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.

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
If you already have a pet, make sure to adopt a dog that will get along well with other furry animals. Photo Credit: istockphoto

Raise Your Paws For National Pet Day!

(PETS/NATIONAL PET DAY) Today is National Pet Day, and it's the purr-fect time to show your pets some extra love. Established in 2006 by pet and home lifestyle expert-animal advocate Colleen Paige--who also founded National Dog Day and Cat Day, as well as National Puppy Day and Kitten Day--this national paw-liday celebrates the joy pets bring to our lives while spreading awareness about the plight of shelter pets awaiting adoption all over the world. In honor of National Pet Day, here are some fun ways to celebrate and great quotes that will make you love your pet even more! Don’t have a 4-legged friend? Check out our Pet Adoption database! -- Global Animal

After Sudan’s Death, Is All Hope Lost For Northern White Rhinos?

(RHINOS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) When Sudan, the world's last remaining male northern white rhino, died last month, the news sparked a global outcry. Conservationists were expecting the 45-year-old rhino's death for some time after Sudan developed an infection on his back right leg. However, because he was past reproductive age, their last ditch efforts to help Sudan produce an offspring were largely unsuccessful, with one conservationist calling it "a bitter lesson of species conservation." Continue reading below to learn how conservationists are using technology to try and save this incredible species from extinction. -- Global Animal

Introducing The Largest City In The U.S. To Ban Fur Sales

(FUR TRADE/ANIMAL NEWS) In a unanimous vote, San Francisco has officially become the largest city in the U.S. to ban fur sales! With fur sales in San Francisco ranging from $11 million to a whopping $40 million, the ban is expected to most significantly impact an estimated 30 retailers in the Union Square area. While the new legislation does not apply to other animal products like leather, lambskin, or wool, retailers with fur in their existing inventory will no longer be able to sell fur products starting January 2020. San Francisco joins two other California cities, West Hollywood and Berkeley, in saying no to fur. In recent months, an increasing number of influential top fashion designers are also choosing to go fur-free. An estimated 50 million animals all over the world are slaughtered for their fur, with 85 percent of pelts coming from fur farms. We hope that San Francisco's historic ban will encourage legislators globally to consider similar bans. Read on to learn more about the unanimous vote and see how you can take action against the fur trade below. -- Global Animal
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Two Paws Up For National Puppy Day!

(ANIMAL NEWS/NATIONAL PUPPY DAY) Today is National Puppy Day, and animal shelters across the globe are celebrating by raising awareness about puppy adoption. National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, a pet and home lifestyle expert who also created National Dog Day and National Cat Day. The national holiday is intended to help save orphaned puppies while educating the public about the cruelty behind puppy mills. Read on to learn more about the importance of National Puppy Day, and for helpful tips on how to care for a new puppy. -- Global Animal

Pet Safety A Concern After Fatal United Airlines Flights

(PET SAFETY/ANIMAL TRAVEL) After a series of incidents involving animal deaths on United Airlines flights, two senators, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, have introduced the Welfare of Our Furry Friends Act (or the "WOOFF Act"), which would ban airlines from storing animals in overhead compartments. The bipartisan bill comes in response to the recent death of a French Bulldog puppy named Kokito, who was forced to be placed in an overhead storage bin by a United Airlines flight attendant. Congressmen Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Dan Donovan of New York are also seeking justice for Kokito after proposing a similar measure called the Planes Ensuring Total Safety Act (or the "PETS Act"). "It is astonishing that we have to pass a law to stop this from happening, it should be common sense," Congressman Steve Cohen said in a tweet. Putting animals in the overhead compartment was already against United’s policies, but the airline plans to start issuing brightly colored bag tags to customers traveling with in-cabin pets to prevent future animal deaths. Read on to learn more about how airlines and legislators are working to ensure pet safety during air travel. -- Global Animal

Meet The U.K.’s First Polar Bear Born In 25 Years

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/BABY ANIMALS) SCOTLAND -- Zoologists are thrilled over the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK in 25 years. Born just before Christmas at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park, the cub did not emerge from the mother's den for weeks. But the little bear is now moving about confidently and will soon receive star status in a documentary airing Sunday, March 18. Cameras were installed outside the female bear’s den to capture every moment, including the cub’s first steps outside. Watch for yourself in the video clip below and continue reading to learn more about the park's conservation efforts. -- Global Animal

Versace Goes Fur-Free: Donatella Says, ‘I Don’t Want To Kill Animals To Make Fashion’

(FUR/FASHION) In a major step forward for the fashion industry, Italian fashion house Versace and handbag and accessories maker Furla have announced they will no longer use real fur in their products, making it the latest high-end fashion retailer to go fur-free. In a recent interview for The Economist’s 1843 magazine, Donatella Versace said, "“Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right." Versace was synonymous with animal skins for decades, so her decision is a pivotol move coming from a luxury brand that's largely avoided the issue until now. As animal rights groups put increasing pressure on designers and consumer demographics continue to evolve, it's no surprise that a growing number of brands are denouncing their use of fur--this includes labels like Gucci, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Givenchy, Michael Kors, and many more. This just goes to show that compassionate fashion has never been more on trend. Read on to learn more about the fashion retailers' historic decision. -- Global Animal