(EDITORIAL) Sarah Palin, in her embarrassing grab for attention and headlines, has put the White House Christmas card, showing Bo Obama curled up by the fireplace, on her latest hit list. Apparently too much dog and not enough 'family.' We disagree!
(TV ANIMALS) Three horses died during the HBO filming of the TV show Luck, but do we know the whole story? Buzz Bissinger dives into the horse tragedy taking on Luck's writer and director team David Milch and Michael Mann, as well as HBO. The show may not have been cancelled for the death of three horses, but instead for its low ratings. Read the article below and tell us what you think. — Global Animal
(CAPTIVE DOLPHINS) Hooray for cetaceans! Late last week, India banned the exploitation of dolphins for entertainment purposes and is now the largest of four countries, including Costa Rica, Hungary, and Chile, to prohibit the practice. In many parts of the world, dolphin shows are big business—which begs the question: what compelled India to make this decision? Due to the dolphin's high level of intelligence, Indian regulators have deemed the cetaceans as "non-human persons" with specific rights and freedoms. Read on for more about this compassionate piece of legislation, which is a major step in the right direction. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL WELFARE) CANADA — More than 500 dogs were rescued from a Montreal puppy mill this past weekend in what may be the largest animal cruelty case in the province's history. Quebec is dubbed the puppy mill capital of North America, and this most recent rescue is just the latest in a series of disturbing cases. It's a bittersweet victory, knowing thousands more dogs await their rescue in the area. Read on about what Quebec's government is planning to do to end the abuse. — Global Animal
(WHALING) SOUTH KOREA — Thankfully the South Korean government has decided to scrap a controversial plan to hunt whales for scientific research. Environmentalist and non-whaling nations were suspect the plan was a cover for commercial whaling and were instrumental in getting the idea thrown out. Read more on the prime minister's decision below. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL SCIENCE) In nature, many animals use elements in the environment to become poisonous and help protect themselves from predators. The African Crested Rat has a trick up his sleeve, one that's dangerous even for him. But don't be fooled by his skunk-like garb - it's not his smell that will get you. Read more to find out how the African crested rat poisons himself to survive. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL NEWS) Steve Sipek, also known as Spanish Tarzan, was recently released from jail following his arrest for misdemeanor charges of possession of wild animals without a USDA permit and possession of wild animals as pets. He has repeatedly failed to fix deficiencies at his Loxahatchee compound and one of his tigers was killed because of it. In 2004, a 600-pound tiger named Bobo escaped from his enclosure and ended up being shot five times with an assault rifle by a wildlife officer. Sipek's affinity for big cats stems from a 1975 incident where a lion saved his life by dragging him out of a fire. Although Sipek seems to have good intentions, they have deadly consequences for the very animals he professes to love. Perhaps this King of the Jungle's energy would be better spent contributing to big cat rescue rather than becoming another wildlife jailer. Tarzan friend of wildlife, me don't think so. — Global Animal
Dec. 15, 2010 - Smithfield Foods, the largest factory farm for pigs, may know no shame, but it knows a lot about torture. Smithfield is reneging on its promise to end the use of 'gestation crates' by 2017. Let's call these crates what they really are: torture crates. They drive pigs, who are smarter than dogs, insane because they literally can't move an inch for their entire lives. We call on everybody with a heart to read this story and take action against this company. And if you are a pork eater, boycott this producer and use Maxwell Foods, a company that is 100% gestation crate free. – Global Animal
SWEDEN — Like the mysterious deaths in the US and around the world, the dozens of bird deaths in Sweden have mystified wildlife experts. Recently, some explanations have surfaced, ranging anywhere from fear of fireworks and storms, to the coming apocalypse. Many of the deaths in Sweden, however, have a more logical explanation. Learn the cause of these tragic deaths here.