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WWF Calls For Better Protection For New Parks

AUSTRALIA - New parks are to be created as marine and wildlife sanctuaries in Western Australia, but the new protections proposed for this area in Kimberly will still allow oil drilling, mining, and commercial fishing. It seems these new protections don't protect against anything.

Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act Prop B Passes!

MISSOURI - Thanks to Missouri's compassionate voters and tireless animal advocates, this election went to the dogs! Read how the Prop B laws take a bite out of puppy breeders.

Japan Losing Whaling War With New Zealand

Nov. 15, 2010 NEW ZEALAND- In support of its citizens, who have little tolerance left for Japan's annual whale slaughter, the New Zealand government issued a stern warning to Japan that their whaling fleet will be closely watched.

Shelter Worker Fired For Euthanizing War Hero Dog

ARIZONA - There are some stories that just don't have a happy ending for anyone involved. What's left is the loss of this beautiful dog, her devastated guardians, and a fired employee who is now receiving threats. No winners here. – Global Animal

13 Nations Sign Declaration Meant To Double Tiger Population

Nov. 23, 2010– Read how this new accord stipulates that the 13 nations will strive to double the tiger population by 2022, crack down on poaching and illicit trade in tiger pelts and body parts.

Peaceful Dog Sits On Death Row For Looking Like A Pit Bull

UNITED KINGDOM - The wide spread fear of pit bulls claims another victim. The peaceful pet of a disabled child has been placed on death row because he was classified as a 'dangerous breed' because he slightly resembled a pit bull type dog. Not only has Lennox done nothing wrong, but he was seized by officials under questionable circumstances.

Fox Hunting Soon To Be Illegal In All Of The UK

UNITED KINGDOM - Much of the UK has banned fox hunting  and now Northern Ireland has tabled a bill to end the cruel practice as well. Could this be the end of fox hunting in the UK? Read about it here!

Fact Over Finance: Australia Tightens Bluefin Fishing Laws

Nov. 29, 2010 AUSTRALIA– Bluefin tuna is Australia's most valuable fin fish, but that didn't stop the government from tightening fishing laws and listing the fish as "conservation dependent." The fish was badly hit by a 20-year hidden overcatch by Japanese fishers and current populations are 4.7 percent of their previous size.

Harpoons & Hookers: 27 Nations Gather At Japan’s Pro-Whaling Conference

Dec. 1, 2010 JAPAN – Officials from 27 nations are gathered today in Shimonoseki, Japan, a whaling hub, amidst earlier reports of Japan luring pro-whaling participants with prostitutes and paying flight and hotels expenses for attendance.

No More Exotic Pet Permits In Oregon

OREGON — Here's an extinction to cheer about. Exotic pet permits will no longer be issued or renewed in Oregon, starting in 2011. This change will prevent wild animals like chimpanzees and bears from inadequate care, and will also protect the community from safety and health hazards posed by the so-called exotic pets. It's a positive step toward acknowledging that wild animals belong in their natural habitat, not apartments or suburban homes.

BREAKING NEWS: Gray Wolves To Stay On Endangered Species List, For Now

Dec. 6, 2010, BILLINGS, MONT. – Cross-state bureaucratic wrangling has frozen the plan to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. Not because it's a bone-headed idea that would allow the beautiful animal that's just making a comeback to be hunted, but because Wyoming law already classifies wolves as predators that can be shot on sight. See, they don't want that privilege to be watered down! Sometimes it's enough to make you want to scream.

WikiLeaks Says EPA Is A Buzz Kill For Bee Colonies

Dec. 20, 2010 – A memo leaked to a Colorado beekeeper indicates that the EPA was well-aware that the pesticide Clothianidin poses serious risks to honey bees, yet the federal agency allowed Bayer to widely use the pesticide on corn, wheat and other staple crops, amounting to a $262 million cash crop for the Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and chemical company. Sickening? – Global Animal

Japanese Whalers Double Hunt Area, Thumb Noses At World

Dec. 22, 2010 – Japanese whalers radically changed their slaughter tactics this season in an attempt to foil anti-whaling activists in the Southern Ocean who have formidable resources this year. Japan awarded itself a scientific permit to kill whales in millions of square kilometers of ocean to the south of Australia and the area south of New Zealand. According to Sea Shepherd captain, Paul Watson, "this new special permit has Japan thumbing their noses at both Australia and New Zealand.'' Considering Australia's lawsuit against Japan at the Hague and its proposed aerial surveillance of Japan's "criminal behavior," plus New Zealand's intensified monitoring of their whaling and the worldwide condemnation, Japan seems unconcerned to lose all legal and ethical ground. Japan may have doubled its area of killing and deceit. But the determination of those protecting the whales knows no bounds. – Global Animal

Pamela Anderson PETA Video Banned

Wow, Hong Kong airport has deemed this PETA video called "Cruelty Doesn't Fly," featuring Pamela Anderson camping it up, too racy! Is this the same Hong Kong of laissez faire capitalism and a thriving red light district? Or is violence against animals like violence in other media – just fine, but sex is off limits. Watch and tell us if you think the video is silly, sexy or no big deal. – Global Animal