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India Ministry Rejects Cruel Dolphin Parks.

India Ministry Rejects Cruel Dolphin Parks. | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it
Written by Michelle Kretzer | May 16, 2013

Dolphins don’t belong in tiny glass tanks, and India wants to make sure that they won’t be put there.  

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When PETA India learned that state governments were planning to put dolphin parks in several parts of the country, it immediately contacted Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan. The group reminded her that the Animal Welfare Board of India, which must give its permission before animals may be used in performances, said that it has not granted and will not grant permission for companies to keep dolphins in captivity, as tearing dolphins away from their families, confining them to tiny tanks, and forcing them to perform likely constitutes cruelty and violates India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Natarajan was in complete agreement with PETA India and the board and announced that the ministry would deny all proposals for dolphin parks. 

In the U.S. and Canada, dolphins aren’t so lucky. Animal advocates must continue to speak out against aquariums and swim-with-dolphins programs.



Read more: http://www.peta.org/blog/india-ministry-rejects-cruel-dolphin-parks/#ixzz2lqLIC0kH
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Jon Stewar Mocks Obama over Putin's annexation over Crimea - 3/25/2014 - YouTube

Jon Stewar Mocks Obama over Putin's annexation over Crimea - 3/25/2014 Jon Stewart: Why Doesn't Putin Listen to Obama? He Just 'Doesn't Give a Sh*t'
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Right Wing Terrorists A Bigger Threat, But Not According To The Media - YouTube

"On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewi...
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Police raid innocent family because of indoor garden, spied on their purchases and dug through trash - YouTube

READ MORE: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/harte-family-raid/ LEAWOOD, KS -- Men with assault rifles raided a family who had been growing tomatoes and mel...
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Idiot police raid wrong house then laugh - YouTube

A drug bust gone wrong. Idiot police raid the wrong house in Reading, UK. Barbaric. "I'm from Berkshire // The sort of place where there's, always a drama"
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Korean Whaling (Korean_Whaling) on Twitter.

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The latest from Korean Whaling (@Korean_Whaling). The Ocean
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Revealed: #Amnesty's secret £800,000 pay-offs to two bosses... which it doesn't seem very keen to talk about.

Revealed: #Amnesty's secret £800,000 pay-offs to two bosses... which it doesn't seem very keen to talk about. | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it
The organisation paid out another £300,000 to its deputy leader, who quit at the same time in December 2009, including former secretary general Irene Khan, left.
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CharityWatch Hall of Shame - charitywatch.org

CharityWatch Hall of Shame - charitywatch.org | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it
CharityWatch Hall of Shame presents the personalities behind the major charity scandals of the past two decades. CharityWatch is a nonprofit charity watchdog organization that helps donors make informed giving decisions.

 

In this feature you'll find the personalities behind the major charity scandals that inspire our work and illustrate the importance of a tough charity watchdog that is unafraid to challenge wrongdoing. The most important lesson to be learned from the following colorful stories of charity scoundrels is that regardless of how distinguished, well-connected and honored a charity leader is, he is only human and may be tempted to use the power and influence of his position to abuse the public's trust and thusly become the next member of the CharityWatch Hall of Shame.

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CNN FILMS Broadcasts 'Blackfish' and 'Pandora's Promise' in October, November - CNN (blog)

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CNN FILMS Broadcasts 'Blackfish' and 'Pandora's Promise' in October, November
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As the weather cools, CNN Films' fall schedule heats up with two, new-to-television documentaries that examine the relationship between humans and nature.
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Marine Protected Areas - where conservation meets recreation - Sail World

Marine Protected Areas - where conservation meets recreation Sail World That world is where we are headed in many places unless we can get a handle on climate change, reduce nutrient runoff and overfishing, AND create Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)...
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Christian Serratos Outraged at Macy's SeaWorld Float

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Christian Serratos voiced her opposition of a SeaWorld float featuring Shamu that will be in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The Cove | Documentary jungle - Watch Free Documentaries Online

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The Cove | Documentary jungle - Watch Free Documentaries Online: http://t.co/fdPOiOyL46
Saddest things I have watched EVER #FREETILLY
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Kelp Forests Thrive in California's Underwater Parks - Energy Collective

Kelp Forests Thrive in California's Underwater Parks - Energy Collective | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it
Kelp Forests Thrive in California's Underwater Parks Energy Collective NRDC, I'm proud to say, helped bring diverse groups together to hammer out an important part of the solution: the law that created California's underwater parks, the first ever...
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17 Beautiful Images From The World's Last Pure Body Of Water.

