(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
(FARM ANIMALS) The positive sides to a meat-less diet are never-ending. Better health, better environment, and a clear conscience are just a few. But even though everyday we learn more and more about animal friendly diets, factory farming and its abuses show no sign of relinquishing its cruel practices. In his book Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, Timothy Pachirat describes what he witnessed at a Omaha slaughterhouse, where cattle are killed every twelve seconds. In such factories it's hard to look at animals as feeling beings when they're treated like disposable objects. Read on to learn more about why it's important to invent new, humane ways for factory farms. — Global Animal
ANIMAL WELFARE (UPDATE): In Defense of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its inhumane wild horse roundups. Recently the lawsuit has been given the go-ahead by a federal judge in Sacramento, despite the BLM's attempts to dismiss the suit. Find out what this may mean for the horses. — Global Animal
We at Global Animal have been pondering the world’s overwhelming and gratifying interest in the baby dolphin rescued off a beach in Uruguay. ‘Nipper,’ as he has become to be called, became the most popular story on Global Animal this week.
ROMANIA – Though stray dogs have long been a problem in Romania, killing them is not the answer – instituting spay and neuter and adoption programs is the humane solution. Romanian parliament plans to vote on this draft law and the cull may be authorized shortly. Please take a few minutes of your day to send an email, sign a petition, or share this story so that the lives of thousands of innocent dogs may be saved. – Global Animal
(ILLEGAL ANIMAL TRADE) RUSSIA — The recent opening of the Russia-China border is having a negative effect: a rise in bear paw smuggling. — Global Animal
Nobody can turn a phrase better than famed writer Aaron Sorkin. Whether an omnivore, a vegetarian or a vegan, we can all agree that animals aren't here on earth to be killed as props for cable "entertainment." But read on – Aaron puts it much more strongly. Tell us whether you agree or disagree! – Global Animal