Daily news of pets, endangered animals and wildlife around the world. Includes information on dogs, cats, dolphins, whales, and wild animals, plus news on endangered species, animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

RIP Koko: The Gorilla Who Changed The World

(WILDLIFE) Koko, the famed gorilla who learned signed language and touched the lives of millions with her incredible sense of empathy, has passed away at age 46. The western lowland gorilla died peacefully in her sleep at the Gorilla Foundation’s preserve in California’s Santa Cruz mountains. Koko has had a profound impact teaching us about the emotional and intellectual capacity of great apes that will continue to shape the world. She will be greatly missed. -- Global Animal

Could California Become The First State To Ban Products Tested On Animals?

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL TESTING) California is one step closer to becoming the first U.S. state to ban the sale of cosmetics and other beauty products tested on animals. California senators recently voted 21 to 9 in favor of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB1249), which would make it illegal for cosmetics manufacturers to sell any cosmetic or personal-hygiene product that so much as contains a component that was tested on animals, beginning January 1, 2020. The legislation is now heading for a vote in the Assembly, and if it becomes law, California would join the European Union, Israel, South Korea, Brazil, India, New Zealand, and other progressive countries that have enacted similar bans protecting animals from exploitation and brutality. Read on to learn more about the legislation and if you’d like to see SB 1249 become a law in California, please sign this petition on Care2. -- Global Animal

“Beat Plastic Pollution” This World Environment Day!

(ENVIRONMENT/GO GREEN) Today, June 5 is World Environment Day, a day meant to make the Earth a greener, better place. This year's theme, "beat plastic pollution," comes at a prudent time for saving our planet. As eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our world's oceans each year, poisoning waters and killing marine life, plastic pollution is regarded as one the biggest environmental threats facing the world today. In fact, experts claim if present plastic waste and consumption trends continue, our oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050. Continue reading below to learn more about World Environment Day and this year's call to action. -- Global Animal

Great Scott! Introducing The First UK Nation To Ban Wild Animals In Circuses

(CIRCUSES/ANIMAL WELFARE) In a historic move, Scotland became the first UK nation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses on Monday. The legislation follows a public consultation conducted by the Scottish Government showing that a whopping 98 percent of respondents support a ban. Although there aren't currently any circuses with wild animals based in Scotland, these traveling shows have visited in the past from England, and the newly enacted legislation will prevent them from touring in the future. Joining 18 European countries, and 35 around the world, Scotland's decision has renewed the call to other UK nations to follow their lead and put an end to circus abuse in Great Britain. We now look to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to deliver a UK-wide legislation that the public have long wanted and the animals so desperately need. Read on to learn more about the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Act 2018 and its potential influence on other countries. -- Global Animal

A New Low: Trump’s Plan To Lift Ban On Barbaric Hunting Tactics

(HUNTING/ANIMAL LAWS) Condemned as a "new low," the Trump administration is attempting to repeal Obama-era rules banning cruel and harmful hunting practices in Alaska. The proposal promotes the senseless slaughter of Alaska's most iconic wildlife as it would allow hunters to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens, use dogs and bait to hunt bears, and shoot swimming caribou from motorboats. Not only are these controversial sport hunting and trapping techniques utterly barbaric and inhumane, but Trump's plan to increase hunting opportunities on national preserve land casts aside the very purpose of national parks to protect wildlife and the environment. Continue reading below to learn more about the Department of Interior's aggressive push to expand hunting rights on federal land, and see how conservation groups are reacting in horror. As the hunting rule repeal has entered a 60-day period for public comment, we urge you to visit, and search for “RIN 1024-AE38,” to make your voice heard. -- Global Animal

National Rescue Dog Day Is Here, So What Are You Waiting For?

(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

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Here’s What To Know On Endangered Species Day

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Today, May 18, marks the 13th annual Endangered Species Day. Established in 2006 by Congress, Endangered Species Day celebrates the importance of endangered wildlife and educates the public on how to save these amazing animals from extinction. The Endangered Species Act has prevented the extinction of hundreds of species, including the gray wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, and whooping crane. Endangered Species Day aims to highlight these success stories while providing an opportunity to learn more about the actions we can take to help protect precious wildlife. Global efforts to end poaching and wildlife trafficking are greater than ever, but there is still a long way to go. In the list below, take a look at the facts about threatened and endangered wildlife by the numbers. -- Global Animal

Hawaii Becomes First To Ban Sunscreen That Kills Coral Reefs

(ANIMAL NEWS/OCEANS) The state of Hawaii is on the cutting edge of environmental conservation after passing a bill banning the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens that contain chemicals known to have a destructive effect on coral reefs and other ocean life (and they're not great for you either). There are over 3,500 sunscreens currently available on the market that contain dangerous chemicals that contribute to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean. The main chemicals in question are oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are common ingredients in some of the world's most popular sunscreen products including Coppertone, Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, and many more. While these ingredients help block out the sun’s radiation, they can also cause severe damage to coral and fish. Researchers estimate a whopping 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion end up in coral reefs every year, so this small lifestyle change is poised to give corals some much needed relief. Read on to learn more about this first-in-the-world law and the growth of natural sunscreen products. -- Global Animal

Could A Worldwide Ban On Cosmetic Animal Testing Be In Sight?

