All posts by Lori Marino

Announcement and Call for Presentations

A SCHOLAR-ADVOCACY CONFERENCE ON MARINE MAMMALS

At the Superpod5 event July 19th 2016 on San Juan Island, WA.

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, Tuesday, July 19th, 2016.

An opportunity for students and young professionals working on marine mammal protection to share their work with an international group of scientists, marine mammal training and care experts, and advocates.

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As Tilikum Ails, Questions for SeaWorld

SeaWorld announced today that Tilikum, the orca at the center of the Blackfish documentary, is suffering from a drug-resistant lung infection and is close to death.

The emotional outrage being heaped upon SeaWorld for its exploitation of these animals is fully justified. But the ongoing charade perpetuated by theme parks about the welfare of captive cetaceans also demands a response.

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The REAL Puppy-Monkey-Baby

A soft drink commercial that features a strange chimeric creature called the PuppyMonkeyBaby (a beast that combines human baby legs, a monkey body and a pug dog’s head) premiered during Super Bowl 50. The weird animal is supposed to represent the “awesome” combo of Mountain Dew, juice and caffeine, but many people call it “creepy “, “scary” and just downright “disturbing “. The idea of a dog-monkey-baby makes for one horrifying creation.

But chimeras aren’t just the stuff of soft drink advertisers; they’re being produced in laboratories around the world. And for these animals, it’s a life of confinement, exploitation and invasive procedures that invariably ends in death.

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