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
The human impact on the Med is probably bigger than on any other sea on the planet.
Together with the five main oceanic ‘plastic soup’ gyres (Indian Ocean, North Atlantic, North Pacific, South Atlantic and South Pacific), the Med is the sixth great accumulation zone for marine litter. … More The Plastic Mediterranean
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
All footage was taken during my stay in Taiji 2011-2012. The dolphins you see driven are mainly Risso’s dolphins.
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
Wolves are wild animals. They have evolved to roam and hunt for their food in packs, to dig dens and defend a territory. They are intelligent, curious, enterprising predators that do not belong in a house, in a cage or on a leash as a piece of property.
Thus breeding for wolfdogs creates not only a large population of unwanted animals destined to be killed, but also condemns ‘wild genes’ to a frustrating life of captivity.
For both reasons wolfdog breeding should be considered unethical. … More Why Create Wolfdogs?
The general feeling, besides disgust, is clearly that people can’t believe that holding these animals in these circumstances is legal. … More The Saddest Sea Lion & Seal prison in the USA, Morro Bay Aquarium, will Finally Close, But What will Happen to the Captives?