(ANIMAL VIDEO) AUSTRIA — Tissue alert! After 30 years locked in isolation, 38 chimpanzees retired from working as HIV and hepatitis test animals and were let outside for the first time in their lives. The delight of the newly free primates is evident in the video of their first steps outside. Watch the touching video of the chimps as they celebrate their hard-won freedom from testing. — Global Animal
(MILITARY DOGS) A new bill is in the works that will give much-needed recognition and benefits to our canine warriors. The bill would redefine the dogs as "canine members of the armed services" rather than equipment, provide for their future medical care, and help them find loving homes, all funded by charitable donations. Read on for more on this amazing new piece of legislation for military dogs. — Global Animal
(CULTURE) Miami's South Beach residents were in for a scary surprise when a blue bag containing decapitated roosters and a goat was found floating by luxury condos. The security guard who spotted the bag called Richard Couto, an animal activist and investigator, to look into the bizarre incident. Couto concluded that the animals are most likely victims of Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion popularized in Cuba and brought to Florida by immigrants, which oftentimes involves animal sacrifice. Read on to find out more about this cruel practice. — Global Animal
(DOG RESCUE) October 27 marked the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the 13 dogs rescued from Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. In celebration of the progress and success of these once abused dogs, seven of the canines and their current guardians reunited for a family photo at BadRap, one of the two non-profit organizations that took in Vick's fighting dogs. Many believed that the recovered dogs from Bad Newz Kennels were violent and should be euthanized, but BadRap was determined to rehabilitate Vick's victims. Thanks to the compassionate persons at BadRap and the amazing families who adopted the companions, the dogs "have gone on to earn impressive accolades, and all have proven themselves to be cherished family companions," stated BadRap director Donna Reynolds. Continue reading to learn about the many accomplishments of these resilient animals. — Global Animal
(CULTURE) Pledge to save a life on Earth Day. Your own! Earth day encourages us all to recognize our impact on the environment, and one of the biggest impacts one can make on this environment is to stop eating animals. Animals raised for consumption lead to the emission of enormous amounts of greenhouse gases, depletion of oxygen and wastes tons of water. Read on for startling meat-eating statistics, and why going vegetarian is not only better for the environment, but better for you. Need more encouragement? Check out our Meat-Free Monday recipes! — Global Animal
(OCEANS) In a controversial new PETA commercial, award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix puts himself into the position of the 1 trillion fish who are killed each year by the fish industry. In the video, shot by famous shark photographer Michael Muller, Phoenix narrates, "In water humans drown, just as fish suffocate on land. It's slow, and painful, and frighting." The Master star carries out possibly one of the scariest parts of his career as he desperately trashes underwater, each failed breath further filling his lungs with water. The ad brings awareness to the fact that we often choose to separate fish from land animals simply because they're different. Read on to learn more about this initiative and view the video for yourself. — Global Animal
(WORKING DOGS) The identity of the Seal Team Six Dog that helped kill Osama Bin Laden was finally revealed when the Belgian Malinois met the president in a private ceremony honoring the dog and his Seal Team members, according to an article in the New Yorker Magazine.
(PETS) The American Veternary Medical Association surveyed 50,000 U.S. homes and found that pet guardianship has decreased by 2.4 percent since 2006. Given the country's current economic troubles, and as fewer Americans live in family situations, individuals are much less likely to care for a pet nowadays. With so many animals in local shelters, we can only hope that more people will open their homes to these great companions. Read on to learn more about current pet statistics in the U.S. — Global Animal