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:
It is now illegal for wild animals, such as lions, bears, elephants, and giraffes, to be used in circuses in the Netherlands!
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.
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.
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- BBC News
- Gaston Lacombe
- Daily Mail
- San Diego Zoo
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