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Feb 12 14 Regina blog

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder… and the stomachs of unsuspecting wildlife

As Valentine’s Day is approaching and couples primp for their special date night, are they doing so at the expense of our environment?  From facial cleansers to toothpaste, abrasives are prevalent in “beauty” items to exfoliate and ensure that we are putting our best face forward.  But what makes these products feel coarse to the…

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Marius the giraffe

Unethical, cruel, barbaric – these are just some of the terms the world’s media has used to describe the practices of Copenhagen zoo and their decision to destroy Marius, a two year old giraffe, a result of their irresponsible captive breeding programme. In spite of several offers from other European zoos and wildlife parks to…

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Well, “eel” be damned …

Finding out more about the behaviour of whales, dolphins and porpoises can be a tricky business but researchers in Denmark have inadvertently discovered a new technique and all by accident. Scientists studying the oceanic migration behaviour of eels implanted tags that would record both temperature and depth into adult eels released on the Atlantic coasts…

Rolling Along…

Hi Everyone, I had a rather chilly but none the less rewarding day on the beach at Chanonry yesterday. Dolphins are trotting past every so often but not strictly in conjunction with the rising tides as they are feeding on herring, not salmon (yet) so going down for a look can be anytime really. Yesterday…

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Breach! Support the film the whalers don’t want you to see

I spoke last night to Los Angeles-based writer, director and film maker, Jonathan (Jonny) Zwick.  Jonny spent three months in Iceland last summer shooting footage for Breach, an independent documentary film that focuses on the cultural, scientific and economic ‘justifications’ which underpin the Icelandic whaling industry – and systematically deconstructs them. His film juxtaposes images…

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TUI Germany to end support for whale and dolphin captivity?

WDC is very pleased at reports that TUI Germany will no longer offer holidaymakers trips to shows featuring captive whales and dolphins. We now await news from other branches of the TUI company, including Thomson and First choice holidays, which make up TUI UK, that they will follow suit. In December, WDC wrote to Thomson…