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5 Films That Will Make You Want To Change Your Diet

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/FACTORY FARMING) There is a new epidemic sweeping across the globe, but it seems nobody is doing anything about it. That’s probably because this epidemic doesn't affect people--it affects animals. Millions of helpless animals are tortured, abused, and mistreated just so we can feed our faces. Factory farming is big business, and it's destroying our world. Factory farming is the process of raising a high number of animals for the purpose of food, in the most efficient way possible--and treating them less like living beings than like a resource to be maximized, whatever the cost to their, and our, quality of life. According to the ASPCA, over 99 percent of farm animals in the United States are raised in atrocious factory farms. To help show how terrible these factory farms are, here are five documentaries that will make you want to change your diet. -- Global Animal

Arnold Schwarzenegger Isn’t A Dog…Or Is He? (PHOTOS)

(PET HUMOR) If Arnold Schwarzenegger was a real dog instead of a metaphorical one, the former California governor would be a bully whippet. This breed has two mutated copies of a gene that makes the dogs “double-muscled" and weighing twice as much as a standard whippet. The increased muscle mass, along with metabolism and extremely low levels of body fats, can translate to impressive super-feats, including marked increases in speed, agility and power.

Pit Bull Bans: An Ineffective And Cruel “Solution”

(DOGS) TEXAS — Anti-pit bull activist Douglas Wolfe wants Jesse James' dog put down, and for all pit bull type dogs to be banned. Read on to discover why breed specific legislation is ineffective and cruel. — 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.

Living With A Dog: Everyday Tips For Keeping Your Home Clean

(PETS) Dogs are warm, fluffy creatures full of love and exuberance. They’re kind of like kids, in a sense that, while they’re an absolute joy to have around, they don’t always have the same attitude towards messiness that we typically do. They’ll tread happily over your new carpet and leave muddy paw prints behind. There's going to be fur all over your furniture. And on a few occasions, it’s likely you’ll come home to them digging through the trashcan because they smelled something interesting. To live with a dog means you'll deal with a bit of mess from time to time, but luckily this doesn’t have to affect the overall cleanliness of your home. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your living space is fresh and tidy every day. -- Global Animal
The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park has been operating for over 85 years. Photo credit: Buddha Dog

Pet Cemeteries: Preserving The Memories Of Our Furry Friends

(CATS AND DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Coping with the loss of a pet can be just as difficult as dealing with the loss of a human being. Individuals become greatly attached to their animals, and it’s a sad fact that our beloved pets don’t live as long as we do. Pets provide people with a type of joy that cannot be found anywhere else, and a true animal-lover desires the best for their pet in life and in death. Our pets may not live as long as us, but they always remain in our hearts. Here are some interesting facts about five pet cemeteries from across the globe. — Global Animal

Adopt A Turkey – Ady Gil Will Show His Thanks

(THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS) Ady Gil is moving from sea to land, saving turkeys in time for Thanksgiving and giving the birds something to be thankful for. Gil, who is best known for donating $1 million to his namesake vessel with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is matching donations up to $50,000 for Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey program until November 25. -- Global Animal

Divorce: Who Gets Fluffy?

(LIFE WITH PETS) Divorce is never easy, but now more than ever people are fighting over their pets. With pet ownership at an all time high it's becoming more likely that your dog or cat will be a part of the battle...

Is Your Dog Going Deaf Or Blind? Communicating With An Older Dog

(SENIOR PETS/OLDER DOGS) Your dog has been your best friend for many years, but perhaps now he/she is slowing down, sleeping more and becoming startled by pats on the back. Is there a better way to communicate with an aging dog? Absolutely! -- Global Animal

Southern California Wildfires: How To Help Animal Victims (TAKE ACTION)

(HELP ANIMALS) Several major wildfires that all flared in just 24 hours continue to burn throughout Southern California, scorching a combined 83,000 acres, destroying an estimated 200 homes, and prompting at least 150,000 people to evacuate. Fed by rapid winds, low humidity, and dry conditions, at least three of the fires are zero percent contained and continue to threaten over 3,000 homes. The fires are expected to grow as gusty winds continue through most of the week. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged those under mandatory evacuation orders to leave their homes before it's too late. Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between HSVC, LACACF, and other vetted organizations working on the ground in the affected areas to help with medical costs for injured animals, boarding and food, and reuniting lost pets with their guardians. Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. -- 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

Restaurant Makes An Ass Of Itself

(ANIMAL RIGHTS) Cinco de Mayo wasn’t exactly a fiesta for Los Angeles Mexican restaurant Pink Taco. Twitter and Facebook erupted on Thursday afternoon when a photo circulated of a donkey that had been spray painted pink with “Pink Taco” messily scrawled on her side. It was close to 90 degrees in Los Angeles on Thursday, and the pink donkey was chained alone outside the restaurant in the blazing sun. -- Global Animal

Book Review: ‘Snowflake’ Succeeds in Using Fiction to Communicate Climate Facts

(BOOK REVIEW) A modern-day climate thriller meets think piece, Snowflake chronicles the journal entries of Ben Wallace, a brilliant high school senior who sees the world beyond his years. Some might say he's an "old soul," while others dismiss him as a bleeding heart vegan liberal due to his progressive views on climate change, eating meat, hunting, factory farming, pollution, species conservation, and overpopulation. As a gifted student who obsessively reads scientific papers, Ben is all too familiar with the present-day attacks on our environment and frequently experiences what he refers to as "obsessive climate spirals"--often triggered by horrifyingly authentic tweets, quotes, and news headlines (i.e. "Humans Speeding Extinction, Altering Natural World at Unprecedented Pace" & "Worldwide, 7 Million People A Year Die from Air Pollution"). Presented with these terrifying truths regarding "climate chaos" and the fate of the world, Ben predicts a looming environmental catastrophe--humanity's imminent self-extinction. -- Global Animal

California Wildfires: Here’s How You Can Help Animals In Need

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) As wildfires continue to blaze throughout opposite ends of California, first responders are working around-the-clock to help save those in need. More than 300,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes since the fires began, with many unable to take their beloved pets with them. Horses and other animals are also in danger as flames continue to spread and new fires flare up. -- Global Animal

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