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California Calls To End Cruel Cosmetic Testing

(CELEBRITIES/ANIMAL TESTING) California approved a resolution urging the United States government to take measures against cosmetic animal testing. State Senator Marty Block initiated the measure sponsored by several animal rights organizations, including Cruelty Free International. Actress Mayim Bialik, a supporter of Cruelty Free International, is thrilled about the resolution and hopes the rest of the U.S. will follow in California’s footsteps. California has been a leader in restricting animal testing, and the state’s success definitively proves it’s possible to use alternatives to animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Read the full article below for more on the resolution. — Global Animal

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Putin On A Show: Vladimir Putin’s Animal Misfires (GALLERY)

(OP-ED/ANIMAL WELFARE) UKRAINE — At the center of the current crisis in Crimea stands Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former KGB man is no stranger to conflict and controversy in the foreign policy arena, and it should come as no surprise that he is certainly no friend to animals either—though his PR campaigns attempt to say otherwise. From attempting to lead a flock of endangered Siberian cranes, to his unwarranted dislike of small dogs, here are some reasons President Putin was inducted into our Animal Cruelty Hall of Shame. — Global Animal

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Australia’s War On The Environment?

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SHARKS) SYDNEY — During Tony Abbott’s short time as Australia’s Prime Minister, sharks have been indiscriminately killed, the dumping of dredging on the Great Barrier Reef was approved, and Tasmania’s forests are now under severe threat. Has the current Australian government declared war on the environment? According to the Independent’s Kathy Marks, the answer is a resounding and shameful yes. Read on to find out why. — Global Animal

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The red wolf is one of the world's most endangered animals.

Animal Welfare Institute Howls For Red Wolves

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILDLIFE) The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) recently filed against the North Carolina State Wildlife Agency for authorizing day and night hunting of coyotes in the red wolves’ protected area. Coyotes look very similar to endangered red wolves, and there are shockingly only 90 to 110 of the species left in the wild. With their hunting authorization, the North Carolina State Wildlife Agency is violating the Endangered Species Act. The hearing of the injunction will take place Tuesday, February 11. — Global Animal

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The Animals Of JFK’s ‘Camelot’ (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP/PETS) This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. For many Americans, JFK’s presidency is symbolic of a new frontier filled with hope and enshrined in the Arthurian legend of Camelot. Here, we celebrate President Kennedy’s life and the menagerie of pets and animals—including dogs, cats, horses, and donkeys—who were all part of the Camelot dream. — Global Animal

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Los Angeles City Council banned the use of bullhooks in circuses on Wednesday.

LA Bullhook Ban Beats Circus Cruelty

(CIRCUS ANIMALS/ ACTIVISM) On Wednesday, the city of Los Angeles dealt a crucial blow to circuses in the area, effectively banning bullhooks, and saving elephants a tremendous deal of pain in the process. After a three-year pursuit of the ban, the Los Angeles City Council voted to forbid the weapon after seeing undercover footage of elephants brutally beaten with bullhooks. The undercover video that helped sway the city council came courtesy of PETA, who once again did their part to protect animals. Continue reading below to find out what the bullhook ban means for elephants and circuses. — Global Animal

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Condors Rejoice! California Bans Lead Ammunition

(WILDLIFE/ENDANGERED SPECIES) California is leading the way for wildlife recovery by becoming the first state to require that all hunting ammunition be lead-free. On October 11th, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the ban in response to documented studies and repeated requests by environmental groups to protect the highly endangered California condors, as well as other birds and wildlife, who are killed every year from direct and secondary lead poisoning. Lead ammunition is devastating to animal life, especially for scavengers like the condor, who are at huge risk by consuming hunted carcasses. Environmentalists are hoping that the ban in California could encourage other states to pass similar laws. In a 2012 study conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, researchers found that almost 70 percent of condor deaths were the result of lead poisoning. With only 400 birds left in existence, eliminating lead-based ammunition is a huge step in the right direction for potentially stabilizing, or even dramatically increasing California condor populations. Read on for more information on the bill, lead poisoning, as well as arguments brought forth by hunters and other opponents. — Global Animal

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Chicken causes more foodborne illnesses than any other meat. Photo credit:

Ag Gag Tramples Freedom Of Speech

(ANIMAL CRUELTY/ANIMAL NEWS) The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and PETA have made huge strides in their effort to disband the unlawful “ag-gag” or “anti-whistleblower” laws in Utah. The controversial “ag-gag” laws give the state the right to conceal incriminating evidence of animal cruelty on their factory farms. It is now illegal for whistleblowers, or undercover workers, to tell the public where their food is coming from and to expose factory farms for their poor working conditions. Animal rights activists say the “ag-gag” law is unconstitutional because it is taking away our first amendment, freedom of speech. Read on to learn more about how PETA and ALDF are working together to put an end to “ag-gag” laws. — Global Animal

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