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Disneynature Bears is narrated by John C. Reilly and includes a song by Disney's Olivia Holt.

Movie Review: Disneynature’s “Bears”

(MOVIE REVIEW/WILDLIFE) Disneynature struck gold with the documentary, Chimpanzee, back in 2012. Their latest project, Bears, continues to display the same charm that makes Disney movies so great. Centering around a female grizzly, Sky, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, Bears does a good job of showing the struggles faced by the animals during the cubs’ first year of life. Irreplaceable in his role, Oscar nominee John C. Reilly captures the spirit of the film through his narration, and perfectly expresses the film’s lighthearted moments, as well as its more dramatic scenes. In addition to Reilly, Bears employs actress and singer, Olivia Holt, who performs “Carry On,” at the end of the film, a song written specifically for the documentary. — Global Animal

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Hop Into Spring With Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL TESTING) Spring has finally sprung, and what better time to go cruelty-free? Cruelty Free International is asking consumers to look out for the Leaping Bunny logo before buying household products this spring. When you’re prepping for spring cleaning this season, be sure to buy products that don’t test on animals, as indicated by the reputable Leaping Bunny logo. Cruelty Free International is also calling to put an end to animal testing for household products. Continue reading below to learn more about Leaping Bunny, and don’t forget to sign the petition to help stop inhumane animal experimentation. — Global Animal

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Celebrities Ride Against NYC Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban

(CELEBRITIES/CARRIAGE HORSES) More celebrities are coming forward and voicing their concern for the horses forced into the cruel NYC horse-drawn carriage industry. Celebrities such as Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones, Wendy Williams, Grammy-winner Pink, Glee‘s Lea Michelle, and many others are showing their support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commitment to putting an end to horse-drawn carriages in NYC. Continue reading for more on what these celebrities have to say about the cruel and dangerous trade, and be sure to check out PETA’s anti horse-drawn carriage video in the clip below. — Global Animal

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Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar explores lemur life.

Movie Review: “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”

(MOVIE REVIEW) IMAX has a history of delivering audiences to unique and unfamiliar worlds, with their most recent documentary, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, succeeding where they always have. Created alongside Warner Bros. Pictures, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar utilizes Morgan Freeman’s silky narration to shed light on one of the world’s most popular primates. The documentary follows primatologist and conservationist, Dr. Patricia Wright, as she studies Madagascar’s lemur population and attempts to protect the endangered primates’ from deforestation. – Global Animal

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Beyoncé Gets Under Our Skin, Adds Cobra To Cruel Wardrobe

(CELEBRITY NEWS/ANIMAL WELFARE) You can add cobra to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s growing closet of animal skins. Beyoncé’s rare cobra skin one-legged jumpsuit was reportedly blocked by European customs officials before the start of the Portuguese leg of her world tour last Tuesday. But Beyoncé’s stylists managed to file the proper paperwork with customs just in time for the opening night of her shows in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday. — Global Animal

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“Noah” Sails Into Animal-Free Waters

(MOVIES/ANIMAL WELFARE) LONDON — Animal Defenders International (ADI) is formally thanking Director Darren Aronofsky of Noah for using computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead of live performing animals in his upcoming film. Performing animals suffer abuse and neglect, and are denied a natural life. With the amount of technology we now have at our fingertips, the use of live animals in film is absolutely outdated and unnecessary.  Read on to learn more about Aronofsky’s inspiring efforts and for details on why the use of live animals should be banned. — Global Animal

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Do Your Part: Help Ban Canadian Animal Testing

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Cruelty Free International needs your help to ban animal testing in Canada once and for all. The global organization has created a new petition that outlines the cruelties of animal testing while offering humane alternatives. These alternatives to cosmetic animal testing are not only more effective, but also less expensive. The petition has gained the approval of the Clerk of Petitions, and after receiving hand signatures from 25 Canadian citizens, it will be sent to the House of Commons. Continue reading for more on how you can help Cruelty Free International ban Canadian animal testing for good. — Global Animal

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No Guinness For Vegans This St. Patrick’s Day

(VEGAN/ST. PATRICK’S DAY) Bad news for stout-loving vegans far and wide: Guinness is off limits this St. Patrick’s Day. While swim bladders (or isinglass) help a fish swim and remain buoyant in water, they are also used by brewers as a filter to clear particles out of their beer. Isinglass doesn’t appear on the famed beer’s list of ingredients, but it has been a part of Guinness’ brewing process since the 1800s.  Read on to learn more about this secret ingredient as well as other beer filtration alternatives. — Global Animal

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