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A Whale Of A Day: 6 Fun Facts For World Whale Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) Every year on February 16, conservationists and animal lovers alike come together to celebrate World Whale Day. Founded in 1980, this international day of observance serves to raise awareness about the ongoing need to protect our world's whale populations. Whales are so incredibly important to our Earth's ecosystems as they play an integral role in balancing the food chain and ensuring certain species do not overpopulate the world's oceans. However, these animals are threatened by a number of human-related activities like pollution, ship collisions, and even hunting. Despite a ban on commercial whaling in 1986, whales still face slaughter--most notably off the coasts of Japan. Celebrate World Whale Day and learn more about the oceans' most iconic mammals with these important facts below, and see how you can take action to help marine life. -- Global Animal

Here’s Why You Should Never Pay To Pet A Tiger

(TIGERS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Tourists all over the world pay to pet baby tigers, but it's actually a lot worse than you'd think. In reality, baby tigers are bred and taken from their mothers, putting them at risk of dying at an early age. When they grow too big to be held, they're sold to zoos, circuses, and other tourist attractions where they're often, drugged, chained, and abused. In some cases, they're also killed for their body parts. With less than 4,000 tigers in the wild, these endangered animals need our help more than ever. To help save tigers, we encourage you to support Project CAT and Big Cat Rescue. -- Global Animal

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