(BOOK REVIEW) A modern-day climate thriller meets think piece, Snowflake chronicles the journal entries of Ben Wallace, a brilliant high school senior who sees the world beyond his years. Some might say he's an "old soul," while others dismiss him as a bleeding heart vegan liberal due to his progressive views on climate change, eating meat, hunting, factory farming, pollution, species conservation, and overpopulation. As a gifted student who obsessively reads scientific papers, Ben is all too familiar with the present-day attacks on our environment and frequently experiences what he refers to as "obsessive climate spirals"--often triggered by horrifyingly authentic tweets, quotes, and news headlines (i.e. "Humans Speeding Extinction, Altering Natural World at Unprecedented Pace" & "Worldwide, 7 Million People A Year Die from Air Pollution"). Presented with these terrifying truths regarding "climate chaos" and the fate of the world, Ben predicts a looming environmental catastrophe--humanity's imminent self-extinction. -- Global Animal
(ENVIRONMENT/GO GREEN) Today, June 5 marks World Environment Day, which has focused on pressing environmental issues since 1974. While this year's theme focuses on 'Biodiversity,' there's no doubt that humanity's unhealthy relationship with nature holds the largest impact on climate change and habitat disruption. Overpopulation not only pollutes the Earth and consumes its natural resources, but it's also the driving cause of global warming, pollution, habitat loss, and mass extinction. The damage our species has caused to the Earth seems insurmountable at times, and considering the current state of the world, it's clear our prevailing systems failed to consider a variety of factors. One organization, Having Kids, is proactively addressing issues surrounding overpopulation and aims to shift the world towards a sustainable family planning system based on what future generations of children will objectively need. Continue reading below for more behind the group's mission as they call on 100 key world environmental influencers to adopt a "child-first" family planning model. — Global Animal
(RESCUE DOGS/PET ADOPTION) Today, May 20, is National Rescue Dog Day, a day to recognize and appreciate the countless benefits of adopting a four-legged friend in need of a forever home. Over 3 million abandoned and abused dogs enter animal shelters each year, and their potential for love is limitless. These dogs often overcome extreme odds, but can still provide boundless comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. They offer a variety of therapeutic benefits to help relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and with a little extra training, rescue dogs can also serve as dutiful service pets for the elderly or those with disabilities. Proud parents of rescue pets know first-hand how their four-legged friends improve their lives, and couldn't imagine a more worthy companion. So today, for National Rescue Dog Day, celebrate the joys of animal adoption and give your furry friends a well-deserved treat! -- Global Animal
(CATS AND DOGS/PET CARE) Flowers and plants are a wonderful addition to any garden, but some of our favorites can adversely affect our favorite animals. Check out the gallery below of 10 pet-poisoning plants that may be growing in your backyard. — Global Animal
(OCEANS/CORAL REEFS) For the first time in history, the Florida Aquarium has successfully reproduced ridged cactus coral--a scientific breakthrough that will help save the third largest coral reef in the world, "America's Great Barrier Reef." The corals are just one of the many species rescued from Florida's waters after the region's coral reefs began undergoing a major disease outbreak that started in 2014. Scientists intend to breed and reproduce these rescued colonies in hopes of eventually restoring the reefs once the disease is gone. Continue reading to learn more about this major step toward repopulating the world's coral reefs. -- Global Animal
(WILDLIFE) With more than a billion people worldwide socially distancing themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, hoards of wild animals are venturing out into towns and cities where normally the presence of humans would keep them away. This includes goats in Wales, coyotes in San Francisco, and rats practically everywhere. Continue reading for more on what wildlife that usually keep their distance do when they are left alone. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL WELFARE) With many countries in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts continue to speculate over the virus' origins while medical researchers try to find a cure. COVID-19 is not unlike most infectious diseases given that it is zoonotic--meaning it can jump the species barrier from animals to humans. This relatively common phenomenon almost always arises--directly or indirectly--from the inhumane ways in which humans treat animals. As the New York Times author below perfectly states, "The conditions that lead to the emergence of new infectious diseases are the same ones that inflict horrific harms on animals." Continue reading for more about how the coronavirus pandemic arose from humankind's maltreatment of animals and steps towards future prevention. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL WELFARE/VEGAN EASTER) Easter is almost here, and what better way to enjoy this celebration of new life than to celebrate with compassion toward all life? After all, this lovely springtime holiday and the animal rights movement do share the same cotton-tailed mascot! Learn how easy and delicious it can be to have a happy vegan Easter with the following tips! — Global Animal
(WILDLIFE TRADE/EXOTIC ANIMALS) With the rise in popularity of Netflix's hit show Tiger King, the world is finally getting a glimpse into the life of Joe "Exotic" Maldonado-Passage (previously Shreibvogel) and the exotic animal trade. But as many long-time Global Animals may know, Joe has been bad news for tigers for quite some time. No doubt, Tiger King glamorizes Joe Exotic and a number of other crude individuals, but it also sends an important message to a mainstream audience (albeit in a dramatic Jerry Springer fashion) that states: "More tigers are privately owned in the U.S. than exist in the wild--and these are the type of people who own them. Let's do something about it all while laughing at their expense." In the article below, Global Animal uncovers the truth behind the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park and Joe's travelling tiger cub exhibit. Little did we know, this story--published nearly a decade ago--was just the tip of the iceberg for this notorious animal abuser.
(PETS/HEALTH & SAFETY) While there's no evidence that pets can catch or transmit the virus, there's no doubt that COVID-19 is changing lives of animals across the country. But this is especially true for dogs living in apartments. These quarantine dogs do not have the luxury of private yards or outdoor spaces, so pet parents must take extra precautions to keep their pets enriched and mentally stimulated indoors. Read on to learn more about the challenges of isolation and how you and your furry friend(s) can overcome them. -- Global Animal
(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Have you ever traveled to Europe and noticed a stark difference in how dogs are integrated into society when compared to the United States? In the New York Times article below, one writer witnesses an abundance of dogs in restaurants, on buses, at live performances, and countless other public places throughout Europe. He notices European dogs and American dogs act differently, but ascertains dog behavior isn’t all about the dogs, but instead it's about their guardians. Continue reading for more behind these behavioral differences and learn what we can do that will have a big impact on our dogs' behavior--from creating space and setting boundaries to embracing positive training methods. -- Global Animal
(PET HEALTH/ANIMAL SAFETY) As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and given the abundance of false information circulating the web, it's critical to stay informed regarding disease transmission details. For instance, contrary to false rumors, multiple vetted organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), have all confirmed pets are not at risk of transmitting COVID-19. Continue reading below to learn all you need to know about keeping your pets safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes pet-safe cleaning info, as well as tips on how to keep your pet occupied and active during this uncertain time. -- Global Animal
(CATS/PETS) March 28 is annual Respect Your Cat Day—as if you needed an unofficial holiday to love and cherish your adorable feline friend, but everyone deserves their own special day. It's the "purr-fect" day to spend lavishing your beloved cat and showing them how much they are loved. — Global Animal
(PETS/DOG PICTURES) While Americans attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak by staying at home, pets nationwide are living their best lives as they hang out with their guardians practically 24-7. Take a look at how these Instagram dogs are handling the coronavirus pandemic--whether they're stocking up on TP or helping out around the home paw-ffice.