Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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LA Bullhook Ban Beats Circus Cruelty

(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

Fight For More Humane Farms Rages On

(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

Cruel & Unusual: The Sick Business Of Eating Live Animals

(OP-ED/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Several years ago, the New York Times reported on a disturbing Chinese food trend that gave worry to the country’s public safety officials: rat meat. Unfortunately, the rat controversy didn’t end there. In a brand new YouTube video that could even make Hannibal Lecter feel a bit queasy, a man is seen using chopsticks to pick up and eat what appears to be a live baby mouse, wriggling in sauce with other baby mice. In another highly graphic, disturbing, and inhumane video, a man picks up a squealing rodent and eats it alive. This is the new terrifying trend that will make any vegetarian’s head spin. -- Global Animal

Save Wild Horses And Your Tax Money (Take Action)

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

“Like A Humane Society With Guns”: Dutch Police Defend Animals In Danger

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL RESCUE) As the first country to have an animal rights party in parliament, the Netherlands is paving the way for animal welfare enforcement. Described as "a Humane Society with guns, handcuffs and badges," the 250 members of the Dutch animal police force help enforce laws protecting pets, livestock, and wildlife from abuse. Given the direct link between violence against animals and violence against humans, the animal police force's work is largely a combination of both animal protection and human social services. Read on to learn more about these pioneers in animal protection and their significant impact in the Netherlands. -- Global Animal

In Her Defense, I’m Sure The Moose Had It Coming

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

Why We Must Let Dogs Be Dogs

(DOGS/PETS) Have you ever noticed that dogs rarely get to be dogs? Think about it. In movies, they're often cast as furry human replacements who can talk (Cats & Dogs, Homeward Bound, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and excel at human activities like professional sports (Karate Dog, Soccer Dog, and Air Bud). Whereas in GIFs and memes shared across the Internet, they're dressed in clothes, ascribed human emotions and desires, and posed as if they're taking a phone call or eating at the dinner table. In the article below, Alexandra Horowitz, a dog behavior and cognition researcher, examines how dogs are largely misrepresented and overly anthropomorphized. Continue reading to learn more on how we often diminish these complex creatures into objects of our imagination by transplanting our human story onto them. -- Global Animal

Santorum Barks Up The Right Tree

(ANIMAL NEWS) Mitt Romney's dog incident is still following him 30 years later, and Republican candidate Rick Santorum is taking full advantage of that. Santorum's campaign has made frequent mentions of what the treatment of Seamus, the family dog, says about Mitt's character, and rightly so. What compassionate dog guardian takes a road trip with their dog in a crate tied to the roof of the car? And then hose the dog down while in the crate at a gas station after it has gotten sick (probably from fear), and then continue on their way? Romney is so out of touch that he claims the dog "enjoyed" the trip. Yes, Mitt, we are sure Seamus was completely thrilled to be wet and sick on top of a speeding car. Read on to learn more about what this incident could mean for Mitt Romney's campaign. — Global Animal

Animals and Lost Innocence

(ANIMAL ART) GA exclusive: Featured Blog Den contributor Claire Nettleton, Ph.D (ABD), shares her impressions of the art exhibit A Voyage of Growth and Discovery that ties themes of children, art, and animals. — Global Animal

Should New Zealand Eliminate Cats To Save Birds?

(LIFE WITH PETS) Economist and environmentalist Gareth Morgan recently ignited a controversy after an interview where he said that all cats should be gradually removed from New Zealand. Because New Zealand has one of the highest cat ownership rates in the world, he advises that all of the country's residents not only neuter their cats, but also turn over strays to local authorities for euthanization in order to protect native bird species. Many of Morgan's propositions are quite extreme, including his suggestion that people should catch stray cats with cage-traps and that the government should offer "free disposal of cats." But while Morgan is not alone in his beliefs, we would like to know what you think. Is Morgan's stance too extreme? Make your voice heard in the comments below. — Global Animal

Thousands of Bear Paws Smuggled At Russia-China Border

(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

Wonder, The Dog Who Broke My Heart

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Author Wade Rouse tells the story of his beloved dog, Wonder, whom he rescued after finding him starved, bloody, and blind. Make sure to have a box of tissues handy while reading Rouse's story. -- Global Animal

Bourdain’s Dead Animals

(ANIMAL WELFARE/EATING MEAT) Much ink has been spilled praising celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain this week. How he explored the far ranges of human culture, bringing the world closer together by sharing how we all live and love and eat. How he was a man of the world, willing to do the culinary equivalent of walking a mile in another man’s flip-flops. How breaking bread broke down fear of the foreign, exposing our common humanity. All of this is true and good – unless you’re an animal. Then Bourdain’s values become reminiscent of the Vietnam anti-war slogan: “Join the army, see the world, meet interesting people – and kill them.” -- Global Animal

CA Governor Has Five Days To Save Bears, Bobcats

(ANIMAL CONSERVATION) CALIFORNIA — Governor Jerry Brown has until September 30, 2012 to sign bill SB 1221 which prevents the hounding of bears and bobcats in the state of California.When hounding, hunters use radio-collared dogs to track and hunt bears and/or bobcats.Hounding not only directly effects the natural species of bears and bobcats, but it often causes many young cubs to be orphaned. It also puts the dogs at risk of death by dehydration or wildlife confrontation and many are  abandoned in shelters. Continue reading to see how you can help protect the bears, bobcats and dogs. — Global Animal