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Animal welfare

The plague-busting, prairie-dog-vaccinating, ferret-saving drone

Animal welfare, ConservationNovember 1, 2016

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is adapting new technology to the business of saving and endangered species: they’re sending in the drones. Black-footed ferrets are a small, solitary, extremely territorial weasel-like animal that lives in the American west. Once abundant in central North America, today, their wild population stands at around 500. Black-footed ferrets […]

Learn what whale harassment looks like (GIFs)

Animal welfareMay 6, 2016

It’s nearly summer, which means the shores will soon be filled with SUP boards, drones, and self-professed whale whisperers.  This authentic lifestyle is an obnoxious time for marine mammals, and soon your online feeds will be flooded with aerial footage of people “sharing the water” with marine megafauna.  Some of these shots are innocent but an […]

Huge win for orca advocates as #SeaWorld announces an end to circus-style shows, orca breeding and pledges more conservation

Animal welfare, Conservation, SustainabilityMarch 17, 2016

   SeaWorld Orca-Shutterstock Earlier today SeaWorld announced to the media that it was making major changes in its practices when it comes to marine wildlife. The announcement comes after years of bad publicity and failing stock prices as the result of the documentary Blackfish, criticism from marine mammal and marine conservation scientists and an unrelenting […]

The difference between animal welfare and animal rights

Animal welfare, Conservation, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationAugust 11, 2015

I have just attended a big international conservation meeting for the past week and there was a lot of discussion about the “Cecil the Lion Phenomenon.” In many discussions, the terms animal welfare and animal rights were brought up frequently, and it was very clear that many conservation scientists do not know the difference between […]

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