17 Beautiful Images From The World's Last Pure Body Of Water. | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it

In recent weeks the world’s attention has been fixed on the Russia-Ukraine fight in Crimea, so many people are unaware of a less spectacular conflict over Antarctica – which, though it is far larger in land mass, and is basically uninhabited – is peaceful in every other way. In fact, the scenes photographer John Weller has documented there -- an effort to draw attention to what's at stake -- are a stark contrast to the violent images coming out of Ukraine.

 

Antarctica contains what is believed to be the purest sea remaining on Earth, and in the effort to keep it that way, Russia is playing a similar villain’s role. 

Antarctica’s Ross Sea, which encompasses 1.9 million square miles, is considered by biologists as the last body of saltwater in the world that is free from significant pollution, invasive species, mining and overfishing.

  

One might expect the Ross Sea to be far removed from the geopolitical conflicts that grip the world today, but in fact, Russia has for years prevented the pristine habitat from being protected, after Russian diplomats objected to the bill, questioning the very authority of the Commission for the Conservation of the Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) at a meeting in Germany in July 2013.

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Stephen Colbert EPIC Response to Cancel Colbert - #CancelColbert - 3/31/2014 - YouTube

Colbert Ching Chong Ding Dong - #CancelColbert - 3/31/2014 Stephen Colbert EPIC Response to Cancel Colbert Colbert redskins - #CancelColbert - 3/31/2014
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My Home was Searched for Growing Vegetables in my Bathroom - YouTube

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares how his home was recently searched by police because he is growing vegetables in his bathroom. In this epi...
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Opps! Police Kill Wrong Man In Middle Of The Night In His Own Home - YouTube

An innocent man was shot dead by police after deputies mistook him for an attempted murder suspect. Lake County, Florida officers showed up at the Blueberry ...
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The Extinction Crisis: Unlike past mass extinctions, caused by events like asteroid strikes, volcanic eruptions, and natural climate shifts, the current crisis is almost entirely caused by us.

The Extinction Crisis: Unlike past mass extinctions, caused by events like asteroid strikes, volcanic eruptions, and natural climate shifts, the current crisis is almost entirely caused by us. | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it

It’s frightening but true: Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day [1]. It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century [2].

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New research sheds light on whale by-catch in the #Korean peninsula - Fishupdate.com

New research sheds light on whale by-catch in the #Korean peninsula - Fishupdate.com | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it

New published research from Professor Douglas MacMillan of the University of Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation has shed light on one of the most contentious issues in global conservation – the sale of skin, blubber and meat from whales caught accidentally.

 

In South Korea, commercial and subsistence whaling have been illegal since 1986, although domestic sales of protected Common Minke J products are allowed if the whales are caught accidently. However, due to the high price of whale meat these regulations are believed by conservation groups to have encouraged ‘deliberate by-catch’, whereby whales are intentionally killed through drowning and other means or left to die by fishermen when they become trapped in their nets, for financial gain.

Consequently, during the past ten years alone, cetacean by-catch in South Korean waters has accounted for 33 percent of global whale mortality from by-catch – a level that has allowed a thriving business and culture based on the consumption of whale meat to develop in South Korea.

Based on price data from whale meat auctions, official by-catch harvest statistics and information taken from interviews with local fishermen, maritime police and restaurant owners, Professor MacMillan believes that deliberate by-catch may take place but not at a significant scale. However, this legal ‘loophole’ may have also encouraged the illegal hunting of whales by criminal gangs using specially adapted fishing boats. As evidence, Professor MacMillan points to the marked fall in whale meat prices in South Korea between 2006 and 2010, a time when by-catch rates were relatively stable. ‘This fall in price,’ he said, ‘at a time when demand for whale meat was increasing and the supply from by-caught whales was steady, can only be explained by a rapid and substantial increase in whale meat illegally sourced. Illegal whaling rather than by-catch may actually be the more serious threat to the survival of the J-stock Minke whale in Korean waters.’  

