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Bridging the Divide

I didn’t know how to act when I first met her. It was an uncharacteristically calm, clear day. The surface of the water was like liquid velvet. I sat on the concrete steps of the pier that jutted out from the ragged Scottish coastline, gazing downwards as she floated just below the surface. She came up for a breath, exhaling loudly with a hint of what seemed to be playful exasperation. Then…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – Winter 2018

Who Are the Commons? Rethinking Capitalism by Considering the Interests of Whales

Rather than having conservationists advocating for whales, we ought to be giving the whales themselves a seat at the table

The International Whaling Commission meets every two years to decide the future of the whales. That is, it decides which nation will kill how many, and for what reasons (commercial, subsistence, “research”). The meeting engages stakeholders from around the world are engaged,…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – October 25, 2017

SeaWorld’s Advertisements Are Full Of Lies (Video)

In effort to reinvent its image, theme park resorts to fudging facts again

The International Marine Mammal Project released a new video last week that debunks many of the lies SeaWorld tells the public and its shareholders, lies that are increasingly getting the theme park and entertainment company into hot water. At its core, SeaWorld…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – October 6, 2017

France Bans All Dolphin and Whale Captivity While SeaWorld Invests in It

US-based company still refuses to divest from industry proven harmful to cetaceans

On May 7, the French government passed new legislation aimed at phasing out all dolphin and whale captivity, a move that reflects growing public awareness and concern over the poor living conditions cetaceans are forced to endure in captivity.   Photo by…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – May 12, 2017

Bill to End Dolphin and Whale Captivity Reintroduced In Canada

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…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – December 30, 2015

Not Our Oceans, Not Our Whales: What We Must All Do To Stop Whaling

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…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – December 9, 2015

No, SeaWorld Is Not Phasing Out Orca Shows

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…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – November 10, 2015

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