Author Archive | Alisa Manzelli

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Canine Custody: Who Keeps The Dog (Or Cat) After Divorce?

(PETS) Breaking up is never easy, and in these modern times, separations and divorces are becoming even more complicated with the involvement of family pets. While many divorce courts treat pets like property, this traditional approach is beginning to change as many guardians see their beloved pets more like children. Nowadays, courts are more commonly […]

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Two Paws Up For National Puppy Day!

(ANIMAL NEWS/NATIONAL PUPPY DAY) Today is National Puppy Day, and animal shelters across the globe are celebrating by raising awareness about puppy adoption. National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, a pet and home lifestyle expert who also created National Dog Day and National Cat Day. The national holiday is intended to […]

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Severe bleaching last year on the northern Great Barrier Reef affected even the largest and oldest corals, like this slow-growing Porites colony. Photo Credit: Terry Hughes et al./Nature

Is It Too Late For Australia’s Great Barrier Reef?

(ANIMAL NEWS/OCEAN CONSERVATION) The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is in critical danger after huge sections were recently found to be dead due to overheated seawater. Sections spanning hundreds of miles are beginning to bleach, killing off some of the richest and most colorful life in the ocean. Last year was the hottest year ever […]

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Did You Know? The U.S. Government Killed Millions Of Wild Animals Last Year

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL NEWS) After expunging all of its animal welfare data from its website last month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is under fire once again. According to newly released data, the USDA’s Wildlife Services killed more than 2.7 million wild animals in 2016, including coyotes, beavers, prairie dogs, black bears, mountain lions, and […]

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Vince, the 4-year-old rhinoceros killed at a wildlife park west of Paris. Photo Credit: Domaine de Thoiry Zoo, via Associated Press

Poached In Captivity: First Rhino Killed At Zoo

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL CONSERVATION) As the demand for ivory in Southeast Asia continues to grow, poachers will stop at nothing to kill rhinos for their high-priced ivory horns. For instance, on Tuesday–despite the presence of surveillance cameras and five zoological staff members who live on site–poachers broke into the Thoiry Zoological Park outside Paris, France, killing a […]

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Penguins — the animals, not the hockey players — at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh before the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia game on Saturday. Credit Charles Leclaire/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

NHL Ruffles Feathers For Using Real, Live Pittsburgh Penguins

(ANIMAL WELFARE/PENGUINS) The NHL and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are on thin ice after last week’s outdoor Stadium Series game at Heinz Field. During the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Philadelphia Flyers pregame show, real live penguins from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium were brought onto the ice. Footage documents the animals running and […]

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No Happily Ever After Without Fido For California Couple

(MISSING PETS/LOST DOGS) One California couple will stop at nothing to find their beloved dog. Since their Brussels Griffon Theo went missing, Trendee King and James Galley have put everything on hold–including their upcoming wedding–in order to reunite with their lost pooch who escaped from their dog-sitter’s house two weeks ago. The couple has passed […]

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‘Not Good Enough:’ USDA Backpedals Amid Legal Backlash

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL WELFARE) Earlier this month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suddenly removed all animal welfare data from its website. The records document tens of thousands of animal welfare violations at an estimated 9,000 taxpayer-funded research labs, dog breeding operations, zoos, circuses, theme parks like SeaWorld, and other facilities regulated under the Animal […]

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New research suggests pesticides are linked to the recent population decline in honeybees. Photo Credit: Eric Lowenbach, Flickr

On A Wing & A Prairie: City Plans 1,000 Acres To Save Bees

(ANIMAL NEWS/BEES) It’s no secret that bee populations are witnessing a sharp decline–no thanks to humans and the widespread use of bee-killing pesticides. However, the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has a grand plan to save U.S. bees, who play a significant role in our food supply. This spring, the city will seed nearly 200 […]

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Brewery Gives Paw-ternity Leave To New Puppy Parents

(DOGS/PETS) The founders of BrewDog live for two things: people and beer. So it comes as no surprise that the Scottish brewery, with a new location in Ohio, is offering dog-enriched employee benefits, which even include puppy parental leave. More than 1,000 BrewDog employees around the world will now be able to take a week […]

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Rumor Has It! Meet This Year’s Best In Show Winner

(WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW/DOGS) Tuesday night kicked off the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, where more than 2,800 dogs competed to win the grand prize of Best in Show. Rumor, a female German Shepherd who barely lost to a German shorthaired pointer at last year’s show, returned to win her breed […]

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A rhino horn is now worth a whopping £51,000 per kilo. Photo Credit: Emmy Geary/Shutterstock

Could This ‘New Plan’ Save Rhinos From Extinction?

(RHINOS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) With only 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild, scientists agree a new approach is needed to help save the critically endangered species from extinction. No thanks to poachers and habitat destruction, approximately 70 percent of the species’ genetic diversity has been wiped out over the past 200 years, leaving the few remaining […]

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How Trump’s USDA Protects Animal Abusers

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL WELFARE) During last year’s presidential election, the Humane Society Legislative Fund warned Donald Trump would be “a threat to animals everywhere.” Now, just weeks into his presidency, their warning appears to be coming true. On February 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) quietly removed all animal welfare data from its website. This […]

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Famed weather-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2, 2017. Photo Credit:

Groundhog Day 2017: Punxsutawney Phil’s Famed Forecast

(GROUNDHOG DAY/ANIMAL NEWS) Everyone’s favorite weather-predicting marmot, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his burrow this morning and saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. Last year, he predicted an early spring, which wasn’t much of a gamble given forecasters had predicted the same thing for several weeks prior. Believe it or not, 2016 ended […]

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