Canadian Group Wants to Free Captive Porpoise

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The Vancouver-based animal rights group Lifeforce wants the Vancouver Aquarium to free Daisy the porpoise. Tags: porpoise captivity canada aquariums vancouver Here is a video from the group.

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Whales Share Some Human Traits, Study Shows

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Self-awareness, suffering and a social culture along with high mental abilities are a hallmark of cetaceans, an order grouping more than 80 whales, dolphins and porpoises, say marine biologists. From the AFP. As the future of whales once more comes under global debate, some scientists say the marine mammals are not only smarter than thought but also share several attributes once claimed as exclusively human.

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Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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They don't invoke the pathos of the tragic salmon or the merriment of a playful porpoise. We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly. It's the same problem with marine life.

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