(VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE) There's no doubting the benefits of a meat-free diet as statistics show vegetarians have lower rates of health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But did you know going meat-free also promotes empathy amongst human beings? In the following article, Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna, author of Raising Kids Who Love Animals, discusses both the mental and physical benefits of a vegetarian diet, claiming a compassionate lifestyle is much more fulfilling than a selfish one. Read on to learn more about the relationship between human compassion and our eating habits. — Global Animal
(PLASTIC POLLUTION/ENVIRONMENT) In the hustle and bustle of our lives, we rarely stop to think about the harm we are causing to the environment. We may recycle, but are we thinking it all the way through? For example, an opossum was recently found in Amarillo, TX, with plastic from a six pack wrapped around his neck and leg. This little guy was lucky he survived. But what about the other animals who aren't as fortunate? Please read on for some great DIY tips to help save our planet and the little critters we share it with. -- Global Animal
(SHOP CRUELTY-FREE/HUMANE SHOPPING) Compassion is in fashion now more than ever and shoppers are demonstrating their ethics and concern for animal welfare with their pocketbooks. Here are some great tips and surprising facts for gift-giving with heart and mindfulness. Also, find a compassionate pet store near you and click here for our complete list of companies that don't test on animals. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL WELFARE/OP-ED) Introducing children to animals is an important stage of parenting. How you present the human-animal relationship to a child will unquestionably echo into his/her adulthood. It's during these formative years where kids learn how to peacefully and respectfully coexist with living beings unlike themselves. Read on to learn what kids shouldn't be doing at the zoo.— Global Animal
(ANIMAL SHELTERS/RESCUE PETS) Becoming a pet foster parent is a great way to help animals. It saves animals from overcrowded shelters, and allows the foster families the joy of caring for pets without the long-term commitment. Read on for a first hand account about fostering pets, and for a beginner's guide to animal fostering. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/FACTORY FARMING) In June 2015, animal activist Anita Krajnc stopped on the side of the road to help some slaughterhouse-bound pigs packed into a large trailer. The pigs were visibly overheated and dehydrated, so Krajnc did what any other humane individual would do in the situation and offered water to the thirsty animals. This ultimately resulted in a heated argument with the truck driver who proceeded to call the police and press charges. Now, Krajnc is being charged with criminal mischief and faces jail time or a fine of up to $5,000 for her compassion in action. The trial has gained widespread attention with many calling Krajnc's efforts heroic, while others say activists like herself are a nuisance and interfering with private property. But exactly how is it legal to torture animals and kill them, but it's illegal to give them water to relieve the animals' suffering? What are your thoughts? Continue reading for more details on the incident and view video footage of the confrontation below. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) You're never too young to make a difference for animals, so the Humane Society has outlined several ways for students around the world to become leaders for animals. The list includes videos featuring celebrities such as Jenna Tatum and Woody Harrelson, as well as an infographic on how to start your own humane, animal-friendly organization. Read on for the amazing things you or your child can do to be cruelty-free. — Global Animal
(VEGAN/ACTIVISM/ANIMAL WELFARE) Ever wonder what you can do to help save and protect the earth's ecosystems? The animal agriculture industry is a critical factor in species extinction, habitat destruction, and pollution. By going vegan, you can refuse to contribute to the cruelty of the meat industry that destroys the earth's ecosystems. Increased greenhouse gas emissions and degradation of natural resources are among the many consequences of the agriculture industry. The future of the earth's ecosystems, however, does not have to be so bleak. Individuals can make food choices that not only promote their own health, but the health of the planet as well. Read on to learn more about the harmful effects of the agriculture industry and what you can do to help support smarter agricultural choices. —Global Animal
(HUMANE EATING/ANIMAL WELFARE) What does Certified Humane really mean? Organic? Free range? What's the difference between these and how do they affect us? We've compiled the ultimate list with all of the answers to what humane labeling really means and the animals behind the labels. — Global Animal
(VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/CELEBRITY ACTIVISTS) Vegetarianism has hit Hollywood in a big way, and some of the biggest stars in tinseltown are not afraid to talk about their health-conscious habits. Check out the gallery below of Hollywood's hottest celebrity veggies, who say no to meat, and hello to beets! — Global Animal
(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) We all know processed foods can contain questionable ingredients. Most of us have difficulty reading through labels on packages because it seems like a foreign language. But if you are vegan or vegetarian, it may be even worse than you thought. Check out this gallery of hidden animal products to see where your food is really coming from. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL QUOTES) In celebration of Earth Day, check out our favorite quotes about animals throughout the ages. Read all the wisdom, compassion and humor to put yourself in the spirit of gratitude – and in tune with some of the world's greatest thinkers and humanitarians – true Global Animals!
(CELEBRITY NEWS/COSMETIC TESTING ) Actress Alicia Silverstone, famous for her role in Clueless, joins a long list of celebrities, including Mayim Bialik, Ricky Gervais, and Peter Dinklage, that are backing Cruelty Free International's journey to end cosmetic animal testing on animals; as well as California's resolution to cruelty free cosmetics. Even with all of the progress Cruelty Free International has made, there is not a law against cosmetic animal testing, yet. California recently passed SJR 22, the Cruelty Free Cosmetics resolution. The resolution, introduced by state Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), reflected the concerns of the majority of US consumers who support the ending of cosmetic animal testing. Continue reading to learn more about Cruelty Free International and their backing of California's latest resolution. -Global Animal.
(ENVIRONMENT/GREEN LIVING) From production to consumption, plastic is toxic. Did you know that plastic is made from crude oil? Crude oil is a non-renewable resource. Once it is used, it cannot be replaced. Plastic is not biodegradable and infests the oceans and poison marine life. With current trends, Earth will soon be wrapped in plastic. Read on to learn how you can become more plastic free and help protect our marine life. — Global Animal