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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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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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Tilikum one of the orcas at SeaWorld sits in captivity.

Seaworld Skews “Blackfish” Poll

(SEAWORLD/BLACKFISH) Last week, the Orlando Business Journal conducted an online poll asking readers if their perception of SeaWorld had changed after the documentary Blackfish premiered last year. Blackfish covers the treatment of orca whales in captivity at SeaWorld. The film focuses on Tilikum, a whale who has been involved with several deaths while being confined at the park. The film has received a lot of attention and has many people talking about the ethics of Seaworld and other marine parks. When the poll seemed to favor SeaWorld by 99 percent, a member of the Orlando Business Journal investigated further and discovered 54 percent of the responses to the poll came from an IP address from SeaWorld, effectively skewing the results of the poll in favor of the company. — Global Animal

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Stay Classy, Anchorman: Ditch The Dolphins

(PETA/ANIMAL WELFARE) Will Ferrell’s long-awaited sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn’t giving PETA anything to laugh about. The activist group wants all the scenes featuring dolphins at San Diego’s Sea World stripped from the movie. Pixar Studios recently left scenes from their upcoming animated movie Finding Dory on the cutting-room floor after reportedly viewing Blackfish, a documentary that exposes the cruel treatment of orcas held in captivity. The film’s powerful message seems to have captured much of Hollywood’s attention and compassion—something PETA hopes Anchorman 2 producers will take note of and follow suit. Read on to learn more about Anchorman 2 and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.  — Global Animal

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Humpback Whale Gives Thanks To Divers

(OCEANS/WHALE RESCUE) PACIFIC OCEAN — When a humpback whale became entangled in hundreds of yards of nets and fishing line, she was lucky to be spotted by a caring fisherman. Rescuers arrived and spent hours cutting her free. Read below to see how the whale thanked each diver individually! And from all of us here at Global Animal, we hope you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who help you get untangled from anything that binds you. And may you always know the joy of receiving and giving love to animals around the globe. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! — Global Animal

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Gotcha! 7 Of The World’s Most Elusive Animals Caught On Film

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/ANIMAL PICTURES) We shared some exciting news with you recently with our report on the saola sighting in Vietnam. After 15 years without a trace, a camera trap in the Central Annamite Mountains managed to snap a photo of one of the Earth’s rarest mammals. What’s even more thrilling is the saola isn’t the only elusive creature being discovered. Thanks to strategically placed, motion-sensitive cameras and amazing advancements in technology, other rarely seen endangered animals have also been spotted. — Global Animal

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