Urge Bindi Irwin to end her SeaWorld promotions here.
Recently, SeaWorld announced that 15-year-old Bindi Irwin (daughter of Terri Irwin and the late Steve Irwin) will be its new “animal ambassador,” and she is now acting as a spokesperson for SeaWorld and its new SeaWorld Kids program.
…Please send a polite e-mail to Bindi Irwin and her mother, Terri Irwin, and urge them to do the right thing by ending their SeaWorld promotions.
#4 - 80% of US pigs are raised with a drug banned in Europe, China, and Russia.
Ractopamine is fed to hogs to make them grow faster and leaner. Of course the National Pork Council says it’s banned because of trade protectionism (China and Russia) or something really ridiculous like, “…in the EU’s case because it believes there could be adverse health effects at some point down the road possibly.” How silly given the evidence:
The National Pork Board says the drug is safe based on “rigorous, scientific reviews” that led the FDA and the United Nations (Codex) to approve its use.
But the Center for Food Safety says Codex’s approval was based on only one human study of six young, healthy men, one of whom dropped out after experiencing adverse health effects. The human health impacts are more debatable than the effects of ractopamine on animals.
“The drug has triggered more adverse reports in pigs than any other animal drug on the market,” wrote journalist Helena Bottemiller after her 2012 review of FDA reports. “Pigs suffered from hyperactivity, trembling, broken limbs, inability to walk and death.” Bottemiller got access to the FDA reports under a Freedom of Information request. The FDA says this data does not establish that the drug caused these effects. The CFS and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sued the FDA in October for withholding records pertaining to ractopamine’s safety.
Think about that —a professional journalist has to invoke the Freedom of Information Act and two other organizations have to sue in order to find out what’s in the food you’re being fed.
I posted something similar as a reblog, but feel this deserves another post. It’s one thing to be told the statistic about “orca swimming x miles in a day”, or hear about them living in a “bathtub.” It’s another thing entirely to see a real comparison.
K25 (Scoter) literally swam the red line’s noted distance with his pod, in a day. ((Here’s a cool video (from this page) of where Scoter swam in the Salish Sea between the end of December 2013 and the end of January 2014!))
How many other animals regularly have this kind of range? How many of them do we keep in captivity?
Given the above images… how is keeping orca captive and having them jump around in a relative thimble of water— for our amusement, no less —anything but abuse?
To those who rattle their sabers at Blackfish, and those who unfortunately seem to buy the blatant lies Seaworld’s peddling…
If you actually care about these animals, isn’t this the kind of information that matters? That and as much conservation and awareness information you can get your hands on?
I feel very sad for the stunted, lost creatures that are the captive-born orcas.