Animal Welfare

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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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Animal Welfare

PRESS RELEASE:
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.
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