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90 Belugas, 11 Orcas Trapped in ‘Whale Jail’ off Russian Coast

90 Belugas, 11 Orcas Trapped in ‘Whale Jail’ off Russian Coast

Ninety belugas and 11 orcas are being held in tiny enclosures described by media reports as “whale jails” off Russia’s Pacific east coast. An investigation has been launched at the site near city of Nakhodka, where some of the whales have been contained since July, CBS News reported. ‘Whale prison’ discovered by drone in Far […]

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    Trader Joe’s Stops Buying Mexican Shrimp After Pressure to Protect Vaquita

    Trader Joe’s Stops Buying Mexican Shrimp After Pressure to Protect Vaquita

    Conservation organizations announced Wednesday that Trader Joe’s has declared it will stop buying shrimp from Mexico. The popular grocery store chain’s decision follows pressure from organizations behind the Boycott Mexican Shrimp campaign, launched earlier this year to save the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, from decades of decline due to entanglement in shrimp fishing gear. […]

    90% of Minke Whales Killed in Norway Are Female and ‘Almost All’ Pregnant

    90% of Minke Whales Killed in Norway Are Female and ‘Almost All’ Pregnant

    Ninety percent of the minke whales hunted and killed each year in Norwegian waters are female and ” almost all” of them are pregnant, according to a documentary aired earlier this month on NRK, a government-owned public broadcasting company. [facebook https://www.facebook.com/havforskningsinstituttet/videos/vb.107340812637299/1770870212951009/?type=2&theater expand=1] The documentary, Slaget om kvalen (“Battle of Agony”), shows grisly footage of Norway’s […]

    Court Stops U.S. Fish & Wildlife from Killing Wild Red Wolves

    Court Stops U.S. Fish & Wildlife from Killing Wild Red Wolves

    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina today issued a preliminary injunction that orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to stop capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill—members of the rapidly dwindling population of wild red wolves. On behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, the Animal Welfare […]