Friday, June 18, 2021

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Political Animals & Animal Politics: Where Do The Presidential Candidates Stand On Animal Issues?

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMALS & POLITICS) With Election Day right around the corner, many voters have already mailed in their ballots, while others scramble to review and decide upon the various candidates, propositions, and measures currently on the table. The Humane Society recently voiced their support for Hillary Clinton based on her robust track record on animal issues. They are also among the numerous animals rights groups who have berated Donald Trump and his two sons for their questionable viewpoints on animal issues, particularly trophy hunting. Although it seems many voters have made up their minds, there's no doubt some are still on the fence about who to choose as their next U.S. President. And with so much scandal surrounding this particular presidential election, citizens are often left in the dark when it comes to where the candidates stand on animal rights and welfare issues. The article below provides a general comparison between Clinton, Johnson, and Trump, and their known positions on animal issues. We hope this overview will help you become a more responsible and informed voter during this year's election. -- Global Animal

Humane Society: “Trump Presidency Would Be A Threat To Animals Everywhere”

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL POLITICS) Eliciting the most one-sided assortment of newspaper endorsements in history, the 2016 presidential election has been a particularly polarizing one. Editors of major news publications are breaking decades-long party loyalties by endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. And while some traditionally Republican-sided papers have switched teams in this election--perhaps even for the first time ever, others are going so far as strongly rebuking Republican candidate Donald Trump. Now, even major animal welfare groups like the Humane Society are voicing opposition to Trump. Last week, the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), a separate lobbying affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), broke its own tradition of not endorsing candidates for political office when HSLF President Michael Markarian voiced the organization's support for Clinton in a blog post. The group also released an attack ad against Trump, warning that the Trump Presidency "would be a threat to animals everywhere." -- Global Animal
Donald Trump Sons, Brothers Eric and Donald Jr. hunt and kill wild leopard

Are Trump Boys Worthy Of Respect?

(TROPHY HUNTING) At the end of the last presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was asked if she could say something positive about her opponent. She said the following: "Look, I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald….I don’t agree with nearly anything else he says or does. But I do respect that and I think that is something that as a mother and a grandmother is very important to me.” On the surface, Hillary’s response seemed like an anodyne answer to a difficult question: What, at this point, is there positive to say about Donald Trump? But ever the politician, Hillary chose a seemingly safe and political response—nobody can argue with praising his kids right? -- Global Animal

Gun Violence & Humane Education

(SPORT HUNTING/OP-ED) While gun control continues to be a hot topic for debate, many across the nation are pointing to hunting as an example of "responsible" gun ownership. Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna, author of Raising Kids Who Love Animals, weighs in on the strong correlation between animal cruelty and violence towards human beings, while emphasizing the importance of humane education and the fact that violence is wrong regardless of which species is harmed. — Global Animal

Tickling Apes Teaches How Humans Aren’t So Special

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/HUMAN ANIMAL CONNECTION) Why are humans so eager to project their own feelings and experiences onto animals? In doing so, aren't we forgetting that people are animals, too? Advanced skills once associated only with humans are actually found in many species, ranging from dolphins to wasps--thus defying the overall structure of the animal kingdom. So, isn't it more likely that every animal has their own cognition, adapted to their own senses and physicality? In the article below, Dutch primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal tackles our overuse of the term "anthropomorphism," or the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to an animal. He argues that animals think much more deeply than we often assume, and humans should do away with insisting on our own species superiority. Read on for more on the connections between humans and various animal species, and learn how humans aren't so special after all. -- Global Animal
Livestock and their waste account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide each year. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Save The Planet One Meal At A Time

(VEGAN/ACTIVISM/ANIMAL WELFARE) Ever wonder what you can do to help save and protect the earth's ecosystems? The animal agriculture industry is a critical factor in species extinction, habitat destruction, and pollution. By going vegan, you can refuse to contribute to the cruelty of the meat industry that destroys the earth's ecosystems. Increased greenhouse gas emissions and degradation of natural resources are among the many consequences of the agriculture industry. The future of the earth's ecosystems, however, does not have to be so bleak. Individuals can make food choices that not only promote their own health, but the health of the planet as well. Read on to learn more about the harmful effects of the agriculture industry and what you can do to help support smarter agricultural choices. —Global Animal

Hair-Raising Question: Who Is Trump’s Doggie Doppelganger?

