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Taiji Dolphin Slaughter Generates Worldwide Condemnation – January 23, 2014

More than 250 dolphins captured, including albino calf, at least two dozen slaughtered for meat

The dolphin hunters in Taiji have kicked off the new year with a murderous and greed-driven rampage, their dolphin drive hunt in mid-January being one of the biggest in recent memory.

On January 16, five separate pods of bottlenose dolphins, totaling an estimated 250 individuals and including one baby albino, were brutally driven into the killing cove, made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.

photo of dolphins penned by nets in a bloody covephoto by Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project

Over the five harrowing days in captivity, families were torn apart as the fishermen collected a reported 52 “show-quality” dolphins to be shipped to the… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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A Silent Winter for SeaWorld? – December 12, 2013

Musicians continue to cancel gigs at SeaWorld concert series.

SeaWorld has reasons to be sad lately, as the impact of the documentary Blackfish has caused a number of prominent bands to cancel their performances at the marine park, due to concerns of the cruel and inhumane practice of confining captive orcas.

18-year-old L92 Crewser male resident orca, born 1995, in foregroundphoto by Andrew Reding, on Flickr

Yesterday, the band Cheap Trick joined Willie Nelson, Heart and the Barenaked Ladies in cancelling performances at SeaWorld’s “Bands, Brew, and BBQ” concert series, scheduled for this coming winter.

Earth Island Institute’s… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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What India’s Decision to Ban Dolphin Captivity Means – June 12, 2013

Move indicates a growing understanding that cetaceans are ‘nonhuman persons’

The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests’ decision to ban dolphin captivity within India has been making waves around the world. The unprecedented decision is particularly significant because it reflects an increasing global understanding that dolphins deserve better protections based on who – rather than what – they are.

The decision, outlined in a circular released by the Central Zoo Authority, states that because dolphins are by nature  “highly intelligent and sensitive,” they ought to be seen as “nonhuman persons” and should have “their own specific rights.” It says that it is “morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purposes.”

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by: Laura Bridgeman

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South Korea Theme Park Forced to Return Dolphins Back to the Sea – April 12, 2013

Dolphins' journey to freedom highlights ethical issues of keeping cetaceans in captivity

In a landmark ruling, the South Korean supreme court has ordered Pacific Land, a dolphinarium on the south coast of Jeju Island, to free four of its dolphins.

dolphin rescue A dolphin being transfered out of the Pacific Land facility. The theme park originally bought 11
illegally. By the time the courts finally ordered their release, seven had died. Of the four remaining,
two are in critical condition.

Between 2009 and 2010, Pacific Land Illegally purchased 11 dolphins from fishermen, without the approval of the Korean Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry. The ministry is supposed to approve marine mammal capture "for educational,… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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Whale Roadkill: Not a Thing of the Past Quite Yet – January 15, 2013

Changes to shipping lanes near SF Bay may help, but proposals for the Santa Barbara Channel Islands fall short of the mark

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) recently announced vessel lane changes for the approach to San Francisco Bay, the Santa Barbara Channel, and the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex, will involve extending some shipping lanes, narrowing the width of others, and shifting the southbound lane in the Santa Barbara Channel and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary one nautical mile north. These routes pass through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOOA) Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries where endangered blue, humpback, and fin whales feed and congregate.

photoname Photo courtesy Great Whale ConservancyThe proposed route adjustments are… more

by: Laura Bridgeman

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