PackCheck.What? – What we don’t know about seismic testing?

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The Pack Mentality version of those fact-checking sites will offer a different, sometimes animal-related take on the wacky things people come up with – from politics to animal welfare to the environment other subjects.

First up is an article out of North Carolina, where a meeting of local officials and citizens was held recently to discuss the issue of seismic testing for oil beneath the ocean floor, off the NC coast.

Bruce Tackett was there to represent Resource Access International and American Petroleum Institute.

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Sea Shepherd’s latest update on Japanese dolphin slaughter

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I’m a little behind in getting his posted, but the update is still important:

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UPDATED: 200+ BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS HELD A SECOND NIGHT IN COVE; CAPTIVE SELECTION & SLAUGHTER TO RESUME AT ~ 2 PM PT TODAY

January 18, 2014 – TAIJI, Japan — Five separate pods of Bottlenose dolphins totaling more than 250 individuals including juveniles, babies and a priceless albino calf and its mom were driven into Taiji’s infamous killing cove on Thursday and held overnight. Swimming free just two days ago, they now face a lifetime in captivity in a tiny cell or brutal slaughter.

Yesterday, the members of the pod endured a violent and stressful captive selection process. Taiji dolphin killers and trainers once again worked side-by-side as they wrestled dolphins under their tarps where those deemed “pretty enough” for captivity were chosen. Babies and mothers were torn from each other’s sides as 25 Bottlenose dolphins were taken for captivity.

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Scientists rightfully categorize slaughter of the dolphins inTaiji, Japan as cruelty

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When it’s all said and done, logic matches up nicely with science. And this is the case with a scientific conclusion that the horrible torture that goes on during the killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan is cruel.

The New York Times Dot Earth blog reported Sunday on a peer-reviewed study that suggests the

… killing method does not conform to the recognized requirement for “immediate insensibility” …

Of course this is true. Our common sense, logic and science tells us that the stabbing and cutting of conscious animals inflicts terrible physical and mental suffering.

This so-called hunt should be outlawed immediately. No civilized country or community of any kind could support this sort of animal cruelty.

 

PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic

Video: Dolphins help seal pup find its way

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In this touching video, a group of dolphins find a seal struggling near a shoreline and direct him back out to sea. It appears the seal is giving up until his rescuers arrive.

Yet another of so many confirmed case studies of animals showing compassion for others. It’s something we don’t see in some humans.

Pod of sperm whales adopt a deformed bottlenose dolphin

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A scientist witnessed and photographed a fantastic occurrence back in 2011, one reported on the MailOnline.com website out of the UK.

Over a period of several days, a pod of sperm whales adopted a deformed bottlenose dolphin. The dolphin and the whales rubbed against each other and exchanged acts of affection.

The scientists believe the dolphin was pushed out of his normal social or family group, due to his spinal deformity.

This is incredible and once again shows the level of consciousness and self-awareness in animals, especially those of the higher orders, like whales and dolphins.

 

Back at it after battling a really bad cold

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After a few days of hacking and coughing and blowing my nose way too often, the pack of Grady rescue dogs is glad I’m not waking them up from naps quite so much today.

So what’s been going on during my sick leave?

Arizona Senate votes 28-2 to end greyhound racing: GREY2K USA is cheering a 28-2 Arizona State Senate vote today to end greyhound racing at Tucson Greyh0und Park.

Possible signs of ritualistic animal sacrifice found in home: NBC 10 Philadelphia reports a dog’s head was found in  a freezer in a Chester County, Pa. home, along with three dog skulls.

Declaration of dolphin rights: The Daily Mail out of the UK ran a story today about a “coalition of scientists, philosophers and animal welfare groups have come up with a declaration of dolphin rights.”

And the following statements from the article are great:

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Philosopher Thomas White said: ‘Scientific evidence is now strong enough to support the claim that dolphins are, like humans, self-aware, intelligent beings with emotions and personalities.

‘Accordingly, dolphins should be regarded as “non-human persons” and valued as individuals. From an ethical perspective, the injury, deaths and captivity of dolphins are wrong.’

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