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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

‘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
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Devil In Disguise: European Ivory Sold As Counterfeit Antiques

(IVORY TRADE/ELEPHANT CONSERVATION) Despite efforts to curtail the illegal ivory trade, Europe remains one of the world's largest exporters. In a recent study, environmental group Avaaz purchased over 100 ivory items from antique dealers and private sellers across 10 European countries, and had them radiocarbon dated at Oxford University. The findings reveal approximately three quarters of the stock were modern ivory being sold as fake antiques. Ivory from an elephant poached as recently as 2010 was among the counterfeit goods. Even small trinkets can add up to several tons sold annually, encouraging further poaching across Africa. Avaaz's research reveals the exact scale of Europe's role in the international ivory trade, and the need to take action. Read on to learn more about the global activist group's findings and sign the petition below. -- Global Animal

Did You Know? Over One-Third Of Fish Caught Never Make It To The Plate

(OVERFISHING/OCEANS) A new study reveals that waste from global fish production is at an all-time high as more than one in three fish caught for food never makes it to the plate. With over half the fish consumed in the world now coming from aquaculture, particularly in China, approximately 35 percent of global catches are either thrown back overboard because they are too small or an unwanted species, or rotting before consumption due to lack of knowledge or proper equipment like refrigeration or ice-makers. Read on to learn more about the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) analysis of this increasingly wasteful industry. -- Global Animal

Killer Karma: Lions Eat Rhino Poachers In South African Game Reserve

(WILDLIFE/POACHING) A group of rhino poachers are suspected to have been mauled to death and eaten by a pride of lions after sneaking into a South African game reserve sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning. The staff at the Sibuya Game Reserve stumbled upon human remains along with weapons and tools typically used by poachers to kill rhinos and remove their horns, including a high-powered rifle with a silencer. With more than 1,000 rhinos killed in South Africa last year, many are claiming these lions have come to the species' rescue--even if only inadvertently. Continue reading and view the video clip below for more on this story in which the hunters become the hunted. -- Global Animal

Happy Take Your Dog To Work Day! Proof That Office Space Is A Dog’s...

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Happy Take Your Dog To Work Day! As it turns out, dogs make great assistants in the workplace. Guardians are bringing their dogs to work more often, helping not just themselves, but everyone in the office. Why? Dogs are generous with their puppy love. As dogs in the office provide a relaxed atmosphere, colleagues are able to get along much easier. Read on to learn how bringing your dog in to your job can make both you and your boss happier. — Global Animal

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