(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
(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.
(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
(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
(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
(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