The Obama administration's decision to allow energy companies to conduct sonic testing along the East Coast renews the fierce debate pitting protection of marine life against the goal of energy security.
SeaWorld San Diego has 10 killer whales. But a California bill, supported by animal rights activists, would force SeaWorld to move the killer whales to a sea pen, stop breeding, and end the importing and exporting of the creatures.
The International Court of Justice, the main judicial organ of the United Nations, ordered Japan to temporary hold whaling activities in the Antarctic. The order comes after Australia filed a lawsuit questioning the 'scientific' nature of Japan's whaling program.