In a show of solidarity with man's best friend, football star Tyrann Mathieu climbed into a car to find out what it's like for dogs when someone leaves them in locked inside for an extended period of time. What he found out is nothing short of stroke inducing.
The 2013 documentary "Blackfish" shined a light on the cruelty that orcas face in captivity and created a sea change in the public's perception of SeaWorld and other marine life parks.
This "Blackfish" backlash nearly deep-sixed SeaWorld and led Canada to pass a law that bans oceanariums from breeding whales and dolphins or holding them in captivity. Animals currently being held in Canada's marine parks are allowed to remain as well as those taken in for rehabilitation.
Podcaster and MMA announcer Joe Rogan saluted Canada's decision on a recent episode.
"First of all, what assholes are we that we have those goddman things in captivity? A big fucking shout out to Canada because Canada, mostly probably through the noise that my friend Phil Demers has created in trying to get MarineLand shut down, Canada has banned all dolphin and all whale captivity. It's amazing. I hope the United States does it well, I hope it goes worldwide," Rogan told his guest, economist and mathematician Eric Weinstein.
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Currently, there are animal cruelty laws in 50 states as well federal laws that prohibit animal fighting and creating videos that depict animal cruelty. But animals still aren't protected by any far-reaching blanket legislation on a federal level.
What if animals are being tortured across state lines? What if animals are being transported for bestiality? What if animal cruelty occurs on federal property?
That's why Democratic Representative Ted Deutch and Republican Representative Vern Buchanan, both from Florida, have come together to propose bipartisan legislation that broadens the scope of federal jurisdiction through the PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture.
When it comes to business, making a profit is cool. But making a difference? That's even cooler.
In fact, consumers expect it from today's brands. If you sell a really awesome product and make the world a better place, everyone wins!