Professor MacMillan also concluded that, despite most local people being sympathetic to the notion of cetacean conservation, the intensity of local feeling about the cultural role of whale meat and the potential for by-catch to provide fishermen with significant additional income at a time when catches are diminishing are such that it is probably not politically feasible for the South Korean government to prohibit the trade in by-caught whale meat.

‘Instead,’ he said, ‘the best immediate strategy would be to significantly improve the monitoring and management of the by-catch trade to reduce opportunities for illegal meat to be traded.

‘Another option would be to reduce the financial incentive for deliberate by-catch and illegal hunting by introducing a tax on the sale of whale products at auction, with revenues raised being reinvested in a local community fund and used to provide fishermen with equipment such as ‘pingers’ which will help avoid accidental and costly whale entanglements with fishing nets.’

The implications of this research goes beyond the issue of ceteacean by-catch as it highlights the difficulties of attempting to protect endangered species using poorly designed laws and enforcement measures arising from international agreements that are in direct conflict with local economic forces.

This study was conducted during the summer of 2007 in four towns situated on the south east coast of the Korean peninsula, all with a strong connection to by-catch: Guryongpo, Yangpo, Jeongja and Jangsaengpo. In 2010, follow-up interviews were conducted with some of the interviewees in order to reflect recent changes and update relevant data sets.

‘Cetacean by-Catch in the Korean Peninsula—by Chance or by Design?’ (Douglas MacMillan and Jeonghee Han, University of Kent) is available atwww.springerlink.com/content/b540k53252425321

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Panorama probe into Comic Relief investments is postponed by the #BBC

Panorama probe into Comic Relief investments is postponed by the #BBC | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it

A shock Panorama probe into Comic Relief has been postponed by the BBC – sparking fears it may be snared in a new Newsnight-style scandal.

More than a dozen senior BBC ­executives have ruled themselves out of making ­decisions about the Panorama programme as a fresh conflict-of-interest crisis threatens to engulf them.

It is the first major test of the BBC’s ability to investigate itself since Newsnight dropped a damning report on sex abuse allegations against DJ Jimmy Savile.

The Comic Relief probe was due to air later this month but the Daily Mirror can reveal the screening has been cancelled.

A BBC insider said: “It has already been put back once and the worry is this investigation will never see the light of day.”

The Panorama show is understood to examine how Comic Relief chiefs invested £150million – some in tobacco firms and an arms giant – for up to eight years before giving it to charity.

The six-month probe for Panorama by independent TV company Matchlight also highlights how staff costs have doubled.

It is also thought a huge loss on a failed venture selling Gordon Ramsay-branded sauces has come in for scrutiny.

The insider added: “This is causing huge problems within the Corporation, opening a can of worms some would rather stayed closed.

"We’re struggling to find other execs to take the place of those who ruled themselves out due to a conflict of interest.

“This is the BBC in full-on post-Savile self-flagellation mode.”

The Mirror found a project to sell Ramsay-branded cooking sauces has lost the charity £800,000.

The Seriously Good range was launched in 2009 by Brand Relief Limited, owned by Comic Relief, with 10p a jar going to charity.

Comic Relief ploughed in £2million for “advertising and promotion” but axed it last September after earning £470,000.

Just £760,000 of Comic Relief’s ­original injection was left. Comic Relief chief executive Kevin Cahill quit as Brand Relief director in 2012.

Since 2008, Comic Relief’s staffing costs have nearly doubled from £7.1million a year to £13.5million by 2012.

Yet it raised a total of £87.8million last year – less than in two of the three previous years.

At the end of 2012, the celebrity-driven independent charity, which fights poverty in the UK and abroad, was sitting on £261million, including shares, bonds and cash.

It owed £126million, including charity pledges.

Many Red Nose Day and Sport Relief viewers will be shocked by its policy of investing donations for up to eight years before they finally go to good causes.

In August, the Sunday People revealed it had put £14million into the Invesco Perpetual High Income Fund, which invests in three of the world’s biggest cigarette firms and arms giant BAE Systems.

