Yesterday, Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, was killed by the Copenhagen Zoo and fed to lions, as he was considered useless for breeding.
This is no surprise. Zoos, including those in Britain, will often breed animals in captivity and create babies in an effort to keep drawing in paying visitors – yet often, there’s nowhere to put the offspring as they grow, and they are destroyed.
Wildlife documentaries have opened people’s eyes to the fact that a zoo is just an animal prison. The death of Marius should be a wake-up call … Read more.
Image: “Penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Centre” by petercooperuk / CC BY-SA 2.0
Short answer: Because they’re being kept in captivity in a zoo, thousands of miles from where they belong.
It was reported this week that the Humboldt penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary have been prescribed antidepressants because they’re so unhappy.
Staff at the centre admitted that the penguins are not adapted to the rainy British climate, which is drastically different from their natural environment on the coast of South America. As a result, the birds … Read more.
Almost 10,000 people sent messages to Russian authorities asking that two wild orcas who were captured last year be released back into the ocean, rather than be imprisoned and forced to perform at the Sochi Dolphinarium during the Winter Olympics in Russia.
We’ve now learned that the two orcas – a female named Narnia and a young male – have not been brought to Sochi and will not be on display during the Olympics. Additionally, no dolphin will carry an Olympic torch, as had originally been planned.
Although it’s good news … Read more.
Happy Year of the Horse! (Today is the Chinese New Year, in case you were wondering.) The Chinese zodiac associates horses with intelligence, independence and free-spiritedness. But in 2014, many of these beautiful, sensitive animals are sadly neglected or abused in Britain and elsewhere. Here are six ways that horses are suffering right now – and how you can help them:
Horseracing kills horses all the time. In 2013 alone, at least 130 animals died on the track. When a horse slips while turning a corner or doesn’t make it over a dangerous
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The film Blackfish – a compelling documentary about how orcas are imprisoned, exploited and driven mad by SeaWorld – is still making a splash, months after it was released.
It’s up for Best Documentary at the BAFTA Awards next month and really deserves to win! Most of those who have seen the movie report that it opened their eyes, both to the magnificence of orcas and their misery in marine parks.
Here are a few notable reactions:
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A year has passed since the release of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey – which means it’s also been a year since disturbing allegations came out about the abuse, neglect and death of many animals during its production.
Here’s a reminder of how horses, goats, sheep and other animals suffered during the making of the movie:
Rather than address compassionate people’s concerns, Peter Jackson has brushed off criticism and refused to give assurances that he will stop putting animals at risk. Given the advent of computer-generated … Read more.
Looking perversely pleased with herself as she posed for a photo over the corpse of the beautiful lion she had just killed in cold blood, the hunter Melissa Bachman has sparked understandable outrage.
To quote PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi:
Hunting is cruel and completely devoid of sportsmanship. It takes no courage or character to stalk and kill trapped animals. … Maybe the public backlash against her revolting photos will help Bachman realise that dressing up like a Lara Croft wannabe, slaughtering wildlife and then posing for photos does not make
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Congratulations are in order for our friends over at PETA India today! After a nine-month-long investigation of circuses across the country revealed widespread cruelty, the Animal Welfare Board of India has just decided to end the registration of elephants for performances – effectively putting a stop to the suffering of circus elephants.
PETA India’s investigation of 15 circuses documented rampant apparent violations of animal-welfare laws, including animals dying from inadequate care, mysteriously “going missing”, denied veterinary care for injuries and being handled by drunken staff members. Elephants – who roam over … Read more.
After Blackfish won plaudits from the likes of Ewan McGregor, Leona Lewis and Stephen Fry, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the must-see documentary of 2013 – which tells the story of Tilikum, the orca held captive at SeaWorld – couldn’t get any bigger fans. But then you’d be overlooking Mr Parkinson’s Year 5 class at Davyhulme Primary School, which has been writing and narrating stories and creating adorable videos about the cruelty of keeping orcas in captivity. For his efforts, Lee Parkinson of Davey Hulme Primary School in Manchester has received … Read more.
Blackfish has been making waves around the world. Since we first blogged about it back in May, the film has received rave reviews from the media as well as massive support from celebrities, including Stephen Fry, Leona Lewis and Ewan McGregor, who have spoken out on Twitter. Most importantly, the documentary has shone a light on the cruel practices that orcas face in marine parks such as SeaWorld and Loro Parque.
Now, everyone in the UK will have the chance to watch this must-see film. Blackfish is set to air … Read more.