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Public Outcry Compels to Pull Whale Products from Site – February 23, 2012

Retail Giant’s Japanese Subsidiary Was Selling 147 Food Products Made from Cetaceans, Including Endangered Whales

Retail giant was exposed on Tuesday (February 21) as selling endangered whale and dolphin meat among their expansive list of online offerings on its Japanese website. However, following international outcry Amazon reportedly pulled these products from their website by Wednesday, with searches for all things cetaceans now coming up empty.

Photo courtesy Environmental Investigation Agency“Minke whales to be eaten raw”, one of the cetacean food products on sale on Amazon Japan until last
Tuesday (February 21).

According to “’s Unpalatable Profits” — a report released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Humane Society International, a startling 147 different products derived from whales,… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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PETA Lawsuit Might Force Us to Rethink our Relationship with Animals – November 15, 2011

“Orca Slavery” Case Against SeaWorld Questions Our Authority to Treat Other Living Beings As Property

It’s tough to be an animal rights advocate these days, or even someone with an ounce of compassion and an awareness of the atrocities that our species visits upon all others. An overwhelming number of people remain oblivious to the suffering that animals endure at our hands. But maybe there’s hope yet of a brighter future for the non-humans with whom we share this planet.

Factory farm animals are among the most poorly treated in the US.

One particularly strong glimmer of this hope comes from People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) recent lawsuit against SeaWorld, which attempts to apply the 13th Amendment of the… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Obama Isn’t Saving the Whales – September 16, 2011

Without Economic Sanctions it’s Unlikely Iceland will End its Whaling Program

There is nothing quite like a trade sanction to help persuade a country into changing its behaviour. Which is why President Obama’s decision to waive all economic sanctions against Iceland for their illegal whaling operations has left people scratching their heads.

Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project and other environmental and animal welfare organizations, along with several members of Congress, had urged President Obama to impose strong economic sanctions against Iceland, to no avail.

Despite acknowledging that Iceland’s commercial whaling is undermining multilateral conservation efforts for these endangered and highly intelligent mammals, Obama said in a statement to Congress that he would not direct… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Why People Should Stop Buying Tickets to Captive Dolphin Shows – September 13, 2011

Live Dolphin Exports a Major Reason for Continuing Hunts in Japan

This year’s second dolphin drive hunt in Taji, Japan, took place on September 10. It involved the capture of a pod of bottlenose dolphins and the selection of one “show quality” individual who is destined for a life in captivity. It will be trained in one of the cramped sea pens anchored in the Taiji harbour, and then be shipped to one of the growing number of marine parks, aquariums or dolphinariums around the world.

Photo by Mark J. Palmer Dolphins at an aquarium in Tokyo. Show dolphins’ natural behavior is suppressed and replaced with
‘tricks’ taught through a brutal training regime involving routine starvation.

Thankfully,… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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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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