Posts Tagged ‘animal welfare’

Animal lovers and other people of compassion, we have a very narrow window of time to contact the Washington State Transportation Commission in support of the proposal to name a new ferry Tokitae.

Tokitae is a beloved orca captured as a baby near Whidbey Island in 1970 who’s been stuck in a substandard-size tank in the Miami Seaquarium ever since. She is the last survivor of a group of 45 wild orcas who were brutally rounded up and sold into captivity– that decimated the local orca population and the Orca Network points out it’s never recovered. (more…)

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This week in the news there was a story about a European cat that steals from his neighbors. While the story was hilarious, I did not expect a negative response when I posted the following on a news discussion forum:

Um… anyone believe in keeping their kitties inside? Many places have laws that require you to keep your pets on your own property, yet people routinely let their cats and dogs roam freely. The biggest reason not to do that is for your pets’ own safety. Indoor cats have longer and healthier lives. They also don’t steal from the neighbors. (more…)

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Kandu's Death 1989

Kandu V’s Death at SeaWorld California in 1989

Today Howard Garrett and Susan Berta of the Orca Network sent out an email update on Tokitae (Lolita), the captive Salish Sea native who has spent 40 years in substandard conditions at the Miami Seaquarium. I appreciate their ongoing efforts to free Tokitae and save other marine mammals from life as prisoners.

Their news release referenced a report titled Keto & Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity (http://theorcaproject.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/keto-tilikum-express-stress-of-orca-captivity.pdf). (more…)

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Free Lolita

In the past few days there’s been a lot of media coverage of the International Day of Protest for Lolita. This movement is picking up steam and attracting more attention than ever before—as it should.

Allow me to introduce you to Lolita:

-She is a native Northwesterner
-She’s about 40 years old
-She has blue eyes
-She has been performing for audiences longer than I’ve been alive (more…)

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