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Infants living in homes with pets are less likely to have health issues. Photo Credit: Solosana/Dreamstime

What Costs More: Pets Or Babies?

(PETS) Whether you're having a baby or adopting a fur-baby, there are a number of financial implications to anticipate. From food and formula to carriers and cribs, adding a new member to the family can add up quickly. SafeWise calculated the numbers indicating which costs more: pets or parenthood? Take a look at the average costs below. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Tacos With Creamy Chipotle Sauce

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, try this in-season recipe for March: roasted cauliflower and lentil tacos with creamy chipotle sauce. The golden, roasted cauliflower makes a great taco filling that's perfectly crispy, while the lentils are robustly seasoned with onions, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, and chili powder. Top it all off with a drizzle of spicy, creamy chipotle sauce and some fresh cilantro, and you have one seriously tasty taco. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Go Wild For World Wildlife Day!

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/PICTURES) March 3 is World Wildlife Day, a day to celebrate and appreciate all that Mother Nature has to offer, from plants to wild animals. On December 20, 2013, the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General assembly proclaimed March 3—the day the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted—as World Wildlife Day. — Global Animal

An Everyday Ingredient That’s Killing Orangutans

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Palm oil is now present in more than half of consumer packaged goods found in grocery stores across the U.S., including chips, cookies, cake mix, canned soup, baby formula, and more. The market's increasing demand for palm oil has threatened the existence of rainforests around the world, specifically those located in Southeast Asia. Destruction of what may be our last saving grace in preserving the earth's ecosystem also means endangering the lives of iconic species including the red-listed Sumatran and Borneo orangutans. Orangutans are said to be among our closest kin in the animal kingdom, and we're slowly killing them off without even realizing it. Read on to learn how you can prevent their currently inevitable destruction. — Global AnimaL

“Like A Humane Society With Guns”: Dutch Police Defend Animals In Danger

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL RESCUE) As the first country to have an animal rights party in parliament, the Netherlands is paving the way for animal welfare enforcement. Described as "a Humane Society with guns, handcuffs and badges," the 250 members of the Dutch animal police force help enforce laws protecting pets, livestock, and wildlife from abuse. Given the direct link between violence against animals and violence against humans, the animal police force's work is largely a combination of both animal protection and human social services. Read on to learn more about these pioneers in animal protection and their significant impact in the Netherlands. -- Global Animal

Olympic Snowboarder Rescues Dog From South Korean Meat Trade

(CELEBRITIES/DOG RESCUE) While competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, U.S. snowboarder Maddie Mastro made it a point to visit a South Korean meat farm to rescue a dog slated for a dinner plate. While the SuperPipe bronze medalist already has three rescue dogs in her home and cannot take in another, the playful Korean Jindo named Plum (or "Jadu" in Korean) will soon be available for adoption at the Barking Lot Rescue in San Diego County. Jadu is just one of the thousands of dogs harvested for meat in South Korea and other Asian countries, and the Barking Lot Rescue has helped bring in over 200 dogs from the dog meat trade alone. Thanks to Mastro's compassion in action, not only is Jadu's life saved, but she will soon have a loving forever home. Continue reading and view the video clips below for more on this heartwarming rescue story. -- Global Animal

Twice As Nice? Barbra Streisand Reveals Her Ruff Replicas

(CELEBRITY PETS) In an interview with Variety published Tuesday, legendary singer and actress Barbra Streisand revealed that two of her dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned from her 14-year-old Coton du Tulear Samantha, who died last year. Before Samantha died, Streisand had cells taken from the dog's mouth and stomach to produce not one, but two genetic twins of the original animal--which can cost upwards of $50,000 per clone. The process has been available to the elite for over a decade now, and while it may sound like a fantastic idea to pet lovers, there are a number of reasons why pet parents shouldn't follow in the star's footsteps. Not only is the practice largely unregulated, but producing one clone requires a number of animals to help bring the animal to life. In fact, California even attempted to ban the practice in 2005, with officials citing health concerns and worries that shelters would become unmanageable. But the bill was ultimately voted down. Read on to learn more about pet cloning and click here for 12 reasons you don't want to clone your pet. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks Over Hemp Pesto Zoodles

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday recipe, try a simple meal that seems fantastically gourmet. These vegan parmesan cauliflower steaks served over hemp pesto zoodles are deliciously filling and hearty in all the right ways. The vegan parmesan is a simple mix of raw cashews, nutritional yeast, and spices, so every hunk of roasted cauliflower is bursting with cheesy flavor, but without the dairy. Simply toss the zucchini noodles with a thick hemp pesto sauce, and voila! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Comfort Dogs Bring Love & Support To Parkland, Florida

(SERVICE ANIMALS/THERAPY DOGS) They say a dog is man's best friend, and these LCC K-9 comfort dogs are proving it to be true. With unconditional love in their hearts, 19 Golden Retrievers made their way to Parkland, Florida, to comfort those affected by the tragic Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. These specially trained service dogs were dispatched to help those closest to the tragedy relax as they open up about their feelings and what they endured. Read on to find out more about these caring canines and their important mission in Florida. -- Global Animal

Adorable Animal Antics (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL PICTURES) Animals can't help but be cute sometimes. Take a look at the adorable activities these pets and wildlife have been caught doing on camera! — Global Animal

Uh-Oh, You’re Home Early! Dogs Behaving Badly

(DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) We've all heard that when the cat's away the mice will play, but look what trouble dogs can get into! Have a laugh and be thankful these little rascals don't live in your home. And learn how to stop a destructive dog from chewing furniture and other valuables. — Global Animal

Hiking Tips For You & Your Dog

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Former wilderness ranger Ceiridwen Terrill has trekked through the woods for pleasure and for work, and she's always done it with her two Shepherd mixes by her side. In the interview below, Terrill talks about safety, guidelines, and supplies while hiking with our four-legged friends. Although Terrill's two dogs have been hiking for years, she outlines the most important tips to protect you and your dog from anything and everything the wild offers. Read on to get all the facts from Terrill and to learn about a few hiking areas that are dog-friendly. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Bars

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) There are few things that go together better than chocolate and hazelnut. For this week's Meat-Free Monday, indulge your sweet tooth with these creamy, dreamy, vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Bars. Take a sweet chocolate hazelnut crust and top it with creamed cashews and hazelnut cheesecake filling, covered in a rich dark chocolate ganache, and you've got yourself a delicious slice of heaven. What's more, not only are they vegan, but they're raw, too! So go ahead and try your hand at "un-baking" and enjoy! -- Global Animal

A Guide To Buying The Best Dog Apparel For Icy Winters

(DOGS/PET CARE) Dogs don’t typically like staying inside during winters, especially when they are young and active. Restricting your dog indoors throughout the winter can often cause frustration, anxiety, anger, or depression. Consequently, your pooch can develop anti-social behavior or aggression towards other dogs. Being a pet parent, you need to fulfill your pup’s need to go outside, socialize, and exercise for a while to positively channel his/her energy. Take your pooch for walks for short periods of time, but always be sure to protect him/her appropriately from ice and rain outside. Winter apparel needs vary for different regions and dogs of different breeds and ages. The following buying guide will help you invest wisely on the best dog apparel for icy-cold winters. -- Global Animal