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Sandra Bullock Donates Big To Help Animals Amid California Fires

(HELP ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Actress Sandra Bullock has donated $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) amid efforts to save animals from the devastating Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California. Well-known for her philanthropy, Bullock said she wanted to contribute to those on the frontline rescuing animals in peril and hopes her contribution will inspire others to do the same. Continue reading for more on the wildfire rescue efforts and see how you can help. -- Global Animal

California Wildfires: Here’s How You Can Help Animals In Need

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) As wildfires continue to blaze throughout opposite ends of California, first responders are working around-the-clock to help save those in need. More than 300,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes since the fires began, with many unable to take their beloved pets with them. Horses and other animals are also in danger as flames continue to spread and new fires flare up. -- Global Animal

States Pass Animal Welfare Laws By A Landslide

(ANIMAL NEWS/NEW ANIMAL LAWS) Tuesday's midterm election results proved to be a resounding win for animals in at least two states. In California, residents overwhelmingly voted to require more space for factory farmed animals--including egg-laying chickens, calves raised for veal, and pregnant pigs. Meanwhile on the East Coast, Florida voters chose to put an end to commercial greyhound racing by a nearly 69 percent vote. The passage of California's Proposition 12 and Amendment 13 in Florida are groundbreaking decisions for the welfare of animals, proving we're on the verge of powerful change for a better way forward. Continue reading to learn more about these latest animal welfare laws. -- Global Animal

World Vegan Day: 5 Things You Need To Know

(VEGANISM) While only 2.5 percent of Americans are currently vegan, the plant-based movement is on the rise, leading experts to wonder whether veganism is just a fad or the future of food. There are many reasons to enjoy a vegan diet, including health and environmental benefits. But for many, it's a matter of animal rights and boycotting an industry that treats animals inhumanely. Read on for five fast facts about veganism and why you should consider a vegan lifestyle. -- Global Animal

Tradition Comes To An End As Queen Elizabeth’s Last Royal Corgi Dies

(ANIMAL NEWS/CELEBRITY PETS) In sadder news, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's royal corgi Whisper has passed away at age 12 after being unwell for several weeks. Whisper--who she adopted from a former staffer--was the last one of her set of famous corgis, following the death of Willow earlier this year. The Queen has cared for corgis since 1933, but the death of Whisper brings the 85-year tradition to an end. Read on to learn more about the Queen's corgis and their legacy. -- Global Animal
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20 Ways To Celebrate National Cat Day

(CATS/LIFE WITH PETS) Calling all cat lovers! October 29 isn't just any Caturday--it's National Cat Day! Opposed to National Dog Day on August 26, today is dedicated to celebrating cats and spreading awareness about cat adoption. Founder Colleen Paige suggests observing the paw-liday by donating food to local shelters and animal welfare groups, spoiling your feline friend with some new toys, or dressing up as a cat--just in time for Halloween, too! But the best way to celebrate life is to save a life, so always remember to adopt--don't shop! And while you're at it, check out these 20 purrfect ways to celebrate your favorite feline friends! -- Global Animal

Why Every Day Needs To Be World Animal Day

(ANIMAL NEWS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Today, October 4 is World Animal Day! Founded in 1925 by German writer Heinrich Zimmermann, the international day of action for animal rights and welfare appropriately takes place on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. In many parts of the world, animals are still seen as objects rather than sentient beings. But World Animal Day aims to change these views by celebrating the important role animals play in our lives and how humans should coexist with nature. Read on to learn more about the history behind World Animal Day and its mission to make the world a better place for all animals. -- Global Animal

Top Fashion Capital Of The World Goes Fur-Free

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL NEWS) Following in the footsteps of West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco, Los Angeles is now the largest city in the United States to go fur-free. Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the sale of fur beginning in January, giving retailers until 2020 to rid their existing inventories. Their decision comes just days after designer Burberry and London Fashion Week announced they would go fur-free. And while a growing number of municipalities and major fashion designers--including Michael Kors, Versace, and Gucci--are saying no to fur, the city's move signals a growing trend to outlaw the inherently cruel and inhumane fur trade globally. Read on to learn more about this historic decision for the nation's second largest city and one of the world's major fashion hubs, and how it's poised to encourage similar bans around the globe. Don't forget to take a stand against cruelty to animals by signing PETA’s fur-free pledge today! -- Global Animal

