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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
African elephants can differentiate between gender and ethnicity based on human voices. (ELEPHANTS/ANIMAL SCIENCE/WILDLIFE)

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

Could California Become The First State To Ban Products Tested On Animals?

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL TESTING) California is one step closer to becoming the first U.S. state to ban the sale of cosmetics and other beauty products tested on animals. California senators recently voted 21 to 9 in favor of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB1249), which would make it illegal for cosmetics manufacturers to sell any cosmetic or personal-hygiene product that so much as contains a component that was tested on animals, beginning January 1, 2020. The legislation is now heading for a vote in the Assembly, and if it becomes law, California would join the European Union, Israel, South Korea, Brazil, India, New Zealand, and other progressive countries that have enacted similar bans protecting animals from exploitation and brutality. Read on to learn more about the legislation and if you’d like to see SB 1249 become a law in California, please sign this petition on Care2. -- Global Animal

“Beat Plastic Pollution” This World Environment Day!

(ENVIRONMENT/GO GREEN) Today, June 5 is World Environment Day, a day meant to make the Earth a greener, better place. This year's theme, "beat plastic pollution," comes at a prudent time for saving our planet. As eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our world's oceans each year, poisoning waters and killing marine life, plastic pollution is regarded as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the world today. In fact, experts claim if present plastic waste and consumption trends continue, our oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050. Continue reading below to learn more about World Environment Day and this year's call to action. -- Global Animal

Great Scott! Introducing The First UK Nation To Ban Wild Animals In Circuses

(CIRCUSES/ANIMAL WELFARE) In a historic move, Scotland became the first UK nation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses on Monday. The legislation follows a public consultation conducted by the Scottish Government showing that a whopping 98 percent of respondents support a ban. Although there aren't currently any circuses with wild animals based in Scotland, these traveling shows have visited in the past from England, and the newly enacted legislation will prevent them from touring in the future. Joining 18 European countries, and 35 around the world, Scotland's decision has renewed the call to other UK nations to follow their lead and put an end to circus abuse in Great Britain. We now look to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to deliver a UK-wide legislation that the public have long wanted and the animals so desperately need. Read on to learn more about the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Act 2018 and its potential influence on other countries. -- Global Animal

A New Low: Trump’s Plan To Lift Ban On Barbaric Hunting Tactics

(HUNTING/ANIMAL LAWS) Condemned as a "new low," the Trump administration is attempting to repeal Obama-era rules banning cruel and harmful hunting practices in Alaska. The proposal promotes the senseless slaughter of Alaska's most iconic wildlife as it would allow hunters to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens, use dogs and bait to hunt bears, and shoot swimming caribou from motorboats. Not only are these controversial sport hunting and trapping techniques utterly barbaric and inhumane, but Trump's plan to increase hunting opportunities on national preserve land casts aside the very purpose of national parks to protect wildlife and the environment. Continue reading below to learn more about the Department of Interior's aggressive push to expand hunting rights on federal land, and see how conservation groups are reacting in horror. As the hunting rule repeal has entered a 60-day period for public comment, we urge you to visit, and search for “RIN 1024-AE38,” to make your voice heard. -- Global Animal

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Here’s What To Know On Endangered Species Day

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Today, May 18, marks the 13th annual Endangered Species Day. Established in 2006 by Congress, Endangered Species Day celebrates the importance of endangered wildlife and educates the public on how to save these amazing animals from extinction. The Endangered Species Act has prevented the extinction of hundreds of species, including the gray wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, and whooping crane. Endangered Species Day aims to highlight these success stories while providing an opportunity to learn more about the actions we can take to help protect precious wildlife. Global efforts to end poaching and wildlife trafficking are greater than ever, but there is still a long way to go. In the list below, take a look at the facts about threatened and endangered wildlife by the numbers. -- Global Animal

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