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9 Million Tons of Plastic Waste WIll End Up in Our Oceans in 2015, Says New Study

Researchers warn that the trash could increase more than tenfold in the next decade

We’ve all heard about the great Pacific garbage patch and other huge swirls of plastic trash floating around in our world’s oceans damaging marine ecosystems and sea creatures. But what’s not been clear is  just how much more plastic is making its…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 12, 2015

10 Million Gallons of ‘Missing Oil’ from 2010 BP Spill Found on Gulf Sea Floor

Oil sediments will contaminate the food web for years to come, scientists say

The April 2010 blowout of BP’s Macondo well spilled more than 200 million gallons of crude oil across an area of around 68,000 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico. Much of this oil was removed using various cleanup measures, including skimming…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 4, 2015

Sandra the Orangutan is a Person, Rules Argentine Court

In landmark judgment, court says that the 28-year-old Great Ape has the right to be free

Sandra, a 28-year-old orangutan who lives in a zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina is now the first animal to be legally recognized as a person. In a landmark judgment last Friday, an appeals court in Argentina declared that the Sumatran orangutan, who…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 22, 2014

Baja’s Iconic Surf Spot is Under Threat

Surfers and environmentalists have launched a campaign to have the San Miguel beach and watershed protected as a state park

San Miguel in Baja, California, is said to be where the first wave was surfed in all of Mexico. The area also contains one of the last intact riparian corridors in all of northern Baja — the San Miguel watershed.  This critical…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 12, 2014

Tommy the Chimpanzee Is Not A Person, Rules New York Court

Nonhuman Rights Project plans to appeal decision

A chimpanzee cannot be considered a person, a New York court ruled today, rejecting the Nonhuman Rights Project’s (NhRP) appeal to recognize Tommy, a captive chimpanzee, as a legal person. This means the 26-year-old chimpanzee, who lives alone in a cage in…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 4, 2014

Evolution of an Idea

A timeline of thoughts on animals

Questions about our relationship with and responsibility toward other animals have always been troubling. The elaborate rituals of Judaism’s kosher rules and Islam’s halal, for example, may have started as a way of atoning for the act of murder. The development of a coherent animal rights philosophy has been unsteady, with setbacks and reversals accompanying each attempt at more enlightened thinking. Wikimedia CommonsAn 1838 painting by P Matthews of the Trial of…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2015

Animals Are Persons, Too

We know more about the complex inner lives of animals than ever before. Are we ready to recognize their right to be free?

Photo Ian UmedaEddie at the Oakland Zoo Roused from his afternoon nap to meet with visitors, Eddie gamely obliged, coming up to the large glass windows to gaze at us. After a while, he pointed an index finger at his caregiver, Margaret Rousser, who was standing beside us, touched his forehead, then his mouth, puckered his lips, and made loud smooching sounds. It was a trick Eddie had been taught during his…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2015

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