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Arturo is the mascot of the Mendoza Zoo. Photo credit:

Zoo Freezes Plans To Move “World’s Saddest” Polar Bear

(POLAR BEARS/ZOOS/ANIMAL WELFARE) ARGENTINA — Zoo directors at Mendoza Zoo in Argentina refuse to transport Arturo, a 900 pound polar bear, to a more accommodating and spacious enclosure in Canada. Arturo currently lives alone in a concrete enclosure with only a 20-inch-deep pool which he uses to cool himself. Since temperatures in Mendoza can reach up to 86 degrees in the summer months, this habitat is hardly suitable to a polar bear’s needs. — Global Animal

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Steven Tyler Screams Against Farm Animal Abuse

(CELEBRITY NEWS/FACTORY FARMING) MASSACHUSETTS — Steven Tyler, lead singer of the band Aerosmith, is calling for a ban on the inhumane confinement of farm animals in gestation crates. Many farm animals used for food purposes, such as pigs and veal calves, are forced to live in these tiny and debilitating crates until they are slaughtered. But according to Bill S.2232, animals used for food will no longer be held captive in extreme confinement. — Global Animal

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Major campaigns arguing against the cruel practices of making foie gras began in 2012. Photo credit: TNT Magazine

Foie Gras Now A Gone Goose In India

(ANIMAL CRUELTY/ANIMAL LAWS) INDIA — Foie gras, also known as duck or goose liver, is a delicacy in many parts of the world. But the process of making foie gras entails inhumane practices which include force-feeding the animals with metal rods. However, India is making major progress in combating animal cruelty by banning the import of foie gras within its borders. Now that India has taken a stand against foie gras, animal activists are hopeful other countries will follow suit. Read on to learn more about how you can help save ducks and geese from this cruel practice. — Global Animal

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Cheerleader’s Heartless Hobby Spells Out “Cruelty”

(ANIMAL CRUELTY/HUNTING) Animal rights activists are outraged by the recent activities of Kendall Jones. The 19-year-old Texas Tech University cheerleader sparked a firestorm of debate after posting a series of pictures on Facebook of herself posing next to her big game kills, which include a zebra, lion, leopard, and rhino. Jones hopes to one day host a TV show focused on big game hunting, and quite nonsensically, she claims her passion for hunting lies in a need to promote wildlife conservation efforts. Likening her beliefs to Teddy Roosevelt’s conservation methods, Jones refuses to back down or delete the controversial photos. You can take action by signing the two online petitions were created to take down her Facebook page and ban the teenager from hunting in South Africa. Read on for the full details on her South African killing spree as well as her counterintuitive reasoning. — Global Animal

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Colorado dairy farm is being investigated for it's cruelty towards calves.

Cruelty Without Conviction? Factory Farm Crimes Go Unpunished

(FACTORY FARMING/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Mercy for Animals released an extremely disturbing undercover video in 2012 of cows being tortured at Bettencourt Dairies. The video was the catalyst for many large fast-food chains, such as Wendy’s and In-N-Out, to drop Bettencourt Dairies as their supplier. Two men from the footage were found guilty of animal cruelty, but were only fined $500 and put on probation. Sadly, this could be the last conviction of its kind now that the state passed an “ag-gag’ law prohibiting whistleblowers from exposing animal cruelty at factory farms. Idaho’s “ag-gag” law unjustly protects animal abusers by keeping their acts of cruelty under wraps. Continue reading to learn more about the video and Idaho’s new law, and see how you can take action. — Global Animal

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Bayer Pesticide Proves Bee-Killing Culprit?

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Don’t be fooled by their sting! Honeybees are a lot sweeter than you think—they play a vital role in pollinating crops that provide the food we eat. Researchers have isolated the chemical found in certain pesticides that destroy the honeybee population, and beekeepers around the country are taking a stand against big-name retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s. Read on to find out more about the conclusive research, and see how you can help save the honeybees from extinction. — Global Animal

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Chinese locals claim that eating dog-meat is a form of tradition. Photo credit: Quirky China News/Rex Features

Dogs Considered Dinner At Chinese Dog-Eating Festival

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/ANIMAL WELFARE) CHINA — Each year in Yulin, China, residents hold a weekend-long dog-eating festival in which people gather to slaughter and consume thousands of innocent canines. Although China may consider dog meat to be a delicacy, this does not excuse the inhumane and unsanitary practices involved in the dog meat trade. At this year’s festival, however, a small yet passionate group of animal rights activists invaded the festival and took a stand against the dreadful dog-eating practices. Considering that dog meat sales have dropped by one third, activists’ efforts seem to be making a difference. Read on to learn more about the atrocities of the Chinese dog-eating festival, and how activists are working to end this misguided practice. — Global Animal

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African Nations use elephant poaching as a form of income. Photo credit: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock

Environmental Crime Uproar Poses Threat

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) Animal and plant black market trading is now a 213 billion dollar a year industry, according to recent reports from the U.N. and Interpol. Poachers, illegal loggers, toxic waste dumpers, miners, and fishers all profit from environmental destruction, with logging posing one of the biggest ecological threats, generating $100 billion annually. As the environmental crime industry continues to make more money, protecting endangered animals grows increasingly urgent. Read on to learn more about the environmental black market, and see how you can help fight against these destructive and harmful practices. — Global Animal

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