Brutal Russian Whale Hunt Exposed: Is This the Next ‘Cove’? (Emily Gertz)

rp_dsc_7079.jpgGayane Petrosyan has spent nearly two years documenting the hunt for wild beluga whales in Russia, as well as their conditions in captivity. Now the Russian journalist and filmmaker hopes to expose the beluga hunt to her nation and the world, much as the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove drew global attention to the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan…

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PETA Study Shows a Staggering Increase in Animal Use in Experiments

A first-of-its-kind study by PETA scientists, published in the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics, has found that the use of animals in experiments has increased by a staggering 73 percent at leading U.S. laboratories in recent years—despite growing public opposition to animal experimentation, mounting evidence that results from animal studies are often not applicable to humans, and the availability of superior non-animal research methods.

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Should research animals be named?

Scientists once shied away from naming research animals, and many of the millions of mice and rats used in U.S. research today go nameless, except for special individuals…. Is this practice good or bad for research? Some scientists worry that names lead to anthropomorphizing and carry associations that could trigger bias—aggressive Ivan might also be seen as more cunning than Freckle. But others argue that animals that are named, and therefore seen as individuals, may be tended more carefully….

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ASPCA & GREY2K USA Release National Report on Greyhound Racing

The eye-opening report includes devastating data on the number of deaths (909) and injuries (11,000) suffered by racing Greyhounds from 2008 to 2014—however, these are just the verifiable, reported figures. Along with Alabama, Florida, which is home to more than half of the nation’s active dog racing tracks, does not require Greyhound injuries to be reported at all.

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