Hurricane Florence: Safety & Evacuation Checklist For Pets

(PET SAFETY) With storm winds reaching as high as 130 mph today, Hurricane Florence is expected to slam North and South Carolina as a Category 4 storm by the end of the week. During such chaos, animal guardians are often unsure as how best to care for their pets. Others refuse to evacuate if they cannot bring their pets along. However, not evacuating may put you and your beloved pet into harm's way. In preparation of the potentially catastrophic storm, here are some helpful tips on how to keep you and your pets safe during a natural disaster. -- Global Animal

Introducing The First State To Ban Beauty Products Tested On Animals

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL TESTING) California has just become the first state to ban animal-tested cosmetics after passing a bill called the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. According to the legislation, it will be illegal to "sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020." This move marks the first time a state has taken action against animal testing on such a large scale, and supporters believe it will deliver a global message. Read on to learn more about what the new bill means for shoppers and how California legislators are responding. -- Global Animal

Cruel & Crazy: Live Ant Manicures Are The Latest Bizarre Beauty Trend

(ANIMAL CRUELTY) Sunny Nails, a Moscow-based nail salon, is under fire for using live ants to adorn fingertips. The company recently posted a how-to video on Instagram that's gone viral, demonstrating the long acrylic nails being applied before another layer is added, creating a vessel where an ant is then picked up by tweezers and shoved into the small opening. The crease is then sealed shut, leaving the ant frantically circling around the small enclosed space, desperate to escape. While some people defend the shop, claiming ants are stepped on all the time, others are able to decipher between accidental stepping and torture for fashion/art. Regardless, most can agree the salon has taken nail art too far and we need to draw the line somewhere. Get ready to shake your head in disbelief and continue reading below for more on this deliberately cruel and bizarre beauty trend. -- Global Animal

Put Your Paws Up For National Dog Day!

(PETS/DOGS) It's August 26th, which means National Dog Day is here! Make sure you go out of your way to appreciate your favorite canine friend, and if you don’t have a special canine in your life, celebrate by adopting one from a shelter! Back in 2004, National Dog Day was started by the National Dog Day Foundation, with the intention of honoring all of the canines that make our lives better, and encouraging the rescue of dogs in need. The foundation’s motto is, “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time,” and it’s a goal they try to meet each year. Read on to learn more about National Dog Day and enjoy the cute canine compilation in the video below. — Global Animal

‘Tour Of Grief Is Over’ For Killer Whale Mother Carrying Calf’s Dead Body

(OCEANS/ORCAS) A 20-year-old killer whale named Tahlequah recently made headlines after being spotted carrying the corpse of her dead calf for an unprecedented 17 days. Last week, the grieving mother--known as J35 to scientists monitoring the critically endangered orca population in the Pacific Northwest--was seen swimming without the infant balanced on her head for the first time since July. It's not known whether the bereaved orca finally let the corpse go, or if the body simply began to decompose, but her extended mourning illustrates the dire threat currently facing her pod. Her calf was the first in three years to be born into the dwindling Southern Resident orca population, which currently consists of just 75 whales. Read on to learn more about the fate of the Southern Resident population and calls for greater protection. -- Global Animal

Join The Stampede! Celebrate World Elephant Day

(ELEPHANTS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Happy World Elephant Day! This global campaign was founded in 2012 to shine a light on the delicate state of elephant populations across the globe. In addition to habitat loss and exploitation, poaching for the ivory trade is one of the most difficult issues conservationists must face to protect these gentle giants. But how can you get involved in the fight to save elephants, before they become permanently extinct? Continue reading below to learn more about the global efforts taking place to stop elephant poaching in its tracks, and shut down ivory markets across the globe once and for all. -- Global Animal

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