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A summary of the key issues and decisions at IWC 64

THE KEY OUTCOMES OF THE SIXTY FOURTH MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION HELD IN PANAMA CITY, 2012  With all the smoke from 64th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) now settling and most delegates safely home, we thought that it might be useful to review the main outputs of the meeting and consider…

The results of the WDCS, HSUS, AWI survey of US adults' perceptions of orca captivity

WDCS, together with The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Welfare Institute, released the first-ever nationwide opinion poll gauging attitudes about keeping orcas, also known as killer whales, in captivity for public display that shows more Americans oppose than support the practice. The poll found that only 1 in 4 people are…

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Review of the outcomes and main issues of IWC 64

With all the smoke from 64th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) now settling and most delegates safely home, we thought that it might be useful to review the main outputs of the meeting and consider that they might mean. Inevitably, public attention is drawn to the big dramatic debates about whaling but to…

Happy Charlie !

Hi Everyone, The sightings at Chanonry are not too bad at present, I’m getting occasional visits by Sundance, Rainbow and Mischief but the normal social group that is turning up in the rising tides at Chanonry tends to be made up of Zephyr, Breeze, Scoopy, Kesslet and of course Charlie. Charlie was having a bit…

New Student Text Book about Marine Mammals launched.

Largely based on materials used in undergraduate programmes that the lead author, Professor Chris Parsons, has contributed to at a number of UK and US universities ‘An Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation’, is arguably the first complete up-to-date introductory text for students that covers both the full range of marine mammal species and the…

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Death at SeaWorld by David Kirby

From the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm and Animal Factory comes DEATH AT SEAWORLD (St. Martin’s Press; July 17, 2012) a groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld, America’s most beloved marine mammal park. From the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, to other, less-publicized violent…