WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Save Brazilian river dolphins from extinction

Every year, thousands of Amazon River dolphins (botos) in Brazil are brutally killed, then cut up and used as bait to catch fish. If this illegal slaughter does not stop, the boto will be driven to extinction. We need the Brazilian government to enforce the law and save the dolphins.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1014705)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£7,000

Amount raised

£15,067

Donations

379

    Category

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

Location

  • These intelligent, social dolphins endure unimaginable suffering, please help us stop the cruelty

    — Alison Wood, WDC

  • These intelligent, social dolphins endure unimaginable suffering, please help us stop the cruelty

    — Alison Wood, WDC

Situation

Every year thousands of Brazilian Amazon River dolphins, or botos, are brutally killed to use as bait to catch fish. These intelligent, beautiful and social mammals are speared and beaten to death with hand-held harpoons, machetes or axes. This is both illegal and unimaginably cruel and must be stopped. If this slaughter continues, river dolphins in Brazil will be gone forever.

Solution

We urgently need to appoint local people in Brazil to work as ‘boto rangers’ in the Piagaçu -Purus Reserve near Manaus. These rangers will document and report dolphin killing and will work with the communities who live alongside the river to protect these remarkable, vulnerable dolphins. In liaison with local conservationists, we will work with the Brazilian government to persuade them to enforce the law and we will work with local communities in Brazil to expose the killing.