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Whale Roadkill: Not a Thing of the Past Quite Yet

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…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – January 15, 2013

No Dolphinariums in India, Nation’s Environment Ministry Advises its States

Preemptive move follows proposals for captive dolphin facilities in several Indian states

While dolphin captivity is largely being phased out in countries across the globe, spurred by a growing understanding of who dolphins are — in some places the battle is still raging between the captivity industry and informed individuals. Thanks to organizations like…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – January 10, 2013

Evidence of Beluga Intelligence Raises Questions about Captivity

A growing number scientific and anecdotal reports suggest that there is much more to a cetacean’s brain than the captivity industry might care to admit

 NOC, the ‘talking’ beluga whale who has become posthumously famous after the release of a report revealing his speech, had the same legal standing as the computer or handheld device that you are using to read this article. After his capture from…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – December 7, 2012

South Korean Captive Dolphins have a Shot at Freedom

In First-of-its-Kind Ruling, Judge Orders Release of Five Captive Dolphins

South Korea could be well on it’s way to becoming a dolphin-friendly nation. Like many other countries, it has captive facilities where dolphins are made to perform degrading tricks and live in unbearably small tanks. But a recent ruling on the case…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – May 10, 2012

Cruel Slaughter Video Highlights Need for Harsher Penalty for Animal Welfare Offenders

Illegal LA Slaughterhouse Proves that Locally-Sourced Meat Might Not Always be Ethical

As the horrific conditions on factory farms continue to be brought to the public’s attention, compassionate consumers are turning to local suppliers to buy their meat, under the impression that the animals are treated more “humanely” at these outlets. Unfortunately, this is…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – April 16, 2012

‘Friend of the Sea’ and ‘Dolphin Safe Tuna’ Team Up Against Ocean Abuse

Collaboration Will Help Ensure That the World’s Tuna Industry Remains Sustainable and Accountable

When choosing tuna for one’s dinner plate, finding something sustainable can be a daunting, often impossible task. It is no secret that the global fishing industry is plundering the oceans at an alarming and devastating rate, with incidences of bottom trawling, appalling…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – March 1, 2012

Public Outcry Compels Amazon.com to Pull Whale Products from Site

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

Retail giant Amazon.com 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…
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by: Laura Bridgeman – February 23, 2012

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