Category: Animal Rights

The Newest Vegan ‘Leather’ Comes from Recycled Banana Trees

On the Micronesian island of Kosrae, banana trees are plentiful. Good paying jobs are not. Enter Green Banana Paper. After living and teaching on the island for several years, American ex-pat Matt Simpson recognized many of his students were leaving because they could not find work. So with the help of a friend and the internet, Simpson started a local company that utilizes recycled banana trees to create environmentally friendly “leather.” Banana trees grow rapidly, but only bear fruit once and must be chopped down and disposed of to make room for new shoots. Green Banana Paper re-purposes these...

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Sad, Lonely Baby Dolphin Shows True Cruelty of Marine Parks (VIDEO)

In this sad video shot at the Loro Parque marine park in Spain, a baby dolphin repeatedly bobs up and down in the water and swims in circles after performing in a show and being left alone in small pool. Dolphins are one of the most intelligent and friendly creatures on earth, and this animal’s behavior is a clear sign of the psychological and emotional distress that is all too common at marine parks around the world. Due to their ability to jump and mimic human noises, dolphins are commonly forced into entertainment against their will. This video shows...

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Video: ‘Dancing Bears’ Can’t Resist Watermelon Pinata

Who doesn’t love a good watermelon? In this video from the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center, rescued Indian sloth bears swipe and grab at watermelons hung from a branch. And boy do they seem to enjoy themselves. Sadly, these bears haven’t always experienced such a stress-free life. The Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center, located just outside New Delhi, specializes in protecting sloth bears like these, also called “dancing bears.” For the past 400 years, the sloth bear has been poached and exploited for entertainment in India. The bears are captured, mutilated, and forced to dance for crowds. In 1972, the dancing...

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Fighting Animal Cruelty with a Feather-Free Carnival

On February 24th, Aguia de Ouro, a Paulistana samba school, will team up with Brazil’s major animal rights activists to host a Carnival show in Sao Paulo that will not use any feathers. Aguia de Ouro hopes to raise awareness about the cruelty that often lies hidden in the feather business. An estimated 750 kilograms of feathers are used in each parade, costing $330 per kilogram. “These statistics are just for the special groups, but throughout all of Brazil there are so many celebrations with shows, and feathers are always present. It’s an endless story, with a lot of death behind the celebration,” says Amarildo de...

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Animal Advocacy Group to CNN: Stop Promoting Animal Cruelty on ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’

Last Chance for Animals calls for an end to Bourdain’s glorified animal torture A docu-video released by Last Chance for Animals (LCA) urges the public to sign a petition asking cable giant CNN to stop promoting animal cruelty on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in the wake of numerous instances of animal abuse and torture chronicled in the hour-long show. The show, which CNN has aired for eight seasons, highlights Mr. Bourdain’s visits to exotic destinations and uncovers lesser-known cultures and cuisine as seen through the lens of the renowned chef and author. Traveling the world and extolling the virtues...

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