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The Gulf Oil Spill: Four Years Later

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/ANIMAL WELFARE) This month marks four years since the disastrous BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Also known as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it claimed the lives of 11 people and had catastrophic effects on the environment and surrounding wildlife. The U.S. Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels (about 210 million gallons). The spill continues to have devastating effects on wildlife today, with an estimated 14 species still dying at unprecedented rates. Read the full article below for more details. — Global Animal

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Remarkable Dolphin Rescue

(DOLPHINS/ANIMAL RESCUE VIDEO) During a night dive at Garden Eel Cove in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, a bottlenose dolphin caught in a fishing line approached scuba diver Keller Laros for a little help. Remarkably, Laros, who was equipped with a pair of scissors, was able to free his new friend. — Global Animal

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Dolphin Project Goes To Press: Free Angel Or Watch Her Die

(ANIMAL WELFARE/DOLPHINS) The Dolphin Project recently ran an ad in the New York Times to save Angel, a rare albino dolphin being held captive at Japan’s Taiji Whale Museum. Angel faces certain death in captivity if she’s not released to a more fitting home. Because her return to the wild is no longer possible since Japanese fishermen killed off Angel’s family, a proposal has been made to send her to a natural seapen or a protected cove. Dolphin Project administrators, led by Ric O’Barry, are calling for the public to send as many letters as possible to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, asking him to release Angel and end the Taiji dolphin hunts. Continue reading for more information on the Dolphin Project and how to send your own letter to Prime Minister Abe. — Global Animal

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Celebs Call On Obama: End Japan’s Dolphin Slaughter

(TAIJI DOLPHINS/OCEAN CONSERVATION) A handful of American celebrities and animal activists want to use negotiations for a free trade agreement with Japan as a bargaining tool to end the cruel capture and slaughter of dolphins in Japan. In a letter addressed to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, Hip Hop mogul Russel Simmons asked the ambassador to urge President Obama to tie the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the Taiji dolphin slaughter. Other celebrities behind this latest push include Oscar-winning Sean Penn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Ellen DeGeneres, among many others. In one single event this year, 250 dolphins were captured, about 80 were killed, and an additional 50 plus were sold off to aquariums and water parks. Read on to learn the details of this latest effort to end Japan’s gruesome dolphin slaughter. — Global Animal

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NRDC Signals SOS To Save Sea Life

(WHALES/DOLPHINS) The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is suing the federal government in order to protect marine life endangered by U.S. Navy sonar testing and training exercises. The Navy is reportedly harming marine mammals “on an unprecedented scale,” and the agency tasked with protecting marine mammals, the National Marine and Fisheries Service, has proven incapable of doing its job. Find out more about the Navy’s impact on marine mammals in the full article below, and sign the petition requesting to stop the killing of 1,800 whales and dolphins and the deafening of nearly 16,000 more by ceasing the operation of the Navy’s underwater sound system. — Global Animal

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New Species Of River Dolphin

New Dolphin Discovery Could Keep Species Afloat

(DOLPHINS/ANIMAL DISCOVERY) BRAZIL — A new species of river dolphin was recently found in the Araguaia River Basin in central Brazil. River dolphins, also known as botos, are the most endangered dolphins in the world. Three of the four different river dolphin species are categorized as threatened, and could soon be on the verge of extinction. This new discovery is the first new dolphin species found since 1918. Scientists are hoping the discovery will give them more insight into why these animals become extinct. Continue reading below to learn more about this new, amazing discovery. — Global Animal

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Taiji Cove Dolphin Slaughter: Largest In Years

(SEA SHEPHERD/TAIJI DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER) JAPAN — Despite the countless number of people who stand against the annual Taiji dolphin slaughter, fishermen went forward with the cruel tradition early Tuesday morning, killing about 80 of 250 captured dolphins. An additional 50 plus dolphins, including a rare albino calf, were taken from the cove and sold off to aquariums and water parks. According to NBC News, “fishermen pulled a tarpaulin in front of the cove to prevent activists and reporters from seeing the killing. A large pool of blood seeped under the tarpaulin and spread across the cove.” Most Japanese residents shun the practice, but several still defend the tradition, claiming dolphins are not an endangered species and the killings are not banned under international treaty. Read the article below for more details concerning the most recent gruesome hunt, and visit SeaShepherd.org to see how you can help put an end to this slaughter. — Global Animal

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Playful Dolphin Surprises Swimmers

(DOLPHINS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) A female bottlenose dolphin, who was separated from her pod off the coast of Australia two years ago, is now a regular sighting for beachgoers near Sydney. The dolphin was abandoned after she became trapped in the Sussex Inlet in September 2012. Wildlife officials stepped in to help, but she never returned to her pod. After several months, rangers intervened once again out of fear the dolphin became too accustomed to humans. But neither of their attempts could dissuade the dolphin from staying so close to shore. She regularly seeks out human friends and loves playing with local surfers and swimmers. But while her friendly nature is absolutely adorable, the dolphin’s fondness toward humans has wildlife experts worried. “Although this dolphin does seem to actively seek out human interaction we are becoming more and more concerned about the number of people swimming with it at once, and of reports of people attempting to ride the animal, poke it and feed it,” Sydney Harbour Area Manager Michael Treanor said. “Ultimately, if that happens the animal may need to be taken into captivity, which is not what anyone wants and what we have been working so hard to avoid,” he continued. For now, wildlife services are advising swimmers to leave the dolphin alone—regardless of whether or not she instigates interaction. — Global Animal

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