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What On Earth Is Earth Day?

(EARTH DAY/ENVIRONMENT) The 1960′s brought about a ton of changes for the American people, including protecting our environment. Brought into effect by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day sparked a worldwide rally to appreciate, protect, and teach about the importance of a healthy environment. From compassionate efforts including park clean-ups, teach-ins, and tree-plating parties, to long-term commitments like caring for trees planted in honor of Earth Day, Senator Nelson has inspired people around the world to become involved with the environment—and in the U.S., the number has reached up to around 80 percent of the population. Read on for the true story about what Earth Day is all about, and what you can do to take part in this important day of the year. — Global Animal

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Why Walking Your Pet Is A Must

(CATS AND DOGS/PET HEALTH) Ever wonder what it’s like to be stuck in a house for nine or more hours a day? Cooping up your pooch or feline for extended periods of time without multiple long walks a day can seriously affect your pet’s health. Overeating due to idle time is a major reason why cats and dogs become overweight. Taking your pet out for 30 minutes to an hour daily can not only drastically improve their girth, but their mood and personality, too. Read more on why it’s important to exercise your four-legged friends. — Global Animal

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Is Another Mass Extinction In Our Future?

(SCIENCE) The International Union for Conservation of Nature has compiled a list of endangered organisms, and the number is startling. Nearly 20,000 different species of wildlife are now at risk of becoming extinct, according to the I.U.C.N.’s Red List. Just how important are these at-risk species? Many studies conducted have shown that healthy, abundant populations of organisms in any given ecosystem guarantee a flourishing environment. Another study showed that insects give 200 billions dollars by pollinating crops. Read on to discover just how important preserving our natural environment is, along with the species living in it. — Global Animal

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Deadly Mistake Cost 50,000 Animal Lives

(WILDLIFE) UNITED STATES — A reporter recently discovered a hidden section of the Department of Agriculture, named Wildlife Services. This little-known organization is responsible for monitoring wildlife across North America. However, since the year 2000, 50,000 animals — some even federally protected — died by the people working for the agency while attempting to regulate wolf and coyote populations. Not only were these accidental wildlife killings discovered, but people have also been the casualties of the department’s methods. Has a government agency been corrupted? Read on for the shocking details of the mysterious Wildlife Services. — Global Animal 

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Family Pets: Victims Of Police Brutality?

(ANIMAL WELFARE) The mistaken shooting of a Texas man’s beloved pet dog has ignited an investigation into how police treat pets. The dog, Cisco, died after the police officer invaded the wrong house when responding to a 911 call. After gathering 100,000 “likes” on Facebook, Michael Paxton, the guardian of Cisco, received a formal apology from the department. However, Cisco’s death has sparked nationwide interest in why police often kill pets. The numbers are staggering. This year alone, 100 separate reports of pets shot by cops documented in news articles resulted in the question of if they were justified. What should be done to educate police officers about dogs and their inherent instinct to protect their family guardians? Read on for the details on why police officers seem trigger-happy when it comes to family pets. — Global Animal

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Help Ben the Bear And His Fellow Ranch Captives (VIDEO)

(ANIMAL WELFARE) NORTH CAROLINA — Exotic animal ranch Jambbas Ranch Tours has been in hot water with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations over the animals kept at the ranch for years. However, the USDA keeps renewing Jambbas’ license to keep enclosed wildlife, despite their disregard for the federal Animal Welfare Act. — Global Animal

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New Home For Retired Zoo Elephants

(ANIMAL WELFARE) TORONTO — Three aged African elephants will leave a Toronto zoo and move to the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, California. With warmer weather and acres of land, Thika, Iringa, and Toka will live much more comfortably while coping with arthritis, cracked feet, and other injuries accumulated from tight, concrete enclosures. However, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is extremely unhappy with the decision. Why? Loss of profit, and nothing more. Read on for the why these elephants need a warm, free-range home, and the greedy negative reaction of the AZA. — Global Animal

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Bill Maher Tweets Against New Hunting Act

(CELEBRITY) Outspoken comedian Bill Maher recently tweeted against the “Sportsman’s Heritage Act of 2012.” Calling the legislation “bullish-t,” Maher spoke out to his followers against the proposal. Already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, if the Senate approves the law, the lives of wild animals like polar bears could be up for commercial hunt. Read on to learn about Bill Maher’s passion for polar bears, and what you can do to reach your Senators. — Global Animal 

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