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  • Jun
  • 9

Why Did Harambe Die?

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How did a 3-year-old boy end up face-to-face with a 400-pound gorilla? Harambe’s death was as preventable as it was tragic. Western lowland gorillas are gentle animals. They never attack unless provoked. Video of the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo shows Harambe appearing to stand guard over the boy and carefully picking him up by […]


  • May
  • 18

Listening to the Voices in the Ocean

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Anyone who has picked up a newspaper lately knows that times are a-changin’ for captive orcas. And while the public’s mindset is evolving about the place of sea life in our world, there’s no other way to say this: Dolphins are in a state of crisis. Wild dolphins are being slaughtered and captured by the […]


  • Mar
  • 14

The Iditarod is Truly March Madness

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Update: Tragedy struck the Iditarod when a snowmobiler killed a dog named Nash and injured three other dogs and a musher. Read more here.  Running a marathon is a physically grueling feat—one that most of us don’t even attempt. For those who do and finish, it’s considered a remarkable accomplishment. So try to imagine running four […]


  • Jan
  • 21

No Fairy-Tale Ending for Elephants

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In the face of growing public condemnation, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has finally conceded: It’s eliminating elephant acts this May instead of next year, bringing the lame and ailing animals some measure of relief from their days on end chained in stifling, reeking boxcars. But don’t pop the champagne corks just yet. […]


  • Dec
  • 7

Former SeaWorld Trainer Honored

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First things first: If you haven’t seen the riveting documentary Blackfish, watch it. Today. Blackfish is a scathing exposé of how orcas at SeaWorld are driven insane by captivity. The movie throws back the curtain to reveal what really goes on at the theme park, from an unimpeachable source: a 14-year park veteran, former orca […]


  • Oct
  • 22

Are Petting Zoos Deadly?

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Toddlers suffering from kidney failure. One-year-olds undergoing dialysis and transfusions. Parents burying a child. What is the common thread in all these tragedies? Petting zoos. Yes, petting zoos. As the parents of Colton Guay would surely now attest, no one should underestimate the risks associated with petting zoos. Colton died earlier this month after falling […]


  • Jul
  • 28

Lights … Camera … Animal Abuse?

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Given how profoundly animals suffer at the hands of humans, you would expect to see them rebel if given the chance, as depicted in the new CBS television series Zoo. But even though the rebellious animal characters in Zoo are fictional, real animals still end up paying a price for it. Zoo producers force live […]


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