Monthly Archives: November 2010

Could The Whale Wars Be Over?

Nov. 30, 2010 (WHALE WARS) – Is it possible to be cautiously ecstatic? If so, that may capture how people worldwide feel about the Japanese whalers possibly calling it quits, at least for this season. Sea Shepherd is reporting that the whaling fleet has not yet left port. Never before have the whalers left later than November 19. Let us hope that the volunteers aboard the three vessels in the Operation No Compromise campaign will be out of work! – Global Animal

Bear Gall Bladders: Illegal And Ineffectual, But Lead Web Searches

Bear gall bladders are dominating Internet searches and are widely used in ancient Asian medicines. However, not only is the trafficking and trade of bear organs illegal, but gall bladders have no medicinal purpose. Why do people continue to slaughter animals for useless organs, when there is proven, legal medicine available?

See How They Run: Cheetahs To Be Reintroduced To Wild

ENGLAND – (ANIMAL VIDEO) A new method of introducing European-bred cheetahs back into the wild is in its trial run, with two cheetahs leaving the green fields of Kent for the savannah of Africa. To date, no cheetah has successfully been reintroduced back into the wild. Read how they plan to do it...

Fact Over Finance: Australia Tightens Bluefin Fishing Laws

Nov. 29, 2010 AUSTRALIA– Bluefin tuna is Australia's most valuable fin fish, but that didn't stop the government from tightening fishing laws and listing the fish as "conservation dependent." The fish was badly hit by a 20-year hidden overcatch by Japanese fishers and current populations are 4.7 percent of their previous size.

Wasn’t That A Party?: The Buffet For Monkeys

THAILAND– (PHOTOS!) Any resemblance between the 5-course Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, Thailand this weekend and your holiday get-together is entirely coincidental.

Animal CSI Teams Solve Crimes Against Animals

FLORIDA – Because statistics show that violence against animals often leads to crimes against people, forensic "CSI Animal" teams are being created across the nation. Meet Melinda Merck, the forensic veterinarian brought in to make the case against dog killer Michael Vick, as she trains new recruits. We applaud treating crimes against animals as seriously as crimes against people, a major step in changing the way we relate to animals.

Tiger Summit Raises $330 Million And Concerns

RUSSIA, Nov. 24, 2010 – Amid celebrity supporters like Leonardo DiCaprio, the Global Tiger Recovery Program was launched in an effort to save the world's remaining 3200 wild tigers, with pledges from different countries of $330 million. Read why some are hopeful and some concerned by this news.

As the director of the World Bank's Global Tiger Initiative said, the tiger has made the world realize there is a crisis in nature taking place. Yes. We at Global Animal believe that the great cats and other species like bluefin tuna are the canary in the coal mine. We must find a balance between the economy and nature: to save the environment to save the tigers to save ourselves – it's all connected. And we must prosecute to the full extent of the law those who would kill any remaining tiger for money, for this is not only a crime against nature but a crime against our world's heritage, which belongs to everybody. Money should be released immediately to stop the poaching in its tracks. – Global Animal

What Will Happen To The California Sea Otter?

CALIFORNIA - Sea otters off the coast of California have been forcefully relocated since 1986. However, this plan is in the process of being declared a failure. What will happen to the otters now? We think they should be allowed to live where they choose!

Clooney, Irish Setter Wins Best In Show At National Dog Show

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26, 2010 – An Irish Setter named Clooney was the surprise Best In Show winner at this year's National Dog show. Here's how he did it!

Blue-whales are the world's largest known animals. Photo Credit: Erik Olson, New York Times

The Whale Paradox

(OCEANS/WHALES) Philip Hoare tells us why we owe whales an apology. If we're not hunting them, we're exploiting them for entertainment – outmoded ways of interacting with the magnificent mammals. – Global Animal

Woman Detained After Attempting To Smuggle Gyrfalcons

MOSCOW, Nov. 24, 2010 – A smuggler has been detained after eight gyrfalcons were found in her luggage. As many smuggled animals don't survive the trip, we're thankful these magnificent predators will be returned to the wild and hope this smuggler is punished to the full extent of the law.

Barkworks Protest Shines Spotlight On Puppy Mills

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27, 2010. A large protest against Barkworks, a pet store chain that sells puppy mill bred puppies, shines a light on the larger issue of puppy mills across the country. With so many dogs up for adoption (and 20% are purebred!), no dog should be purchased in a store or over the internet. If you're thinking of adding a dog to your family this holiday season, rescue, don't buy! Almost every breed is available and has a dedicated rescue organization devoted to saving that breed.

Cities In Sudan To Be Shaped Like Giraffe, Rhino

SUDAN- It beats most city planing– the president's office goes in the rhino's eye, the main boulevard will run down the giraffe's neck, and the sewage treatment plant? Under the giraffe's tail, of course.

Irresponsible Dog Walkers Fined For Leaving Mess

UNITED KINGDOM - Pet guardians watch out: There's a crack down on those who don't pick up after their dogs. Dog poop contains toxins that can cause serious illness and death, so please, be responsible and pick up the poop.