Sunday, September 27, 2020

FEATURES

Feature stories about animals – the funny, the fabulous, the touching.

Are Plants Poisoning Your Pets? (GALLERY)

(CATS AND DOGS/PET CARE) Flowers and plants are a wonderful addition to any garden, but some of our favorites can adversely affect our favorite animals. Check out the gallery below of 10 pet-poisoning plants that may be growing in your backyard. — Global Animal

This Breakthrough Will Help Save Our Coral Reefs

(OCEANS/CORAL REEFS) For the first time in history, the Florida Aquarium has successfully reproduced ridged cactus coral--a scientific breakthrough that will help save the third largest coral reef in the world, "America's Great Barrier Reef." The corals are just one of the many species rescued from Florida's waters after the region's coral reefs began undergoing a major disease outbreak that started in 2014. Scientists intend to breed and reproduce these rescued colonies in hopes of eventually restoring the reefs once the disease is gone. Continue reading to learn more about this major step toward repopulating the world's coral reefs. -- Global Animal

When Humans Go Away, Wild Animals Come Out To Play

(WILDLIFE) With more than a billion people worldwide socially distancing themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, hoards of wild animals are venturing out into towns and cities where normally the presence of humans would keep them away. This includes goats in Wales, coyotes in San Francisco, and rats practically everywhere. Continue reading for more on what wildlife that usually keep their distance do when they are left alone. -- Global Animal

How Animal Cruelty Caused The Coronavirus

(ANIMAL WELFARE) With many countries in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts continue to speculate over the virus' origins while medical researchers try to find a cure. COVID-19 is not unlike most infectious diseases given that it is zoonotic--meaning it can jump the species barrier from animals to humans. This relatively common phenomenon almost always arises--directly or indirectly--from the inhumane ways in which humans treat animals. As the New York Times author below perfectly states, "The conditions that lead to the emergence of new infectious diseases are the same ones that inflict horrific harms on animals." Continue reading for more about how the coronavirus pandemic arose from humankind's maltreatment of animals and steps towards future prevention. -- Global Animal

Compassionate Treats For A Happy Vegan Easter

(ANIMAL WELFARE/VEGAN EASTER) Easter is almost here, and what better way to enjoy this celebration of new life than to celebrate with compassion toward all life? After all, this lovely springtime holiday and the animal rights movement do share the same cotton-tailed mascot! Learn how easy and delicious it can be to have a happy vegan Easter with the following tips! — Global Animal

Tiger Cubs Exploited In America’s Malls Of Shame — Tiger King’s Cruelty Goes Mainstream...

(WILDLIFE TRADE/EXOTIC ANIMALS) With the rise in popularity of Netflix's hit show Tiger King, the world is finally getting a glimpse into the life of Joe "Exotic" Maldonado-Passage (previously Shreibvogel) and the exotic animal trade. But as many long-time Global Animals may know, Joe has been bad news for tigers for quite some time. No doubt, Tiger King glamorizes Joe Exotic and a number of other crude individuals, but it also sends an important message to a mainstream audience (albeit in a dramatic Jerry Springer fashion) that states: "More tigers are privately owned in the U.S. than exist in the wild--and these are the type of people who own them. Let's do something about it all while laughing at their expense." In the article below, Global Animal uncovers the truth behind the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park and Joe's travelling tiger cub exhibit. Little did we know, this story--published nearly a decade ago--was just the tip of the iceberg for this notorious animal abuser.

Tips To Help Your Dog Survive During Quarantine

(PETS/HEALTH & SAFETY) While there's no evidence that pets can catch or transmit the virus, there's no doubt that COVID-19 is changing lives of animals across the country. But this is especially true for dogs living in apartments. These quarantine dogs do not have the luxury of private yards or outdoor spaces, so pet parents must take extra precautions to keep their pets enriched and mentally stimulated indoors. Read on to learn more about the challenges of isolation and how you and your furry friend(s) can overcome them. -- Global Animal

American Vs. European Dog Culture: What We Can Learn

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Have you ever traveled to Europe and noticed a stark difference in how dogs are integrated into society when compared to the United States? In the New York Times article below, one writer witnesses an abundance of dogs in restaurants, on buses, at live performances, and countless other public places throughout Europe. He notices European dogs and American dogs act differently, but ascertains dog behavior isn’t all about the dogs, but instead it's about their guardians. Continue reading for more behind these behavioral differences and learn what we can do that will have a big impact on our dogs' behavior--from creating space and setting boundaries to embracing positive training methods. -- Global Animal

Crucial Coronavirus Info For Pet Parents

(PET HEALTH/ANIMAL SAFETY) As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and given the abundance of false information circulating the web, it's critical to stay informed regarding disease transmission details. For instance, contrary to false rumors, multiple vetted organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), have all confirmed pets are not at risk of transmitting COVID-19. Continue reading below to learn all you need to know about keeping your pets safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes pet-safe cleaning info, as well as tips on how to keep your pet occupied and active during this uncertain time. -- Global Animal
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Celebrate Respect Your Cat Day With These Purr-fect Cat Facts

(CATS/PETS) March 28 is annual Respect Your Cat Day—as if you needed an unofficial holiday to love and cherish your adorable feline friend, but everyone deserves their own special day. It's the "purr-fect" day to spend lavishing your beloved cat and showing them how much they are loved. — Global Animal

Coping With Coronavirus: Dogs Enjoying Quarantine (PHOTOS)

(PETS/DOG PICTURES) While Americans attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak by staying at home, pets nationwide are living their best lives as they hang out with their guardians practically 24-7. Take a look at how these Instagram dogs are handling the coronavirus pandemic--whether they're stocking up on TP or helping out around the home paw-ffice.

Self-Isolation Doesn’t Have To Be Lonely: Shelter Encourages Fostering A Pet During COVID-19 Pandemic

(ANIMAL RESCUE/PETS) In a grand effort to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are being urged to shelter in place. But self-isolation doesn't have to be lonely. Now is the perfect time to foster or adopt a pet. Not only do shelters and pet adoption facilities desperately need people to foster pets amid the temporary lockdown, but people can also help rescue themselves during these crazy times. Multiple vetted organizations have all confirmed pets are not at risk of spreading COVID-19 and studies have proven time and time again that bringing an animal into your home makes you happier and healthier. Read on to learn more about how fostering a pet can serve as a source of comfort during crisis. -- Global Animal

Animals Ready To Shamrock For St. Patty’s Day (GALLERY)

(CATS AND DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) Who needs a pot of gold when you have this much cuteness? Check out these photos of animals who are ready to shamrock this St. Patrick's Day! — Global Animal

Canine Cabin Fever? Fun Indoor Activities To Keep Tails Wagging

(DOGS) When the cold temperatures hit, the snow covers the ground, and the ice makes the sidewalks a slippery ice rink, you'll probably want to find some fun indoor activities for your dog to engage in. Your dog's exercise and activity needs will largely depend on factors like his/her age, breed, overall health, and size, but it's safe to say that your four-legged bundle of joy should get between half an hour to 120 minutes of activity each day. And when the cold weather season makes it hard to get outside regularly enough to keep you dog in tip-top shape, you’ll need to find another way. Read on for a look at some fun indoor activities with dogs during the winter so that man’s best friend can maintain optimal health even when the temperature keeps you and your pet inside. -- Global Animal

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