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The Real Cost Of Putin’s Environmental Showboating

(WILDLIFE/POLITICS) With the G20 summit meeting taking place in St. Petersburg today, and a debate on Syria on the table, Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a lot of schmoozing to do this past week. He’s not particularly known for having the warmest personality, and it comes as no surprise that he is no friend […]

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Raccoons throughout the West Coast of the United States may put humans at risk for a fatal strain of brain cancer. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Raccoons With Brain Cancer Could Pose Threat To Humans

(WILDLIFE) A recent surge of fatal brain cancer in raccoons on the U.S. West Coast has prompted an investigation, given the frequent encounters between the animals and humans. A new virus is thought to be the cause for the outbreak and there are no current signs that it could be passed on to humans, but […]

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Boxer Donates Blood, Saves Lives

(DOGS) OKLAHOMA — After an abused boxer named Winston was adopted by a loving family, he took his second chance at life and used it to save other dogs in need. Every few months, Winston routinely donates his blood to the local animal hospital, and has helped many canines in the process. Many Boxers, along with German […]

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Only about 1% of all pets in North America are insured. Photo Credit: Modern Dog Magazine

Finding The Right Insurance For Your Pet

(PET INSURANCE) As it turns out, finding health insurance for yourself is relatively similar to finding insurance for your pet, with pre-existing conditions and the effects of aging making the process much more difficult. And while veterinary costs are on the rise, it is becoming more important to make sure your pet is insured. Read […]

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MLB Pitcher & Pit Bull Thrown Curve Ball

(PIT BULLS) CANADA — This Tuesday, a blockbuster trade in Major League Baseball sent pitcher Mark Buehrle to Canada, but he and his dog might have problems settling in, seeing that Ontario has enforced a ban on pit bulls since 2005. This is not the first time Buehrle and his family have faced trouble moving to a […]

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Man Vs. Wildlife: Hunters Outnumber Wolves

(ANIMAL CONSERVATION) After wolves were removed from the endangered list just a year ago—despite the fact that only 4,000 exist in the wild—wolf hunting has since been legalized in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Unfortunately, the new regulations allow such a large number of licenses to be distributed that activists are worrying the population […]

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Meatless Monday Goes Global

(VEGETARIAN) After the UK’s Telegraph recently reported that China now consumes twice as much meat as America, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has decided to promote Meatless Monday in an effort to protect the environment, animals, and people. To participate in this international campaign, people should just take one day of the week off […]

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Primates In Peril: 25 Species Face Extinction

(ENDANGERED SPECIES) Researchers revealed this week that twenty-five species of lemurs, monkeys and gorillas across Africa and Asia currently face extinction due to illegal hunting and deforestation. As these primates act as a vital part to our ecosystem, experts are calling on people across the globe to help protect these endangered species. Researchers remain hopeful though, […]

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Do Pets Belong In The Bedroom?

(LIFE WITH PETS) According to research, 53 percent of dog guardians consider their dog to be a member of the family, and 56 percent admitted to sleeping with their dog. And while some research has proven pets to be beneficial to their guardian’s health, studies over the past year have shown that bringing dogs or cats […]

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A Dog’s Grace Finds Hope In Tragedy

(TOUCHING TALE) NEW YORK — This week, a New York Times story of a pregnant woman and her ill dog, Gracie, pulled at American’s heartstrings and reminded us why dogs are man’s best friend. After Gracie became critically sick, needing $4,000 in surgery, the woman and her husband were faced with a very difficult decision. And […]

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Social Media Users Help End Illegal Animal Trade

(ANIMAL TRADE) SOUTH AFRICA — For the month of October, Africam is using social media to help fight the ongoing illegal animal trade. Many other organizations, including World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), are joining forces to help spread the #killthetrade message and invite people across the world to participate. Anyone can help spread awareness by simply going to […]

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37 Lucky Pups Rescued

(ANIMAL CRUELTY) DUBLIN — Nearly forty puppies suffering from various infections were rescued by Dublin police this week. After an officer stopped two cars on the road and saw a variety of beagles, cocker spaniels, and Jack Russells in the backseat, the pups were seized and taken to The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty […]

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Could Snow Leopards Become Domestic Cats?

(ENDANGERED SPECIES) PAKISTAN — In an effort to conserve Snow Leopards, an expert has proposed that we begin labeling the big cats as a domestic animal. Snow Leopards are an endangered species and have witnessed a recent decline in population due to hunting and retaliation by farmers. Labeling these cats as domestic could mean that farmers […]

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India’s Leopards Killed By The Week

(POACHING) INDIA — A report conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature last month revealed that at least four leopards are killed every week in India, skinned for their fur or even mauled for their bones. Already, humans have recently been posing as a major threat to these endangered animals through exhausting the abundance of forests’ […]

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