(PETS/HUMOR) Donald Trump has a big mouth in a salesy "there's a sucker born every minute" kind of way. With many calling him the weakest presidential frontrunner in Republican history, it's safe to say his arrogant approach may be better-suited for his roles as a big name real estate tycoon and producer of The Apprentice. And while comedians have a field day poking fun at the big wig, we thought we'd join in on the fun, too. Pets can often look like people, and in the case of The Donald, it's all about the hair. Here are a few photos we found of Trump-esque doggie-do imaginings. Check out the doggie doppelgangers below and share which is your favorite in the comments below. -- 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

Cruelty Trumps Compassion For Big Game Bros.

(HUNTING/OP-ED) Photos of 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, picture the two men posing with numerous dead animals. In 2011, the Trumps went on a hunting spree in Africa. The animals killed included an elephant, a kudu, a civet cat, a crocodile, and a waterbuck. -- Global Animal

Global Animal’s Hall Of Shame

(GLOBAL ANIMAL'S HALL OF SHAME) Cruelty to animals comes in many forms—from imprisoning wildlife, sport hunting, factory farming, or using fur products as a fashion accessory. Too many rich companies and individuals think they can get away with killing or exploiting animals without any ramifications. What to do with these cretins? Put them in an Animal Cruelty Hall Of Shame! In the past few years, we've encountered and written about some truly heinous characters. But to end up in our ‘Hall of Shame’ you have to have a combination of egotistical pride, general cluelessness, entitled greed, and a complete lack of empathy. We hope mass exposure of these people's actions will help put an end to their reprehensible treatment of animals. Or maybe activate a sense of shame in them, although because its often about money or publicity, they probably won’t be stopped without pressure—your pressure.  Here's a list of the 10 worst offenders. Spread the word! — Global Animal

Good Dog, Bad Bill: Pet Care On A Budget

(PET CARE/OP-ED) As an animal lover and pet parent, many times over, I’m privy to many stories about trips to see the veterinarian--some planned and others unexpected, some good, others not so much. -- Global Animal

John Oliver: Exposing The Meat Industry

(FACTORY FARMING/OP-ED) There aren’t many notable figures who attack America’s systems and bring light to important issues that many turn a blind eye to. John Oliver is one of few who doesn’t soften the blow and tells us exactly how harmful many of our actions as humans are to ourselves and to the world. Already, his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, has publicized multiple problems--from net neutrality, income inequality, and child labor to the obsoleteness of Daylight Savings Time in this modern day and age. It's no surprise, then, that Oliver has brought attention to the abuse and inequality within the practices of chicken farming. -- Global Animal

Pit Bull Discrimination – A People Problem?

(DOGS/DOG BREED DISCRIMINATION) Pit bulls have been the target of breed-specific legislation for years despite evidence claiming such laws do not diminish the number of overall dog attacks. Support for these laws is based on the misconception that pit bulls are more dangerous and prone to aggression than other dog breeds. However, the seemingly high numbers of pit bull attacks are, in fact, a result of the high population of pit bulls in the United States. When considering the frequency of attacks by percentage, the number is actually low. Due to inaccurate perceptions of the pit bull, many shelters around the country even put down the animals before giving anyone the opportunity to adopt them. With more and more evidence proving pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other dog breed, education for the public is needed to ensure these animals are not treated unfairly. Read the full article below for more information on the treatment of "America's dog." — Global Animal
Pitbull, dog, dogs, pictures, injured dogs, dog cone

Scars Of Valor: How One Young Man Saved His Dog’s Life

(DOG RESCUE/OP-ED/TOUCHING TALES) In the article below, a young man tells the story of how he saved his best friend, a dog named Cow. Valor's story is a sad one, with a very important message. Continue reading this heroic story as Valor tells about the day that changed his life—the day he risked his own life to save his beloved companion. — Global Animal