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What will it take before we respect the planet? Photo credit: World Wildlife Foundation

Animal Ads Prove A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISM/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) The powerful images in the gallery below help give a voice to innocent animals who would otherwise be left unheard. Produced by animal rights organizations like World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and Society for Protection of Animals (SPA), these animal ad campaigns shed light on which species are close to extinction and how we can change our everyday practices to protect wildlife. Check out the following animal ads that strive to bring awareness to animal rights issues and inhumane practices. — Global Animal

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Raju Gets A Girlfriend: An Elephant Love Story

(ANIMAL RESCUE/ELEPHANTS) Raju has a girlfriend. The elephant who became a social media darling for his tears of joy after being rescued from a lifetime of horrific abuse is finally enjoying life. The five-and-a-half ton animal is safely residing in the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Northern India, wheree he’s feasting on fruits and biscuits, being treated for his wounds, and hanging out with Phoolkali, a female elephant who had been saved from death just two years earlier. After 50 years of chains and shackles, torturous beatings and consuming plastic and paper to survive, the majestic creature can now live in peace thanks to a team from Wildlife SOS, a North London-based charity. When he’s fully recovered Raju will spend the rest of his days in a safe compound free from pain and suffering. Read below to learn more about Raju and Wildlife SOS’s daring and emotional midnight rescue. — Global Animal

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Cheerleader’s Heartless Hobby Spells Out “Cruelty”

(ANIMAL CRUELTY/HUNTING) Animal rights activists are outraged by the recent activities of Kendall Jones. The 19-year-old Texas Tech University cheerleader sparked a firestorm of debate after posting a series of pictures on Facebook of herself posing next to her big game kills, which include a zebra, lion, leopard, and rhino. Jones hopes to one day host a TV show focused on big game hunting, and quite nonsensically, she claims her passion for hunting lies in a need to promote wildlife conservation efforts. Likening her beliefs to Teddy Roosevelt’s conservation methods, Jones refuses to back down or delete the controversial photos. You can take action by signing the two online petitions were created to take down her Facebook page and ban the teenager from hunting in South Africa. Read on for the full details on her South African killing spree as well as her counterintuitive reasoning. — Global Animal

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15 Surprising Sloth Facts

(FUN ANIMAL FACTS/WILDLIFE/SLOTHS) Sloths are adorable, slow-moving mammals native to Central and South America. They are solitary mammals and just so happen to provide a habitat for a multitude of other organisms. For instance, did you know a single sloth may be home to moths, beetles, cockroaches, fungi, and algae? Scroll down for a fun list of 15 more surprising sloth facts. — Global Animal

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The first picture of Sunder in his new sanctuary at the Bannerghatta Biological Park. Photo credit: PETA

Bringing Sunder The Elephant To Safety

(ELEPHANTS/ANIMAL WELFARE) MUMBAI — Sunder the elephant, who has been held captive by the Jyotiba temple since 2007, was finally rescued and released into a 122-acre elephant care center in Bannerghatta Biological Park in Karnataka, India. Sunder endured excessive abuse from his previous handlers which included being tightly chained and beaten with spikes. PETA has been fighting a campaign for Sunder’s release for two years and in the process has obtained secret video footage, support from celebrities, as well as victories in the Supreme Court. — Global Animal

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The Humane Society of the United States saved Arden and a number of chimps from captivity.

Lab Chimps See Sun For First Time In Award-Winning Video

(ANIMAL TESTING/LAB CHIMPANZEES) An emotional video produced by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), entitled “Chimps: A New Life, Retirement,” was recently named the Telly Award’s “People’s Silver Winner” for creative distinction. The Telly Awards are highly competitive, and less than 10 percent of more than 12,000 videos submitted receive the Silver Telly, the highest honor. By partnering with YouTube, the Telly Awards allow the people and a panel of judges to determine which entries will receive the award. This year, the HSUS video was chosen as one of the select few. — Global Animal

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Unlikely Animal Friends: A Lion, Tiger, And Bear! Oh My!

(ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP) At Noah’s Ark, a wild-animal rescue center in Georgia, an unlikely trio consisting of an American black bear named Baloo, Leo the lion, and a Bengal tiger named Shere Kahn have become the best of friends. The three animals—collectively known as the “BLT”—were rescued as cubs nearly 12 years ago from an abusive home and have been inseparable ever since. Continue reading and watch the heartwarming video to learn more about this unlikely friendship. — Global Animal

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Panda-monium! 15 Fun Panda Facts

(PANDAS/FUN ANIMAL FACTS) Pandas are adorable, gentle giants who are in dire need our help. Giant pandas have been on the endangered list since 1990, with habitat loss and poaching being the biggest threats to their population’s survival. With only 1,000 giant pandas left in the world, the species is now on the brink of extinction. Scroll below for 15 fun and interesting facts that will inspire you to help save this amazing animal from going extinct. — Global Animal

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