Aquarium captures endangered sharks for “educational purposes”

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Aquarium captures endangered sharks for “educational purposes”

Despite the fact that sand tiger sharks are endangered, hunters working on behalf of Ripley Entertainment, Inc. recently received clearance from the United States government to capture ten of them “for educational purposes”.  (The Toronto Star)  Biologists claim that dozens of trips will be necessary to capture the 13,500 total specimens of fish, rays, and


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“Baby Beluga” dies at Vancouver Aquarium

Yesterday, Kavna, the 46-year-old beluga at the Vancouver Aquarium, died of cancer.  Most captive belugas die in their teens or early 20’s, so at first glance it would seem that 46 years is indeed an above-average lifespan.  At the Vancouver Aquarium, 14 belugas have been exhibited since 1967, and 7 died within 10 years of


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Yet another death at the Vancouver Aquarium

A tragedy, yes, but a completely predicable one.  On September 16th, beluga whale Tiqa died at the aquarium at the age of three.  (Vancouver Sun) This is the third such death in six years, and one that John Nightingale, president of VanAqua, claims they will investigate. No real investigation needs to be done, of course:


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Eyes Wide Open Film Screening – Nov 20

In January, we screened Earthlings and attracted 150 attendees. A lot of the people went away with their hearts and minds opened up about the extent of cruelty inflicted on animals. A high school teacher became vegetarian and started talking about animal rights to his students every chance he has. A long time quiet vegetarian


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Taiji Dolphin slaughter on hold

I just read in the news this morning that Taiji’s annual dolphin slaughter is on hold, thanks to the publicity generated by the new movie The Cove. While there is nothing official as of yet, the media attention focused on the hunt has the fishermen staying away. It appears that now that the rest of


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