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Young Han & Chewie: May The Force Of Cuteness Be With You

(DOG PICTURES/PETS) Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! Photographer Rocio Preciado takes us back to a galaxy far, far away, when Han was just a boy and his fateful companion Chewie was just a young Dachshund. If the original Star Wars trilogy is ever remade, at least we now know who should get the roles of Han and Chewie; this adorable little kid and his equally adorable pooch. See more of young Han and Chewie in the gallery below and be sure to see more of Preciado's work at Cuije.com. — Global Animal

Animals Cover Up For The Camera (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE PHOTOS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) We've all been embarrassed at some point. But what could these adorable animals have done to be so camera shy? Take a look at these cute animals as they cover up for the camera. — Global Animal

6 Best Places To See Wildlife In The U.S.

(WILDLIFE/PHOTO GALLERY) If you want to see the beautiful creatures that share this world with us, you don't have to go to a zoo, you can just step outside. We are lucky to live in an age when we can still see animals in the wild. Check out this list of the top six places to see wildlife in the United States. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Rice Paper Rolls With Mango & Mint

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's meatless meal, try these vegan rice paper rolls with mango, mint, and avocado and an easy peanut sauce for dipping. These homemade rice paper rolls are the perfect light dinner for warmer days. Not only are they healthy and low in calories, but they're also super easy to make! Plus, they're a wonderful appetizer for parties--just look at that medley of color! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Bow Your Heads To These Mysterious Musicians Of The Sea

(OCEANS/WHALES) Bow your heads to the newest artists of the sea! The bowhead whale is singing a different song compared to their friends the humpback or orca. These mysterious musicians are raising the bar, showing how diverse these gentle giants can be, and never singing the same tune. Read on to find out more about these unique composers. -- Global Animal

A Pinky Promise: Imprisoned Pup Finally Freed

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Fighting for animal rights is one of the best ways to help our furry friends. When Pinky, a mixed breed pit bull made a mistake, her punishment was unusually cruel. Luckily, animal welfare activist Diane Helmers stumbled upon Pinky's story and knew she had a duty to save this dog from “bureaucratic purgatory.” Read on to find out more about Pinky's story and how the love for one animal can start a movement. -- Global Animal

Flap Your Wings For World Penguin Day!

(PENGUINS/ANIMAL FACTS) Today, April 25 is World Penguin Day--not to be confused with Penguin Awareness Day, which takes place January 20th. Marking the start of the flightless birds' annual migration north, World Penguin Day is a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate one of the few natives of Antarctica, penguins! -- Global Animal

Male Antelopes Trick Females For Sex

(WILDLIFE) Whoever said "all men are dogs," clearly hasn't encountered a male topi antelope before. Read below to learn how male topi antelopes trick females with false alarms of nearby danger to boost their chances for sex. Imagine that! – Global Animal

Hooch For Pooches? Using Pot To Ease Pet Pain

(PETS/ANIMAL WELFARE/MEDICINE) We love our animals and will do anything to stop their pain, but what if your beloved dog or cat was diagnosed with cancer and the vet’s medicine wasn’t enough? What would you do? Now with the growing acceptance of medical marijuana, many pet guardians are using the drug to ease their furry friends’ suffering. There are many stories of animals including dogs, cats, and even horses who have had their health restored by marijuana treatment, but since marijuana is classified as an illicit drug, veterinarians aren't legally allowed to prescribe cannabis to our pets. As a result, research on the the medical benefits of marijuana for animals is non-existent. With many states now legalizing the use of medical marijuana for humans, the question remains: should veterinarians also be allowed to legally prescribe marijuana to our pets? Read on for more about this controversial subject, and let us know what you think in the comments’ section below. — Global Animal
Abusive methods are often used to train circus animals. Photo credit: Kerri9494 via flickr

World Circus Day: What Does The Circus Really Teach Kids About Animals?

(CIRCUS ANIMALS) In the article below, child psychiatrist Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna explains the unintentional negative effects of going to the circus with children. She asserts how showing kids that wild animals can be dominated and used as objects sends the wrong message about controlling other beings. We'd add that the circus teaches that animals are made for our entertainment and the sanctioned suffering of animals by adults is an assault on developing empathy. Just in time for World Circus Day, read on to learn more about circus animal abuse and the relationship between how children treat animals and the way they eventually treat people. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Lemongrass Curry Spaghetti Squash

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Celebrate the change of season with something bright and fresh! This vegan lemon curry spaghetti squash is loaded with vegetables and plant-based protein, and the sauce tastes like "liquid gold." Incredibly light and flavorful, the lemongrass curry sauce is so fresh and full of flavor. It's also easy to master, starting with a base of fresh lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and green curry paste. Simply roast spaghetti squash (if it's in season), or you could substitute rice noodles or any other type of noodle in this recipe with great results. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

14 Ways To Go Green With Your Dog This Earth Day

(DOGS/GO GREEN) Ever wonder how you can help reduce your dog's carbon paw-print? Going green with your dog is actually really easy. Not only will you feel good about reducing your environmental impact, but it will make your dog healthier and happier while saving a ton of money in the process. Just in time for Earth Day, take a look at these 14 ways dog parents can "go green" with their dogs, courtesy of Ultimate Home Life. From buying organic dog food to choosing to adopt, and not shop, there are so many ways you can become a green pet parent.

What On Earth Is Earth Day?

(EARTH DAY/ENVIRONMENT) The 1960's brought about a ton of changes for the American people, including protecting our environment. Brought into effect by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day sparked a worldwide rally to appreciate, protect, and teach about the importance of a healthy environment. From compassionate efforts including park clean-ups, teach-ins, and tree-plating parties, to long-term commitments like caring for trees planted in honor of Earth Day, Senator Nelson has inspired people around the world to become involved with the environment—and in the U.S., the number has reached up to around 80 percent of the population. Read on for the true story behind Earth Day, and see what you can do to take part in this important day of the year. — Global Animal
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Dog’s Last Day On Earth Will Bring You To Tears (GALLERY)

(DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) The Roberts family knew it was time to put down their beloved black lab named Duke after cancer began to take over his body. But first, they gave him the best last day on Earth a dog could ask for. The day was filled with love, family, friends and all of Duke's favorite activities. Relive Duke's last day in the moving photographs below. Tissue alert! — Global Animal

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