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.

Dolphins’ Big Blow To Bahamas Tourist Attractions?

(DOLPHINS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Thanks to the hard work from animal activists, specifically the group reEarth in the Bahama’s, the Supreme Court is forcing a dolphinarium that was housing eight captive dolphins to shut down. The Supreme Court’s decision to close the tourist attraction comes after reEarth, a nonprofit community and environmental watch group, obtained documents proving government violations. — Global Animal

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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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Singapore Airlines Cuts Out Shipping Shark Fins

(SHARKS/ACTIVISM) SINGAPORE — Effective August 1, Singapore Airlines will cease active involvement in the shipment of shark fins in response to a boycott, led by Alex Hofford of the environmental organization WildlifeRisk. Their decision closely follows that of the Philippine Airlines in April earlier this year. The world’s seventh largest airline company, Singapore Airlines’ resolution is a major stride towards shutting down the industry as a whole. Read the full article below for more details. —Global Animal

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Feds Shell Out Shoreline Protections For Sea Turtles

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/ENDANGERED SPECIES) Loggerhead sea turtles are the largest and most abundant hard-shelled marine turtle species. However, overdevelopment in their nesting habitats, pollution, and fishing trawls have kept these animals on the endangered species list since 1978. In response to a lawsuit filed by conservationists in 2013, the federal government has designated hundreds of miles of shorelines as critical habitat for the Loggerhead throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, as well as North and South Carolina. Read on to find out how the Loggerheads are expected to use their newly protected beaches and regain their population. — 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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All dogs deserve a fighting chance at life. Photo credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Give Pits A Chance: A Brighter Future For Rescued Fighting Dogs

(ANIMAL RIGHTS/DOG RESCUE/PIT BULLS) Two new laws—one in Michigan and another in Delaware—will help protect pit bulls used in dog fighting. Originally, these two states ordered that dogs who were rescued from dog fighting rings had to be put down. However, under the new bills, these abused animals will be evaluated and given the opportunity for adoption. Canines should not be punished because their heartless guardians trained them to be aggressive. Euthanizing dogs used for dog fighting prevents these mistreated and misunderstood animals from ever having a chance at a happy home. Read on to learn more about how these two states are working to give pit bulls a brighter future. — Global Animal

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Animal Cruelty, Animal Testing, China, Cosmetics, Cosmetic Testing

China Changes To Save Thousands Of Animals From Experimentation

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL RIGHTS) CHINA — After two long years of lobbying from Humane Society International’s Be-Cruelty Free Chinafo campaign, animal testing for certain cosmetics will no longer be a requirement in the country. As of June 30, animal testing for cosmetics made and sold in China is no longer a prerequisite. China was the only country that still legally required all cosmetic companies to test their products on animals. This landmark decision will save up to 10,000 bunnies, guinea pigs, mice, and other animals every year. — 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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