Monday, September 21, 2020

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Save Wild Horses And Your Tax Money (Take Action)

ANIMAL WELFARE (UPDATE): In Defense of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its inhumane wild horse roundups. Recently the lawsuit has been given the go-ahead by a federal judge in Sacramento, despite the BLM's attempts to dismiss the suit. Find out what this may mean for the horses. — Global Animal

Megan’s Meat Free Monday: Zucchini Pasta In Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

(VEGAN RECIPE) In honor of yesterday's Earth Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes for this week's Meat-Free Mondays Challenge. This is a cold "pasta." Replacing pasta with zucchini is a good way to pack in a few more nutrients, color and flavor. Even better, the zucchini twirls on a fork just like spaghetti! — Global Animal

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

Morrissey Reminds Us That Meat Is Murder

(CELEBRITY NEWS) When it comes to animal advocacy, The Smiths ex-frontman Morrissey never shies away from "controversial" statements. And it seems the 52-year-old crooner has no plans to stop. In a new interview, the animal rights champion calls women who wear fur "idiots." In 2005, The Smiths ex-frontman was awarded the Linda McCartney Memorial award from PETA for his tireless efforts to promote a cruelty-free lifestyle. He continually and bravely speaks up for those who have no voice. — Global Animal

Rat Disguised As Skunk Gets Poisonous

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) In nature, many animals use elements in the environment to become poisonous and help protect themselves from predators. The African Crested Rat has a trick up his sleeve, one that's dangerous even for him. But don't be fooled by his skunk-like garb - it's not his smell that will get you. Read more to find out how the African crested rat poisons himself to survive. — Global Animal

Intimate Secret: Banana Spider’s Venom

(EXOTIC MEDICINE) The banana spider, a highly venomous arachnid, is now being studied in hopes of finding a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). The venom of the Phoneutria nigriventer is known to cause loss of muscle control and breathing problems that can result in paralysis and asphyxiation. But most importantly (in this case), the venom causes priapism, painful prolonged erections. Scientists are not just going to let this embarrassing and painful effect hide under the covers. Read on for more on animal aphrodisiacs. — Global Animal

Eagles Vs. Drones? Dutch Police Devise Deadly Drone Defense System

(EAGLES/MILITARY WORKING ANIMALS) Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It's actually a police-trained eagle taking down an unmanned aerial vehicle. In an attempt to simplify anti-drone defenses, the Dutch National Police Force is currently in the middle of a trial period where eagles are trained to identify, capture, and transport illegally operated drones during emergencies. Although the police force is reportedly testing other electronic and physical solutions, trained eagles are said to offer more control over where captured drones are taken, and are able to hunt down drones in situations where it could be too dangerous to use more common strategies. However, many are saying this is an unfair fight--"pitting flesh and blood against machine"--that puts birds at serious risk of injury, and even death. A statement from PETA reads, "A bird belongs in nature and should never be forced to put his or her life and safety at risk." Wouldn't you agree? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. While it's not confirmed whether the technique will actually be used, authorities will decide upon adopting the program within the next few months. Read on for more on this unusual approach, and view the video below demonstrating the eagle's work. -- Global Animal

India: The Dolphin Showstopper

(CAPTIVE DOLPHINS) Hooray for cetaceans! Late last week, India banned the exploitation of dolphins for entertainment purposes and is now the largest of four countries, including Costa Rica, Hungary, and Chile, to prohibit the practice. In many parts of the world, dolphin shows are big business—which begs the question: what compelled India to make this decision? Due to the dolphin's high level of intelligence, Indian regulators have deemed the cetaceans as "non-human persons" with specific rights and freedoms. Read on for more about this compassionate piece of legislation, which is a major step in the right direction. — Global Animal

Good Dogs Matched With Bad Boys

(ANIMAL CONNECTION) TEXAS — The Victoria Regional Juvenile Justice Center has started a pilot program called the Dream Seekers Animal Rescue and Training. So far, the program includes Alice, a 2-year-old dachshund/terrier mix, and Devin Olguin and DeAndra Moffett, her first trainers. The idea is that by helping to train an animal, incarcerated youth will develop certain character traits like empathy, responsibility, and patience. Wonderful programs like this, including Prison Tails which matches prisoners with 'unadoptable dogs,' are becoming more and more popular as they continue to yield positive results. Read on to find out how these programs help rehabilitate both animals and people. — Global Animal

Being exposed to dogs early in life can decrease one's risk of asthma by 13%.

Stay! How To Fix Fido’s Separation Anxiety

(DOGS/PET CARE) Parting can be such sweet sorrow, especially for your dog. But when the blues become neurotic, your pooch might have separation anxiety and need some help. Here are some symptoms and what to do about them. — Global Animal

Puppy Bowl Animals Score New Homes

(PUPPIES) While the animals scored big in this year's top Super Bowl ads, the adoptable pups from Puppy Bowl IX were also given something to bark about. After more than 12.4 million people tuned in for the annual cute fest, the adorable 63 puppies and 21 kittens that participated were all adopted! Read on for more on the show's turnout and watch the video of this year's MVP. — Global Animal

Don’t Try This At Home! Man Risks Life To Save Rabbit From California Wildfire

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL RESCUE) As destructive wildfires continue to tear across Southern California, destroying homes, forcing evacuations, and displacing thousands of residents, one unnamed man risked his life to save a wild rabbit from the blaze. The viral video of the daring rescue shows a Ventura County highway engulfed in smoke and flames from the Thomas fire, which is so far the most massive of the Southern California wildfires, consuming nearly 100,000 acres. The unidentified good Samaritan--who has since become a social media hero--pulled over along Highway 1 near La Conchita, California, and braved the flames to save the small creature from the hellish inferno. It goes without saying that getting this close to a wildfire is extremely dangerous and not recommended, but in these trying times, we need more examples of compassion toward animals. Read on to learn more about the daring rescue and view the footage in the video clip below. -- Global Animal

Homeward Bound: Stolen Dog Returns Years Later

(PETS/DOGS) An Indiana woman, Jennifer Koczan, recently received an unexpected call regarding her long-lost dog, Sasha. Sasha had been stolen five years ago, and now a shelter in Arizona was calling for Jennifer to finally pick up her pet. With a deadline of five days to retrieve Sasha, Jennifer reached out to locals in Arizona for help. Read the article below for more details on Sasha's long journey home. — Global Animal

Fight For More Humane Farms Rages On

(FARM ANIMALS) The positive sides to a meat-less diet are never-ending. Better health, better environment, and a clear conscience are just a few. But even though everyday we learn more and more about animal friendly diets, factory farming and its abuses show no sign of relinquishing its cruel practices. In his book Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, Timothy Pachirat describes what he witnessed at a Omaha slaughterhouse, where cattle are killed every twelve seconds. In such factories it's hard to look at animals as feeling beings when they're treated like disposable objects. Read on to learn more about why it's important to invent new, humane ways for factory farms. — Global Animal

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