Author Archive | Candice Chandler

<p>Earth Day began in 1970, and since then, people all over the world recognize it as a day to promote keeping the environment healthy. Photo Credit: ax2groin via Flickr</p>

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, […]

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<p>Education coordinator Jake Bonus talking with a couple exploring the tide pools at one of the sites Bonus oversees. Photo Credit: Jonathon Chandler/Chandler Photography</p>

How Tide Pools Became Teaching Tools

(OCEAN CONSERVATION) An often overlooked part of the ocean’s ecology are shorelines and coasts, like the Southern coast of California. Laguna Beach, CA has an enormous variety of coastal habitats, including tons of tide pools. One organization, Laguna Ocean Foundation, has taken on the job of educating the public about tide pools, and why it’s […]

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<p>The social companionship pets offer to their parents helps promote a healthy heart. Photo Credit: </p>

Friends With (Health) Benefits

(LIFE WITH PETS) Being a pet parent might have a positive effect on an important vital organ: the heart. Researchers at Kitasato University in Japan conducted an experiment involving the variation in heartbeats in people with pets and those without pets. Heartbeat variations are important to maintain a healthy heart, and evidence suggests that pets […]

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<p>These two just can't wait to go outside. Photo Credit: Mary Muncil/White Feather Farm</p>

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 […]

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<p>This Iberian Lynx is currently listed as endangered. Photo Credit: Simon Littlejohn via Flickr</p>

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 […]

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While trying to regulate coyote and wolf populations, Wildlife Services mistakenly killed 50,000 other species of animals. Photo Credit: Biology_2380 via Flickr

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. […]

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<p>Rosie, a Newfoundland dog from Washington, was shot and killed by a police officer. The Newfoundland Club of Seattle had a vigil in her memory. Photo Credit: Michael @ NW Lens via Flickr</p>

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 […]

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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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<p>Lulu, a retired zoo elephant, enjoying her free-range life at the PAWS Sanctuary in California. Photo Credit: dolphin2421 via Flickr</p>

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 […]

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<p>Bill Maher calls the new hunting proposal BS. Photo Credit: kenmoreundressed via Flickr </p>

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 […]

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<p>Puppy mills are an inhumane way to breed dogs, and they need to be stopped, nationwide. Photo Credit: AbbyB via flickr</p>

Legislators Side With Puppies, Not People

(PUPPY MILLS) MICHIGAN — The recent raid of an Alleghan County puppy mill in Kalamazoo, MI has strengthened a bill called the “puppy protection act.” Both sides of the state House and Senate support the bill, including Representatives Vicki Barnett (D) and Wayne Schmidt (R), and Senators Steve Bieda (D) and Rick Jones (R). Legislation hopes to […]

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<p>Scooter got a lucky shot at loving people instead of scaring them. Photo Credit: Born Again Pit Bull Rescue</p>

Life Of Crime Not Fit For A Pit

(TOUCHING TALE) OREGON — A homeless man robbing people with a pit bull has forever lost his canine accomplice. Scooter, a four-year old pit bull, accompanied the man who used her as a weapon to intimidate innocent victims he robbed. When the man was finally apprehended, his dog’s fate remained unknown. With an unexpected rehabilitation, Scooter […]

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<p>With the IFAW Whale Alert App, whales around Cape Cod can finally feel a little safer while swimming near deadly ships. Photo Credit: MyFWC Research via Flickr</p>

An App To Avoid Whale Traffic (VIDEO)

(WHALES/OCEAN CONSERVATION) Approximately 15 years of research has resulted in a new, free app that will enable mariners to detect endangered right whales in their path, before a deadly collision. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has collaborated with other agencies to develop this new whale-tracking technology, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

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<p>Over 300 dogs are now being cared for by the Allegan County Animal Shelter. Photo Credit: Katie Selden/The Kalamazoo Gazette</p>

300 Dogs Rescued From Kalamazoo Puppy Mill

(ANIMAL NEWS) MICHIGAN — Over 300 animals were recently seized from a couple running a breeding facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The animals, which include dogs, cats, and two birds, were living in deplorable and unsanitary conditions in a location only fit for 36 animals. Covered in urine and feces, the animals have been removed and are […]

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