(ANIMAL TESTING) Thanks to the European Parliament, a global ban on animal testing is on the horizon. Voted by a vast majority of 620 MEPs, the EU is advocating for a resolution to adopt a worldwide ban on animal testing for cosmetics products by 2023. This decision follows the fifth anniversary of the EU's historic ban on the sale of new products and ingredients tested on animals outside the EU, which has since inspired similar legislation around the world, including South Korea, Brazil, India, and New Zealand. But there are still no laws banning animal testing for cosmetics in an estimated 80 percent of the world. Until there is a worldwide ban, make sure you are a conscious consumer and scan products for “Cruelty-Free” and “Not Tested on Animals” labels. When in doubt, you can always check our list of companies that don't test on animals.  Read on to learn more about this significant step to end the cruel practice. -- Global Animal

Will Justice Be Served? Horse Sues Former Abuser In Groundbreaking Lawsuit

(ANIMAL RIGHTS/ANIMAL WELFARE) In a groundbreaking lawsuit, an eight-year-old American Quarter horse named Justice is suing his former abuser for more than $100,000 to recover the costs of his pain and suffering. Upon his rescue, Justice was 300 pounds underweight and suffering from frostbite, lice, rain rot, and damaged genitals. The horse endured permanent physical and psychological injuries as a result of the abuse, and he will likely require specialized medical care for the rest of his life. If Justice wins the case--represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a leading legal advocacy organization for animals--it will be the first lawsuit to establish that animals have a legal right to sue their abusers in court. Read on to learn more about this potential legal precedent. -- Global Animal

No Meat May: Ditch The Steak & Celebrate Plant Power!

(COMPASSIONATE LIVING/VEGETARIAN DIET) No Meat May started out as a bit of a social experiment among a small group of friends in Australia, but it's come quite a long way in the past six years. The meat-free month of compassion has since been adopted by at least 12 countries and is set to attract a record number of participants this year. No Meat May encourages carnivores to reconsider their diets, ditch meat or all animal products (including dairy and eggs), and incorporate more plant-based meals in their lives. While plant-based diets are linked with a lower risk of obesity and chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, the benefits also widely relate to both animal welfare and the environment. Read on to learn more about the No Meat May challenge, and trial vegetarian living for 31 days--or longer! While you're at it, check out these powerful reasons to go vegetarian for more inspiration. -- Global Animal

Flap Your Wings For World Penguin Day!

(PENGUINS/ANIMAL FACTS) Today, April 25 is World Penguin Day--not to be confused with Penguin Awareness Day, which takes place January 20th. Marking the start of the flightless birds' annual migration north, World Penguin Day is a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate one of the few natives of Antarctica, penguins! -- Global Animal
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Put Your Fins Together For National Dolphin Day!

(ANIMAL NEWS/DOLPHINS) Today, April 14 is National Dolphin Day, a day dedicated to the plight of dolphins of all species across the globe. These incredibly intelligent and social mammals congregate in schools of five to hundreds, and range in colors from pink, white, brown, and even black. Found all over the world, these species are threatened by a number of issues including fishing gear, ocean pollution from oil and gas development, ship collisions, and climate change. It's time to take a stand for dolphins and protect the world's oceans. On this day, take a moment to celebrate these charismatic animals with the 10 fun facts below, courtesy of Dolphin Way. -- Global Animal

Dog Rescuers Disguising Commercially-Bred Puppies As Rescue Dogs

(DOG RESCUE) Since the rescue movement has been so successful in reducing animal shelter populations over the years, an increasing number of dog rescuers are opting for the auction market. Breeder auctions are witnessing more and more rescuers who pay high prices for purebred designer dogs and popular crossbreeds like goldendoodles and maltipoos and then place them up for adoption as “puppy mill rescues.” In fact, these rescuers have become a lucrative part of the dog breeding industry, accounting for up to 40 percent of the income driven from the Southwest Auction Service, the biggest commercial dog auction in the country. To put this in perspective, bidders from an estimated 86 rescue groups and shelters throughout North America have spent a whopping $2.68 million purchasing nearly 6,000 dogs and puppies from breeders since 2009 at the nation’s two government-regulated dog auctions. Continue reading to learn more about this growing underground market where donations flow from dog rescuers to dog breeders. -- Global Animal