Demonstrators at a rally in Tokyo on August 31 protest against the start of Japan's annual dolphin hunt in Taiji.
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October 17, 2013 The site of an infamous yearly dolphin hunt in Japan may also soon become the site of a marine park where tourists could swim with dolphins and small whales. The catch? Money generated by the park would help support the annual cetacean slaughter. Commentator Barbara J. King calls the proposed park indefensible.
An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key in Marathon, Fla., in July.
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August 17, 2013 Some 160 animals have been found dead from New York to Virginia since July, and scientists say one possible cause is a virus that belongs to the same family as measles and distemper.
June 20, 2013 Dolphin intelligence makes these creatures a source of endless fascination for humans. But Barbara King argues that it is their emotional complexity that most tightly binds them to us. This emotional tie demands that we treat dolphins with respect and dignity.
An elephant at the Emmen, Netherlands, zoo stands at the edge of a ditch in 2009, a day after another elephant fell into the ditch and died.
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April 11, 2013 When animals die, their close relatives and friends may be plunged into mourning. Commentator Barbara J. King writes about animal grief in her new book, citing examples seen in animals large and small. She finds solace in the knowledge that humans are not the only animals who feel loss.
Nari, a dolphin bitten by a shark in February 2009, was almost completely healed one month later.
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July 25, 2011 A researcher hopes that learning how dolphins resist infection and use stem cells to rebuild tissue will provide some insight into how to help injured humans.
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