California bill would ban orca shows, captive breeding
7 Mar 2014 | 7:27 pm
By Dana Feldman SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) - A California lawmaker introduced a bill on Friday to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular "Shamu" shows. The measure was introduced by state Assemblyman Richard Bloom, who told a news conference his interest in the issue was sparked by last year's documentary "Blackfish," dealing with the treatment of killer whales at SeaWorld parks. The film, which SeaWorld has criticized as a misleading, inaccurate piece of animal rights propaganda, explores circumstances leading to the 2010 death of a top SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Brancheau, who was pulled underwater and drowned by an orca she had worked and performed with in Florida.
Two men plead guilty after video shows them harassing Florida manatees
7 Mar 2014 | 4:42 pm
Two men pleaded guilty to harassing an endangered species after a video on Facebook showed them luring manatees to a dock and jumping on them, prosecutors said on Friday. Taylor Blake Martin and Seth Andrew Stephenson, both 22, face up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Orlando. The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act prohibits molesting or disturbing manatees, which are classified as endangered in Florida. According to prosecutors, the video showed Stephenson attracting the manatees with a water hose to a boat dock in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and then Martin jumping on an adult manatee and a calf.
'Watch Dogs' has multiplayer, no dogs
7 Mar 2014 | 10:57 am
Upcoming cyber-vigilante adventure "Watch Dogs" still features a free roam multiplayer, and players can hack billboards with a free mobile app, confirms its Creative Director. Fielding questions on Twitter after Ubisoft announced a May 27 release for the impressive-looking game, Jonathan Morin affirmed that its multiplayer component was still very much in play. The futuristic game of hacking and corporate oppression was first unveiled as a true surprise in 2012, at the end of Ubisoft's Electronic Entertainment Expo stage presentation. Having introduced players to a new protagonist, vigilante hacker Aiden Pearce, and set his exploits against the backdrop of an overly surveilled and sumptuously realized Chicago, the game's Montreal team finally zoomed out into a multiplayer scenario as several players raced around on missions within the dystopian metropolis.
Ubisoft to unleash 'Watch Dogs' video game in May
7 Mar 2014 | 3:09 am
Ubisoft said Thursday that it will unleash hacker-themed video game "Watch Dogs" on May 27 in what could turn a disappointing launch delay into a smart marketing move. Shares in the publicly traded French company took a hit when it announced that "Watch Dogs" would not be released as originally planned in November of last year. In contrast, a May debut for "Watch Dogs" could take place when owners of new-generation PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles released late last year are hungry for fresh games to play. Versions of "Watch Dogs" will be available for current and previous generation PlayStation or Xbox consoles as well as for play on personal computers powered by Windows software.
Cry Havoc (Racism) and Let Slip the Dogs of War
7 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
When seven Democratic senators voted with all of the Republicans to reject Debo Adegbile's nomination to serve as head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, Harry Reid cried racism. Adegbile had been rejected, the majority leader explained, because "he stood for civil rights," and "Republicans have done everything they can, for a number of years now, to stop people from voting ... "
Video: Celebrate Watch Dogs’ May 27th release date with a new trailer
6 Mar 2014 | 8:45 pm
Watch Dogs made a huge splash at E3, promising to be one of the stand-out launch window titles for the new consoles, but to our dismay, the game was delayed until spring just weeks before it was scheduled to release. Months later, Ubisoft is finally ready to share a new release date: May 27th on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. The game is still going to make it to the Wii U as well, but Ubisoft hasn’t set a date quite yet. Along with the date comes a new trailer, delving deeper into the story of Aiden Pearce, the hacker who plans to use the city of Chicago as a weapon against his foes. He looks really angry.
Redwood park closes road to deter burl poachers
5 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.
Animal-Lover Is Appalled By Camouflage Wedding
1 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
DEAR ABBY: My nephew is getting married next year. I was very excited because I love him and I'm a baker. I had planned on making the groom's cake as I did for his brother's and sister's weddings. The problem is, they have decided on a hunting theme for their wedding -- including a camouflage wedding dress for the bride. Abby, I am an animal-rights activist. I'm against any form of hunting. I am also involved with several animal-protection groups. My nephew and his fiancee know how hard I work for animal rights -- just the thought of a hunting theme for a wedding makes me ill. ...
Colored lobster rope could be safer for whales
1 Mar 2014 | 9:59 am
Taking a Page from Eliot Ness to Fight Wildlife Trafficking (Op-Ed)
26 Feb 2014 | 12:12 pm
This piece was originally published on Huffington Post. Poachers are expanding their market opportunities and are now even hacking off elephants' toenails for new "traditional" medicine cures. Raising awareness about the plight of elephants is, without doubt, necessary. It has galvanized Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea, the Vice-Chair of the Clinton Foundation, to mobilize support from presidents of elephant-range states to take concrete action to halt the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.
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