All species of dolphin are protected under CITES and
the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
There are a number of charities whose mission it is
to raise awareness and protect endangered wildlife.
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS),
is one of the leading global charities dedicated to
the conservation and welfare of all cetaceans. Most
of these organizations raise awareness, lobby government
agencies, and advise on how to protect specific species.
There are also international treaties that protect
CITES or the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is an international
treaty with 172 member countries. Dolphins listed in
Appendix I cannot be traded commercially, this includes
the Snubfin Dolphin, Amazon River Dolphin, indo-Pacific
Humpbacked Dolphin and the Atlantic Humpbacked Dolphin.
Dolphins listed in Appendix II can be traded commercially
only if it does not harm their survival. All dolphins
not listed in Appendix I are listed in Appendix II
The Marine Mammal Protection Act is a US law that prohibits,
with certain exceptions, the taking of marine mammals
in US waters and by US citizens on the high seas, and
the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal
products into the US.