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Activists from Earth Island Institute (EII) and the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PWAS) hold a demonstration against dolphin hunting in front of the Japanese Embassy in Manila on September 1, 2016. Photo Credit: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty

Dolphin Killing Season Surfaces In Japan

(MARINE PARKS/DOLPHINS) This month marked the beginning of the cruel dolphin killing season which takes place in Taiji and other Japanese fishing towns, from September through March. Each year, upwards of 20,000 dolphins and other cetaceans are brutally slaughtered–often cruelly stabbed with knives, hooks and lances–in the annual hunt. While part of the dolphins’ flesh is […]

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‘A Hero To Many:’ Elephant Crusader Shot Dead In Tanzania

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) SOUTH AFRICA — Wildlife conservationist Wayne Lotter was recently shot and killed in Tanzania, where he dedicated his life to putting an end to poaching and the illegal ivory trade. Tanzanian law enforcement has launched an investigation into his death, and while it’s unclear whether Lotter was killed as a result of his […]

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People use protective glasses on their dog during a partial solar eclipse at the Pier Head in Liverpool, north-west England, on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

How Will Animals React To The Solar Eclipse?

(ANIMAL BEHAVIOR) Animals across the country may act strangely on Monday, August 21, as the U.S. witnesses the first total solar eclipse since 1979. While experts claim reports of animals going berserk during solar eclipses are purely anecdotal, animals big and small have been seen changing their behavior when the sky goes dark during totality. […]

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Join The Stampede! Celebrate World Elephant Day

(ELEPHANTS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Happy World Elephant Day! This global campaign was founded in 2012 to shine a light on the delicate state of elephant populations across the globe. In addition to habitat loss and exploitation, poaching for the ivory trade is one of the most difficult issues conservationists must face to protect these gentle giants. But […]

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Lions are quickly vanishing across the African plain. Photo credit: openwalls.com

Be A Lionheart For Lions This World Lion Day!

(LIONS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Today, August 10 is World Lion Day! Celebrating the almightly King of the Jungle, this international holiday aims to raise awareness about the plight of lions and help save them from extinction. African lion numbers are dropping drastically as wealthy hunters pay tens of thousands of dollars to hunt these magnificent creatures. In […]

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International Cat Day: Fun Facts Celebrating Our Favorite Felines

(CATS/PETS) Today, August 8 is International Cat Day! Founded by the International Fund of Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2002, International Cat Day is dedicated to celebrating people’s passion for these furry friends, while spreading awareness for cats in need. But today isn’t the only holiday dedicated to cats. There’s also also National Cat Day on […]

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Ivory artifacts seized by NY state investigators to be crushed in Central park. Photo Credit: Associated Press

New York City Crushes Millions Of Dollars’ Worth Of Illegal Ivory To Save Elephants

(ANIMAL NEWS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) NEW YORK CITY — In a move to combat the illegal ivory trade that kills countless elephants each day, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation destroyed over two tons of ivory in Central Park on Thursday. While the practice is controversial, the destruction of piles of confiscated tusks, trinkets, statues, […]

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Mark Freeley with Storm, his 6-year-old English Labrador retriever, who pulled a fawn from Port Jefferson Harbor several days ago, in Port Jefferson - JOHNNY MILANO,NYT

Oh Deer! Hero Dog Saves Drowning Fawn

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) NEW YORK — A 6-year-old English Labrador retriever named Storm is making headlines after pulling a drowning baby deer to shore in Port Jefferson Harbor this past weekend. The heroic dog’s guardian was taking Storm for a walk Sunday when the dog suddenly dove into the water, swam out toward the fawn, grabbed the animal […]

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Mysterious Epidemic Killing Modern-Day House Cats

(CATS/PET HEALTH) Feline hyperthyroidism is an increasingly common problem in cats over the age of 10, and it’s become one of the most mysterious diseases in veterinary medicine. Vets regularly screen senior cats for hyperthyroidism nowadays, and typically around 10 percent are found to have the disease. While there is no known genetic predisposition for hyperthyroidism, studies link […]

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People & Panthers: Can Humans Coexist With Big Cats?

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/BIG CATS) Endangered panthers are no longer on the brink of extinction in southwest Florida. Meanwhile, southwest Florida’s human population has grown at one of the fastest rates in the nation, and it shows no sign of stopping. Florida faces a challenge to preserve these big cats, but in order to do so, the […]

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Early victim: one of the more than 100 elephants poisoned in Hwange national park in September 2013. Photo Credit: AP

A Common Crime: 10 More Elephants Poisoned By Poachers

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) In a major loss for the animal kingdom, 10 elephants–including a mother and her young calf–were poisoned by poachers at Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park last week. A bucket of poison (typically a dilute sodium cyanide solution and/or paraquat, an extremely toxic agricultural herbicide) was found near the scene and three arrests were made […]

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