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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.

A woman with her cat after a visit to the Tehran pet hospital. Photo Credit: Newsha Tavakolian for The New York Times

Where Can You Be Whipped For Walking A Dog?

(PETS/ANIMAL RIGHTS) Did you know simply taking your dog on a walk could get you arrested in some countries? In Iran, where the prevailing Islamic belief is that dogs are impure, walking a dog not only puts the guardian at risk, but the dog could also be seized, or even killed. In this year’s campaign […]

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Kenya the lion was one of the animals euthanized at Lion's Gate Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Lion's Gate Sanctuary

Senseless Slaughter: Colorado Sanctuary Controversially Euthanizes All Of Its Animals

(ANIMAL NEWS/WILDLIFE SANCTUARY) Lion’s Gate Sanctuary in Central Colorado suddenly euthanized all 11 of their animals–which included 3 lions, 3 tigers, and 5 bears–after Elbert County commissioners denied the refuge’s request to move to a nearby, more urban location, citing safety concerns. The wild animal sanctuary maintains the animals had to be euthanized because recurring […]

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Buyers and sellers at Zhoushan fish market. China has depleted the seas close to home. Photo Credit: Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

The King Of The Sea? How China’s King-Sized Appetite Is Sinking The Global Fishing Industry

(OVERFISHING/OCEAN CONSERVATION) As the world’s biggest seafood exporter, China has the largest fleet of deep-sea fishing vessels and an enormous population that accounts for more than a third of all fish consumption worldwide. However, this insatiable demand has a drastic impact on our world’s oceans as desperate fishermen are sailing farther to exploit waters across […]

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Flap Your Wings For World Penguin Day!

(PENGUINS/ANIMAL FACTS) Today, April 25 is World Penguin Day–not to be confused with Penguin Awareness Day, which takes place January 20th. Marking the start of the flightless birds’ annual migration north, World Penguin Day is a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate one of the few natives of Antarctica, penguins! — Global Animal

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Why We March: Thousands Stand Up To Those Who Belittle Science

(ENVIRONMENT/SCIENCE) Today, on Earth Day, tens of thousands are taking a stand against those working to undermine scientific data in the global “March for Science” in Washington D.C. and over 600 other cities across the world. In the dawn of U.S. President Donald Trump, who’s described climate change as a “hoax” and recently signed an […]

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A legal petition calls on the US Fish and Wildlife Service to label giraffes as endangered. Photo Credit: CNN

Giraffes In Trouble: Trophy Hunting Tourists Trigger “Silent Extinction”

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILDLIFE) In December, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) officially listed giraffes as a vulnerable species after giraffe numbers dropped below 100,000 in 2015. Now, with fewer giraffes than elephants in Africa, conservationists are urging the U.S. government to list the species as endangered in hopes of halting their “silent extinction.” As […]

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Put Your Fins Together For National Dolphin Day!

(ANIMAL NEWS/DOLPHINS) Today, April 14 is National Dolphin Day, a day dedicated to the plight of dolphins of all species across the globe. These incredibly intelligent and social mammals congregate in schools of five to hundreds, and range in colors from pink, white, brown, and even black. Found all over the world, these species are […]

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People who sell or eat dog meat face a fine of up to £6,500. Photo Credit: AP

Pets, Not Food! Taiwan Becomes First Country In Asia To Ban Dog & Cat Meat From Dinner Tables

(ANIMAL NEWS/DOG & CAT MEAT) In a landmark victory for domesticated animals across the globe, Taiwan is now the first country in Asia to ban the sale of dog and cat meat. The legislature also amends Taiwan’s animal protection law by maximizing fines and prison terms for animal cruelty violators–highlighting the country’s increasing awareness of […]

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If you already have a pet, make sure to adopt a dog that will get along well with other furry animals. Photo Credit: istockphoto

Raise Your Paws For National Pet Day!

(PETS/NATIONAL PET DAY) Today is National Pet Day, and it’s the purr-fect time to show your pets some extra love. Established in 2006 by pet and home lifestyle expert-animal advocate Colleen Paige–who also founded National Dog Day and Cat Day, as well as National Puppy Day and Kitten Day–this national paw-liday celebrates the joy pets […]

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Don’t Shoot! Support The Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act & Stop Police From Shooting Pets

(DOGS/POLICE SHOOTINGS) Tragically, it’s estimated that a dog is shot every 98 minutes by law enforcement in the United States, causing trauma for both the family and police officer involved. Despite the fact that dog bite numbers have decreased, incidents of police using lethal force against family pets are on the rise–from SWAT raids to […]

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Rats laugh when they are tickled and during playtime. Photo credit: data.whicdn

Give A Rat’s Arse For World Rat Day!

(PETS/RATS) Today, April 4 is World Rat Day! There’s no doubt rats get a bad rap, but they’re actually really kind and helpful creatures, who can be wonderful pets for people of all ages. In fact, rats are some of the most social, intelligent animals in the world. But sadly, millions are used in research […]

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President Obama’s effort to reduce carbon emissions by coal-burning power plants could be undone when President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office in January. Photo Credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

With A Flick Of The Wrist, Trumps’ Climate Change Denials Become National Policy

(CLIMATE CHANGE/ANIMAL NEWS) President Donald Trump is one step closer to overhauling President Barack Obama’s climate change policies after signing a sweeping executive order seeking to reduce federal climate regulations. The long-promised order also aims to align federal agencies’ policies with Trump’s steadfast mission to boost U.S. fossil fuel production and achieve energy independence. It’s […]

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Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) with Grey wolf (Canis lupus) stretching behind, Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA, August

“This Isn’t Hunting—It’s Slaughter”: GOP Shoots Down Wildlife Protections For Alaskan Wolves & Bears

(ANIMAL NEWS/WILDLIFE) Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed a measure that would remove wildlife protections on bears and gray wolves in Alaska, and (sadly) President Donald Trump’s signature is the only thing standing in the way of the measure becoming law. If signed, the bill–backed by the National Rifle Association and […]

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