Author Archive | Alisa Manzelli

A dog wears a marijuana sticker at the ''Smokey Bears Picnic'', a pro-marijuana gathering in Portsmouth on the South coast of England. The gathering was to raise awareness for the decriminalisation of marijuana in the UK. Photo Credit: Sion Touhig via Getty Images

Pets On Pot: Does Medical Marijuana Help Or Hurt Pets?

(PET HEALTH/PETS) The legalization of marijuana has been a controversial topic for several years now. While many can attest to the healing properties of medical marijuana, others believe it is too dangerous to use as it lacks FDA-approval. But with medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, many are beginning to ask whether it’s safe […]

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A new ad released by the Humane Society Legislative Fund warns that a Donald Trump presidency “would be a threat to animals everywhere.” Photo Credit: Humane Society Legislative Fund

Humane Society: “Trump Presidency Would Be A Threat To Animals Everywhere”

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL POLITICS) Eliciting the most one-sided assortment of newspaper endorsements in history, the 2016 presidential election has been a particularly polarizing one. Editors of major news publications are breaking decades-long party loyalties by endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. And while some traditionally Republican-sided papers have switched teams in this election–perhaps even for the first […]

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olly, Willow, Vulcan, Candy—and The Queen. Read more about the exclusive Annie Leibovitz portrait honoring the Queen on her 90th birthday  Photo Credit: Vanity Fair

‘Cheerio’ To One Of The Queen’s Last Royal Corgis

(FAMOUS DOGS/ROYAL CORGIS) Queen Elizabeth II is in mourning following the recent death of one of her beloved corgis. Holly, the 13-year-old prestigious pup, was one of the two remaining Welsh corgis in the Royal family. The dignified dog had to be put down after suffering from an illness, and was buried last week in […]

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Elephant rides

TripAdvisor Tells Animal Attractions To Hit The Road

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL TOURISM) This week, one of the world’s leading travel review and booking websites,, announced they will discontinue sales for hundreds of attractions where travelers are able to interact with animals in captivity. This includes cruel animal attractions like elephant rides, swimming with dolphins, and petting endangered species such as tigers. The move […]

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Pups Prescriped To Ease Post-NFL Pain

(SERVICE DOGS/THERAPY ANIMALS) More than 40 percent of retired NFL players suffer from brain injuries likely caused by repeated head traumas. And while conversations surrounding NFL player safety have surfaced in recent years, discourse is beginning to focus more and more on treatment and recovery options for retired players, military veterans, and those alike. Niklaus, […]

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A Montreal by-law prohibiting pit bull adoption is on hold until a new hearing can take place. Photo Credit: Robie Price via Getty Images

Victory For Montreal’s Pit Bulls!

(ANIMAL NEWS/PIT BULLS) Just two days after going into effect, Montreal’s pit bull ban is suspended indefinitely. The proposed ban–affecting an estimated 7,000 dogs throughout the city–prohibits people from adopting “pit bull type dogs,” and would require existing pit bull parents to undergo a criminal background check, muzzle their dogs when outdoors, and obtain a […]

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World Animal Day celebrations animal rights and welfare internationally. Photo Credit: NEAVS

Why Every Day Needs To Be World Animal Day

(ANIMAL NEWS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Today, October 4 is World Animal Day! Founded in 1925 by German writer Heinrich Zimmermann, the international day of action for animal rights and welfare appropriately takes place on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. In many parts of the world, animals are still seen […]

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A pit bull dog named OJ wears sunglasses as he stands on The Embarcadero with his owner in San Francisco, California March 16, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4TLU6

Are Chihuahuas More Aggressive Than Pit Bulls?

(PIT BULLS/DOGS) While many stereotype pit bulls as dangerous and aggressive, a new study proves that in many situations, the nation’s most feared dog is actually just as docile as other dog breeds. In fact, the research shows out of the 35 most common dog breeds, Chihuahuas are actually the most aggressive. But even so, […]

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Black bears, like the one pictured above, are extremely intelligent animals

Brave Man Saves 400-Pound Bear From Drowning (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL PICTURES) In this daring rescue story, Adam Warwick, a biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), saves a nearly 400-pound black bear from drowning. The bear had wandered far away from his home in the Osceola National Forest, and was seen roaming around a residential neighborhood in search of food. Wildlife […]

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How One Dog’s Selfie Almost Cost Him His Home

(PIT BULLS/BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION) Diggy the dog took the Internet by storm with a selfie that went viral in June. But his fame almost cost him his new home after the Waterford Township police saw the photo. Unfortunately for Diggy and his new family, they had violated the township’s ban on pit bulls and were […]

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So let's all think twice before judging this entire breed. Photo Credit: Tumblr

26 Pictures That Show What Pit Bulls Are Really Like (GALLERY)

(PIT BULLS/DOG PICTURES) With many municipalities across the globe calling on breed-specific legislation and “dangerous dog laws,” pit bulls have become a hot topic of debate lately. While some regard these dogs as dangerous killers who should be banned outright, others view them as misunderstood victims of breed discrimination. Support for these laws is based […]

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The trained dogs sit around the MRI scanner as they listen to their trainer. Photo Credit: CNN

Does Your Dog Really Know What You’re Saying?

(DOGS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Haven’t you ever wondered if man’s best friend actually knows what you’re saying? According to a new study, Fido may be smarter than you think! Similarly to humans, dogs use the left side of their brain to process language, but they use the right side of their brain to process intonation. So apparently […]

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