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Attendance dropping at aquatic theme parks over claims of abuse and suffering

Something disquieting happened at SeaWorld marine parks this year. Numbers attending the group’s popular US centres between January and March dropped, from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a decline of 13%. Nor is it hard to guess the cause, say wildlife campaigners. They see a clear…

Court to decide if SeaWorld whales are illegal ‘slaves’

A California federal court is to decide for the first time in US history whether amusement park animals are protected by the same constitutional rights as humans. The issue arises from a lawsuit filed by rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a San Diego court…

Last of river-swimming Alaska whales found dead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A young killer whale that wandered far up an Alaska river with two adult companions has been found dead near the river’s mouth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Sunday. Discovery of the dead juvenile means that all three of the whales discovered swimming…

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