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Monthly Archives: October 2016

TripAdvisor Tells Animal Attractions To Hit The Road

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL TOURISM) This week, one of the world's leading travel review and booking websites,, announced they will discontinue sales for hundreds of attractions where travelers are able to interact with animals in captivity. This includes cruel animal attractions like elephant rides, swimming with dolphins, and petting endangered species such as tigers. The move comes after months of pressure and correspondence with animal welfare groups who have urged the company to cease support for attractions that are proven to cause animals psychological and physical trauma, and inevitably lead to more animals being taken from the wild. The first of its kind by a travel booking website, the decision sets a precedent for other major travel companies to take a stand for animals and put attractions that exploit animals without offering any educational value out of business. TripAdvisor plans to implement the new policy changes by early 2017. Read on to learn more about TripAdvisor's industry-leading move and how it raises the standards of care and compassion within the tourism industry. -- Global Animal

Cat Attacks Donald Trump On Screen

(CATS/PETS/FUNNY ANIMAL VIDEO) This angry cat was left fur-ious by Donald Trump's recent lewd comments about women. Watch how he reacts to Trump's 'apology' by ardently scratching away at the TV screen. It's pretty clear this kitty does not think Trump is sorry whatsoever. What do you think? -- Global Animal

When You Just Want To Clean Your Bike In Peace

(FUNNY DOGS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) Sometimes you just want to clean your motorcycle in peace. But as many dog parents know all too well, sometimes using a garden hose is next to impossible when the dog is around. -- Global Animal
Donald Trump Sons, Brothers Eric and Donald Jr. hunt and kill wild leopard

Are Trump Boys Worthy Of Respect?

(TROPHY HUNTING) At the end of the last presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was asked if she could say something positive about her opponent. She said the following: "Look, I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald….I don’t agree with nearly anything else he says or does. But I do respect that and I think that is something that as a mother and a grandmother is very important to me.” On the surface, Hillary’s response seemed like an anodyne answer to a difficult question: What, at this point, is there positive to say about Donald Trump? But ever the politician, Hillary chose a seemingly safe and political response—nobody can argue with praising his kids right? -- Global Animal

Pups Prescriped To Ease Post-NFL Pain

(SERVICE DOGS/THERAPY ANIMALS) More than 40 percent of retired NFL players suffer from brain injuries likely caused by repeated head traumas. And while conversations surrounding NFL player safety have surfaced in recent years, discourse is beginning to focus more and more on treatment and recovery options for retired players, military veterans, and those alike. Niklaus, a two-year-old Dutch Shepherd, is the first-ever service dog trained specifically to aid a retired NFL player. Niko was paired with retired NFL defensive lineman Brian Schaefering at the Outlier K-9 Foundation's Dogpatch Downs after current NFL player Eugene Monroe of the Baltimore Ravens heard about Schafering's struggles with pain, brain damage, and a speech impediment. Monroe contacted Richard Starks of Outlier K9, whose business aims to provide therapy dogs to a wider range of clients with specific needs. With help from the foundation, Niko, and an eight-month training regimen, Schaefering is finally regaining some semblance of his former life. Niko assists with everything from helping the former player keep his balance to relieving symptoms of PTSD. Now Schaefering wants to help other former players--and anyone else who would benefit from a service dog--by creating a foundation that will assist individuals of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds who need help. Read on for more on Schaefering and Niklaus' journey, and see how Schaefering became inspired to create a support system for others who suffer in isolation. -- Global Animal

Dog Likes To Wear Crocs

(FUNNY DOGS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) Crocs may not be the cutest shoes in the world, but this Boxer named Watson makes them look so good. Watch him slip his paws into the black, rubbery kicks and awkwardly, yet purposefully stomp around the living room. His Crocs are made for stompin', and that's just what they'll do! -- Global Animal

Victory For Montreal’s Pit Bulls!

(ANIMAL NEWS/PIT BULLS) Just two days after going into effect, Montreal's pit bull ban is suspended indefinitely. The proposed ban--affecting an estimated 7,000 dogs throughout the city--prohibits people from adopting “pit bull type dogs," and would require existing pit bull parents to undergo a criminal background check, muzzle their dogs when outdoors, and obtain a special $150 permit. Animal rights groups--most notably the Montreal SPCA--have strongly advocated against the ban as it would mean a death sentence for pit bulls in all Montreal shelters, and would place an unnecessary burden on low-income or homeless pet parents with dogs classified as pit bulls--this includes American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, and Staffordshire bull terriers. Justice Louis Gouin of Quebec Superior Court decided the legislation should be put on hold while reviewing the Montreal SPCA's ongoing lawsuit against the city, which argues the law is so vague that it puts any large-headed dog at risk. This comes as great news for the city's shelter dogs who would be considered "unadoptable" under the ban, and provides them with more much-needed time to find new homes outside the city. Read on for more on the Montreal SPCA's efforts and see how you can help the city's pit bulls at the links below. -- Global Animal

Dog Thanks Cat With A Hug

(CATS & DOGS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) Some interspecies animal friendships can be a bit complicated. Take this cat and dog duo, for example. Watch the Golden Retriever thank the feisty kitty with a post-battle hug--a classic love-hate relationship, but it's all in good fun! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Roasted Squash & Pumpkin Seed Mole Bowls

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, it's time to embrace the flavors of fall! This vegetarian rice bowl combines butternut squash and pumpkin seeds with a delicious Mexican mole sauce for a delicious fall fusion. Use lime wedges for garnishing to give the dish an extra pop of zest. This dish is so hearty and satisfying, you'll forget it's 100 percent vegan! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Adorable Mini Horse Chases After Man

(CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO/HORSES) There's no denying miniature horses are adorable, but this three-day-old mini horse takes the cake! In the video clip above, the baby horse tests out his hooves in hot pursuit of a man wearing sandals named Sterling Bartow. Watch him gallop around like there's no tomorrow! -- Global Animal

Guy Takes Photos Of Dogs Catching Treats

(FUNNY DOGS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) In the video clip above, witness photographer Christian Vieler's hilarious collection of photos depicting dogs trying to catch treats. His photos capture the many faces of dogs expressing excitement, anticipation, and even confusion at times. -- Global Animal

Batpig To The Rescue!

(PUPPIES/DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) Na na na na na na na na na na na na...Batpig! In the spirit of Halloween, watch this French Bulldog wiggle his way to the rescue! -- Global Animal

Donkey Swinging In Hammock

(FARM ANIMALS/FUNNY ANIMAL VIDEO) Leo the donkey absolutely loves his daily hammock time--and who could blame him?! We all need a lazy ass day every now and then. Luckily it's finally Friday, so it's time to kick up your hooves and get ready for the weekend! Hee-haw! -- Global Animal

When You Just Want To Escape

(FUNNY DOGS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to escape? This dog certainly has the right idea! Watch him sail away in his private rubber duckie float. Don't worry, pup--it's almost Friday! -- Global Animal