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It is said that dog is a man’s best friend. The fact might actually be true. The University of Sao Paulo, Brazil conducted an experiment on them to find out whether the dogs could assess the emotional content of human voices. 

17 dogs took part in the experiment. Pairs of photos of someone looking happy or sad were shown before them. In addition to the photos, the person’s voice speaking in a cheerful or angry tone were also played.

Research revealed that the dogs spent more time looking at the facial expression that matched the tone of voice. This means that canines are actually capable of matching a person’s facial expressions with his voice.

Researchers say this might be an inherent capability domesticated in canines, which can go as far back as 30,000 years!

Now we can undoubtedly believe people who say they feel a connection with their dogs who react to their emotions on a daily basis.

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IWC Shuts Down A Proposal To Create A Sanctuary For South Atlantic Whales

The issue has fractured the IWC for decades and there appears to be no room for compromise on either side.

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An effort to create a safe haven for whales in the South Atlantic was defeated Tuesday at the meeting of the (IWC) in Brazil.

The proposal, which was introduced by Brazil in 2001, received support from 39 countries but was opposed by 25, denying it the three-quarters’ majority it needed to pass.

Environmental organizations and conservationists had argued that the sanctuary would not only keep the mammoth mammals safe from hunting, but also protect them from getting entangled in fishing gear or being struck by ships.

But pro-whaling nations, led by Japan, argued there was no need for the sanctuary because no countries were conducting commercial whale hunting in the South Atlantic.

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Brazilian Environmental Minister Edson Duarte vowed to push to get the proposal passed at future meetings of the IWC.

“We will work in other meetings of this commission this year to ensure that the sanctuary will finally be created,” Duarte said.

Pro-whaling nations, including Japan, Iceland and Norway, are pushing for resumption of sustainable hunting of whales and are unlikely to allow for the creation of a sanctuary unless their demand is met.

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The proposal, which was introduced by Brazil in 2001, received support from 39 countries but was opposed by 25.

 

Japan, which has pushed for an amendment to the ban for years, accuses the IWC of siding with anti-whaling nations rather than trying to reach a compromise between conservationists and whalers.

 

Also Read: Asia’s Increase In Consumption of Meat to Cause Environmental Problems: Researchers

The issue has fractured the IWC for decades and there appears to be no room for compromise on either side.

The conference ends Sept. 14. (VOA)

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