‘Save the Whales: Reloaded’ forms new global community

HISTORIC ALLIANCE OF LEADING ENVIRONMENTAL & ANIMAL PROTECTION GROUPS PLEDGE NEW ACTIONS TO PROTECT WHALES AND DOLPHINS

A new global community has been formed to protect whales and dolphins across the world's oceans.

The alliance was announced following the World Whale Conference held on the 25th - 26th October 2012 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK, the hotel where the original moratorium on whaling was signed in 1982.

Over 75 leading environmental and animal protection groups and businesses have committed to Save the Whales: Reloaded, including World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Ocean Alliance, Earthrace Conservation, the American Cetacean Society and many more. The new global alliance will identify and work together to protect whales and dolphins in all of the places where they most need help.

The news was announced by whale and dolphin specialists Planet Whale which orchestrated the alliance, with environmentalists including Bill Oddie and Jean Michel Cousteau already flagging up sites requiring urgent action. Dylan Walker, co-founder of Planet Whale commented:

"Today marks an historic move forward as we galvanise the passion and commitment of the original Save the Whales campaign with Save the Whales: Reloaded. As an active and influential global community we will be using our collective energy and expertise to identify and ring fence new 'Areas of Concern' for whales and dolphins across the globe. Today, we are naming the first three areas we have agreed to tackle and we are already planning to announce thousands more as we seek to ensure the long term protection of all whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans."

The global community behind Save the Whales: Reloaded was formed at the World Whale Conference which brought together members of the public, whale and dolphin charities, government agencies and businesses from around the world to share ideas and best practice. A total of 44 charities and 34 whale watching businesses have committed to Save the Whales: Reloaded, representing 27 countries from every continent apart from Antartica.

"Despite the vote in 1982, the world's whales have not been saved and they are still not safe," continued Dylan Walker of Planet Whale. "Whilst whaling is much reduced, it still remains, and these beautiful creatures are also losing ground to a whole plethora of destructive issues, including over-fishing and drowning in nets, pollution, habitat destruction, climate change and being held captive for entertainment in aquariums. As a community we are committed to our cause and our message today to all those involved in cruelty towards cetaceans and destruction of their natural habitats is clear: we will not stop until you stop."

Planet Whale is also inviting the public to support Save the Whales: Reloaded and help identify the next generation of Marine Protected Areas. Visitors to WhaleFest 2012 event in Brighton mapped out an astonishing 1,000 areas of the oceans which they would like to see ring fenced for the protection of wild whale and dolphin communities. Created using an innovative free online mapping tool, these maps will be combined with others drawn by people across the globe to ensure members of the public, governments, charities and other stakeholders all have a say in the future protection of the oceans.

More information at http://www.savethewhalesreloaded.org/

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