Queensland’s Shark Control Program Has Snagged 84,000 Animals

November 20, 2015 by Thom Mitchell  

New Mathilda

Marine conservationists at Sea Shepherd have challenged whether the huge ecological by-catch of Queensland’s program to protect swimmers from sharks is worth it. Thom Mitchell reports. Sea Shepherd has attacked the Queensland Shark Control Program which it says is a clumsy and ultimately unnecessary attempt to protect swimmers that is resulting in the ‘fishing down’ of environmentally important populations of the apex predator. The NGO has engaged a fourth year Harvard University student, Carolyn Pushaw,…
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Campaigners try to halt Japan whale hunt in last-ditch legal fight

November 18, 2015 by Justin McCurry  

The Guardian

Australian environmental group asks court in Sydney to find Japanese whalers in contempt of a 2008 ruling banning fleet from the Southern Ocean
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Sea World operator will not source wild animals for parks planned in China, South-East Asia, Russia

November 16, 2015 by Kathleen Skene  

Gold Coast Bulletin

VILLAGE Roadshow has pledged never to stock orcas or wild-caught animals in any theme parks it operates as parks overseas come under ­increasing scrutiny over animal welfare. The operator of Sea World on the Gold Coast has long been forced to distance itself from the beleaguered United States park with an almost identical name — SeaWorld. However the distance has been closing since Village Roadshow signed a “letter of intent” with its US rival to…
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How to Retire a Captive Orca: The Sea Sanctuaries of the Future

November 14, 2015 by Stav Ziv  


SeaWorld’sMonday announcementabout a change to its orca performanceshas not impressedthe animal welfare community and animal rights groups. CEO Joel Manby said during an investor call that the company’s San Diego park would “phase out theatrical killer whale show in 2016”—theshow known as “One Ocean”—and replace it with a “new orca experience” in 2017. “We are listening to our guests. We’re evolving as a company. We’re always changing,”Manby said. “In 2017, we will launch an all-new…
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Universities deny dolphin park’s claims of joint research

November 12, 2015 by The Australian  

The Australian

Leading universities have denied conducting scientific research with a NSW Department of ­Primary Industries-regulated dolphin park despite being listed on its website as having done so.
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SeaWorld to end killer whale shows in wake of mounting protests

November 10, 2015 by Rupert Neate  

The Guardian

SeaWorld will end theatrical orca shows atits theme park in San Diegonext year as partof a comprehensive overhaul of the company in the wake of mounting protests over its treatment of animals. Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s chief executive, said he had listened to guests’ criticism of its Shamu stadium whale circus and it would end the “theatrical killer whale experience” in San Diego by the end of 2016. He said the company will replace its Californian…
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