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42-Year Old Orca Dies at SeaWorld After Years of Suffering

An orca whale at SeaWorld has died, becoming the fourth in 20 months to perish prematurely at the hands of the amusement park. Following the death of her grandchild just one month ago, 42-year-old orca Kasatka was euthanized after a long battle with lung disease. SeaWorld announced the death of Kasatka on Tuesday, stating she lived a “long life.” According to Howard Garrett of Orca Network, however, orcas in the wild share a similar lifespan to humans and can live to be 70, 80, or even 90 years old. Although SeaWorld has been running for only 58 years, over 40...

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REPORT: Animal Abusers Get Away With Crime, Only to Commit More Violence

The Centre for Crime Prevention, a United Kingdom-based organization dedicated to understanding and preventing crime, released a report last week calling for tougher sentences for animal cruelty offenders. The report reveals that serious penalties for animal cruelty charges are rare in the U.K. From 2005 to 2015, 12 out of every 13 people avoided prison for cruelty to animals. Among those given a mere fine or a suspended sentence were criminals who had starved a dog to death, strangled a cat and threw it in a trash can, filmed themselves throwing a bulldog down the stairs so many times that...

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Baby Dolphin Dies after Mob of Tourists Pass it Around for Selfies

In another senseless tragedy for selfies, a baby dolphin died last week after a swarm of tourists lifted the fragile animal out of the water and passed it around to take photos with. The incident occurred in Mojácar, on the southeastern coast of Spain; documentation of the event was posted on Facebook by animal protection group Equinac. Although one concerned onlooker did alert the authorities, by the time help arrived it was too late to save the baby dolphin. While nobody is certain how or why the marine mammal was separated from its mother or what its health condition...

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SeaWorld’s Credit Rating Has Just Been Downgraded For Plunging Profits

SeaWorld is struggling to stay afloat. Revenue and attendance have plummeted — last year, their stock price hit an all-time low. And last week, Moody’s Investors Services released a research note that downgraded SeaWorld’s credit rating due to ongoing “branding challenges.” These challenges can be traced back to the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which called attention to the company’s disturbing treatment of orcas. The film focused on the stress and confinement of Tilikum,  showing how twenty years of captivity led the killer whale to exhibit aggressive behaviors and eventually kill three people. Since the release of the documentary, massive petitions and protests...

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Preschool Teacher Catches Child Sex Predators on Plane by Glancing at Text Messages

On Monday, July 31st, a preschool teacher who wished to remain anonymous boarded a flight from Seattle, Washington to San Jose, California, and noticed something odd about the text messages of the passenger seated in front of her. The passenger in question, Michael Kellar, was caught describing explicit practices that involved molesting underage children; his text messages were displayed in an extra-large font size, allowing the young teacher to take photos of the conversation on her on own cell phone. The teacher promptly showed the photos to the flight’s crew members, who immediately contacted local police after the flight...

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Video – Hero Officer Rescues Pregnant Cat Stuck In Patrol Car

Last Thursday, Officer Noah Murphy led an effort to rescue a pregnant cat in distress in Garfield, New Jersey. The cat was lying in the grass at an intersection when the team arrived, but when Murphy attempted to pick her up, she ran under the patrol car. Murphy tried to lure the cat out from underneath the car using tuna and a broom, but the frightened kitty headed for the undercarriage instead, where she found herself very stuck. A new plan was put in place as a tow service and Fire Company 3 arrived to assist with the rescue....

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Eco Win: Vanuatu Bans Single-Use Plastic Bottles and Bags

The South Pacific nation of Vanuatu is making a bold push to permanently ban single-use plastic bags and bottles.  Joining other Pacific Island countries such as the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, and the Marshall Islands, the ban will cease the import of all single-use plastics to the small island nation. Single-use plastics, which often cannot be reused or recycled, represent a much larger problem than littering. After plastics enter a marine environment, their weak structure causes them to photodegrade into tiny pieces that animals mistake for food – a mistake that can cause serious long-term health complications or death...

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Dutch Artist Vacuums Smog From The Air To Create Jewelry

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde combines art and science to develop energy saving inventions as well as air purifying devices. He specializes in merging technology with art. His team of designers and engineers assist him in creating interactive designs that integrate the relationship between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde is a visionary, designer, and architect on a mission to use natural elements to develop “creations that propel us into the future.” Whenever he discovers an interesting natural phenomenon he ponders how he can utilize it to save energy. Roosegaarde believes in “choonheid” which translates to beauty. Roosegaarde sees...

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