What would David Attenborough say?
In the last decade, meerkats have seen a public relations revival, appearing in adverts, films and not to mention a starring
While Room has the makings of a terrifyingly real horror story or psychological thriller, director Lenny Abrahamson refuses to diminish or cheapen Donoghue's life-affirming story with gimmicks or horror-movie-frights, and instead creates a heart-breaking, and paradoxically heart-warming, masterpiece of cinema which tells a story of human spirit, hope and the incomparable love between a mother and her child.
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Why Two Russian Bears Are Symbolic of the Suffering That Millions of Wild Animals Face on a Daily Basis, Around the World
The two Sochi bears represent a tiny window on the huge and growing problem of wild animals used in entertainment. But sometimes, it's the cases of individual suffering that tell the story a little more readily, and have the power to effect change for a far greater number.
It will take concerted effort and continued effective education, cooperation, training and support to meet these new regulatory standards and give all captive wild animals in Malaysia a better chance at a happier and healthier life.
I genuinely believe applying personhood protection to non-human animals is a wonderful concept, which I support wholeheartedly if it continues to drive forward better welfare practices and respect for animals in general. The downfall will be if it only mediates a short-term change to a few individual animals.
Sehgal's entry denial follows a pattern of denials the Cove Guardians have experienced recently. Scott West, Sea Shepherd Director of Intelligence and Investigations, was also denied entry late last season, and several high profile veteran Cove Guardians have been denied entry this season. Other veterans have made it through and the campaign has continued undaunted.
The state of orcas in captivity is a very contentious debate. Anti-captivity proponents argue fiercely that these animals are not meant for an artificial life, and that keeping them captive brings no benefit outweighing the unethical treatment they receive.
With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.