Dr. Jane Goodall will be joining a coalition of NGOs as well as several animal welfare institutes and organizations to push a new vision for saving whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

She will be one of many urging the 88 member countries of the International Whaling Commission to adopt the 50-year vision to save these species. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises all face great danger of extinction from the increasing ocean threats.

These species are specifically in danger of decreasing in population from threats like noise pollution, chemicals, plastic, habitat loss, and marine strikes. Not to mention the direct hunting of dolphins and whales despite their dwindling numbers.

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In her keynote speech, Dr. Goodall said, “Some 80% of the world’s oxygen comes from the ocean. Our seas, along with our forests, are literally the lungs of our planet. Tragically, the vast marine habitat is increasingly threatened by our human actions. We are polluting it with toxic substances, large areas become acidified, the water is warming, commercial fishing has endangered many species, and its biggest and most loved residents – whales, dolphins, and porpoises – are suffering. Unbelievably, despite a 40-year ban, many still suffer the cruelty of commercial whaling. Then around 300,000 cetaceans die when they’re accidentally captured in fishing gear. They drown. A number of species and some populations are now facing extinction. There are solutions, but our governments must prioritize them and also recognize and support the International Whaling Commission as the organization to coordinate these global priorities.”

Hopefully, this gathering of NGOs will encourage change and help to better protect these precious species that are in critical danger of disappearing entirely.

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