Saturday, June 2, 2018

Amanda Holden Goes Underwater, North Atlantic right whales, AAA, Thomas Cook, A Whale Of A Week!

Amanda Holden Goes Underwater to Protest SeaWorld

Wearing a billowing gown and pressing her hands against a glass wall, Amanda Holden is entirely submerged underwater in a new PETA campaign that proclaims, “Boycott Seaworld or any marine park that keeps orcas, dolphins, and other animals captive” and “All animals want to be free.”
In an accompanying video, the Britain’s Got Talent judge explains that orcas suffer in marine parks like SeaWorld, where they swim monotonously around tiny concrete tanks filled with chemically treated water, gnaw on the metal bars of their enclosures until their teeth break, and are given anti-anxiety drugs to manage stress-induced behaviour.
“These are animals with their own cultures and their own language,” says Holden in the video. “The more we understand about the extraordinary capabilities of these wonderful whales, the more we can realise just how disgusting their captivity and confinement is.”

She points out that while no whales or dolphins have been held captive in the UK since the 1990s, marine parks continue to operate abroad. PETA is calling on the public and businesses such as travel operator Thomas Cook to stop supporting the marine park, especially in light of its recently failed animal-welfare audit.
Holden joins a long list of celebrities – including Krysten Ritter, Sharon Osbourne, Noah Cyrus, Paul O’Grady, the late Sir Roger Moore, and many others – who have teamed up with PETA and its international affiliates to speak out against marine-mammal captivity.

The Trump administration is about to sign a permit that would allow an oil company to harm endangered whales, seals and other Arctic marine mammals an astonishing 600 times.

Hilcorp is a company with a dangerous track record. It has been responsible for numerous spills in the past two years and has a history of not complying with industry regulations. Now it's proposing to build and operate an artificial oil-drilling island and pipeline in the treacherous Beaufort Sea. If approved this would be the very first oil development in federal Arctic waters.

Demand that the Trump administration reject Hilcorp's reckless project. It threatens the Arctic's amazing wildlife and will only deepen our climate crisis.

Trump's new permit would allow Hilcorp to harm and harass marine mammals for five years starting in November 2019. That means it could injure and disturb marine mammals more than 600 times over the life of the authorization.

Noise from construction and operation would harm whales and seals by disrupting essential behaviors such as communicating, feeding and breeding. And onshore construction of ice roads could kill ringed seals.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits the killing, harming or harassing of these whales and seals — so the choice to be made is clear.

Tell the Trump administration to uphold our laws and deny the permit to hurt protected wildlife.

 AAA Gets a Triple F for Supporting the Imprisonment of Marine Mammals. Dozens of companies have cut ties with SeaWorld since the release of the documentary Blackfish. But despite knowing that the abusement park exploits orcas and other animals, AAA is still promoting it to its members.
Orca SeaWorld

What You Can Do

It’s never acceptable to rob other living beings of their freedom. Please urge Thomas Cook to stop supporting orca abuse.