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Japan Dolphins Day – Note from Taji – September 2, 2011

Raising Awareness within Japan is Key to Halting Dolphin Slaughter

As our bus pulled into the parking lot across from "The Cove", which many of you have seen in the in the Oscar-winning documentary bearing that name, we immediately knew that our efforts had been a success. The normally sleepy Japanese town of Taiji had been transformed into a media circus – which is precisely what we, at Ric O’Barry’s Save Japan Dolphins, had hoped for.

Photo by Mark Palmer A moment of silence for lives lost in the March tsunami and quake, and the dolphins killed, and
about to be killed, at "The Cove".

Cheers erupted from our bus, filled with volunteers from around… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Bluefin tuna – on the brink of extinction – April 25, 2011

Why we stand to lose much more than an item off a seafood menu

The bluefin tuna has become such a prominent cornerstone of our consumptive culture that its name is rarely unaccompanied by the words ‘sandwich’ or ‘sushi’. For many generations, this enormous fish has nourished people from every walk of life — from the poverty-stricken to the exorbitantly wealthy; it forms at once a healthy meal and delicious indulgence.

Photo by Niall Kennedy

But what of this mighty predator of the sea? Many people who eat it have never seen pictures of it, let alone watch it swim in its natural habitat – which is where its true beauty comes to the surface. Unfortunately, time appears to… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Stubborn Canada Continues With Annual Seal Slaughter Despite Low Demand – April 14, 2011

468,200 seals are slated for slaughter this year

Oh, Canada! Why art thou so stubborn? The Great Canadian Seal Slaughter, the single largest marine mammal slaughter in the world, is in full swing and will continue to the end of May.

This controversial hunt has been hotly contested for decades, with economic interests and political will serving to convolute an issue which should be cut and dried: The killing of baby seal pups, in inhumane ways and for illogical reasons, is wrong and should be stopped.

Photo courtesy Respect for Animals

Despite the dire predictions on seal populations due to climate change the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has prescribed the highest… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Norway Begins Annual Whale Slaughter Despite International Criticism – April 5, 2011

Inhumane whaling methods involving exploding harpoons largely unchanged for 70 years

Spring has finally arrived! That means sunny days, blooming flowers and… the brutal slaughter of thousands of whales. That's right – the Norwegian whaling season officially opened on April 1, or All Fools' Day, although this 'cultural tradition' is certainly no joke for the whales or the people who love them.

Norway is one of three nations which continue to kill whales for commercial purposes, despite ardent international opposition and a global moratorium on commercial whaling. This year, the Norwegian government set a quota of 1,286 minke whales for the hunting season, which lasts from April to August.

close photo of a whale hide and the wound… <a href=more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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