Author Archive | Alisa Manzelli

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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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Computer executes quickfire stock trades to take advantage of Trump's Twitter habit of hitting out at individual companies. Photo Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria

How Trump’s Tweets Are Saving Animals

(POLITICS/ANIMAL WELFARE) While President Trump’s environmental policy is practically nonexistent, and his stances on animal welfare issues don’t look very promising–believe it or not–his controversial tweets are actually helping animals in need. Thanks to a program devised by techies at Austin-based T3, a marketing and technology company, profits made from bot-directed stock trades are donated […]

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Excuses Change Nothing: Boycott “A Dog’s Purpose”

(ANIMAL ACTORS/MOVIES) Just before the release of the highly anticipated film, A Dog’s Purpose, those involved in its production are coming forward about the recently leaked TMZ footage portraying the abusive treatment of a German Shepherd on set. While some involved in the film are scrutinizing the actions seen in the video, others insist the […]

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President Donald Trump shows one of the executive orders he signed in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Trumping The Environment: New Presidency Prioritizes Pipelines Over Protections

(ENVIRONMENT/POLITICS) In his latest attempt to undo the legacy of his predecessor, President Donald Trump signed five more executive actions on pipelines, steel, and the environment on Tuesday. Despite the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Army’s victory in the battle to sidetrack the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota last month, Trump […]

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President Obama’s effort to reduce carbon emissions by coal-burning power plants could be undone when President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office in January. Photo Credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Trump Tears Down Obama’s Climate Initiatives

(CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS) Following Friday’s inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, the White House website underwent several changes, actualizing Donald Trump’s campaign pledges into official policy. According to one statement on the website, the Donald Trump administration plans to eliminate Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule in […]

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The change in sea ice drastically effects polar bears and other animals. Photo Credit: | Jan Martin Will

In Hot Pursuit: Earth Sets Record High Temperature For 3rd Year In A Row

(ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE CHANGE) Scientists tracking global temperatures report that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, marking the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures surpassed previous records three years in a row. The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 degrees Fahrenheit–approximately 1.69 degrees above the 20th […]

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Colo, who was the nation's oldest living gorilla, sits inside of her enclosure during her 60th birthday party at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Dec. 22, 2016.  Photo Credit: Ty Wright / AP

R.I.P. To Colo, ‘The Queen Of The Columbus Zoo’

(ZOO ANIMALS/ANIMAL NEWS) A year following the tragic death of Harambe, the world lost another famed gorilla last night. Colo, the world’s oldest known gorilla, died overnight in her sleep at the Columbus Zoo after being diagnosed with cancer last fall. The first gorilla born in captivity, Colo went on to become the oldest known […]

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NYC inches closer to banning the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes.

Curtains Close For Ringling Bros.’ Cruelest Show On Earth

(CIRCUSES/ANIMAL NEWS) In a major victory for circus animals everywhere, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced its “Greatest Show on Earth” will be closing for good in May. Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, attributes to the closure to declining attendance, high operating costs, shifting public tastes, […]

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Elephants do fart, according to biologists. Photo Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Scientists Answer Burning Question: Which Animals Fart?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/ANIMAL FACTS) It may seem juvenile, but scientists across the world are working to answer the burning question: Does it fart? We all know that humans fart, but what about other animal species? If you’re curious to find out, there’s now a Twitter hashtag, #DoesItFart, circulating, along with a Google Spreadsheet listing all of […]

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State Ranked Worst For Animal Welfare 10 Years In A Row

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL LAWS) The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) just published its 11th annual report on the Best & Worst States For Animal Protection Laws in 2016. This report is considered the most authoritative of its kind, examining 15 distinct categories of animal protection laws across all 50 states. Illinois topped the list for the […]

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