Compassionate Living

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Mayor’s Alliance: Making New York City A No-Kill City

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to making New York a no-kill city. With its 150 member nonprofit shelter and rescue groups, the organization has much to celebrate—from reducing the city's euthanasia rates to addressing animal overpopulation and control. Thanks to their tireless efforts, the Alliance has helped save over 240,000 animal lives. In fact, the city's euthanasia rates at Animal Care & Control (ACC) have plummeted 74 percent since 2005 (from almost 32,000 dogs and cats per year to just over 8,000), giving New York the lowest rate of euthanasia per capita of any major U.S. city. Read on to learn more about the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and it's key initiatives. — Global Animal

India’s IRIS Science Fair Says No To Animal Testing

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL SCIENCE) INDIA — PETA has made a huge accomplishment in India, successfully initiating IRIS' new regulation. IRIS (Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science) is one of India's largest student science competitions. Their decision to prevent the harm of rats, mice, and other animals often used in research was due largely to PETA efforts. From now on all activities must comply with The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Read on to learn how PETA has changed the minds of not only IRIS, but also the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Google Science Fair. — Global Animal

Juice Beauty Chooses Compassion Over Cruelty

(ANIMAL RIGHTS/ANIMAL TESTING) Organic cosmetics giant, Juice Beauty, recently chose to sacrifice money for animal rights. Upon learning that Chinese markets require cosmetic testing on animals, Juice Beauty opted out of the lucrative market, vowing not to commit until such absurd requirements are lifted. Several other companies have also made the vow, and many more are on the way. Read on to discover how Juice Beauty earned PETA's "Courage in Commerce Award" for their compassionate actions! — Global Animal

Stars Hop Into Action For Bunnies: End Cosmetic Cruelty!

(CELEBRITY NEWS/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Owain Yeoman may play a tough FBI agent on the hit CBS drama "The Mentalist," but now he reveals his softer side; telling us bunnies are for cuddling not cosmetic testing. He joins Grammy-nominated singer Leona Lewis in support of the "Be Cruelty-Free" campaign of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI). They're donning their cruelty-free t-shirts to get a jump on International Rabbit Day on September 28th, and help put an end to animal testing for cosmetics. In laboratories around the world, thousands of rabbits and other animals are being horribly used in painful eye and skin irritation tests just so we can have another moisturizer or blush on the market. Europe, Israel, and India already banned cosmetic animal testing and now it's time for the rest of us to hop to it! Read on to learn how you can help the HSUS' "Be Cruelty-Free" campaign and check out "The Mentalist," premiering Sunday night on CBS. — Global Animal

Sea Turtle Populations Plummet Due To Plastic Pollution

(OCEANS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Scientists have found that 50 percent of all sea turtles are ingesting plastic, and this number is only increasing as plastic pollution continues to surge. "These patches are not going away," says lead author Erik van Sebille, an oceanographer at the University of New South Wales. "The garbage patches will stay there for at least the next thousand years." Studies show this problem is not only prominent in heavily populated areas like New York City, but also in places like Brazil. Continue reading for more information on how plastic waste is becoming a global issue, and consider these tips on reducing your own plastic consumption. — Global Animal

West Hollywood Celebrates As America’s First Fur Free City!

(FASHION/FUR) LOS ANGELES — West Hollywood, California has made history by becoming the first city in the U.S. to officially ban the sale of fur! As of Saturday, September 21st, it is now illegal for businesses in West Hollywood to sell fur, with infractions costing $250 in fines and fees. Supporters of the ban point out that more than 50 million animals are treated inhumanely and then killed for their fur to fuel the fashion industry every year. City officials gathered on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood to celebrate this huge legislative victory over the weekend. For more on the fur ban, read the full press release and visit the associated links below. — Global Animal

Eco-Fashion Fridays: Why Faux Fur Is Friendlier

(GREEN/FASHION) While the choice between faux fur and real fur should be an easy one for any animal lover, many "natural fur" fans argue that manufacturing faux fur is actually more damaging to the environment. Yet aside from ethical beliefs, studies show faux fur is almost five times greener than your average mink. Continue reading for more on the debate between faux fur and real fur and learn more reasons to feel fashionable and fabulous in faux fur. — Global Animal

Chipotle’s Latest Anti-Factory Farming Ad (VIDEO)

