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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.

World Turtle Day Tips To Save Sea Turtles From Extinction

(TURTLES/OCEAN CONSERVATION) Today, May 23 marks World Turtle Day! Effective since 2000, World Turtle Day is a time to celebrate turtles and tortoises, and bring awareness to their diminishing habitats. While sea turtles have been around for millions of years, all seven sea turtle species are currently classified as endangered, with some facing extinction. Activists are calling for better protection and conservation efforts, but unfortunately sea turtles face a number of threats, ranging from climate change to poaching. Read on for more facts about turtles and see how you can help conserve these beloved species. -- 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

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
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 four-legged friend? Check out our Pet Adoption database! -- 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

Go Wild For World Wildlife Day!

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/PICTURES) March 3 is World Wildlife Day, a day to celebrate and appreciate all that Mother Nature has to offer, from plants to wild animals. On December 20, 2013, the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General assembly proclaimed March 3—the day the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted—as World Wildlife Day. — Global Animal

Polar Bear Day: Everyday Ways To Save The Polar Bear

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/POLAR BEARS) What better time to help save the polar bear than today, International Polar Bear Day? With less than 25,000 left in the wild, polar bears are on the brink of extinction due to the devastating effects of global warming. In Canada—which unfortunately still allows polar bear trophy hunts despite their endangered status—a polar bear was forced to swim 426 miles in search of arctic sea ice; ice that continues to hit record lows. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways you can help save the polar bear from extinction—from riding a bike to shopping locally. So in the spirit International Polar Bear Day, check out these some simple ways to help save the polar bear. — Global Animal

Crikey! Australia’s Landmark Animal Testing Ban

(ANIMAL TESTING) In the latest major victory for animals, Australia has become the most recent country to ban animal testing for cosmetic products. In accordance with an agreement made with animal welfare group Humane Society International (HSI), the Australian Senate passed a bill--first introduced by the House of Representatives back in June 2017--effectively banning animal testing of industrial chemicals throughout the country. Read on to learn more about the country's decision to go cruelty-free and see how you can take a stand against animal testing. -- Global Animal

Captivity Kills: Another Death At SeaWorld

(SEAWORLD/ANIMAL NEWS) SeaWorld lost yet another orca on January 26 when a female killer whale named Kayla died at SeaWorld Orlando, making her the fourth orca to die at one of the parks since 2017. Born in captivity at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas, Kayla had fallen ill just three days prior to her death. However, the reason for her illness remains unclear. In the wild, a female killer whale’s average lifespan is around 50 years old, though they can live to be 100. Kayla, on the other hand, was only 30 years old, and had spent her entire life in captivity. Continue reading to learn more about the welfare of killer whale populations in the wild and captivity. -- Global Animal

World Wetlands Day 2019: Wetlands & Climate Change

(ENVIRONMENT/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Since its founding in 1971, World Wetlands Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and the need to conserve them. This year's theme for World Wetlands Day is "Wetlands and Climate Change," highlighting how wetlands serve as a natural solution to reduce the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels, coral bleaching, as well as changes in water temperature, availability, and quality. Not only do wetlands help relieve droughts and reduce floods, thus protecting our coastlines, but they also help absorb and store carbon. With wetlands disappearing at a rate three times faster than our forests, these ecosystems worldwide need our help now more than ever. Read on to learn more about the importance of our wetlands and see how you can take action below. -- Global Animal

Groundhog Day Again: Will Punxsutawney Phil’s Prediction Prevail?

(GROUNDHOG DAY) This morning at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, thousands gathered as America's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early spring--as opposed to last year's prediction. However, given this week's bone-chilling polar vortex, many appear to be skeptical. Let's face it, the groundhog doesn't have the best track record. But who could blame him? It's a tough job. Read on for more on Phil's predictions and see what real meteorologists think. -- Global Animal

Over 100 Endangered Species Threatened by Trump’s Wall

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/POLITICS) President Trump’s proposed border wall has sparked a number of environmental and wildlife studies--many of which have found the border wall would cause significant damage to several ecosystems. The construction of the 1,200-mile wall—along with its related infrastructure and enforcement—will effectively block migration corridors, decrease genetic diversity, destroy habitat, and add traffic, noise, and light pollution to vast stretches of the wild borderlands. Trump's wall is said to threaten over 100 species with ranges near or crossing the Mexico–United States border. This number includes 81 already endangered and threatened species, like jaguars, ocelots, gray wolves, and even eagles. Read on to learn more about the far-reaching consequences for one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America. -- Global Animal
Workers force-feed ducks at foie gras farms. Photo Credit: Eric Risberg/AP

Foie Gras Officially Off The Menu In California

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL NEWS) A California ban on a cruel dish known as foie gras was upheld thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject an appeal by the foie gras industry attacking the state law's constitutionality. The public has been able to order the French delicacy in California since 2015, after the U.S. District Court overturned a law enacted in 2012 banning restaurants from serving the gourmet item. The issue has been a hot debate in courts since lawmakers barred the fatty liver pâté's production in 2004 because of the explicitly cruel way that it's produced (by inhumanely force-feeding ducks and geese). Read on to learn more about the law and its 15-year history. -- Global Animal

‘Mission Complete’ For Sully, George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog

(SERVICE ANIMALS) Sully, the yellow Labrador service dog of late former President George H.W. Bush, will be accompanying his master one last time as he travels with Bush's casket to Washington, DC. The dog spent Sunday night lying next to Bush's flag-draped casket in Houston. Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman, posted a corresponding image on Twitter (below) that's breaking hearts nationwide. Continue reading to learn more about what's next for the famed, highly trained service dog in the article below. -- Global Animal

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