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Misleading Animal Names (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL NAMES) While some animal species are humorously named after celebrities such as Beyonce, George Bush, and fictional character Yoda, other animal names seem to make no sense at all. I wonder if the scientists who named these animals were just trying to pull our legs… — Global Animal

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The whale habitat will expand by over 45,000 square miles. Photo credit: NewBedfordGuide.com

Endangered Whale Population In Deep Water?

(OCEANS/WHALES) In a recent lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) seeks to vastly expand the protected habitat of North Atlantic right whales. North Atlantic right whales are currently the world’s most endangered large whales and are in major threat of extinction. Expanding the whale habitat to include nursery, breeding, and feeding areas would profoundly improve the preservation of this species. After repeated efforts from scientists and animal activists to expand the whale habitat, the National Marine Fisheries Service continues to neglect their duty to protect these at-risk creatures. Right whales will continue to live in an unsafe and harmful environment until their habitat is properly managed. Read on to learn more about the Humane Society’s lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, and how activists are working to save the endangered whale population. — Global Animal

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Australia’s Whale Of A Plan Proves Deadly

(WHALES/SHARKS) Adding insult to injury, authorities in Western Australia contemplated using dead whales to catch and kill great white sharks under their controversial shark culling policy. If the plan had been carried out, Western Australia would have essentially used a protected species to kill another protected species. While such a plan should not be a surprise to anyone who has kept up with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s environmental policy, it does raise eyebrows considering Australia brought Japan to court over its whaling operation. Read below to find out more about this whale of a plan. — Global Animal

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The concert will feature performers Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts among others. (CELEBRITIES/WHALES)

Celebrate Earth Day With Orca Concert’s Killer Lineup

 

(CELEBRITY ACTIVISM/OCEAN CONSERVATION) This Earth Day, why not celebrate with famous artists at the Kiss the Sky! Orca Freedom Concert?The concert will feature musical guests Heart, Graham Nash and Jami Sieber, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Arielle, Country Joe McDonald, and Andrew Morse. The event will also be emceed by Norman B. — Global Animal

 

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A Whale Of A Law: Bill Proposed To Ban SeaWorld Orca Shows

(SEAWORLD/ANIMAL WELFARE) SeaWorld, watch your back. A California lawmaker is proposing a ban on orcas in captivity. If passed, the cruel and inhumane treatment of these beautiful creatures, as depicted in the award-winning documentary Blackfish, may finally be a thing of the past. Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom Friday introduced the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, which would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.” In affect, it would put an end to all Shamu shows at Sea World San Diego, the only California facility that has whales. SeaWorld would also be required to rehabilitate and return all ten of their orcas currently held captive to the wild where possible. According to Bloom, the bill would be “the most comprehensive protection law for captive orcas in the United States in over 40 years.” Hopefully the bill will inspire other states to follow suit. Read below for more on this important bill and the devastating impact SeaWorld has on these sensitive animals. — Global Animal

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Crikey Bindi! What Were You Thinking?

(SEAWORLD/CELEBRITY NEWS) “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi is facing a storm of social media backlash after announcing she and her younger brother Robert are teaming up with SeaWorld. In an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, the 15-year-old gushed about how excited she was “to be carrying on in dad’s footsteps.” But has she seen Blackfish, the scathing documentary about Sea World’s brutal treatment of killer whales? Shortly before Steve Irwin’s death in 2006, Australia’s popular crocodile hunter was reportedly considering joining Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on one of their voyages to protect whales. The marine conservation group, who honored Irwin by renaming a ship after him, rigorously denounces SeaWorld and the captivity of any marine animal. So how exactly is joining forces with Sea World following in dad’s footsteps? Read below for more on Bindi’s controversial alliance. — Global Animal

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Whales still get hit despite ship speed regulations and observation systems. Photo Credit: Discovery

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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