Danny Cohen, the Director of BBC TV, is a trustee of Comic Relief, with other BBC directors Peter Salmon and Tim Davie. Davie was acting BBC director general last year when a report attacked the “flawed” decision to axe the Savile probe.

Last night a Comic Relief spokeswoman said: “We can’t control who the funds invest in.”

Comic Relief also said no money raised from the public was invested in the Brand Relief project.

It said operating costs “have gone up in order to generate more funds” and costs were covered by corporate sponsors and Gift Aid claims from the HM Revenue and Customs.

A BBC spokesman said: "At any one time the BBC is working on any number of investigations. We don’t comment on these.”



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30 charity chiefs paid more than £100,000 - Telegraph.

30 charity chiefs paid more than £100,000 - Telegraph. | @VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian | Scoop.it
The leaders of some of the biggest charities risk bringing “the wider charitable world into disrepute” by taking large pay rises while donations are falling, according to the regulator.

 

The number of executives receiving six-figure salaries at Britain’s 14 leading foreign aid charities has risen by nearly 60 per cent, from 19 to 30, over the past three years.

The charities make up the Disasters Emergency Committee, a 50-year-old group which comes together to coordinate work at times of tragedy around the world.

Research found that the number of staff on salaries of more than £60,000 jumped by 16 per cent to 192 between 2010 and 2012. In some cases the pay of senior staff increased despite falling revenues and donations.

Is it acceptable for charity chief executives to earn £100,000?No. Donors want their cash to go to the poor, not executives. Comparisons with what people might earn in the private sector are wholly false.Yes. These people manage huge budgets and make life-or-death decisions. You have to pay for talent.VoteView Results

 

The figures will fuel concerns that wage inflation in other public bodies such as local authorities is now leaking into the charity sector and driving up pay among top managers.

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Some of the executives were paid more than the Prime Minister’s £142,500 a year in 2013, which is used by ministers as a Whitehall high water mark.

William Shawcross, the chairman of the Charity Commission, warned that charities were risking their reputations if they were not being seen to get a grip on boardroom excess.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “It is not for the commission to tell charities how much they should pay their executives. That is a matter for their trustees.

“However, in these difficult times, when many charities are experiencing shortfalls, trustees should consider whether very high salaries are really appropriate, and fair to both the donors and the taxpayers who fund charities.

“Disproportionate salaries risk bringing organisations and the wider charitable world into disrepute.”

The analysis also shows these charities are heavily reliant on public funds, having received more than £1.1billion of public money over the past three years from a range of sources, including the Government, the European Union, United Nations and councils.

Despite receiving these large amounts of money, the charities are not subject to the same level of scrutiny or accountability as government departments or quangos.

Priti Patel, a Conservative MP who helped to compile the figures, said: “Hard-pressed taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent and will be shocked to see so many highly paid executives in charities that are dependent on public funds.

“This money should be focused on delivering frontline services rather than lining the pockets of unaccountable charity executives.

“As more public money is being given to charities to run services, they need to become more accountable to the public and subject to greater scrutiny and transparency.”

The charities are not required to detail how much their top executives are paid by name, and many express the sums in bands, disguising the true figure.

However, The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Sir Nick Young, the chief executive of the British Red Cross, saw his pay jump by 12 per cent to £184,000 since 2010, despite a one per cent fall in the charity’s donations and a three per cent fall in revenues.

Others in the same pay bracket included Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children, a former adviser to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown when they were Prime Minister.

The charity said Mr Forsyth received £163,000 last year, just less than Anabel Hoult, its chief operating officer, who was paid £168,653.

Revenue at the charity is down three per cent since 2010, although donations were up markedly.

Chris Bain, the director of Catholic aid charity Cafod, saw his pay jump by nine per cent between 2010 and 2012, from £80,000 a year to £87,000 a year. Over the same period donations and revenue rose 16 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.

Richard Miller, director at ActionAid, saw his pay increase by eight per cent to nearly £89,000 a year, while both revenues and donations fell 11 per cent.

The top paid executive at Christian Aid was Loretta Minghella, a former chief executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, who was paid £126,072 this year, up from £123,729 last year and £119,123 the previous year.

At Oxfam, former chief executive Dame Barbara Stocking saw her pay rise over the three years, while revenues fell but donations increased.

