(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
(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
JAPAN– Captain Paul Watson responds to Japan's arrest warrant against him for recently ordering his crew to obstruct Japanese whaling operations. Spoiler alert: he's not sorry.
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.
(FARM) Ag-gag bills that criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms are sweeping the nation. Five states have already implemented these types of laws with many others considering similar legislation. Undercover investigations on farms and slaughterhouses have played a crucial role in exposing animal abuse in the agricultural industry, yet these same investigations have been criticized for manipulating footage ultimately harming farm owners and workers. Read on to learn about the many different points that are being argued for both sides of the ag-gag discussion. — Global Animal
W. S. Merwin, our current poet laureate and twice Pulitzer-winner, has generously donated his haunting poem "The Chain To Her Leg" for republication here on Global Animal. In it, he writes about one particular (real) elephant who lived and died over 80 years ago.
(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) One inquisitive omnivore's journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating... I have to start off by saying I’m a meat eater. To be honest, I never thought much about it. I grew up with an Irish mom who was a meat and potatoes kind of cook. We had a very predictable menu—usually beef and rice, spaghetti, pork chops, or some sort of roast. The other nights were probably burgers, pizza, or maybe even Kentucky Fried Chicken. As a result, I’m a meat and potato, not spicy kind of eater (though I am getting better.) Read on to learn more about Well-Intentioned Wednesdays and if you have suggestions for recipes or meat substitute products, become a part of my journey and send them in! — 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
(SHARK CONSERVATION) Shark fishing and finning account for more than 70 million shark deaths per year. People are a threat to sharks, but thanks to conservation efforts around the world, that is changing. Read on to learn more about the efforts being made to save sharks and what countries are leading the charge. — Global Animal