Here are the top 15 animal rights stories of 2015!
From SeaWorld experiencing massive losses in profit and attendance to Hawaii banning all exotic animals from performing, 2015 has been an immensely progressive and satisfying year for animal rights activists.
Of course, there’s still progress to be made, but the following 15 stories should give you hope that if enough people come together and peacefully collaborate, positive change will ensue.
Here are the top 15 animal rights stories (in no particular area) of 2015:
A landmark decision by the Kiwis sets a precedent that other countries should follow.
It is now illegal for wild animals, such as lions, bears, elephants, and giraffes, to be used in circuses in the Netherlands!
Here’s why recent spotting of a 103-year-old orca, named “Granny,” is bad news for SeaWorld.
Hawaii is set to become the first U.S. state to ban the use of bears, elephants, big cats, and other exotic wild animals for entertainment purposes.
For the past few years, SeaWorld has been under heavy scrutiny, due to criticism from animal rights activist who say that they mistreat the whales and dolphins that they have in captivity. In August, the company announced an 84% decrease in sales as “continued brand challenges” steer customers away from the park.
In an effort to be the change he wishes to see in the world, comedian John Stewart, after stepping down as host of “The Daily Show,” has started a sanctuary for abused factory farm animals called Bufflehead Farm.
The biodiverse nation intends to shut down both of its zoos and release all captive animals.
Anita Krajnc is being criminally charged for giving water to exhausted pigs during a scorching day in June this year.
History was made last Tuesday when two chimps were recognized as non-human “persons” in a court case.
Newly developed technology will determine the sex of each fertilized egg before the chick inside develops – enabling the removal of all male-identified eggs from the hatchery. This will eliminate the industry’s need to heartlessly grind male chicks once hatched.
This ruling sets a precedent for all future cases, and could mean the end of captivity.
Thirteen Asian elephants will continue to tour with the company before retiring to Ringling’s Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida by 2018.
After receiving immense pressure from animal rights activists to cease animal testing, the University of Oklahoma plans to phase out baboon research by 2019.
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