Dogs Eating Whale Meat and People Moisturizing with Shark Oil

Written by on May 28, 2013 in Marine Life

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‘Death By a Thousand Cuts’: Coal Boom Could Destroy Great Barrier Reef

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.

Endangered Whales Sold As Dogs Snacks

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.

Lily Cole to reveal the ugly truth behind luxury beauty: Model exposes cosmetics industry’s cruel use of SHARK liver

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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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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