Archive for april 2013

Feds accept petition on captive orca Lolita

The federal government has agreed to accept a petition that asked to have captive killer whale Lolita included in the endangered species listing for Puget Sound orcas.

Lolita was captured from that whale population in 1970 and is now at the Miami Sequarium.

Her fellow orcas spend most of their time in Washington’s Puget Sound and British Columbia. Lolita is a member of the L pod, or family.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has listed these Southern Resident orcas as endangered since 2005. The wild population currently numbers 84.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is working with other animal rights groups to have Lolita freed from captivity, filed this petition.

The decision announced Wednesday will add Lolita to a current review of the status of Puget Sound orcas as an endangered species.


Source: The Associated Press

New Japanese dolphin slaughter method even more horrible than the last

A new Japanese method to kill corralled dolphins and small whales is even more horrible than the old, according to British-American research.

According to the Japanese gives the new slaughter animals the way a quick death, but from made in secret video, the scientists that the dolphins much slower and more painful death than before.

That difference of opinion is because the Japanese dolphin's death’ as if he no longer breathes and moves, writes the team led by veterinary Andrew Butterworth of the University of Bristol in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. But dolphins can hold their breath for more than a quarter contents and become paralyzed by the new method, so that they are no longer able to move.

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