Recently the Washington Post described the life and death of a 100 year old Aldabra tortoise at the National Zoo who had spent nearly a lifetime as an ambassador for tortoises, teaching visitors from around the world about this amazing species.  This reminded me of how impactful zoological gardens are to their visitors, providing education

The lawsuit filed against SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Inc. (SeaWorld) in the Northern District of California, styled Marc Anderson, et al. v. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Inc. has been ongoing since May 14, 2015.

The Court recently ruled on SeaWorld’s Motion for Summary Judgment, which it granted in part and denied in part. 

S1093 and A1923, the latest versions of Nosey’s law, a bill that originally would have prohibited the use of elephants in traveling animal acts, has now expanded its reach to “prohibit the use of [all] wild or exotic animal traveling animal acts.”

Why is this a concern?  There are many legitimate animal exhibitions that

The Vancouver Aquarium filed suit against documentary filmmakers for alleged copyright infringement and breach of contract regarding at least some portions of a video entitled Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, which purportedly exposes “the truth about whales and dolphins in captivity” at the Aquarium. In “Oral Reasons for Judgment” the Honorable Madam Justice Watchuk described the

The Plaintiffs who sued SeaWorld “alleging misrepresentations about its treatment of orcas” will have survived SeaWorld’s motion to dismiss if they cure the defects the Court identified in the Order Granting, In Part, And Denying, In Part, Motion To Dismiss, With Leave To Amend And Setting Case Management Conference, entered August 1, 2016.

Plaintiffs assert[ed]

In a stunning announcement, SeaWorld’s President & CEO Joel Manby and the Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle, told TV viewers this morning that they had aligned in an effort to help rescue injured and threatened marine mammals in the wild and as part of their partnership, SeaWorld would end its captive

Laws governing animal ownership are swiftly changing across the country, affecting owners of all types of animals.  A proposed bill in Wisconsin, AB333. would change the laws relating to the possession of certain wild animals.

The captive wildlife law authorizes a city, village, town, or county to enact an ordinance that prohibits the possession of

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed another petition for a writ of habeas corpus (available of NhRP’s website) to:

a) require Respondents to justify their detention of a chimpanzee named Tommy,

b) order Tommy’s immediate discharge, and

c) order Tommy’s transfer to an appropriate primate sanctuary, which the NhRP suggests is