Archive for the ‘Marine Mammals’ Category

In Defense Of Animals Celebrates Monumental Victory For Sea Lions

San Francisco, Calif. (November 24, 2010) – After a year of deliberation, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled to block the National Marine Fisheries Service's killing of federally protected sea lions on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the Sea Lion Defense Brigade (SLDB) have campaigned against the state-sanctioned sea lion killing for more than three ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Rebukes SeaWorld For Deadly Captive Breeding Programs And Public Display of Orcas

Following premature death of young orca Sumar, IDA renews call for government action San Rafael, Calif. (September 9, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today blasted SeaWorld for the death of Sumar, a young 12-year old male orca who lived a tragic and completely unnatural existence as a circus animal at SeaWorld in San Diego. A victim of SeaWorld’s ruthless and continuing attempts to breed ... Full story

In Defense of Animals In Oregon Appellate Court Today To Free Sea Lion “Willy”

IDA to argue that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) captured “Willy”below the Bonneville Dam without proper authority Salem Ore. (September 2, 2010) - A California sea lion held captive in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas is unaware that his fate will be decided today in court. In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, will represent Willy at a 1:30 p.m. ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Praises OSHA Citation Of SeaWorld For Knowingly Endangering Human Lives

San Rafael, Calif. (August 25, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today praised the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for issuing three safety violations, including one classified as “willful,” to SeaWorld Orlando as a result of the death of Dawn Brancheau, a dolphin trainer killed at SeaWorld by Tilikum, a 17 foot male orca. “Orcas are apex predators who suffer intensely from the confinement ... Full story

In Defense Of Animals Urges Public to Contact Obama to Reinstate Moratorium on All Off-Shore Drilling

San Rafael, Calif. – As more than 500,000 to one million gallons of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico daily killing untold numbers of wildlife and destroying critical habitat to sustain more than 400 species of marine-based animals, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is urging the public to demand that President Obama reinstate the moratorium on all off-shore drilling in U.S. “It is preposterous that ... Full story

Another Orca Dies At SeaWorld Orlando; IDA calls for end to public display of captive orcas

San Rafael, Calif. – In Defense of Animals (IDA) says the death of Taima, a 20-year-old orca who died Sunday while giving birth to her stillborn calf at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida reinforcs IDA’s argument that orcas are unsuitable for life in captivity. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must create regulations to prohibit captive breeding and phase out the public display of orcas. Tilikum, ... Full story

In Defense of Animals to Hold Outreach Event Today to Highlight Marine Mammals Suffering in Captivity

San Francisco, Calif. (May 15, 2010) – Today, In Defense of Animals (IDA) will be leafleting at Pier 39 to build public support in urging Congress to create and enforce stricter regulations to protect marine mammals held in aquaria for public display. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is considering changes to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations and IDA staff and volunteers will ... Full story

Japanese Government Covers Up Mercury Poisoning From Eating Dolphins

Tokyo, Japan – For many years, Taiji, Japan has been a target of international criticism due to its cruel mass capture and horrific slaughter of mercury-contaminated dolphins and pilot whales, both for human consumption and to supply captive marine mammal aquaria industry. Evidence presented in the Academy Award winning film The Cove, and  in University of Hokkaido Professor Tetsuya Endo’s study revealed that Taiji residents ... Full story

Demonstration Saturday Will Expose Cruelty To Animals At Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

“Party for the Planet, Earth Day Celebration” celebrates exploitation Vallejo, Calif. (April 24, 2010) – As Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s “Party for the Planet, Earth Day Celebration” begins, In Defense of Animals (IDA) and “A Call For the Release Of All Captive Orcas”, a local group, will be on hand to counter the park’s misinformation. The demonstrators will expose the cruelty and misery marine mammals experience ... Full story

Activists Will Confront Wildlife Agencies At Bonneville Dam Over Death Of Five More Sea Lions

Cascade Locks, Ore. – Angered over Washington and Oregon state wildlife agencies killing five more sea lions at the Bonneville Dam yesterday, In Defense of Animals (IDA), Sea Lion Defense Brigade, and Animal Defense League will send representatives to the dam today to confront wildlife agencies and demand answers to pointed questions. The activists challenge the the efficacy and ethics of the misguided program to ... Full story

IDA Commends Oscar’s Choice Of "The Cove" As Best Documentary

Global spotlight may help end dolphin massacre and the poisoning of people in Japan who eat dolphins San Rafael, Calif. (March 8, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) is praising the Best Documentary Academy Award choice of The Cove, hailing the Oscar recognition as a major victory for dolphins. The film is based on the Save Japan Dolphins Coalition (SJD) campaign to stop the slaughter ... Full story

Bonneville Dam Demonstration Today Opposing First Sea Lion Trap And Kill Of The Season

Activists will protest the opening of the sea lion killing season and the death of the sea lion "Lionel" Cascade Locks, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has reported the first sea lion trap and kill of the season. Named "Lionel" by students from Redland Elementary School, but known to wildlife agencies by the brand “C653," the sea lion was trapped ... Full story
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