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How 0.01% Of Life On Earth Is Causing The Sixth Mass Extinction

(ANIMAL EXTINCTION/WILDLIFE) Did you know the world's population of 7.6 billion people is equal to just 0.01 percent of all living things? While humankind is largely insignificant in the grand scheme of life on Earth, humanity is responsible for the loss of 83 percent of all wild mammals--half of which have been lost in the last 50 years alone--and around half of all plants. Meanwhile livestock kept by humans abounds, consisting of 96 percent of all mammals on Earth. The destruction of wild habitat for agriculture, logging, and development has resulted in the beginning of what scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction. Read on to learn more about the rise of civilization and it's disproportionate impact on all life on Earth. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Healthy Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Did you know ramen noodles are great for more than just soups? Switch things up this Meat-Free Monday with this easy and colorful Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad. Not only is this dish perfect for summer BBQs and potlucks, but it's also great for brightening up regular meals. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

From Dog-Tired To In A Fox’s Sleep: Animal Sleeping Habits Explored

(ABOUT ANIMALS/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR) Just like humans, all animals have their own unique sleep schedule. Some animals can sleep for most of the day, while others only need a couple of hours. From dolphins and whales to zebras and elephants, take a look at some of the most unique sleeping patterns in the animal kingdom in the infographic below. You'll be amazed by what you find out! -- Global Animal

Is Your Horse Happy?

(ANIMAL BEHAVIOR/HORSES) We all know horses can't talk--unless you're referring to Mister Ed--but that doesn't mean they're not trying to communicate with us. A new study reveals that horses are actually expressing emotion when they snort. Researchers believe a snorting exhale could be anything from a positive emotion to a sign of discomfort or an act on a physical need, like a human sneeze. Read on to learn more about the study's findings and find out if your horse is in a good mood. -- Global Animal

Lucky Hunt Foundation: Sanctuary For Bulgaria’s Strays

(STRAY DOGS/ANIMAL SANCTUARY) Based just 25 kilometres (about 15 miles) from Varna, Lucky Hunt Foundation is a clean, spacious sanctuary for dogs rescued from the streets of Bulgaria. It’s currently home to more than 150 dogs and puppies who were abandoned, abused, or homeless before they were brought there. Everyone is well looked after, with lots of room to play and sleep. Now Lucky Hunt Foundation is in need of volunteers. With plenty of dogs in the area in need of care, short-term volunteers can help stay on top of the animals’ needs, and keep costs low enough that the shelter can continue to operate. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Raw Falafel Wraps With Apricot Tahini Sauce

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's Meat-Free Monday, try these raw falafel wraps with an apricot tahini sauce. Although raw falafel is very different from baked falafel, they are both equally tasty. But these are a much healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried falafels. Carrots and sesame seeds add a subtle taste, while the cumin and Za'atar bring out warm Middle Eastern flavors. The kale and cauliflower rice give the wraps some crunchiness, while the avocado adds a creamy texture. Top it all off with an apricot tahini dressing for some nutty sweetness. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Dog Health 101: Common Symptoms Dangerous?

(PET CARE) No matter how healthy your dog may be, he or she could still be exposed to serious illnesses. It's important to remain attentive to your pets at all times to track and regulate their symptoms. Steve Manik at the Dog Help Network explains that even though health problems such as diarrhea can be quite common in dogs, it can also be extremely dangerous at times. While changes in diet or an increase in stress can often lead to diarrhea in dogs, it can also be brought on by viral, bacterial, or parasitic diseases or infections. Read on for more advice from the Dog Help Network. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Coconut Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) In case you missed National Ice Cream Day yesterday, here's another reason to celebrate! This coconut chocolate chip ice cream is not only creamy, thick, and delicious, but it's also vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free! Using only six healthy ingredients, it's also super easy to make with no churning involved. This recipe is perfect for dessert, a mid-afternoon treat, or even a movie night! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal
Endangered Baby Sea Turtles

6 Tips To Keep Sea Turtles Safe During Nesting Season

(SEA TURTLES/OCEAN CONSERVATION) FLORIDA -- With sea turtle nesting season in full effect, it's important to take caution as we share the beaches with these endangered animals. From March through October, sea turtles emerge from the surf at night to lay their eggs in the sand, then return to sea. Two months later, about a hundred baby turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests and crawl to the ocean. These hatchlings are particularly vulnerable so it's crucial that residents and visitors alike do their part to ensure sea turtles have a safe and successful nesting season. Check out the tips below, courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center, on how to protect sea turtles during nesting season. -- Global Animal

Developing A Spiritual Connection With Your Pet

(PETS/HUMAN ANIMAL CONNECTION) You love your pet, but are you connected spiritually? Read how you can become connected, and learn how pets help people create better connections with each other. -– Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Sunrise Nori Wraps With Spicy Tahini Drizzle

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) These Sunrise Nori Wraps with Spicy Tahini Drizzle make for the perfect light lunch, snack, or appetizer for this week's Meat-Free Monday recipe. Not only are these wraps raw, vegan, and gluten-free, but they are absolutely delicious, too! The best part? You can whip up the spicy tahini dressing, chop the veggies, and wrap them in just 15 minutes or less! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

10 Tips To Protect Your Pup’s Paws From Hot Pavement

(DOGS/PET CARE) For those experiencing the intense heat wave currently scorching the Southland, it's vital to always use your best judgement and practice safety when taking dogs outside. Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting, so soaring temperatures can cause heat stress and be physically damaging or even fatal. And as much as we all want to treat our dogs to summer walks, do not forget that hot pavement and sidewalks can severely burn a dog's paws. Believe it or not, if the air temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit, asphalt temperatures can reach up to 125 degrees. So be sure to always be prepared when taking your dog with you to the next street fair or summer concert. From Paw Wax to dog boots, check out these 10 tips to keep your pup's paws safe during hot summer weather. -- Global Animal

How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

(PET CARE/PET SAFETY) The 4th of July holiday is the busiest time of the year for animal shelters. Dogs are found wandering terrified on the streets after being scared from home by fireworks. Fortunately, there are simple precautions you can take to keep your pets safe and their anxiety levels at a minimum during this patriotic holiday. — Global Animal

Animals Say ‘Happy Birthday, USA!’ (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES) It's the 4th of July, and even animals are celebrating Independence Day with a birthday party! Check out the adorable photos of these patriotic pets. And a very happy birthday to You-S-A! — Global Animal

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