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Dogs Gruesomely Skinned For Golf Gloves

(ANIMAL WELFARE/DOGS) Next time you tee-off, think twice about the gloves you’re wearing. Manufacturers in Southeast Asia are using dog skin for everything from golf gloves to musical instruments, like drums and guitars, according to an animal rights group in Thailand. Predominantly they’re using the skin from male dog’s testicles because “it’s particularly soft.” If it’s not horrifying enough that dogs are being killed for their meat, now their skin is in high demand as well. Police in Thailand made the gruesome discovery of a pile of dog bones and hundreds of dog skins near the Laos border last month. They believe the remains were left by smugglers looking to take them into Vietnam and China, where dog parts are sought-after by restaurants and manufacturers. Many of these pups are beloved pets, stolen from their homes by unscrupulous smugglers because “they’re easier for the smugglers to catch” than strays. The dogs are then cruelly transported in overcrowded cages and in some cases skinned alive for their leather. Government in Southeast Asia is supposedly cracking down on this sickening, illegal tradebut are they doing enough? Read on to learn more about the inhumane and torturous treatment these innocent animals are forced to endure and what’s being done to stop it. — Global Animal

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California Court Makes Waves, Upholds Shark Fin Ban

(SHARKS/SHARK FINNING) In a victory against the cruel practice of shark finning, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of San Francisco upheld California’s 2011 ban on the possession or sale of shark fins. The decision to uphold the law, despite opponents’ claims that it discriminates against the Chinese community, continues the upward momentum against shark finning. In the last few years, the European Union, New York State, Taiwan, Costa Rica, and India have all banned shark finning, and even China has made moves against the practice. Read on to find out more about this big win for sharks in California. — Global Animal

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Jackie Chan Combats Traditional Chinese Medicine

(ACTIVISM/CELEBRITIES) What could be a bigger challenge than taking on Bruce Lee? Try taking on traditional Chinese medicine. Jackie Chan has made a name for himself as a Hollywood action hero, but he has also gained a reputation as an animal hero. The movie star is fighting to save endangered animals by imploring his fans to stop buying ivory, rhino horn, and other products used for traditional Chinese medicine. See the video clip below and continue reading to learn more about Chan’s efforts to help save wildlife. — Global Animal

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The Agony Of The Angora Rabbit Fur Industry

(ANIMAL WELFARE/FUR) Just in time for the holidays, several fashion brands like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Van Heusen, and Asos are partaking in an act of kindness for angora rabbits, by banning all products made from angora fur. The stores joined the fight against the monstrous angora fur industry after PETA released an appalling video of Chinese workers ripping fur from terrified live rabbits on a rabbit farm. “After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into shock, lying motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages, with no solid flooring or bedding, and without the vital companionship of other rabbits. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their bodies are sold,” PETA said in a statement. Asos is giving customers who bought angora products the right to a full refund. Read on to learn why we must boycott this cruel industry and sign the petition urging the Chinese government to end this senseless suffering. — Global Animal

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A Wedding “Tail”: Two Dogs Live Happily Ever After

(DOG PICTURES/TOUCHING TALES) CHINA — It was a match made in doggie heaven! After surviving the deadliest earthquake in China in over 30 years, two homeless pups miraculously found one another. Lanlan and Guaiguai first met at the Home of Rescued Animals in Chengdu after the devastating 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. They were found with severely damaged hind legs, but thanks to some caring animal rescue workers they’re now living happily ever after in wedded bliss. See below for more on Lanlan and Guaiguai’s puppy love story and check out the happy couple’s wedding photos. — Global Animal

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Cockroach Farms A Booming Business In China

(ANIMAL WELFARE/INSECTS) CHINA—  There are currently over a hundred buildings in China where certain animals are being raised for profit. Like in any other typical factory farm, the workers squeeze hundreds of the animals together in foul conditions—except in these particular farms, they’re not raising cows or chickens, but cockroaches. Wang Fuming, a 43-year-old Chinese farmer, is the owner of the biggest factory, which boasts 10 million roaches. He tries to conceal its location, knowing very well that factories like his pose a risk to the community. In fact, just a few months ago, over one million cockroaches escaped from a farm and had to be tracked down by disease control authorities. This new disturbing trend is quickly becoming a profitable venture as more farmers are choosing the low maintenance cockroaches that are bred, and then boiled to be pulverized into powder, and sold to medical and cosmetic industries. Proponents claim cockroach powder has properties that help cure baldness, AIDS, and cancer. Strangely, while some can’t say enough about the magical properties of the powder, some companies who are using it in their products choose to omit their “secret ingredient.” Read more at the link below to learn about this unsavory business. — Global Animal

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China protests animal circus, angry over the use of endangered and exotic animals.

Chinese Citizens Cancel Circus Citing Abuse

(ACTIVISM/CIRCUS ANIMALS) CHINA — A Chinese circus was promptly shut down this week, after a group of citizens contacted the local authorities, and complained about suspected animal cruelty contained in the circus’ promotional material. Even though Chinese laws prohibit animal performances, it is believed a large number of these shows still take place throughout the country. Continue reading below to find out how the rise of activism in China is leading the country to a more animal-friendly state of mind. — Global Animal

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