Recent Study Shows Some Marine Mammals Live Longer in Zoos than in the Wild

On October 18, 2023 an interesting study appeared in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B:  Biological Sciences entitled  Survival improvements of marine mammals in zoological institutions mirror historical advances in human longevity The study, conducted by a 41-author team, led by Species360 and Dr. Morgane Tidiere of the University of Southern Denmark, noted that there is an “intense public debate” over marine mammals held in captivity based on “the assumption that survival in zoological institutions remains lower than the wild.”  However, the study’s findings “contradict arguments of poor or lower survival in zoological institutions than in natural habitats.” Continue reading “Recent Study Shows Some Marine Mammals Live Longer in Zoos than in the Wild”

PETA Strikes Out Again in Eleventh Circuit

by John M. Simpson.

A petition for rehearing filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was recently denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in an Endangered Species Act (ESA) case involving a killer whale (Orcinus orca) maintained by the Miami Seaquarium.  The denial left standing a significant ruling by the court under the ESA.  PETA v. Miami Seaquarium, 879 F.3d 1142 (11th Cir. 2018).  Continue reading “PETA Strikes Out Again in Eleventh Circuit”

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