Is 2017 the year animals gain rights?

Apr 07, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Divya Lotliker A few months into 2017 and it is clear that the way we view animals and the environment is shifting. In March itself, three rivers have for the first time been granted legal rights. Since the 1870s, the Whanganui Iwi tribespeople of New Zealand have fought hard for the 290km long Whanganui View full story

The hidden cruelty

Apr 03, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Meg Lamb Thai veterinarians recently removed approximately 915 coins from a twenty-five year old green sea turtle. The turtle was named “Omsin” – Thai for piggy bank. As Thai custom holds that a turtle’s long life shall rub off on those who share their wealth; many tourists came to Omsin’s pond to toss in View full story

AFD urges government to ban marine killing shark nets

Mar 10, 2017 by afdadmin
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– By Hannah Tait On the 23rd February 2017, Australia for Dolphins entered a submission to the Australian Government in regards to the NSW shark net trial, calling for them to be taken down and replaced by more sustainable alternatives. This submission will be read aloud in Parliament, representing the views of so many that love the View full story

Thank you – for convincing an airline to stop transporting dolphins.

Feb 16, 2017 by afdadmin
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Last year Finland’s last remaining marine park announced it was closing following a shift in public attitudes towards marine captivity and a subsequent decline in attendance. This was great news. However, rumours soon emerged that the park’s four captive dolphins – Veera, Delfi, Leevi and Eevertti – were to be sold to a notorious death park View full story

It’s time to end the practice of dolphin captivity in NSW

Feb 07, 2017 by afdadmin
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Despite damning evidence and a public push against dolphin captivity, five dolphins remain in Coffs Harbour NSW under sub-standard conditions. Recently, a baby dolphin named Ji-Ling died there, just before his second birthday. He suffered a fatal heart attack after swallowing metal and litter in his pool. Please click here to help get justice for View full story

NSW’s death nets kill thousands of innocent marine animals

Jan 25, 2017 by afdadmin
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By Melissa Morrissey Until late last year, installing shark nets along the NSW north coast was illegal. That was until the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg granted a rare exemption, stating it was a matter of “national interest” that the nets be installed as soon as possible. The Minister’s reasoning was that the recent spate of shark View full story

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