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.

Go to: https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=911

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.

Go to: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201111/s3373429.htm

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.

Go to: http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/11/22/court-rejects-efforts-to-strip-beluga-whale-protections/

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.

Go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3911651.stm

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.

Go to: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-26/justice/justice_killer-whale-lawsuit_1_killer-whales-orcinus-sea-world-trainers?_s=PM:JUSTICE

Gift giving is one of the most exciting things we do as humans, but also one of the most stressful isn’t it?  As an example, think back to your first Christmas as a married couple-there was a lot of pressure wasn’t there?

One pretty easy gift to give is a wine gift.  It can take a number of formats, from a single bottle of wine, a wine club membership over a number of months or even a wine gift basket.  If you’re going to send wine gift though, you have to worry about both the quality as well as the presentation.  After all, if the gift shows up in a box which Fedex has partially destroyed and the label of the wine is basically ruined-it stands to reason that the person opening the box might not be nearly as excited about the gift, don’t you think?

Just as high end retailers offer high quality wrapping around Christmas, take an extra few minutes and even use part of your budget for a good wrapping job with your next wine gift and you’ll probably be thrilled with the results!

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When we first started talking about doing a gift basket guide, I didn’t want to follow through.  Frankly, the topic is way too big to be manageable.

I decided, I would try and get some information out there about a sub market of gift baskets, specifically wine gift baskets.

One reason I think wine works well in gift basket offerings is that it pairs incredibly well with food.  Specifically a great wine red can pair well with steak (obviously) as well as nuts and other delicacies.

One of the most important aspects to selecting a wine gift basket, in my estimation, is to find a gift basket which is centered around quality wines which are not freely available in your local market.

Personally speaking I hate paying for shipping, so seeing a bottle of wine that I paid $8, or more, for shipping sitting on a grocery store shelf doesn’t work for me.

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