1. freedomforwhales:

    SeaWorld’s days of dodging criticism have come to an end. In the clearest sign yet that the marine park is failing, the company’s stocks dropped by over 30 percent after posting “disappointing” quarterly revenue.

    Supporters of animal welfare were shielded for generations from the dark reality hidden behind SeaWorld’s dazzling orca shows. The park routinely misinformed visitors, and only when people stopped to question those claims did they learn an unsettling truth that has now shifted the public consciousness and made an impact. 

    When the documentary “Blackfish” was released in the summer of 2013, many people who saw it were appalled to discover that SeaWorld’s animals were suffering so profoundly for the purposes of entertainment and profit.

    Since then, other revelations about SeaWorld’s treatment of animals have come to light, including that whales are drugged, forcibly impregnated at too young an age and exhibit clear signs of emotional and physical distress. As awareness spreads, the marine park has tried in vain to counter the mounting bad press — but the backlash has only grown stronger.

    At first, SeaWorld labeled opponents as “radicals,” but slipping profits and falling attendance suggest a broader shift in public opinion.

    “It’s a new world now that the world knows what happens there, and SeaWorld will have to evolve fast to survive,” director of “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos explains. Numerous sponsors have pulled their support and travel operators have dropped SeaWorld from their itineraries.

    Given the growing number of voices calling for change, it seems inevitable now that one day the orcas will be released and the marine park’s tanks will be drained. As John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld trainer featured in “Blackfish” declares, “They’re going to be forced to change, whether they like it or not.”

    This presents SeaWorld with a remarkable opportunity to become a much different type of orca pioneer — by ending captivity for good.  

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  2. antidarkheart:

    Contagious by SmolderBone

    Please do not remove source or credit

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  4. arsgoetia:

    who is she

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  5. fire-lord-frowny:

    mymindhauntsme:

    a-siths-soul:

    I think this pretty much sums up the adventures of those two

    Yep that’s it that’s their entire relationship in one screencap.

    Perfect.

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  6. blackbackedjackal:

    Just for illustrative purposes, here’s a few of the lap dog breeds that have gone extinct over the last hundred years.

    The top two images are of the Mexican Lapdog and the Russian Lapdog. Though the taxidermied specimens shown are juveniles, you can see how insanely small they were (described as being “hamster-sized”). I dunno about you, but considering wolves average around 80-100lbs, I don’t believe dogs were ever meant to be that small. 

    The bottom two are of the Chinese Happa who bears a striking resemblance to certain a modern breed. I can only imagine the health issues that would come with having such a flat-faced creature.

    Finally, here’s an article about the health problems of brachycephalic dog breeds.

     
  7. ghostrickbara:

    makaiwars:

    So it’s my little sisters birthday

    jesus christ pIVI

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  8. coelasquid:

    Pigeons being proud of their ugly babies for you to enjoy.

     
  9. tank-commander:

    Mission Blue Documentary on Netflix

    Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work is available now on Netflix.

    Watch it here.

    Using GIFs for science communication is powerful and awesome!

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  10. select your gender

    sapsac:

    • male
    • female
    • ✔ the sound of one hundred ants vigorously tapdancing in their tiny, tiny little ant shoes

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