Animal Cruelty Hall Of Shame
(ANIMAL CRUELTY) Cruelty to animals comes in many forms—from imprisoning wildlife, sport hunting, factory farming, or using fur products as a fashion accessory. Too many rich companies and individuals think they can get away with killing or exploiting animals without any ramifications. What to do with these cretins? Put them in an Animal Cruelty Hall Of Shame! In the past few years, we've encountered and written about some truly heinous characters. But to end up in our ‘Hall of Shame’ you have to have a combination of egotistical pride, general cluelessness, entitled greed, and a complete lack of empathy. We hope mass exposure of these people's actions will help put an end to their reprehensible treatment of animals. Or maybe activate a sense of shame in them, although because its often about money or publicity, they probably won’t be stopped without pressure—your pressure. Here's a list of the 10 worst offenders. Spread the word! — Global Animal
Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Southern Fried ‘Chicken’
(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) Fried chicken is a Southern staple and a fast food favorite with chains like Kentucky Fried Chicken. But you can satisfy your cravings for the dish without harming any chickens by making a meatless version. Some meatless chicken contains milk or eggs, including brands like Morningstar. This homemade recipe will help ensure your fried chicken is vegan and delicious. Serve it tonight with some traditional Southern sides like collard greens, mashed potatoes, or corn fritters. — Global Animal
Beyoncé & Jay Z’s Vegan Diet?
(VEGAN CELEBRITIES/VEGAN DIETS) Jay-Z has a lot on his plate these days—especially veggies. Not only is he leading the pack in Grammy nominations, but he and his wife Beyoncé are also the latest celebrities to go vegan—at least until Christmas. Before receiving his nine Grammy nods—including "Part II (On the Run)" featuring Beyoncé—the music mogul and the "Single Ladies" songstress began a 22-day "spiritual and physical cleanse" that ends on Christmas Day. — Global Animal
The Beauty In Growing Old (GALLERY)
(PETS/FARM ANIMALS/ANIMAL PICTURES) After spending a year caring for her mother who suffers from dementia, photographer Isa Leshko decided to confront her own mortality and fears of old age by photographing elderly animals. Leshko's pictures are reminders of the dignity and beauty that accompany growing old. The humbling photographs inspire empathy towards farm animals who, as the artist explains, rarely get a chance at a "full natural lifespan" and typically "experience brutality and death early in their lives." Take a look at Leshko's compilation in the gallery below and read on to learn more about her project. — Global Animal
Do Dogs Help Us Live Longer?
(PETS/DOGS) Can having a dog really improve your health? Research shows having a dog or two can actually increase your life expectancy. There are a number of tangible health benefits that come with having a dog, HuffPost Live reports, including decreasing depression, lowering cholesterol, and alerting to hypoglycemia. Whether you're considering getting a new puppy or senior pet, know that doing so will not only improve your happiness, but it will also improve your health. Check out our pet adoption database to find the perfect match for you. Read on and visit the link below for more information on the positive aspects of having a pet. — Global Animal
Book Review: “Dogs With Old Man Faces”
(DOGS/BOOK REVIEW) Tom Cohen, the Executive Producer, Director, and Head Writer of the hit show Cash Cab on the Discovery Channel, is also the author of a new picture book Dogs with Old Man Faces: Portraits of Crotchety Canines. This hilarious book of photography features pictures of senior dogs paired with amusing captions like, "Sherman goes on senior singles cruises" and "Harry didn't want to be in this book but his wife said, 'Come on, Harry, try something new for once.'" This book is the perfect homage to our old, furry, lovable friends. — Global Animal
Does Your Dog Really Like You?
(DOGS/PETS/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR) We all know Charlie Brown and Snoopy shared an unbreakable bond, but a new study from Applied Animal Behaviour Science will be difficult for dog lovers to hear. The study titled “I like my dog, does my dog like me?” argues that our beloved puppies don’t necessarily love us as much as we love them. Continue reading below to find out how dogs actually form more complicated relationships than we once thought. — Global Animal
The Well-Intentioned Eater: Apps For The Holiday
(MEATLESS HOLIDAYS/VEGETARIAN-VEGAN RECIPES) Well, I made it through my first turkey-free Thanksgiving and survived. More than survived, it was delicious. I had all of my Thanksgiving favorites—stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes—and didn’t miss the turkey one bit. This got me thinking. With Hanukkah upon us and Christmas only a few weeks away, we have lots of parties and family gatherings coming up. Is it possible to stay healthy and meat-less throughout the holiday season? Thankfully, with so many healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes out there, the answer is YES!
Koalas’ Weird Extra Organ
(ANIMAL SCIENCE/WILDLIFE) AUSTRALIA — Koala bears are best known for their nocturnal habits—hence the countless adorable photos of these sleeping cuddly creatures. However, we rarely hear about their deep, frog-like voices. Koalas, especially the males, bellow in low baritone keys during mating season. The deep sound is inconsistent with their small size, which would normally suggest a high-pitched noise. As it turns out, this attribute is the result of an extra organ located just outside the larynx. Read the LiveScience article below for more details on the discovery. — Global Animal
A Happy Alternative To Spaying And Neutering?
(PETS/PET CARE) Although the Humane Society and other organizations have taught pet parents the benefits of spaying and neutering their cats and dogs, a small percentage of guardians have second thoughts about putting their pets through surgery. But skeptic parents are being offered an alternative called Zeuterin, an uninvasive drug used to sterilize male dogs without requiring surgery. Even though the drug is available, many veterinarians still prefer traditional surgery. Read on for more on the future of spaying and neutering pets. — Global Animal