I have to say that the UK Government has traditionally been great on protecting whales on the high seas. Indeed, when it comes to anti-whaling the UK is one of the best countries around when it comes to taking on Japan, Iceland and Norway at the IWC annual meetings
The UK has also been a keen advocate for dealing with climate change. So whats going on here in the UK when these two issues mix. It seems these policies are put to one side in the race to exploit more oil.
The UK Government has indicated that exploration for oil and gas is likely to be allowed in the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation. This is a European level protected area that is supposed to protect the dolphins that live part of their lives here. This, of course, threatens a vulnerable, unique group of bottlenose dolphins that WDCS has been studying and protecting for over 15 years
Malcolm Wicks, the UK's Energy Minister has announced that whilst Cardigan Bay in Wales (thats the Welsh Whales - it's not a spelling mistake), also a Special Area of Conservation for bottlenose dolphins would be spared, oil and gas exploration in the Moray Firth was 'more likely' to go ahead.
Whats going on? This is a ridiculous and highly damaging move.
This is where you can help. The UK Government has announced a public consultation period. This is your chance to have your say and save the amazing dolphins of the Moray Firth! Please have a look at this part of the Campaign site to see what you can do.