Common Snapping Turtles under Threat

“Commercial turtle harvest is considered one of the major contributing factors to declines in turtle populations.”
Export to East Asia increased substantially in recent years, from about 10,000 animals declared as exported from the USA in 1999 to over 300,000 annually in recent years.
The science is clear: turtle populations cannot sustain even small increases in adult mortality. … More Common Snapping Turtles under Threat

Loro Parque Opens a New Fish-Prison on Gran Canaria

The Loro Parque consortium, the enslavers of Morgan, five other orcas, nine bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, chimps, gorillas, lions, tigers, penguins, parrots and many other animal-prisoners on the Canary Island of Tenerife, built an aquarium in the port area of Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. … More Loro Parque Opens a New Fish-Prison on Gran Canaria

A Small History of the Persecution of Ascension Island’s Sea Turtles

With the occupation of Ascension by British Marines in 1815 and the establishment of a marine garrison on Ascension in 1817, the persecution of the turtles reached an almost industrial scale. The sporadic gathering of turtles of the three centuries before was replaced by a systematic, intensive ‘harvesting’. In order for turtle meat to be available all year round, a turtle pond was built. … More A Small History of the Persecution of Ascension Island’s Sea Turtles

In Memoriam My Boy, K9 Officer Manotas

Manotas passing fills us with great sadness, but it is not necessarily an unhappy sadness, if that makes sense. We typically mourn for our own loss. Manotas is without worries, without pain. Besides loss, I also feel satisfaction, even pride, about how we filled Manotas life with love and joy and adventures. I hope that somehow we have repaid him a bit for his service and sacrifices for the oceans.

Manotas will be missed, but lives on in our memories, our dreams and in our hearts. … More In Memoriam My Boy, K9 Officer Manotas

The Incestuous Origins of the White Tigers

The white tiger is a caged ‘product’ of man’s manipulation and greed. The only reason white tigers are being bred, is because people will pay to see white tigers in zoos and circuses. This results in more white tigers with potential health problems and an excess of unwanted, orange and black tigers born within these litters. These normal-colored tigers are, however, still inbred and crossbred, and thus, from a conservation perspective, valueless. If not destroyed at birth as ‘throw-away’ tigers they might end up in the pet trade, being drugged for photo ops, living miserable lives in roadside zoos, persecuted in canned hunts or sold and killed for parts to the Asian ‘traditional medicine’ industry. … More The Incestuous Origins of the White Tigers