A spokesman for the Disasters Emergency Committee said boardroom pay at the organisations was “broadly in line” with other charities.

The spokesman said: “The Disasters Emergency Committee plays no part in setting executive salaries at our member agencies but we believe these salaries are broadly in line with pay at other charities of comparable size.

“To ensure the most effective use of appeal funds, a balance must be struck between minimising overheads and ensuring a robust management system is in place.

“Good management of emergency responses in the UK allows our member agencies to deliver the planning, monitoring, accountability and transparency that this work requires and that the public rightly demands.

“The proportion of DEC appeal funds that can be spent by member agencies on the UK management of their disaster responses is capped at seven per cent.

“Over the past five years the DEC has raised over £193 million for its appeals and the cost of raising those funds was less than four per cent of that total.”

A Save the Children spokesman said: “We pay appropriately competitive wages that are benchmarked regularly against two external salary surveys.

“Last year this was supported by an in-depth external benchmarking report from Towers Watson, an expert remuneration agency.

“Remuneration is then decided by the board’s performance and remuneration committee.

“We want to save more children’s lives. We can’t — and shouldn’t — compete with salaries in the private sector, but we need to pay enough to ensure we get the best people to help our work to stop children dying needless deaths.”

A Cafod spokesman said that its director’s pay “remains much lower than any of his counterparts in the biggest NGOs, and has only risen in recent years in line with the increase for other Cafod members of staff”.

A Christian Aid spokesman said: “Christian Aid is mindful of not paying higher salaries than are necessary and/or reasonable.

“The board of trustees has a strict policy that requires us to set salaries at or below the median of other church-based and/or international development agencies.”

The spokesman added that Ms Minghella “brings substantial experience and skills in managing a large and complex operation to Christian Aid, strengths which are reflected in her salary that is on a level comparable with that of others of like position in the sector”.

Janet Convery, ActionAid’s director of communications, said: “Richard Miller’s salary is well below the market rate for a chief executive of a major development charity.”

In a statement, Oxfam said Lady Stocking was due to paid £119,560 in 2012/13 - which means that her pay increased by 19 per cent from £100,008 in 2009/10 "which is in the lower quartile of what other large charities paid for their chief executives".

It said that Lady Stocking, who left in February, "could expect to earn at least £75,000 more for a comparable job in the private sector".

It added: “Our chief executive’s pay has increased in recent years because our remuneration committee judged that it was becoming uncompetitive with the rewards on offer at other similar organisations of comparable size."

A spokesman said: "We believe this is fair reward for a job that involves long hours, large amounts of time away from family and overseeing a £360 million organisation that runs everything from a 700-branch national shop network to major emergency responses and long term development work to improve the lives of the poorest people on the planet.

"Our chief executive is also responsible for more than 5,000 staff and tens of thousands of volunteers. We pay our chief executive less than other charities of similar size and scope – and considerably less than someone could expect to earn running an organisation of this size and complexity in the private sector. Our market research showed that, in the same year, the median pay of other large charity chief executives was £135,700."

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Marine oil spill response in B.C. is 'woeful,' says Island MLA - MetroNews Canada

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Marine oil spill response in B.C. is 'woeful,' says Island MLA MetroNews Canada “Both the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) scientists and the province pointed out in their submission to the joint review panel that there's no research...
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Blog: Demand for #Rhino Horn Spells Extinction - Malibu Times (blog)

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Blog: Demand for Rhino Horn Spells Extinction
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There is nil medicinal value in rhino horn. 'The War Against Nature' has escalated into a prolonged global looting spree. Our oceans and lands are under full-scale siege.
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'Blackfish' goes inside the life of an orca - Worcester Telegram

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'Blackfish' goes inside the life of an orca
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Officials at SeaWorld have strongly criticized "Blackfish" for its suggestion that Tilikum is indeed a killer whale and assertions that orca whales in general are mistreated.
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Cove Guardian Elora Malama West Takes on Taiji for the Sea Shepherd ... - National Geographic.

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Cove Guardian Elora Malama West Takes on Taiji for the Sea Shepherd ...
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In the fall of 2010 at age 16, Elora accompanied her father, Scott West, to Taiji, Japan for the first SSCS Cove Guardian campaign.
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