Thursday, June 17, 2021

Self-Isolation Doesn’t Have To Be Lonely: Shelter Encourages Fostering A Pet During COVID-19 Pandemic

(ANIMAL RESCUE/PETS) In a grand effort to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are being urged to shelter in place. But self-isolation doesn't have to be lonely. Now is the perfect time to foster or adopt a pet. Not only do shelters and pet adoption facilities desperately need people to foster pets amid the temporary lockdown, but people can also help rescue themselves during these crazy times. Multiple vetted organizations have all confirmed pets are not at risk of spreading COVID-19 and studies have proven time and time again that bringing an animal into your home makes you happier and healthier. Read on to learn more about how fostering a pet can serve as a source of comfort during crisis. -- Global Animal

Tips To Help Your Dog Survive During Quarantine

(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

Crucial Coronavirus Info For Pet Parents

(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

American Vs. European Dog Culture: What We Can Learn

(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

When Humans Go Away, Wild Animals Come Out To Play

(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

How Animal Cruelty Caused The Coronavirus

(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

This Breakthrough Will Help Save Our Coral Reefs

(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

World Environment Day 2020: Overpopulation & Humanity’s Toll On Nature

(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

Book Review: ‘Snowflake’ Succeeds in Using Fiction to Communicate Climate Facts

(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

New Novel Attacks Trump On Climate Crisis

(PRESS RELEASE/BOOKS) In Arthur Jeon's new book 'Snowflake,' a teenager decides he must assassinate the president as an act of environmental protection.

The True Story Of A Lab

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“Snowflake” Snags Rave Reviews & Editor’s Choice From Publisher’s Weekly Booklife

(BOOK REVIEW) In Global Animal’s first published novel, Snowflake, writer Arthur Jeon cranks up the climate change alarms while indicting the Trump administration for their environmental destruction. The result is a cli-fi thriller that’s a blistering contribution to “contemporary historical fiction,” the emerging genre that tackles current issues through fictional characters. Besides presidential assassination, Snowflake swims through many of America’s murky cultural waters, including gun violence, factory farming, social media hate, mental health, and a #metoo subplot.

Is Donald Trump a Mass Murderer?

“What leading figure in human history has dedicated policy toward maximizing the use of fossil fuels and cutting down on regulations that mitigate the...

Are Pandemic Puppies Turning Into Problem Pets?

(ANIMAL NEWS/PETS) While most of us have been stuck in our houses during the COVID-19 pandemic, there's no denying the rise in pet adoption rates over the past year. However, many of these dogs have been deprived of proper training and necessary socialization, and are now being surrendered to shelters. As many people are returning to their pre-pandemic lives, they must be prepared for potential behavioral problems. Read on to learn how families are adapting and instilling new habits in their furry friends. -- Global Animal

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