Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category
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.
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.
September 21st 2013.
Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry accommodates not just an aquarium but the marine mammal strandings network and only Seal Hospital in Northern Ireland. It engages in marine rescue, outreach and is a public service to the entire population of N.I. The threatened closure by Ards Borough Council of this very important facility needs to stop now.
Need to provide proper facilities for Irish Seal Sanctuary should be pursued by Fingal County Council
The issue of providing a permanent home for the Irish Seal Sanctuary was originally proposed for Balbriggan was raised this week in the Dáil by Clare Daly. The proposal intended to bring together the Sanctuary and a Maritime museum for the town has been continuously put on the long finger by the County Council.