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Peter Singer On Forgotten Fish: Why We Ignore Their Pain

(FISHING/OCEANS) Animal welfare luminary, professor at Princeton University, and author Peter Singer ponders if the consumption of fish is ethical, and why we seem unconcerned with their pain. Read Singer’s compelling account on why fishing is widely accepted, though commercial fishing is among the most inhumane of hunting practices, letting fish die a slow and painful death by leaving them out of the water. For those of us who say, ‘I only eat fish,’ in answer to the vegetarian question, this article provides unforgettable food for thought. Whether or not our actions change, at very least, our choices are more informed. – Global Animal

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Top Reasons To Go Vegan: Fish Are Friends, Not Food

Prison’s Animal IQ Is A Crime

(VEGETARIANISM) If Orange Is the New Black, then fish is the new tofu—at least according to officials at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Connecticut who defy biology by claiming fish meat is not actually meat. Inmate Howard Cosby requested vegetarian meals due to his personal religious beliefs, but has been repeatedly denied as the prison continues to feed him seafood three times a week. Cosby enlisted the help of PETA after his complaints to the prison were ignored. Read on to find out why the prison is making a mistake by not adopting a more animal friendly diet. – Global Animal

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Can Fish Use Sign Language?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) Two types of fish—grouper and coral trout—have been found to use sign language to help out their hunting buddies. A study published in the journal Nature Communications discovered that the fish are able to “point” their heads toward prey to alert their partners in crime where their next meal is hiding. After studying gesturing grouper in the wild, researchers found that when the prey fish escaped the hunting alliance, a grouper would sometimes move to where the victim was hiding and “signal” the others. Coral trout practice similar gestures, and as a matter of fact, this is the first time “sign language” has been found to occur in animals other than ravens and primates. Read on for more on these signing creatures and this enlightening study. — Global Animal

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Chimps Put Human Memory To Shame

(ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) Evidence is starting to prove that we have seriously underestimated our animal friends’ intelligence as we often test them in ways that work for humans but not with other species. Scientists are finally seeing eye to eye with animals’ intellectual aptitude in both scope and scale while taking into consideration an animal’s anatomy and special abilities. As researchers begin to think about tests from the animal’s perspective, they are finding out that chimps have a better memory than humans among other surprising discoveries. Read on to learn more about how this shift in research is fundamentally reshaping our understanding of animal intelligence. — Global Animal

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Fish Show Intelligence With Tool Use

(ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) AUSTRALIA — Intelligence has often been a trait reserved for animals. However, new evidence suggests that our underwater friends have some tricks – and some tools – up their sleeves. The Tusk fish, a large species of fish found in the Great Barrier Reef, was photographed smashing a shell against a rock on the ocean floor, a clear example of tool use, scientists say. Earlier studies have already proven that fish feel pain. See how this Tusk fish finding is forcing scientists to reevaluate the intelligence and presence of tool use in underwater species. — Global Animal

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Dolphins: Smarter Than Your 3-Year-Old?

(ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) Dolphins are brilliant — the second smartest beings on the planet. Scientists have just declared that dolphins are so intelligent that they should be treated as “non-human persons.”  As such, to exploit them in amusement parks or slaughter them (remember Taiji?) is as morally atrocious as slavery and torture. Read on to learn the implications of this fascinating and important discovery. — Global Animal

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