Ricky Gervais backs Australia dolphin captivity campaign

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British comedian Ricky Gervais has thrown his support behind a local campaign to end dolphin captivity in Australia. The multi Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning comedian behind series such as The Office and Extras — and vocal animal rights activist — has backed the Stop Dolphin Captivity in Australia petition which was launched on line on Saturday and now has over 15,000 signatures. “Dolphins are amazing animals deserving of our respect,” Gervais said in statement. “The UK has … More…

SeaWorld orca show ban credited to work of Blackfish documentary maker

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Blackfish Gabriela Cowperthwaite was just another mum who took her twin sons to SeaWorld, before the death of a killer whale trainer prompted her to make the 2013 documentary Blackfish. She never expected it to help persuade the US theme park operator to stop breeding killer whales and end its signature “Shamu” orca entertainment shows. Orlando-based SeaWorld said it would stop breeding killer whales and those currently at its parks would be the past, citing “times have changed”. “I think … More…

Shenhua coal Liverpool Plains, corporate welfare and saving Barnaby’s bacon

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Liverpool Plains Coal Mine May Not Fly Saturday, April 2, 2016 By Pip Hinman Opponents of Shenhua-Watermark’s mega coalmine in the Liverpool Plains in north-western NSW have been given a boost by the Chinese government-owned company’s annual report released on March 24, which hinted it may not proceed. Shenhua said: “Global demand for coal is expected to manifest a downward trend in 2016.” Whether Shenhua is rethinking the $1.2 billion mine is not clear. But its report gives ammunition to … More…

Japanese court: Australian had right to enter whale aquarium

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Australian had a right to enter whale aquarium after all ( whale aquarium )TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Friday that an aquarium had no right to bar an Australian animal welfare activist who wanted to check on a baby albino dolphin in captivity. Wakayama District Court awarded Sarah Lucas 110,000 yen ($970) in damages, a court official said on customary condition of anonymity. Lucas, the head of Australia for Dolphins, called the verdict a victory in the fight … More…