Daily news of pets, endangered animals and wildlife around the world. Includes information on dogs, cats, dolphins, whales, and wild animals, plus news on endangered species, animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

National Dog Day Is Here!

(PETS/DOGS) It’s August 26th, which means National Dog Day is here! Make sure you go out of your way to appreciate your favorite canine friend, and if you don’t have a special canine in your life, celebrate by adopting one from a shelter! Back in 2004, National Dog Day was started by the National Dog Day Foundation, with the intention of honoring all of the canines that make our lives better, and encouraging the rescue of dogs in need. The foundation’s motto is, “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time,” and it’s a goal they try to meet each year. Read on to learn more about National Dog Day and enjoy the cute canine compilation in the video below. — Global Animal

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Cruel Chinchilla Farm Closes For Good

(ANIMAL RESCUE/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Great news from PETA! Earlier this week, the organization closed one of the largest chinchilla fur farms in California. Adams Valley View Chinchilla Ranch in Vista claimed to be a place for breeding “pets,” but PETA documented horrific acts of animal cruelty including using a toe-to-ear electrocution slaughtering method. The fur farm’s owners also admitted to never giving the chinchillas veterinary care. PETA has successfully saved over 400 chinchillas, who are now at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. Read on to find out more about Adams Valley View Chinchilla Ranch and its cruel past. — Global Animal

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Steve-o, an animal rights activist, poses in front of the SeaWorld freeway sign Photo credit:

Steve-O Says, “SeaWorld Sucks”

(CELEBRITIES/SEAWORLD) The SeaWorld culprit is out! Steve-O, best known for his appearance on the MTV show and film series, Jackass, released a video on Wednesday of himself changing the SeaWorld exit sign on the San Diego Freeway. Steve-O changed the lettering of the sign from “SeaWorld Next Exit,” to “SeaWorld Sucks.” Although he completed the […]

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PETA is calling for orca whales to be placed in large-scale ocean sanctuaries. Photo Credit: Chris Gotshall/AP Photo

Bigger Tanks Do Not Mean Better Homes For SeaWorld Whales

(SEAWORLD/WHALES/CAPTIVE ORCAS) In response to the criticism SeaWorld received after the release of the documentary film, Blackfish, SeaWorld San Diego announced its plans to expand the park’s orca whale enclosures. The new orca environment will double in its size— spanning 50 feet deep and 350 feet in length. However, animal activists argue that enlarging the orca enclosures will do very little to improve orca health. When not in captivity, orca whales enjoy swimming as deep as 1,000 feet into the ocean. Therefore, an enclosure that is merely 50 feet deep would still not provide the whales with a proper environment. Read on to learn about why these intelligent creatures deserve lives free from captivity. — Global Animal

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The Tovar family adopted their dog, Madeline, from the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center. Photo credit: Best Friends Animal Society

Two Paws Up! NKLA Saves Record Number Shelter Pets

(ANIMAL WELFARE/PET ADOPTION) LOS ANGELES — Thanks to the efforts of Best Friends Animal Society’s No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) campaign, Los Angeles shelters recorded the lowest numbers of dog and cat euthanization in history. During the fiscal year of 2013 through 2014, 12,680 deaths were accounted for, in comparison to over 17,000 deaths the previous year. Euthanizing dogs and cats who are not immediately adopted prevents their chance at a happy home. NKLA’s efforts help save thousands of animals from an unfair death. Read on to learn more about NKLA and how to save shelter pets. — Global Animal

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Crystal the capuchin monkey and Robin Williams smiling on the set of Night at the Museum. Photo credit:

Remembering Animal Lover Robin Williams

(ANIMAL LOVERS/CELEBRITIES) CALIFORNIA — Actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away on Monday due to an apparent suicide. Although many remember him for his infectious sense of humor and his starring roles in many classic films, Williams was also an avid animal lover and animal rights activist. Williams enjoyed spending time with his animal coworkers on set, as well as hanging out with his own pets at home. While filming The Crazy Ones, Williams had the chance to work with a baby duck, and on the set of Night at the Museum, he befriended a capuchin monkey. — Global Animal

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Indonesia’s Zoo Of Death Strikes Again

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ZOOS) INDONESIA — Surabaya Zoo, most commonly referred to as the “zoo of the death,” recently lost another one of its animals, a young Komodo dragon. Although Komodo dragons tend to live to be at least 30 years old, the 11-year-old Komodo dragon was found dead in his enclosure last Thursday morning. The dragon is the third of his kind to die at the Indonesian zoo in just the past six months. — Global Animal

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Worldwide, there are only about 60 shark attacks on people each year. Photo credit:

Shark Attack Numbers Take A Dive

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SHARKS) BRAZIL — Although shark attacks on humans are extremely rare, many still fear the potential threat. Governments often resort to shark culling or using gill nets, which entangle and suffocate sharks, to remove sharks from areas where they pose a threat. However, a more recent method of capturing and releasing sharks in deeper waters is effectively lessening the number of shark attacks on humans. Rather than unnecessarily killing off these animals, potentially aggressive sharks are captured with fishing lines and relocated to safer areas. Unlike other tactics to lessen shark attacks, the capture-and-release method also avoids capturing other types of marine animals that don’t need to be relocated. This particular shark relocating strategy has proven successful in lessening shark attacks in Brazil’s Recife area in the past. Read on to learn how people can regulate shark attacks and help save sharks and other marine life. — Global Animal

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