How technology can stop the race to extinction

Jan 20, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Hannah Tait The illegal trade in wildlife is worth an estimated $10 billion a year –  third only to drugs and weapons as the most valuable illegal commerce. Unfortunately, demand for exotic animals, rare foods and traditional medicines are causing this black market industry to soar. This puts a huge strain on wild populations – including View full story

Celebrities should use their fame for good

Jan 17, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Michelle Helou Many celebrities have used their fame for good and supported the movement against dolphin captivity. Sean Penn, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Ariana Grande are just a few on a long list. However, there are still celebrities who unfortunately continue to support the dolphin and whale captivity View full story

Beluga deaths spark important debate about captivity

Dec 21, 2016 by afdadmin
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By Michelle Helou The tragic death of two beluga whales at Vancouver Aquarium has started a much-needed debate about the ethics of cetacean captivity. Qila died a month ago at just 21 years of age. Her mother Aurora died nine days later. Aurora was originally captured from the wild in 1990, when she was only View full story

Open letter to Sunrise: Stop promoting facilities that steal captive dolphins from the wild

Dec 19, 2016 by afdadmin
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Dear Mr Michael Pell, Executive Producer of Sunrise, Re: Promotion of Dolphin Bay Atlantis, Dubai I am writing on behalf of Australia for Dolphins (‘AFD’), a not-for-profit animal welfare organisation, to request Sunrise cease promoting facilities with captive dolphins taken from the wild. In a recent segment, Sunrise actively promoted Dolphin Bay Atlantis, a park View full story

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