Blog Entries Tagged as animals in entertainment

  • Mar
  • 3

Zoos’ dirty little secret

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People around the world were justifiably outraged when a healthy young giraffe was killed because he didn’t fit into a Danish zoo’s breeding plan. A second giraffe execution was in the works before public condemnation put a stop to it. But the only real surprise is how forthcoming these zoos were about it, since disposing of unwanted animals …

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  • Dec
  • 19

Cloris Leachman Raises Hope for SeaWorld Orcas

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Horses used to whinny at the sound of her character’s name in Young Frankenstein , but these days, Cloris Leachman’s name is more likely to elicit supportive clicks and whistles from orca whales. That’s because the Raising Hope star has written to the president of the Tournament of Roses Association and urged him to yank SeaWorld ’s float from the Rose Parade.

“I hate …

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  • Dec
  • 18

There’s no call for cruelty in Christmas

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Kicking off the holiday shopping season with “Red Thursday,” stores are doing whatever it takes to draw in customers. But while shoppers have a choice about standing in long lines and facing ugly crowds, animals used in holiday promotions face a bleak Christmas season.

Santa belongs at the mall. Reindeer do not. Yet some stores have been contracting to …

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  • Sep
  • 2

This Labor Day, Remember Those Who Have Never Had a Day Off

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As we celebrate Labor Day, we want to take a moment to remember the suffering of animals who labor for human “entertainment.”

From the very moment that she was born into captivity, Tonka has never known the freedom of a holiday.

For more than 20 years, she has been the “property” of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus . She has been shackled …

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  • Jul
  • 31

End of the Road for Animal Acts

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The trend is undeniable: The days of hauling animals around and hurting them in the name of entertainment are quickly coming to an end. Winnipeg is the latest municipality to slam the door shut on circuses using exotic animals. Mayor Sam Katz and the Winnipeg City Council made it clear that they will no longer tolerate circus cruelty .

All around the …

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  • Feb
  • 20

Sanctuary Founder Leaves Safe-Haven Legacy

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Sanctuary Founder Leaves Safe-Haven Legacy

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Pat Derby, the former animal trainer who saw the error of the entertainment industry’s ways and spent the rest of her life helping captive animals by providing them with safe havens at her three spacious Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuaries in California. Pat died at …

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  • Apr
  • 3

How to Plan Your (Humane) Vacation

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Summer is just around the corner and vacations are being planned. There are so many exciting places that it’s hard to decide where to go. Because there are many choices when making summer plans, I hope that you will join me in not patronizing any entertainment businesses that use animals, including zoos, circuses, marine parks, rodeos, and any …

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