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Notorious Canadian Theme Park Is a Death Trap for Animals | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

Death show: An orca trapped at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Canada, just after performing in the “Splash Show,” in 2006. These highly intelligent and emotional animals travel vast distances in the wild and suffer physically and mentally in captivity. Only a few wild-caught orcas have lived past age 30. In the wild, they can live up to 80 years. From orcas to beluga whales to walruses, Marineland has lost numerous animals over the last several years, galvanizing animal rights activists who want the park’s animals released to sanctuaries. (Photo credit: Robin Dawes/Flickr)

Care2: Marineland, in Niagara Falls, Canada, is notorious for its almost constant animal deaths. From beluga whales to walruses, the attraction has lost numerous animals over the last several years. The park recently announced that they were closing their newly reopened deer park after a tragic accident caused the death of two of their herbivores. Weeks before the deer deaths, Apollo, an 18-year-old walrus, died of a heart attack. Apollo is the second walrus to die this year at the park and the tally is sure to rise. In fact, over their six decades of operation, the park has seen the deaths of at least 17 orca whales, 25 beluga whales, and an estimated 22 dolphins.
>>>Demand that Marineland send their caged animals to reputable sanctuaries.

The Action Network: The Williams NESE fracked gas pipeline would endanger local communities and the environment, while further locking New York state into dependence on fossil fuels at a time when it is critical to shift as quickly as possible to 100 percent renewable energy. In addition, construction of the NESE pipeline would have major negative impacts to wildlife habitats due to the destruction of shellfish beds that lay in its path.
>>>Tell the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to deny Williams’ application to construct the dangerous NESE pipeline.

Compassion Over Killing: An investigation has exposed egregious animal abuse and the devastating effects of rapid growth of birds in Tyson Foods’ supply chain. Tyson has still failed to address a major source of suffering in the hundreds of millions of birds it breeds every year: These birds have been genetically manipulated to grow so unnaturally large, so quickly, that they can suffer heart attacks and their fragile legs often collapse under their own morbidly obese bodies—all before they’re just two months old. Now the nation’s biggest poultry company has joined forces with Plug and Play to connect startup companies into its supply chain in its hometown in Arkansas.
>>>Urge Plug and Play’s Global Director of Food & Beverage, Brian Tetrud, to tell Tyson to stop crippling birds with rapid growth.

Consumer Reports: The overuse of antibiotics in food animals is a major contributor to the development of antibiotic-resistant infections in people—23,000 die each year. Ending the routine use of antibiotics in healthy animals is critical to the nation’s health—animals should only get these drugs when they are sick. McDonald’s has already committed to reducing antibiotics in its beef supply. If Wendy’s, the third-largest burger chain in the U.S., does the same, it will become a leader in the fast-food industry when it comes to this important global health issue.
>>>Urge Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor to commit to reducing the use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply.

Cause for concern…

Mother Nature weeps: An endangered Siberian tiger photographed in the wild at Bastak Nature Reserve in Russia. Less than 4,000 individuals remain in the world. A landmark new report issued by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warms that nature is declining globally at rates never before seen in human history, with at least 1 million species are now threatened with extinction. Moreover, the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with serious impacts for people around the world. “The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” (Photo credit: Bastak Nature Preserve/Wikimedia Commons)

Round of applause…

Enough is enough: At the recent Nature Champions Summit in Canada, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) signed onto the Oceans Plastics Charter, a landmark agreement meant to end the mismanagement of plastic waste. The plan represents a worldwide commitment at the highest levels of government to reconsider our relationship with plastics and shift economies to zero plastic waste. Signatories, including more than 20 countries and over 50 businesses and organizations across the globe, agree to “resolve to take a lifecycle approach to plastics stewardship on land and at sea, which aims to avoid unnecessary use of plastics and prevent waste, and to ensure that plastics are designed for recovery, reuse, recycling and end-of-life management to prevent waste through various policy measures.” (Photo credit: Krizjohn Rosales/Pexels)

Parting thought…

“We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” —Margaret Mead