Stop the Bloody Whale Slaughter on the Faroe Islands

On a group of islands just north of Europe, the traditional bloody whale and dolphin slaughter takes place every year. The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark, where whaling is banned, but they have laws that are independent of Denmark's laws, so they are allowed to continue with this mass execution. Year after year, thousands of pilot whales, beaked whales and dolphins are chased into the bay by boats, where they are slaughtered.

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Whale tourists need realistic expectations

Tourists who visit Tonga's northern Vava'u island to swim with whales need to have realistic expectations about what will happen.

That's according to underwater photographer Tony Wu, who visits the island regularly to document the way humpback whales use the area to breed.

He says he managed to count 48 whale calves born in Port of Refuge harbour this last season, which is a lot.

But Mr Wu says the Tongan whale watching industry needs to make sure not to promise tourists that the whales will come close to them or touch them.

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Court rejects efforts to strip beluga whale protections

A federal judge this week rejected an attempt by Alaska to strip Cook Inlet beluga whales of Endangered Species Act protections. Last spring, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated critical habitat for the whales despite state’s lawsuit.

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End comes closer for whaling ban

The opponents of whaling fear a return to commercial hunting is virtually inevitable within the next few years.

Conservation groups at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission believe the 1986 whaling moratorium cannot last much longer.

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PETA lawsuit alleges SeaWorld enslaves killer whales

Can killer whales sue SeaWorld for enslavement?

A lawsuit filed Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other "next friends" of five SeaWorld killer whales takes that novel legal approach.

The 20-page complaint asks the U.S. District Court in Southern California to declare that the five whales -- Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises -- are being held in slavery or involuntary servitude in violation of the 13th Amendment.

A PETA statement said the lawsuit is the first of its kind in contending that constitutional protections against slavery are not limited to humans.

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There are many different types of refrigerators available in the marketplace for residential consumers.  This guide will provide a brief rundown on the different styles available.

The most well known style of refrigerator is the traditional top freezer model.  These place the freezer unit over the refrigerator unit, and are amongst the cheapest of styles that can be purchased.

In a similar vein, bottom mount freezers have a similar shape but the refrigerator is on top.  Refrigerator reviews state these models are slightly more energy efficient, but they also tend to cost a little more.

Side by side refrigerators are probably the most popular model today.  They are generally not cheap, but usually include nice features such as built-in ice makers, and filtered water dispensers – these advanced feature sets account for a lot of their appeal.

French Door refrigerators are a relatively new phenomemeon.  These stylish models are a combination of side by side and bottom mount freezer units – they will usually have three, or sometimes even four doors.  These various compartments do drive up their prices however, and they are amongst the most expensive refrigerator offerings out there.

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