Seattle People Helping Protect Seal Pups

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The group is called Seal Sitters and they protect baby seals who have been left on the each while their moms fish. Tags: seattle animal rescue marine life seals It's a nice story to offset the cruelty of the dead baby tiger in Hanoi.

Commissioned Study Shows Namibian Seals Worth More Alive than Dead

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Seal tourism brings in more revenue for the African country than the seal hunt. These are the results of a study commissioned by Bont voor Dieren (BvD), Humane Society International (HSI), Respect for Animals (RFA) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), and produced by the Australia-based independent economics consultancy Economists at Large. There is a clear economic case for the government to protect these animals.".

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Journalists Arrested During Namibian Seal Hunt

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Ugly stuff in Namibia, the country with the seal hunting that no one talks about because so few know about it (I mean who thinks about seal hunting in Namibia?) Secret footage smuggled out of Namibia has revealed the brutal reality of the Namibian seal hunt - and the subsequent attack on British journalist Jim Wickens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers. Tags: animal cruelty africa seal hunters seals namibia hunting

Seal Slaughter Stopped by Russia. Canada? Not So Much.

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Kudos for Russian leader Vladimir Putin for stopping the slaughter of seals. The ministry said: “This is a serious step forward to protect Russia’s biological diversity. Activists accused Norwegian companies of encouraging the killing because seal hunting was no longer allowed in their own country Maybe Canada can learn something from the former KGB agent and avid hunter about compassion.

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Dead Sea Lions in Puget Sound - Again

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The animal protection group Seal Sitters says a necropsy showed that the sea lion had suffered a shark bite and had twisted intestines in addition to a bullet wound. KING says one of the Nisqually casualties was a Steller sea lion, protected under the Endangered Species Act. The one found in West Seattle was a California sea lion, protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This has happened before.

On Small Victories

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Here's the set-up: The European Parliament endorsed a ban on seal products. Both, of course, were seen as victories, but the article's author, Richard Foot, asks: Do such successes mean the animal rights movement is winning its long, controversial campaigns to gain the same legal protections for animals as those ascribed to humans? Yesterday's " Do Small Victories Affect Big Picture in Animal Rights Debate? makes some fantastic points that are worth repeating and deconstructing.

Reduce Plastics in Order to Save Marine Life

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One of the worst pictures I've ever seen is of a seal with its stomach cut open and a mess of plastic inside. The protection of marine animals may fall under "environmentalism," but these are artificial divisions. I am one of those people that will pick up disgusting plastic bags just lying on the streets and throw them away. First of all, it's gross (find your own planet to dump your trash on), but it's also dangerous for animals.

From Today's New York Times

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But most important, they are beginning to starve, because the sea ice they depend on for hunting seals, their main food, is melting at a very rapid rate because of global warming. Instead, it simply seeks to protect bears in the absence of a better national approach to climate change. Sarah Palin of Alaska does not mention that placing the polar bear on the endangered species list would trigger protections that could prevent oil drilling in one of its important habitats, as a Jan.