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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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Street Cat Bob Meows To End Cat Cruelty

(ANIMAL TESTING/ACTIVISM) Britain’s most famous feline, a street cat named Bob, and his caretaker James Bowen, the author of best-selling book, A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, are joining forces with the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). With its “Our Best Friends” campaign, the BUAV and the celebrity duo are calling on the UK government to end the use of cats and dogs in experiments. In 2012 alone, over 3,000 dogs and 200 cats were used in experiments in Great Britain—a 6 percent increase for dogs and a shocking 32 percent increase for cats in just one year. Read below for more on Street Cat Bob and the UK’s cruel animal testing methods. Sign the petition to add your voice to their call to end the use of cats and dogs in UK research. — Global Animal

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Just Another Groundhog Day: 2014 Prediction

(ANIMAL NEWS/GROUNDHOG DAY 2014) PENNSYLVANIA — This morning on the 128th annual Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in Gobblers Knob and predicted six more weeks of winter, much to the disappointment of the many hoping for an early spring. Although Phil’s accuracy is up for debate, groundhogs have been predicting the weather in the tiny western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney since 1887. Read on for more details about this year’s event and check out how Phil predicted last year. — Global Animal

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India Cleans Up Dirty Animal Testing Methods

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Last year, India put an end to animal testing for cosmetics, and now they’re on their way to becoming the second country to ban animal testing for household products, such as cleaners and detergents. With much help from PETA India, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) decided to stop skin sensitization tests that involve rubbing harsh chemicals on guinea pigs’ shaved skin, and instead use non-animal testing methods including skin patch tests on humans. PETA is now urging the Indian government to prohibit the sale of all animal-tested products. Continue reading below to learn more about this progressive step forward. — Global Animal

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