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.

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

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