Japan's whaling fleet now has guaranteed funding into the future

Japan Pushes for Commercial Whaling

In another sign of Japan’s intention to expand their whaling program, their Parliament today passed a bill which enshrines national funding for the heavily subsidized industry into the future. A spokesman claimed “This bill lays down the necessary matters to carry out scientific research whaling in a stable and continuous way, in order to carry […]

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Trump did this while no-one was looking

While everyone was frothing over the Comey / Sessions material, Trump and his team slipped through reduced protection measures for whales and turtles. The Obama administration (yes I know not everyone liked him) had proposed measures in 2015 to reduce the bycatch of endangered animals, including whales, dolphins and turtles in fishing gear. The new […]

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Rob Stewart’s Family to Sue Dive Instructor

Breaking News. The family of Rob Stewart this morning announced they are suing for the wrongful death of their son. In a statement, the parents say they hope it will lead to changes within the Dive Industry to prevent such tragic deaths from happening in the future. Court action has been filed against various parties. […]

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The True Cost of Trump’s Wall

The debate over President Trump’s wall with Mexico has unsurprisingly focused on the financial cost and who will pay for it, however from my perspective the real cost will be environmental.  A 2,000-mile wall that’s 50 feet tall with 15 feet underground and one-foot thick would require 19.4 million cubic meters of concrete and 4.6 […]

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This orca has been in captivity for 24 years in Argentina

Letter to Orca Show Owner

Below is the open letter I’ve sent to Gloria Mendez (the owner) at Mundo Marino in Argentina, who have a captive orca (Kshamenk) and ten dolphin used in shows. Dear Gloria Mendez I visited Mundo Marino 2 weeks ago and as we discussed, I’m sending you an open letter with my thoughts on your operation, […]

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Tourists Playing with White Lions at Lion Tree Top Lodge

White Lions escape and Kill Neighbor

A man has died of his injuries after being attacked by white lions that had escaped from their enclosure at Lion Tree Top Lodge in Hoedspruit, South Africa.  His friend was seriously injured and remains in hospital. The escaped lions made their way from Lion Tree Top Lodge to the neighboring property, Ngama Lodge, where […]

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Dairy Industry Rightfully loses Court Battle

Reliable as clockwork, and right on cue, DairyNZ – who pride themselves on speaking for the entire dairy industry – stepped up to the microphone and shot themselves in the head. What I describe as their venomous little mission to nail Greenpeace for their highly-effective dirty dairying ad has ended as it should have. The […]

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Norway is looking to kill 3 of their 6 remaining Wolf Packs

Norway to Kill 2/3 of their Wolves

In yet another example of domesticated animals taking over a country, Norwegian officials on Friday approved the killing of 47 wolves, more than two-thirds of the population of about 68 wolves living in the country.  There are an estimated 2.5 million sheep in Norway, and Officials believe that each year up to 1,000 of these may be killed by […]

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Free Riding on Conservation

A bloke called me this morning.  He asked me to help him raise funds for a boat so that he could in his words, “highlight the issue of plastics in the oceans”.  He wants to sail around the world and use social media to alert people to the problem.   I typically get one such call […]

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Proposed Shipments to China included 10 live Orca to be captured off the Namibian Coast

Orca Capture Company Withdraws

The Chinese company we reported on a few months ago that wanted to capture live Orca, Dolphins, Seals, Penguins and other marine animals in Namibia and export them to Theme Parks in China has thankfully withdrawn from the project. In a most bizarre letter, the Russian Master of the Animal Transport Vessel dropped off a […]

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Last year 38,000 Babay seals were kille in the Canadian Seal "Harvest"

Senator Wants Seal Clubbing Revival

In the countries competing in the Dumb-Idea Category, Canada takes today’s prize.  Canadian Senator Celine Hervieux-Payettehas has proposed a “National Seal Products Day” to help stimulate demand for Seal Products.  Her Bill S-208 would designate May 20 to celebrate products derived from seal-clubbing. WTF. The European Union allows seal imports from the traditional northern Inuit […]

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Dishonesty Trumping the Environment

Trump’s comments over the weekend regarding climate change are alarming.  President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real.  Now I don’t think Trump is dumb.  In fact I think he is probably a very clever man.  However to make such claims in the face of copious amounts of […]

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