(FACTORY FARMING/FARM ANIMALS) Chipotle, the popular fast-food restaurant known for their organically-farmed meat and produce, released a second thought-provoking animated advertisement titled "The Scarecrow," which takes a stand against factory farming and promotes the company's stance to "Cultivate A Better World." The haunting, yet beautiful three-and-a-half minute-long, short film went viral on YouTube quickly after its release last week. Along with the release of the film, the burrito chain has also announced a new mobile game titled The Scarecrow and meant to educate and engage the public about food issues. The advertisement, posted below, focuses on an anti-industrial food theme and pulls on the heartstrings as films protagonist explores the somber reality of factory farming and animal abuse. Read on for more on Chipotle's newest campaign and be sure to watch the short film below. — Global Animal

Eco-Fashion Fridays: Because Your Body Isn’t A Graveyard

(GREEN/FASHION) Beyond Skin, a fashion-forward, vegan shoe company, successfully reached their funding goal with the help of in order to make their innovative and eco-friendly line a little more wallet-friendly. Beyond Skin’s 'vintage style aesthetics’ accommodate the lady who is hip, classy, and unique, but most importantly has a heart that throbs for animals. With 100 percent recycled material, this compassionate brand guarantees sustainable and fair production. Beyond skin is also launching a more wearable line. Their freshly released Autumn-Winter 2013 line utilizes bold geometric designs, tribal patterns, warm colors, and a spice for femininity. Not only will your purchase make you a smart consumer, but a portion of the proceeds also go PETA. Take that, Marc Jacobs! — Global Animal 

Grant Challenges Animal Research Status Quo

(ANIMAL RESEARCH/TESTING) With millions of animals suffering in the scientific, biomedical, industrial, military, cosmetic, and other fields of research, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) in Boston and the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR) in New York have teamed up to launch the 2014-15 Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Gender Differences  in support of non-animal testing. The $40,000 postdoctoral annual award backs new scientific research methods that are more efficient and foretelling of human responses than animal experiments, and provides new opportunities for investigating gender-based differences in biomedical research results. Continue reading for more information on the research grant as well as the differences in research results from studies on men versus women. — Global Animal

“The Ghosts In Our Machine” Looks Animal Suffering In The Eye

(MOVIE REVIEW) With the substantial amount of well-made, animal-centric documentaries in release as of late, it’s tough to stand out in the crowd. However, director Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine does exactly that, in addition to bringing an important message to dinner tables, closets, laboratories, as well as zoos and marine parks across the globe. Focusing around activist/photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and her yearlong journey documenting animals held captive by four different global industries, the film does an incredible job of spotlighting those tragically forgotten by society. — Global Animal

Throw Local Animal Shelters A Bone

(ANIMAL SHELTERS/PETS) According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), around six to eight million cats and dogs enter shelters every year. While three to four million of these animals are adopted, approximately 2.7 million healthy, adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized. Having limited funds and staff, local animal shelters are in constant need of help and support from the community. Read the article below for more facts on animal shelters and see how you can help make a difference in the lives of these animals. — Global Animal

McDonald’s Dishes Out Meat-Free Wraps

(VEGETARIAN) CANADA — McDonald's is now expanding its menu to include meatless veggie wraps in Canada. The vegetarian wraps contain cheese but it can also be omitted for a vegan option. The Mediterranean Veggie and the Santa Fe Veggie wraps will be a welcomed change since McDonald's has not introduced a vegetarian option in over a decade. Some are skeptical about the wraps, claiming any vegan or vegetarian support for McDonald's would be a contradiction due to their mainly meat-based menu. However, others are optimistic about the chance for meat eaters to be exposed to more veggie dishes and claim that it is a step in the right direction. For now, the wraps will only be served in Canada but some Americans are hopeful they will make their way south of the border to the United States. Read on for more on the fast food chain's other attempts to migrate menu items. — Global Animal

A Cringing Cease in Evolution

(GREEN/ANIMAL CONSERVATION) Our planet is deteriorating at an exponential rate due to various factors including carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, deforestation, and so on. A recent study found that an increasing number of species are unable to evolve due to rapid climate change. And while some species are successful at adapting quickly and can thrive in a changing world, a shocking number of animals will no longer exist within the next one-hundred years. Continue reading about the evolutionary process and how it relates to climate change below, and click here to sign a petition to help put an end to global warming. — Global Animal