A week for whales

Nov 21, 2016 by afdadmin
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By Meg Lamb Last month the International Whaling Commission (IWC) held its biennial meeting in Slovenia. The meeting ran for five days and saw representatives from more than 60 nations come together to discuss whaling and other issues affecting cetaceans. The gathering marked the 70th anniversary of the IWC’s founding and the 30th anniversary of View full story

TripAdvisor’s dolphin-friendly policy change

Nov 09, 2016 by afdadmin
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By Hannah Tait The voice of animal advocate groups and the cries of animals in captivity have finally been heard by the world’s leading travel site, TripAdvisor. On the 11th of October, the most popular travel advice website made a massive policy shift. The company announced it would no longer be possible to book attractions View full story

Baird’s plan for nets is not just bad news for sharks

Oct 27, 2016 by afdadmin
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By Meg Lamb In light of recent shark attacks in New South Wales, Premier Mike Baird has announced a plan to “prioritise human life over everything” and install a six month trial of shark nets in northern NSW. This would extend the state’s shark net program from the 51 beaches that are already netted between View full story

California’s new Blackfish legislation a huge step forward

Oct 17, 2016 by afdadmin
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By Hannah Tait On September 13th, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed the Orca Protection and Safety Act banning all orca shows for the purpose of entertainment, as well as captive orca breeding. The legislative reform, essentially aimed at SeaWorld, is a result of the growing concern for orca welfare that began to seriously take off View full story

IMATA: unbelievably cruel.

Sep 14, 2016 by afdadmin
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It is almost unbelievable anyone in the zoo and aquarium community would still contend that the wild capture of dolphins and whales is acceptable. After landmark legal action last year by Australia for Dolphins, the global zoo body, WAZA, no longer allows its members to be involved in the live capture of cetaceans. Even SeaWorld View full story

Meet the teen taking on the cruel dolphin captivity industry.

Sep 06, 2016 by afdadmin
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Mitch Cayirylys is a 17 year old student from Coffs Harbour. He recently made a petition asking local schools to stop running excursions to the controversial marine park, Dolphin Marine Magic. Mitch collected close to 100 signatures from students, all demanding their schools stop supporting the cruel practice of dolphin captivity – an incredible achievement! View full story

IMATA dolphin torturers are not far away

Sep 05, 2016 by afdadmin
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The dolphin hunting season has officially kicked off in Taiji. So far, the hunters have come back empty handed. But it won’t be long until they find a terrified pod and chase it into the cove. Soon the dolphin “trainers” will arrive in preparation. And many of these trainers will be from IMATA. IMATA is View full story

What they’re NOT saying speaks volumes…

Jun 08, 2016 by afdadmin
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The Qld Maritime Museum have been very light on the details but it’s clear their plans to build a $100 million aquarium are pretty advanced. They’ve released a lot of details about WHERE it will be and HOW MUCH it will cost, but they’re being very cagey about exactly WHAT marine life will be exhibited there. Please help View full story