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Bill to End Dolphin and Whale Captivity Reintroduced In Canada – December 30, 2015

If passed, legislation would prohibit acquisition and captive breeding of cetaceans

A federal bill to end dolphin and whale captivity throughout Canada was reintroduced by Nova Scotia Senator Wilfred Moore in early December. The bill first made its appearance this past summer, at a time when the conservative Harper government held sway over Parliament. However, with the changing political climate in Canada — namely, the new Trudeau administration — things may be looking up for the whales and dolphins.

Dolphin at Vancouver AquariumPhoto by abdallahh/FlickrA dolphin at Vancouver Aquarium. The Ending of Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act aims to put an end to the display of cetaceans in aquariums throughout Canada.

The Ending of… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Not Our Oceans, Not Our Whales: What We Must All Do To Stop Whaling – December 9, 2015

It’s time to move beyond our culture’s anthropocentric view of the living world

As Japan sets off on a mission to kill whales in the Antarctic Ocean, outraged people the world over have come together to denounce the country’s actions. Before placing all the blame on the country, however, we ought to look at how even anti-whaling nations remain complicit in the slaughters.

a minke whale underwaterPhoto by Len2040/FlickrWhat we need to do now is push our legal and ethical frameworks governing how we treat our fellow beings beyond their current limits.

Earlier this year, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to halt its JARPA II research program after rejecting the country's claims that it was… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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No, SeaWorld Is Not Phasing Out Orca Shows – November 10, 2015

The marine entertainment company is reworking its orca shows, not eliminating them

Yesterday’s headlines proclaiming that SeaWorld will be ending orca whale shows were almost as misleading as the alleged "educational value" of the shows themselves.

On Monday, SeaWorld announced that it will “phase out” the San Diego park’s theatrical killer whale show in 2016, and unveil a “new orca experience” in 2017. According to the announcement, which was made in a presentation to investors, the new experience will be "informative." SeaWorld also says the new shows will be take place in a “more natural setting” and that they will carry a "conservation message inspiring people to act.”

Photo of SeaWorld Orca ShowPhoto by Josh Hallettmore

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Former SeaWorld trainer says that at the end of the day, Orcas are ‘just working for their food’ – October 20, 2015

In Conversation: Jeffrey Ventre

Jeffrey Ventre spent seven years as a whale and dolphin trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, during which time he became critical of the marine entertainment industry. Now a medical doctor in Washington, he has become a vocal opponent of the practice of keeping free ranging mammals in captivity. He has also worked to undermine SeaWorld’s claim that the trainer-cetacean relationship is at the heart of cetacean performances. Instead, he argues, marine entertainment shows are almost entirely incentivized through use of food. Ventre is featured in the book Death at SeaWorld, and in the movie Blackfish. Speaking recently with Sonar, a nonprofit cetacean research and advocacy group, Ventre discussed his work… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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‘Animal Abuse and Harassment is a Pervasive Problem in the Wildlife Film Industry’ – August 25, 2015

In Conversation with wildlife filmmaker Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer is one of the world’s foremost wildlife documentary experts. Over the course of his nearly three-decade long career in filmmaking, Palmer has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime-time television and the IMAX film industry — work that won him and his colleagues many awards, including two Emmys and an Oscar nomination (for the film Dolphins). Palmer has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded through Everglade swamps. The veteran filmmaker is president of One World One Ocean Foundation and the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, which produce and… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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