Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in danger and time is running out. The GBR became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981 but now UNESCO is threatening to add the Great Barrier Reef to its list of protected sites that are “in danger.” The Australian government has until 2014 to prove that it “is serious about saving the reef” and if no changes are made, it will be officially classified.
As Iceland begins its latest whale hunting season, environmental and animal activist groups are surprised and upset to learn that meat from endangered fin whales is being used in dog treats. Meat from fin whales killed by the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has been sold in Japan for human consumption since 2008, but now we know it is being used by the Japanese pet food company Michinoku Farms in dog snacks.
The demand for shark fin soup has put sharks in serious danger for many years and now, a new market is increasing the demand for other shark products. It was recently revealed that squalene (oil found in shark livers) is being used in luxury face cream. The process for obtaining squalene is just as bad as finning: the liver is cut from the shark and the carcass is thrown back overboard. British model and animal rights campaigner Lily Cole plans to speak out against the use of squalene in beauty products at a benefit this month.
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