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Author Archive | Alisa Manzelli

Photographer Shows Compawssion For The Underdog

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/RESCUE DOGS) According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 to 7 million pets enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized—that’s one every six and a half seconds. In addition, millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before their untimely death. However, many are fighting to change these statistics. One is photographer Frank Bruynbroek, who dedicated 15 years of his life into the creation of Compawssion: Portraits of Rescued Dogs. The touching collection of black and white, film portraits of rescued dogs shows audiences what it means to be a dog who has been abandoned and then rescued. — Global Animal

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Unlikely Animal Friends: A Lion, Tiger, And Bear! Oh My!

(ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP) At Noah’s Ark, a wild-animal rescue center in Georgia, an unlikely trio consisting of an American black bear named Baloo, Leo the lion, and a Bengal tiger named Shere Kahn have become the best of friends. The three animals—collectively known as the “BLT”—were rescued as cubs nearly 12 years ago from an abusive home and have been inseparable ever since. Continue reading and watch the heartwarming video to learn more about this unlikely friendship. — Global Animal

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Marijuana Munchies Not For Mutts?

(DOGS/PET HEALTH) WASHINGTON — Given the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado, veterinarians are witnessing an increase in the number of pooch patients requiring treatment for THC exposure. Over the last year, Washington clinics like the Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital in Tacoma have begun to see as many as 30 dogs per month who arrive dangerously high. — Global Animal

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No Guinness For Vegans This St. Patrick’s Day

(VEGAN/ST. PATRICK’S DAY) Bad news for stout-loving vegans far and wide: Guinness is off limits this St. Patrick’s Day. While swim bladders (or isinglass) help a fish swim and remain buoyant in water, they are also used by brewers as a filter to clear particles out of their beer. Isinglass doesn’t appear on the famed beer’s list of ingredients, but it has been a part of Guinness’ brewing process since the 1800s.  Read on to learn more about this secret ingredient as well as other beer filtration alternatives. — Global Animal

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The BUAV Our Best Friends Campaign wants to end testing of cats and dogs. (ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL TESTING)

Countless Puppies & Kittens Suffering At UK Lab

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL CRUELTY) The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) recently released footage revealing horrifying experimentation on puppies and kittens at a UK lab. The eight month undercover investigation at MSD Animal Health revealed animals as young as four weeks being used for vaccine research. During the eight months, a shocking total of 92 beagle puppies, 10 adult nursing female beagles, at least 15 kittens, and an unknown number of rabbits, calves, and chickens were killed at the research facility. Read the full article below for more details on the investigation and sign the petition requesting MSD Animal Health stop the testing and killing of puppies, kittens, and other young animals. — Global Animal

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Expel South Korea’s Cruel Monkey School

(ANIMAL ABUSE/MONKEYS) Animal Defenders International (ADI) released an undercover investigation revealing appalling conditions at “Monkey School,” a cruel South Korean attraction that forces monkeys to perform in shows. ADI’s findings include horrific animal abuse and neglect, including the discovery of a monkey dead in his/her cage, having received no medical treatment. While South Korea’s animal protection laws are limited, Congresswoman Hanna Chang proposed a Zoo Act that would prohibit circus-like animal performances and establish animal welfare standards. Read below for more on ADI’s investigation and sign the petition urging Members of the Environmental Committee of the Korean Government to protect captive animals in Korea by passing the Zoo Act. — Global Animal

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Horrific Abuse Exposed At Cruel Monkey Farm

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL WELFARE) Animal Defenders International (ADI) recently exposed horrific animal abuse at Biodia, a large-scale monkey farm on the African island of Mauritius. Mauritius is the second largest monkey supplier to the U.S., with monkey imports rising to nearly 20,000. What’s more, ADI also revealed that the farm’s U.S. trading partner Prelabs plans to set up the first Mauritius monkey breeding colony in the U.S. Continue reading for more on ADI’s findings and see how you can take action. — Global Animal

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