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Canada Clings To Cruel Seal Hunt

(SEAL HUNT/ANIMAL WELFARE) Canada’s annual seal hunt kicked off on Monday despite widespread condemnation and a dying demand for seal products. A total of 34 countries, including the United States, Russia, and members of the EU, now ban imported seal products, but with the support of the Canadian government, the seal industry still stubbornly clings to life. Read on to find out why Canada continues to defend this barbaric practice. — Global Animal

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Sunder The Elephant Wins His Freedom

(ELEPHANTS/ANIMAL WELFARE) MUMBAI — After engaging in a 21-month-long campaign, PETA and its international affiliates have won the fight to release Sunder the elephant from captivity. On Monday, the Bombay high court passed a judgement in favor of PETA India and ordered the release of the captive elephant, who has been by his handlers at Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur for the past six years. Sunder will be transferred to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Bangalore, where he will finally be able to live a life free of abuse. Read on to find out more about Sunder and his famous supporters. — Global Animal

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Hybrid Species Running Amok In The Grand Canyon?

(WILDLIFE/BISON) A herd of up to 400 beefalos are running wild in the Grand Canyon National Park. The beefalo—a hybrid of a wild bison and a domestic bull—is one of the many combinations of breeds not typically found in nature. So, what have the beefalos done wrong and how do Grand Canyon officials plan on dealing with these man-made “pests?” Continue reading for the answers, and share your thoughts on the issue in the comments section below. — Global Animal

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California Court Makes Waves, Upholds Shark Fin Ban

(SHARKS/SHARK FINNING) In a victory against the cruel practice of shark finning, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of San Francisco upheld California’s 2011 ban on the possession or sale of shark fins. The decision to uphold the law, despite opponents’ claims that it discriminates against the Chinese community, continues the upward momentum against shark finning. In the last few years, the European Union, New York State, Taiwan, Costa Rica, and India have all banned shark finning, and even China has made moves against the practice. Read on to find out more about this big win for sharks in California. — Global Animal

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Beyoncé Gets Under Our Skin, Adds Cobra To Cruel Wardrobe

(CELEBRITY NEWS/ANIMAL WELFARE) You can add cobra to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s growing closet of animal skins. Beyoncé’s rare cobra skin one-legged jumpsuit was reportedly blocked by European customs officials before the start of the Portuguese leg of her world tour last Tuesday. But Beyoncé’s stylists managed to file the proper paperwork with customs just in time for the opening night of her shows in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday. — Global Animal

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Pandamonium: Michelle Obama’s Panda Diplomacy

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/PANDAS) CHINA — As part of her week-long visit to China, First Lady Michelle Obama, along with her mother and two daughters, stopped at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The base—which is home to nearly 80 giant pandas as well as a colony of red pandas—closed to the public for her visit. The First Lady feeding a group of pandas certainly made for a fantastic photo op. Watch the video of the family’s visit below and read on to find out how panda diplomacy is nothing new between the United States and China. — Global Animal

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What The Shell? Meet Jonathan, The 182-Year-Old Tortoise

(WILDLIFE/TURTLES) Meet Jonathan the 182-year-old tortoise. A resident on the tiny British island of Saint Helena, he may be the world’s oldest living land creature. Born ten years after the death of Saint Helena’s most famous resident, Napoleon Bonaparte, Jonathan has outlived 38 American administrations, 51 British Prime Ministers, and has been around long enough to witness Haley’s Comet three times. Read on to learn more about the rare Seychelles Giant’s past, present, and future. — Global Animal

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Modern-Day Dr. Dolittle: Scientist Claims He Can ‘Talk’ To Animals?

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Scottish scientist Dr. Ian Duncan claims he is actually able to talk to animals by using a “strictly scientific method” which he plans to reveal in a Washington conference on animal welfare and sentience in the coming week. Dr. Duncan, whose work led to changes in in the regulations of battery farms for pigs and hens, believes by being able to communicate with animals about their care, we may be able to improve their lives. Read on to learn more about this modern-day Dr. Dolittle. — Global Animal

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