Animal Welfare

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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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Animal Welfare, Features, International

by Jamison Maeda

Dolphins are considered to be one of the most beautiful and intelligent creatures on Earth, and rightly so. Dolphins live in family groups. The young stay with their mother for up to 8 years. Extensive study has been done on dolphin language and communication and it is believed that they are given names by their mothers which they use to call out to friends and relatives. There have been many accounts of dolphins coming to the aid of other dolphins, helping stranded pilot whales, and even rescuing humans. It is because they are so much like us that dolphins hold a special place in our hearts.
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Animal Welfare

by Jamison Maeda

Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary Blackfish, recently brought the animal welfare debate crashing back into the spotlight with an intensity not seen since 2009’s documentary The Cove. 

Cowperthwaite made the film after a trainer at Seaworld was killed by one of their orcas (also known as killer whales.) Blackfish was released at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2013. The film contains interviews with eye witnesses, scientists, and former Seaworld employees.  In response to her film, Seaworld claims that their marine animals are healthy and actually live longer in captivity. The reality is, an orca can live up to 90 years in the wild but will live less than half that in captivity. 
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Animal Welfare, Features, International

by Jamison Maeda

Even experienced rangers were shocked at the horrific scene as the carcasses of 87 dead elephants were discovered in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. They had been poisoned and their tusks removed by poachers. And as hundreds of birds and other animals fed on the carcasses, soon they too would become victims of cyanide poisoning.
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