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Today’s news: no ban on animal abuse footage and Ed Asner talks about bears with Stephen Colbert

May 11, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Florida bill prohibiting photographing farms is dead. As we recently reported, a bunch of states are looking to ban videos and photography on farms. Rather than clean up their acts and treat animals humanely, members of the agribusiness industry wanted to ban videos exposing abuse. Well now Florida lawmakers have ended their legislative session without passing such a bill, rendering it dead. This means people will continue to be able to go undercover and film animal abuse without legal repercussions. (Humane Society)

You have no idea how scared I was to look for "beavers" in Google Images.

2. Beaver dam lessens impact of oil spill in Canada. The worst oil spill in Canada in 35 years has contaminated wetlands but could have been much worse if it wasn’t for a beaver dam. The dam helped contain some of the oil from traveling even farther and causing more damage. Unfortunately, the beavers didn’t survive the spill. Can we please stop letting this happen? (Monga Bay)

3. “Water for Elephants” trainer accused of animal abuse. The recently released “Water for Elephants” might be a little too realistic for some concerned animal lovers. The movie, which tells the tale of an abused circus elephant, is coming under fire for – you guessed it, abusing a performance elephant. Animal Defenders International has released a tape where they claim the star of the movie is being beaten with metal hooks. (

4. Seagrass species found to be incredibly vulnerable. A new study shows that 1/3 of the world’s seagrass is in decline – threatening critical marine habitats that depend on the grass for survival. 10 species are near extinction. The seagrass forms vast meadows in shallow waters along the ocean floor and provides food to a vast variety of species. (Conservation Magazine)

5. Ed Asner talks to Stephen Colbert about bears. Stephen Colbert thinks that bears are one of the number one threats facing America. (He thinks a lot of things are threats to America). Now, Ed Asner is trying to get him on board to save bears. Check out the video.


One Comment leave one →
  1. May 11, 2011 9:16 pm

    Love the Ed Asner video! Although, all I could picture was Mr. Frederickson. 🙂

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