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Academy Award Nominee Drowns For Fish (VIDEO)

(OCEANS) In a controversial new PETA commercial, award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix puts himself into the position of the 1 trillion fish who are killed each year by the fish industry. In the video, shot by famous shark photographer Michael Muller, Phoenix narrates, "In water humans drown, just as fish suffocate on land. It's slow, and painful, and frighting." The Master star carries out possibly one of the scariest parts of his career as he desperately trashes underwater, each failed breath further filling his lungs with water. The ad brings awareness to the fact that we often choose to separate fish from land animals simply because they're different. Read on to learn more about this initiative and view the video for yourself. — Global Animal

Puppy Bowl Animals Score New Homes

(PUPPIES) While the animals scored big in this year's top Super Bowl ads, the adoptable pups from Puppy Bowl IX were also given something to bark about. After more than 12.4 million people tuned in for the annual cute fest, the adorable 63 puppies and 21 kittens that participated were all adopted! Read on for more on the show's turnout and watch the video of this year's MVP. — Global Animal

Red Meat: How Bad Is It Really?

(CULTURE) Pledge to save a life on Earth Day. Your own! Earth day encourages us all to recognize our impact on the environment, and one of the biggest impacts one can make on this environment is to stop eating animals. Animals raised for consumption lead to the emission of enormous amounts of greenhouse gases, depletion of oxygen and wastes tons of water. Read on for startling meat-eating statistics, and why going vegetarian is not only better for the environment, but better for you. Need more encouragement? Check out our Meat-Free Monday recipes! — Global Animal

San Diego Says ‘Adios’ To Pet Sales

(PET SALES) The San Diego City Council has voted to ban the commercial sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits across the city, making San Diego the 32nd city in North America to enact such legislation. The ban is said to go into effect in 30 days and will require pet stores and other commercial establishments to only retrieve dogs, cats, and rabbits from animal shelters, humane societies, or nonprofit rescue groups. Read on to learn more about the city's decision to help put an end to puppy mills. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Thai Fried Rice

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) For this week’s meat Free Monday Challenge recipe, try some delicious pineapple Thai fried rice with both vegan and vegetarian versions. The best part about making fried rice? You can add or subtract any ingredient you want to make the recipe your own. As always, happy eating! — Global Animal

Arnold Schwarzenegger Isn’t A Dog…Or Is He? (PHOTOS)

(PET HUMOR) If Arnold Schwarzenegger was a real dog instead of a metaphorical one, the former California governor would be a bully whippet. This breed has two mutated copies of a gene that makes the dogs “double-muscled" and weighing twice as much as a standard whippet. The increased muscle mass, along with metabolism and extremely low levels of body fats, can translate to impressive super-feats, including marked increases in speed, agility and power.

Companies That Don’t Test On Animals (RESOURCE)

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Here's a comprehensive list of companies that do not test on animals. This list is compiled and is updated several times a year by PETA. Those marked with an asterisk (*) manufacture strictly vegan products—made without animal ingredients, such as milk and egg byproducts, slaughterhouse byproducts, lanolin from sheep, honey, or beeswax. You may also be interested in: Tips For Compassionate Shopping. – Global Animal

Cairo, Seal Team Six Dog, Meets President Obama

(WORKING DOGS) The identity of the Seal Team Six Dog that helped kill Osama Bin Laden was finally revealed when the Belgian Malinois met the president in a private ceremony honoring the dog and his Seal Team members, according to an article in the New Yorker Magazine.

Megan’s Meat Free Monday: Zucchini Pasta In Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

(VEGAN RECIPE) In honor of yesterday's Earth Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes for this week's Meat-Free Mondays Challenge. This is a cold "pasta." Replacing pasta with zucchini is a good way to pack in a few more nutrients, color and flavor. Even better, the zucchini twirls on a fork just like spaghetti! — Global Animal

5 Films That Will Make You Want To Change Your Diet

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/FACTORY FARMING) There is a new epidemic sweeping across the globe, but it seems nobody is doing anything about it. That’s probably because this epidemic doesn't affect people--it affects animals. Millions of helpless animals are tortured, abused, and mistreated just so we can feed our faces. Factory farming is big business, and it's destroying our world. Factory farming is the process of raising a high number of animals for the purpose of food, in the most efficient way possible--and treating them less like living beings than like a resource to be maximized, whatever the cost to their, and our, quality of life. According to the ASPCA, over 99 percent of farm animals in the United States are raised in atrocious factory farms. To help show how terrible these factory farms are, here are five documentaries that will make you want to change your diet. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Coconut Horchata

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, try this dairy-free coconut horchata--it's creamy, sweet, and loaded with vanilla flavor. But this traditional horchata recipe incorporates one not-so-traditional addition: coconut milk. This will give you a horchata that’s extra rich and creamy, but still totally vegan. Simply soak some rice and a cinnamon stick in water for a bit, then blend and strain. Feel free to add some maple syrup (in place of granulated sugar) for extra vegan sweetness. This beverage is best served on ice with a pinch of cinnamon for the best flavor and freshness, but it can store up to two days or more--just make sure to give it a good stir! Enjoy! -- Global Animal

India: The Dolphin Showstopper

(CAPTIVE DOLPHINS) Hooray for cetaceans! Late last week, India banned the exploitation of dolphins for entertainment purposes and is now the largest of four countries, including Costa Rica, Hungary, and Chile, to prohibit the practice. In many parts of the world, dolphin shows are big business—which begs the question: what compelled India to make this decision? Due to the dolphin's high level of intelligence, Indian regulators have deemed the cetaceans as "non-human persons" with specific rights and freedoms. Read on for more about this compassionate piece of legislation, which is a major step in the right direction. — Global Animal

Acclaimed Actor’s Arrivederci Film, “Animal Rescue”

(CELEBRITY NEWS) Critically adored actor James Gandolfini suffered a massive heart attack yesterday, passing away at just 51 years old. Perhaps most known for his role as Mafioso Tony Soprano on HBO’s Emmy winning drama, The Sopranos, Gandolfini has been in film and television for more than twenty years. There is no doubt the actor will be missed by his family, friends, admirers, and his beloved friend Duke the pit bull. Read on to learn more about his involvement in pit bull advocacy and his last film, Animal Rescue.  — Global Animal 

Coyote Coats: Fashion’s Latest Victim (TAKE ACTION)

(ANIMAL NEWS) CANADA—Clothing company Canada Goose Inc. is being virtually occupied by supporters of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. The Facebook protestors are opposing the company's use of coyote fur trims. Coyotes are often captured in leg-hold traps, which are legal in every province in Canada, and often mutilate themselves trying to get out. Last year Global Animal ran a story on a fashion trend that harms roosters, and now Coyotes in Canada are being targeted for the sake of fashion. Canada Goose claims that their use of fur is "ethical and responsible" and that they only use fur to prevent frostbite. This seems hardly accurate as there are numerous alternative materials better suitable to keep the body dry and warm. The coats are also sold in areas where frostbite is not a threat. Read on to find out how the protestors got their message through. — Global Animal