Thursday, April 22, 2021


Feature stories about animals – the funny, the fabulous, the touching.

Horse Tragedy Or Low Ratings? HBO Cancels Luck

(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

Palin Disses First Dog Bo In White House Christmas Card

(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!

Paws Up! Military Salutes Working Dogs

(MILITARY DOGS) When commemorating veterans, it's important to remember canine veterans, too. Dogs, who have served our nation for decades, were honored Monday for their efforts. Their tasks include search and rescue, bomb sniffing, and drug detection. Read on for more on dogs' military duties and what is being done to treat them as heroes. — Global Animal

Cruelty Free Farmer Names His Dairy Cows

(FARM ANIMALS) OREGON — All hope is not lost for inhumanely treated farm animals. Bob Bansen, an Oregon dairymen, raises his cows to be happy cows. Naming each of his 230 "girls," Bansen knows each of his cattle from head to udder. In addition to the farmer's personal acquaintance with his cows, his secret to healthy livestock is no antibiotics. Although Bansen was hesitant to wean his many companions off of the recommended medications, he found that his cows' health improved without them. He concluded that as long as the animals are kept clean and have access to free range, the risk of infection that warrants antibiotics is greatly reduced. If dairy farms followed Bansen's example, many cases of animal cruelty could be put to an end. Continue reading to learn about Bansen's humane methods of agriculture.  — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meatless Monday recipe, impress everyone at your holiday party with these delicious vegan gingerbread cookies. They are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, yet also low in sugar. Not only are they scrumptious, but they are secretly packed with fiber, too. What more could you ask for?! Happy baking! -- Global Animal
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Just What The Doctor Ordered: Pet First Aid Essentials

(CATS AND DOGS/PET CARE) Are you prepared to care for your pet if he or she gets hurt? Here is a list of essential supplies to have on hand in a pet first aid kit. — Global Animal

Military Dogs Not Immune To Combat Stress

(MILITARY DOGS) The concept of canine post-traumatic stress disorder is becoming more apparent as military working dogs show increasing signs of behavioral changes more commonly associated with their human counterparts. Sources say that of 650 dogs deployed by American forces, around 5% are developing PTSD. Read more on military canine PTSD and the discussion over how these heroic dogs are being treated. — Global Animal


Ke$ha Not Into “Clubbing” In Canada

(TAKE ACTION) CANADA — Even though Ke$ha portrays herself as a care-free party girl in her music, she is actually very serious when it comes to protecting baby seals. The singer is urging people to boycott Canadian seafood in hopes that it will convince the country to keep their fisherman from clubbing seals. Read on to find out how you can follow in Ke$ha's footsteps and help baby seals. — Global Animal 

Dogs Sniff Out Ovarian Cancer

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) Sniffing is a dogs favorite past-time. Food, people, another dog's name it, they've probably sniffed it at one time or another. They even put their keen sense of smell to good use by helping police uncover drugs and doctors diagnose certain diseases.  Now researchers in Pennsylvania are looking to man's best friend for help in creating a breakthrough method of detecting early-stage ovarian cancer. Doctors currently use the senses of light, sound, and touch to help diagnose ovarian cancer in women, but they believe smell will now play an important role. Read on to find out how physicians are hoping these specially trained dogs will sniff-out ovarian cancer's unique odor and help improve the survival rate of this deadly disease. — Global Animal

Pawmazing First-Aid Kits Help Pets In Crisis

(CATS AND DOGS/PETS) April is Pet First-Aid Awareness Month, and in celebration, Denise Fleck, author of Don't Judge a Book by its Cover, is introducing new products to her Sunny-dog Ink line. Sunny-dog Ink and Fleck created the veterinarian-approved safety kits for both dogs and cats, and offer first aid kits for different occasions and scenarios. Continue reading to find out more about the kits and how to keep your pets safe. — Global Animal

It's important to avoid feeding your dog table scraps. Photo Credit: Don Mason, Corbis

The Good, The Bad, & The Healthy: 10 Best & Worst Pet Foods

(CATS & DOGS/PET FOOD) How much do we really know about what we're feeding our pets? While modern pet product marketing focuses on consumers' responsibility as pet parents and providing our beloved pets with "all-natural," “human-grade” food made with the “highest quality ingredients,” we must remember to take food labels with a grain of salt. The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit focused on health and transparency in consumer product labeling, conducted research on over 900 of the most popular pet food products and tested for 130 industrial and environmental toxins like arsenic (the main ingredient in rat poison), cadmium (found in battery acid), pesticides, and several other contaminants linked to cancer and other fatal diseases. The results reveal a severe disconnect between what companies are promising their customers versus what consumers are actually paying for. -- Global Animal

Joplin Update: 600 Tornado Pets Saved, Global Animals Donate $2,500

(ANIMAL RESCUE) JOPLIN, MO – More than 600 dogs, cats, and other pets have been rescued after what's called the biggest tornado in history hit Joplin, Missouri. So far, 120 people have been reunited with their pets. This week, Global Animal Foundation gave $2,500 to Joplin Humane Society on behalf of its readers who donated to tornado animal rescue in the Deep South. Read more on Joplin's lost and found pets and how animal rescue groups are helping create more happy endings...

Does Herbal Medicine Work For Ailing Pets?

(PET CARE) Veterinarian Dr. Palmquist reviews the pros and cons of alternative veterinary medicine versus scientific treatments for pets. -- Global Animal

Police Officer Kidnaps Dog In Daring Rescue

(DOG RESCUE) DENMARK — Lars Bo Lomholt, a Denamrk police officer, has been accused of kidnapping a German Shepherd scheduled to be euthanized for biting another dog. The officer now faces criminal charges and discharge from the North Zealand police department. Thor, the 7-year-old German Shepherd, bit a smaller dog once after being startled. Soon after, it was determined by the police department that the dog's behavior was "unnatural," and Thor was taken away from his rightful guardian. Read on to learn more about this heroic tale and sign the petition to support this brave animal lover. — Global Animal