Monthly Archives: October 2013
(CIRCUS ANIMALS/ ACTIVISM) On Wednesday, the city of Los Angeles dealt a crucial blow to circuses in the area, effectively banning bullhooks, and saving elephants a tremendous deal of pain in the process. After a three-year pursuit of the ban, the Los Angeles City Council voted to forbid the weapon after seeing undercover footage of elephants brutally beaten with bullhooks. The undercover video that helped sway the city council came courtesy of PETA, who once again did their part to protect animals. Continue reading below to find out what the bullhook ban means for elephants and circuses. — Global Animal
(BIRDS/SKIES) GoPro has quickly become the world's most versatile camera, allowing for an infinite amount of creativity in the photography and video production worlds. In terms of the animal kingdom, GoPro has enabled personal encounters with creatures through video capability. These unique and captivating videos allow us to see things we could previously only dream of experiencing. A few months ago, a trainer in the French Alps decided to strap his own GoPro to the back of a bald eagle. His video has become immensely popular because of what it depicts—a literal bird's eye view as we follow the bird's flight through the skies. Read on for some fun facts about the North American bald eagle and see the GoPro video for yourself! — Global Animal
(PET CARE) Various dog jerky treats from China are being pulled off shelves as the FDA reportedly received more than 3,600 complaints of dogs and cats becoming sick, particularly gastrointestinal illnesses, since January. However, while the FDA has issued a warning for all pet food treats made in China, pet parents should be aware that pet food manufacturers are not required to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products. While dogs can't exactly tell us when they're sick, they often exhibit non-verbal clues that can help guardians recognize signs of accidental poisoning. Some suggestions that your pet may have ingested something toxic range from the more obvious like fainting, vomiting, and seizures to lethargy, black stool, and heavy panting. But let's face it, we're not all Dr. Dolittle. So for the health and safety of your beloved pet, make sure to read over these tips on how to tell if your dog has been poisoned. — Global Animal
(PET FOOD RECALL) The FDA's investigation into chicken, duck, and sweet potatoes jerky treats and chew treats, including rawhide, for dogs from China has yet to give consumers an answer to why their dogs are sick. Pet food companies such as Purina, Publix, Del Monte, Costco and other brands of pet treats are voluntarily recalling their treats, though the FDA still doesn't know why the dog treats are causing pets to get sick. The government agency has reportedly received more than 600 complaints of dogs and cats becoming sick, particularly gastrointestinal illnesses. The FDA has issued a warning for all pet food treats made in China. But pet guardians should be aware that pet food manufacturers do not need to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their pet products.
(CAPTIVE ORCAS/KILLER WHALES) With the public finally opening its eyes to the plight of captive killer whales, thanks to the recent release of Blackfish, the collective attitude towards whales in captivity is growing reminiscent of the message portrayed in the early '90s family film, Free Willy. Although it’s been 20 years since Keiko the orca first entered our lives as the star of Warner Brother’s seemingly animal-friendly film franchise, his story has never been more relevant than it is today. Following the film’s release, many fans and spectators began to wonder about the fate of the whale who portrayed Willy on-screen. Tragically, Keiko’s life story doesn’t even come close to the uplifting, glamorized tale of Free Willy. Read on to learn more about Keiko's plight and watch Blackfish on CNN tonight, October 24 at 9pm. — Global Animal