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<p>Turkeys: The dumbest of them all. Benjamin Franklin called Thanksgiving’s main course an “animal of courage,” but a 1997 Oregon State University poll found turkeys to be the dumbest of all the animals. Still, plenty of people stick up for turkeys, with one OSU scientist insisting that the animal gets a bum rap. “It’s an example of how a misunderstood animal behavior becomes identified as proof that the animal is extremely lacking in intelligence,” said animal science professor Tom Savage. Think about that next Thanksgiving.</p>

Go Cold Turkey! Boycott Butterball This Thanksgiving

(THANKSGIVING TURKEYS/ANIMAL CRUELTY ) With Thanksgiving just around the corner, PETA has filed a complaint against Butterball for the inhumane treatment of their turkeys. PETA wants consumers to know that although Butterball birds are labeled as “humane certified,” American Humane Certified (AHC) standards allow producers to force turkeys into overcrowded and unsanitary sheds, amputate their […]

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This rescued pup is getting a new home in Pittsburgh! Photo credit: Huffington Post

Pittsburgh Brings Animal Rescue To New Heights

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL RESCUE) The Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) helps save the lives of at-risk pets and promotes animal rescue and adoption. Co-founders Jonathan Plesset and Brad Childs make use of their pilot’s licenses by flying animals in need to safer environments. The organization has helped rescue over 700 dogs as well as other […]

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PTSD in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans is often healed with the help of service dogs.

A Salute To War Vets & Service Pets (GALLERY)

(SERVICE DOGS/VETERAN’S DAY) As we take this day to commemorate our honored vets, we should also take a moment to thank the service dogs who help these respected men and women. While many U.S. veterans struggle with invisible wounds such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression, some of them are able to find […]

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The Espanola giant tortoise can live over 100 years. Photo credit: Time

Near-Extinct Tortoise Population Comes Out Of Its Shell

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/TORTOISES) Espanola giant tortoises living on the Galapagos Islands have come back from near extinction, according to a recent study. Just 50 years ago, the population of the giant tortoises was as low as 15. Recently, however, scientists have deemed the population as secure and no longer on the brink of extinction. This is […]

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Nina Pham, 26, who became the first person to contract the disease within the United States. Federal officials declared her free of the deadly virus on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Photo credit: AP

First U.S. Ebola Victim Cured, Gets Furry Reunion

(DOGS/PETS) TEXAS — Nina Pham, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., was recently declared disease-free. The first thing she plans on doing? Reuniting with her beloved dog Bentley. Bentley is a Cavalier King and he is currently living in quarantine to keep him safe from the disease. Pham will be […]

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There is evidence that someone behind these experiments intentionally left out committee members who were opposed to testing the monkeys. Photo credit:

Stop The Monkey Business! Save Macaques From Cruelty

(ANIMAL TESTING/MONKEYS/ANIMAL RIGHTS) The University of Wisconsin has plans to conduct cruel and unethical forms of animal testing on newborn rhesus macaque monkeys. The animal testing is meant to provide doctors with further insight into the cognitive aspects of anxiety disorders. — Global Animal

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A rabbit being used for cosmetic animal testing. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Historic Ban Makes India Cruelty-Free

(ANIMAL RIGHTS/ANIMAL TESTING) It’s official! India has finally banned the import of all cosmetics tested on animals. Thanks to animal rights organizations like PETA and Humane Society International, as well as the support from over 30 legislators, India is now the first official cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia. Continue reading to find out more […]

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