Monthly Archives: January 2013

NY Firefighters Host Squirrel Shootout

(ANIMAL RIGHTS) In the town of Holley, New York, the fire department is holding it's 7th annual mass squirrel killing contest known as the "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam," which will take place on February 15, 2013. The Holley Fire Department is located in the Village of Holley, in eastern Orleans County, NY. Their "tradition" of hunting squirrels has been brought to the attention of animal advocates from across the country. Read on to learn more about this horrific event and sign the petitions to put an end to this inhumane act. — Global Animal

Chief Saunooke Bear Park Shut Down

(ANIMAL WELFARE) Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee, North Carolina is finally being shut down following animal abuse allegations from prominent animal rights and conservation groups such as PETA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released an order this month to suspend the bear pit's exhibitor license and fine the facility $20,000 after PETA revealed that it had uncovered evidence that the park failed to provide the bears with appropriate food, veterinary care, and safe housing. Delcianna Winders, a director at PETA, expressed her hopes that the bear park will remain closed for good and that the bears will be relocated to a reputable sanctuary. But unfortunately, despite the shutdown, the bears will likely remain with their owners for the time being. Read on to learn more about the abuse allegations and sign the petition to ban exotic animal ownership in North Carolina. — Global Animal

Super-Furry Animals: When Animals Save The Day

(AMAZING ANIMALS) Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's these remarkable animals! Animals can be everything from man's best friend to real-life heroes. Check out the examples in the infographic below featuring the mnay ways animals have saved people's lives as well as the benefits of caring for a pet. — Global Animal

Iran Reports Launching Monkey Into Space

(ANIMAL WELFARE) On Monday, Iran announced that the nation had successfully launched a rocket carrying a live monkey into space as a prelude to the Islamic republic's goal of a manned mission. State media claims the monkey was launched 70 miles in an "indigenous bio-capsule," the Kavoshgar rocket dubbed "Pishgam" (Farsi for "Pioneer"), but gave no other details except that the monkey returned safely. In a statement, animal rights group PETA said, "Iran is repeating the wasteful and cruel mistakes that marked the darkest days of the space race. Monkeys are highly intelligent and sensitive animals who not only are traumatised by the violence and noise of a launch and landing but also suffer when caged in a laboratory before and – if they survive – after a flight." Now, for the second time, PETA is reaching out to the head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), urging them to stop this cruel practice. Fortunately, the European Space Agency (ESA), which is very active in space exploration, has declined any interest in monkey research and does not consider any need or use for such results. Read the New York Times article below for more on this inhumane event. — Global Animal

ABC’s The Taste Features Vegan Chef

(VEGAN) Good news for vegans! Last night, chef Dayna McLeod was featured on ABC's reality cooking show, "The Taste," marking the first time a vegan chef has appeared on a primetime cooking show. Dayna had a rather tough audience, as one of the judges, Anthony Bourdain, loathes vegan food. But for the renown vegan chef, this was a great opportunity to prove Bordain wrong. Read on to find out why McLeod hopes her appearance will help inspire the vegan community. And for a taste of Dayna's cooking, check out her delicious Asian Noodles recipe, one of the top 10 vegan recipes of 2012.  — Global Animal

Kristen Bell Stands Up For Moms Of Every Species

(FACTORY FARMING) In the animal news world, Kristen Bell is mostly known for her adorable reaction to sloths, but the actress is now involved with a more serious issue. Since announcing that she's expecting her first baby Bell has decided to help some less fortunate mothers. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star has teamed up with The Humane Society of the United States, and penned a letter to Neil Dierks, the CEO of the National Pork Producers Council, asking to end the cruel practice of gestation crates. Read on to find out how you can help as well. — Global Animal

Abusive methods are often used to train circus animals. Photo credit: Kerri9494 via flickr

Animal Defenders International Rescues Thousands

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips are co-founders of Animal Defenders International, an organization that uses undercover evidence to inform the public of animal exploitation and encourage change. Together the pair secured a prohibition of animal experimentation throughout all 26 countries in Europe. The ban on animal experimenting "is saving 30,000 animals every year in Europe." Among their efforts, ADI has also helped ban circuses in many countries around the world, including the United Kingdom and Bolivia. Continue reading to learn about ADI's accomplishments and current campaigns. — Global Animal 

Girls Play With Wild Fox

(ANIMAL VIDEO) Watch these little girls play with this playful little fox. — Global Animal

Sea Shepherd Intercepts Poachers, Not A Single Whale Killed

(OCEANS) According to a press release, Sea Shepherd Australia's vessel, the SSS Brigitte Bardot, has successfully intercepted the Japanese whaling ship, Tushin Maru No. 3 in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Though it is appalling that the whaling fleet has been detected in Whale Sanctuary to begin with, Operation Zero Tolerance co-campaign leader Bob Brown believes, "It is likely that we have intercepted these whale poachers before a single harpoon has been fired." Sea Shepherd will continue to do its part in upholding the Australian Federal Court ruling that bans Japanese whaling, while Operation Zero Tolerance co-campaign Leader Jeff Hansen reassures, "We will not tolerate a single whale death inside the established whale sanctuary by these poachers." Read on to learn more about this great success. — Global Animal

Dogs Ready For The Super Bowl (GALLERY)

(DOG PICTURES) So, who's it gonna be? The Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers? Check out these hopeful pooches as they root for their favorite teams! — Global Animal

Should New Zealand Eliminate Cats To Save Birds?

(LIFE WITH PETS) Economist and environmentalist Gareth Morgan recently ignited a controversy after an interview where he said that all cats should be gradually removed from New Zealand. Because New Zealand has one of the highest cat ownership rates in the world, he advises that all of the country's residents not only neuter their cats, but also turn over strays to local authorities for euthanization in order to protect native bird species. Many of Morgan's propositions are quite extreme, including his suggestion that people should catch stray cats with cage-traps and that the government should offer "free disposal of cats." But while Morgan is not alone in his beliefs, we would like to know what you think. Is Morgan's stance too extreme? Make your voice heard in the comments below. — Global Animal

Dolphin Asks Divers For Help (VIDEO)

(OCEANS) A bottlenose dolphin recently found himself stuck with a hook and a fishing line in his pectoral fin. Fortunately, the clever mammal knew how to ask for help. The dolphin continued swimming around a group of divers who were on a night swim off Kona on January 11, until they took notice of his condition and helped him. The divers were watching manta rays feeding on plankton when the dolphin started circling around them. Read on to learn more about the amazing story and watch the video of the dolphin rescue. — Global Animal

World’s Laziest Corgi Fight

(ANIMAL VIDEO) Corgi paralysis: a very real (and super cute) problem. — Global Animal

Legislators Cover Up The Truth About Factory Farming

(FARM ANIMALS) In an effort to silence the media and animal activists, legislators currently accepting political contributions from the livestock industry are also trying to pass new Ag-Gag laws. Ag-Gag laws, or rather censorship at its worst, make it an "act of terrorism" for undercover investigators or anyone else to expose the illegal and brutal reality of factory farming. Six states already enforce these oppressive laws, including North Dakota, Montana, and Kansas. Many animal friendly organizations have used undercover investigations to help improve farm animal conditions. Without such transparency, it's painful to imagine the kind of negligence and abuse that will be ignored. Read on to find out how you can help. — Global Animal

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