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A new ad released by the Humane Society Legislative Fund warns that a Donald Trump presidency “would be a threat to animals everywhere.” Photo Credit: Humane Society Legislative Fund

Humane Society: “Trump Presidency Would Be A Threat To Animals Everywhere”

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL POLITICS) Eliciting the most one-sided assortment of newspaper endorsements in history, the 2016 presidential election has been a particularly polarizing one. Editors of major news publications are breaking decades-long party loyalties by endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. And while some traditionally Republican-sided papers have switched teams in this election–perhaps even for the first […]

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

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 […]

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Protests against shark culling have increased after the Western Australian government introduced a culling policy following an increase in shark attacks in the region

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 […]

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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 […]

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The first family with Clipper (standing), Charlie (with Caroline), Wolf (reclining), Shannon (with John Jr.), and two of Pushinka's puppies (with Jackie Kennedy). Photo: Cecil Stoughton/Wikimedia Commons

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 […]

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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 […]

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California is the first state to ban lead ammunition—used by hunters like this one—which could help the state's wildlife population. Photo Credit: Ade's Pets

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 […]

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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 […]

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The wolf holds a significant position in foundational mythologies of Eurasia and North America. The Tlingit community god name means “wolf,” and they worship a wolf-head, and the shamanic Turkic believes they are descendants of wolves. Photo Credit: Facebook

Montana Lowers Fees To Kill Wolves

(WOLVES/WILDLIFE) Up until recently, wolves have been on the verge of extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that because wolf numbers are up, they would like to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. It seems the state of Montana finds this to be enough justification to kill more wolves, meaning […]

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Stray dogs are confined in an animal shelter outside Bucharest. Photo Credit: AP

Stray Dogs Facing Death

(DOGS/ANIMAL WELFARE) Last month, Romania passed a law to legally euthanize stray dogs. The law came to pass after a child was killed from wounds sustained by stray dogs in Bucharest, and allows for local governments to euthanize stray dogs that are caught and not adopted in two weeks. On Wednesday, September 25, courts upheld […]

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<p>Tony, a Bengal-Siberian tiger, resides at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA. Photo Credit: Jennifer Zdon, NY Times</p>

Tony The Truck Stop Tiger Triumphs!

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL WELFARE) The fight to free Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger famously caged and put on display at Grosse Tete, Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop, continues. The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a petition to review the Court of Appeal’s decision, which ruled in favor of the captive tiger. The Louisiana Court of Appeal ruled that Michael […]

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An animal rights group devoted to abolishing the horse carriage industry in New York City declared victory. Photo Credit: flickr

Hold Your Horses! NYC Says No More Horse Carriages!

(HORSES/ANIMAL RIGHTS) NYCLASS, a non-profit animal welfare and advocacy organization in New York City, has been devoted to abolishing the horse carriage industry in New York City for some time. Recently, the group declared victory against one of the largest, most outdated forms of tourism and animal cruelty in the Big Apple. The organization ran […]

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A Marmoset monkey used in animal testing

Guilty Government Practices

(ANIMAL TESTING/RESEARCH) The federal government may currently be shut down, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped paying attention. Few actually realize how much money the government spends on funding research campaigns. Sure, this may sound like an excellent initiative, but what does that mean for research animals? The government spends up to $14.5 billion […]

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