Animal Welfare

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Animal Welfare

by Jamison Maeda

Just like the 2009 documentary “The Cove,” which brought world-wide attention to the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary “Blackfish” has made serious waves in the animal rights community in regards to orcas in captivity.

“Blackfish” documented the horrific treatment of orcas (also known as killer whales) in marine parks and the dangers involved in keeping them captive. Cowperthwaite made the film after a trainer at Seaworld was killed by one of their orcas during a performance.  Recently, California politician, Richard Bloom, proposed the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, banning orcas as performers, and outlawing captive orca breeding programs in California, with the ultimate goal of phasing out orcas in captivity completely. California is currently home to one-fifth of all captive orcas.
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Animal Welfare

imagesCircus Sea Lions are currently performing in Fingal, home to the ISS, with Duffy’s Circus on tour, notwithstanding Fingal County Council’s  2007 claim to be the 1st council to ban circuses with wildlife.  The ISS is of the view the circus is not a suitable life for a marine mammal, closely confined, travelling and performing and has made Duffys the offer to home or facilitate retiring and rehoming these Sea Lions.
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Agriculture

Feb
2014
12

Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues

Recent Questions put to the Minister for Agriculture regarding the selling of Irish Forests and Animal Cruelty
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Animal Welfare

by Jamison Maeda

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse. But for many horses, this year will bring torture and an untimely death.

Domesticated horses have been part of human culture since as far back as 4,000 BCE. Any student of history will tell you that horses have been essential to the development of human civilization. They are workers, and companions, and horse assisted therapy has benefited numerous people with physical and mental disabilities. Many cultures consider horses to be intelligent, sensitive creatures, and over 80% of Americans oppose slaughtering horses for food. However, more than 160,000 horses are slaughtered every year for human consumption in Europe and Asia.
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