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SeaWorld Faces Third Lawsuit in as Many Weeks Over Orca Captivity – April 13, 2015

Lawsuit says the marine entertainment company misleads the public about the health and wellbeing of captive orcas

SeaWorld has been treading water for the past few years as it faces ongoing criticism about its captive orca program. The marine entertainment behemoth may soon find itself sinking: Today, a new lawsuit was filed against SeaWorld claiming that the company makes false and misleading statements about the health and welfare of its captive whales.

SeaWorldPhoto by SeeBeeW, on Flickr An orca performs in SeaWorld’s Shamu “Believe” show. The latest lawsuit says SeaWorld misleads the public about the many negative impacts of captivity on orcas.

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of two plaintiffs, includes a… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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A Home For Businesses That Believe Ethics and Profits Aren’t Mutually Exclusive – February 19, 2015

The American Sustainable Business Council works to amplify the influence of sustainable businesses on policy issues like clean energy, food, and agriculture

We may have reached the point of peak craft beer. Cities are ranked based on their breweries, connoisseurs opt for beer tastings over wine flights, and beers are brewed with everything from matté, to mustard seeds, to pomegranate. In the midst of this beer hysteria, some craft breweries are taking things a step further, aiming to make beer that is not just small-batch and delicious, but that is also sustainable.

 Beer sampler Photo by Quinn Dombrowski, on Flickr Businesses like New Belgium Brewing Company have joined the American Sustainable Business Council to amplify their voice in public policy debates.

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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Advocates Win Key Victories to Stop Wildlife-Killing Contests in the US – December 16, 2014

Statewide ban in California and victories in Idaho and Oregon spur hope for nationwide predator management reform

Wildlife-killing contests in the United States go by many different names, including wildlife derbies, predator-hunting contests, coyote calling contests, and coyote drives. But whatever the name, and wherever they are held, these contests come down to the same basic principle: Hunting animals for entertainment, with prizes for the top killers.

Coyotephoto byShawn McCready, on FlickrPrizes and inducements can no longer be awarded for nongame wildlife-killing contests in California.

Recently, the prize-for-killing mentality has come under increasing scrutiny, and in early December, wildlife activists won a key victory when the California Fish and Game Commission announced that “prizes… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Protesters Continue to Block Gates to Methane Storage Facility in Upstate NY – December 9, 2014

With 92 arrests to date, We Are Seneca Lake campaign is gaining momentum

For six weeks, We Are Seneca Lake campaigners have braved freezing weather in western New York to block expansion of a methane storage project adjacent to Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes. Campaigners believe the storage project threatens to contaminate Seneca Lake, which provides drinking water to 100,000 people in upstate New York. With 92 arrests for trespassing while blocking the gates to the storage facility, the campaign seems to be picking up steam.

Oil Train BlockadePhoto by We Are Seneca LakeCampaigners block the gates to the Crestwood methane storage facility in upstate New York in cold November… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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Plastic Bag Industry Campaigning to Overturn California’s Plastic Bag Ban – November 13, 2014

Big Plastic, which stands to lose big profits, wants to get a referendum on the November 2016 ballot

Governor Jerry Brown made history in September when he signed SB 270, making California the first state in the nation to ban plastic shopping bags. Unsurprisingly, the plastic bag industry isn’t going quietly into the night. Instead, it is trying to get a referendum on the November 2016 ballot that would overturn the ban. The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), a group of American plastic bag manufacturers, is leading the referendum charge, working to collect the required 504,000-plus signatures by December 29 of this year.

Plastic Bag Ban RallyPhoto by Heal the BayA man covered in plastic bags… more

by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

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