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Dolphin Project On The Ground As Taiji's Hunting Season Begins

Ric O’Barry | Posted 09.01.2016 | Green
Ric O’Barry

Fourteen years ago when Dolphin Project first stepped foot onto the shores of The Cove, I committed to exposing the brutal slaughter that takes place there every year. And I haven't stopped since.

Sea Shepherd Returns to Taiji, Japan; New Challenges, New Strategies

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 08.31.2016 | Green
Captain Paul Watson

My life has been dedicated to defending dolphins around the world, especially in Japan. For people to criticize me and Sea Shepherd for not doing enough is insulting.

Root Canal: SeaWorld Gets Drilled In New Killer Whale Teeth Report

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.17.2016 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

SeaWorld’s CEO Joel Manby has been all smiles since he and Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States announced that their organi...

Why SeaWorld Should Emulate The Keiko Project And Retire Captive Orcas To Sea Pens

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 07.19.2016 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

SeaWorld should reconsider their active opposition to sea pens and should work with scientists, trainers, and environmental organizations to establish sea pen sanctuaries to retire their orcas, beluga whales, and dolphins.

Orcas With Jobs

Helene Hesselager O'Barry | Posted 06.22.2016 | Green
Helene Hesselager O'Barry

There is no freedom from their dependence on their human keepers for food. Captivity is a full-time duty that has been forced upon them by humans, and there are never any breaks from it.

SeaWorld Bows to Public Pressure

Helene Hesselager O'Barry | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Helene Hesselager O'Barry

Even though the decision to end captive breeding of orcas is a much-needed step in the right direction, the way that SeaWorld has presented its decision to the public and the media has been disingenuous. SeaWorld is bowing to consumer pressure to survive.

Inch by Inch, Progress for Animals

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 03.29.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

There's no question that animal advocacy is a challenging endeavor, and changing public attitudes and laws to protect animals from cruelty and suffering is a long, painstaking process. But, each year, we find that we are making significant progress -- even if it's slower than we'd like.

SeaWorld Used Invasive Breeding Drugs on Female Orcas

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 03.22.2017 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

SeaWorld has announced an end to the forced breeding of their captive orcas. The International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP)'s many lawsuits and resea...

Kidnapping Elephants Won't Save Them

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 03.12.2017 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

The actions taken by the Dallas Zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and Wichita's Sedgwick County Zoo have done nothing to help elephants but will irrefutably harm them for decades to come. All three zoos should be roundly condemned by everyone who cares about elephants.

I Am Morgan - Stolen Freedom: Provocative Killer Whale Film Premiers in San Francisco

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 03.08.2017 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

I Am Morgan - Stolen Freedom is a provocative new film about the marine theme park industry. It gives the audience a glimpse -- be it ever so brief --...

The Shameful Toll of Taiji's Dolphin Hunt

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 03.10.2017 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

As depicted in the Academy Award-winning documentary, The Cove, the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, have just ended after another six-month long season, although harpooning of pilot whales will continue offshore for several more months.

Breaking: Officials Confirm Taiji Drive Season Over

Ric O’Barry | Posted 03.03.2017 | Green
Ric O’Barry

Okay, everyone exhale. After 41 drives spanning almost six months, with five species of dolphins slaughtered or taken for a life of captivity, offici...

The Best Place for a Sumatran Tiger

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 02.13.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The best place for a Sumatran tiger is in Sumatra--not the Sacramento Zoo. Yet, it's now reported that a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger died after being a...

These Ads Ram Themselves Down Your Throat

Jeff Fox | Posted 01.14.2017 | Media
Jeff Fox

As you read this, advertisers are striking back all over the place with in-your-face ads that you literally can't avoid because -- as they boast on Madison Avenue -- you're captive. That's right: Outside your home, there are still ads that you must watch whether you like it or not.

Ex Situ Conservation of Small Wild Cat Species

Jordan Schaul | Posted 12.16.2016 | Science
Jordan Schaul

Zoological parks around the world contribute to small wild cat conservation, but not nearly as much as they contribute to the conservation of big cats...

On the Science and Ethics of Keeping Polar Bears In Captivity

Jordan Schaul | Posted 12.07.2016 | Science
Jordan Schaul

Bear researchers and managers are sometimes critical of ex situ programs. Skeptical that zoo science confers much, if any value to better understanding polar bears in captivity or in the wild where polar bear habitat is clearly vanishing, field biologists are sometimes justified in their skepticism.

A Legal Victory and a Strong Message

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 12.02.2016 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

Beluga whales are the large, white, rubbery-looking dolphins found in Arctic seas in the Northern Hemisphere. Their whimsical faces and white, supple...

Mountain Lion Freed From Illegal Circus After 20 Years In Chains

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.20.2015 | Good News

This is the emotional moment a mountain lion who'd lived in chains for 20 years was finally set free. Mufasa sat patiently as wildlife officials in an...

SeaWorld: Another Perspective on the Fate of Its Whales

Jordan Schaul | Posted 11.02.2016 | Green
Jordan Schaul

The sentience and intelligence of killer whales is profound. This is why the notion of releasing marine park animals into nature or seaside sanctuarie...

A Photo From The Moscow Zoo Vividly Captures Life In Captivity

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.29.2015 | Green

This is a Sumatran orangutan in the Moscow Zoo. We asked Chris Draper, program manager for captive wild animals at the Born Free Foundation in the U.K...

Bears Run Free After 20 Years In Tiny Cages

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green

Forced to perform tricks and kept in tiny cages, four bears spent years languishing in a roadside zoo in Pennsylvania....

The Aquarium Community Finally Takes the Responsible Step for Dolphins of Taiji

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

Finally, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), after years of lip service, are cracking down on aquariums that buy dolphins and thereby subsidize the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.

March for Orcas: Free a Whale From Solitary Confinement

Brenda Peterson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Brenda Peterson

For these highly intelligent, socially sophisticated, and family-loving orcas, we can do so much better than continuing to enslave and teach our children that these sentient fellow creatures should be captive in cement bathtubs for life.

What SeaWorld Should Do

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

SeaWorld's value as a business on the stock market has gone way way down. Well, SeaWorld, now that we have your attention...

The Old Lady and the Sea

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

With nowhere to go and no way to pass the hours at SeaWorld, captive orcas often gnaw on the concrete and iron-bar tank separators, sometimes breaking their teeth and leaving the pulp exposed and painfully raw.