(HUMANE THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS) This Thanksgiving, if you aren't planning to replace your turkey with a tofurky, consider getting a certified humane turkey for your holiday feast. According to Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) "Certified Humane turkeys can flap wings, move around, perch above ground at night, and eat nutritious food without antibiotics or other chemicals." In other words, certified humane turkeys have lived a normal, and decent life. Read on for information on where to get a certified humane turkey. — Global Animal
(SERVICE DOGS/VETERAN'S DAY) As we take this day to commemorate our honored vets, we should also take a moment to thank the service dogs who help these respected men and women. While many U.S. veterans struggle with invisible wounds such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression, some of them are able to find peace from their four-legged friends. One organization, Operation Freedom Paws, a nonprofit in Gilroy, California, is working to help veterans in need train their own service dogs. The VA has been studying the effectiveness of canine therapy for troops suffering from PTSD, however it was recently placed on hold in order to rewrite the study's parameters to take into account the dogs' temperaments and the importance of matching the trainers with the patients—not just the dogs. Read on to learn more about the organization's efforts as well as the benefits of dog interaction and check out the gallery below to see how service dogs help our veterans on a daily basis. — Global Animal
(HALLOWEEN/ANIMAL PICTURES/PETS) What would Halloween be without pets in costumes? We've assembled pictures of our favorite dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and even a guinea pig sporting their Halloween costumes! Check out this hilarious collection of costumed pets below, and have a happy Halloween! — Global Animal
(ANIMAL TESTING) A new startup and browser extension called Tribe launched this week, providing online shoppers with a tool to find out whether or not a company tests on animals. When Tribe users select a product for purchase on Amazon, a small box appears in the corner of their browser to reveal information about the manufacturer's animal testing methods, ensuring only cruelty-free brands end up in shopping carts. Continue reading and view the video clip below to learn more about the browser extension. To add Tribe to your browser, simply visit JoinTribe.us.
(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES/DOGS/HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR PETS) Halloween is right around the corner and it's time to get creative with not just your own costume, but your furry loved one's as well. You shouldn't be the only one who gets to have a little fun this Halloween! Check out these adorable pets as they "put on the dog" in their perfect Halloween attire. — Global Animal
(LIFE WITH PETS/PET SAFETY) Pet costumes are fun and adorable, but they can also be dangerous and cause stress for your pets. Here are some tips on how to keep pets safe during Halloween and what to do if your pet is accidentally poisoned. — Global Animal
(ENDANGERED SPECIES) Animal advocates have filed a lawsuit forcing the federal government to protect endangered species. This move repeals recently imposed rules by the Trump administration that would put endangered species like manatees, bald eagles, gray wolves, and grizzly bears at risk of extinction. Read on to learn more about how the Animal Legal Defense Fund is fighting for the protections of some of the most vulnerable species on the planet--in both the wild and in captivity.
(ANIMAL CRUELTY) Believe it or not, most animal cruelty isn't currently a federal crime. Thankfully the U.S. House of Representatives just unanimously passed a bill to change that. Under the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT Act, animal cruelty--including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling, and other bodily injury--will be a federal felony. Existing federal law only explicitly bans animal fighting, and solely criminalizes the act of filming and distributing video depicting animal cruelty. Violators could face up to seven years in prison under the new law. Do you think that's a fair sentence? -- Global Animal
(PETS/HALLOWEEN) With the constant excitement and activity surrounding trick-or-treaters and Halloween antics, it's possible your pet may become frazzled or worrisome during all the commotion. Here are some helpful tips and advice to keep your pet safe and calm this Halloween. — Global Animal
(OCEANS/SHARKS) What's scarier than ghosts and sharks? Try a combination of both--ghost sharks! Also called "ratfish," "rabbitfish," "elephant fish," or "spookfish," believe it or not, ghost sharks aren't sharks at all. These mysterious animals actually belong to three families even though they are often grouped into one. Just in time for Halloween, check out these 13 ghost sharks to get in the spooky spirit! -- Global Animal
(FACTORY FARMING) Made In Chelsea sisters Lucy and Tiffany Watson have teamed up with Humane Society International UK to expose the scary truth behind what's inside a number of Halloween treats. For instance, did you know many jelly sweets contain gelatine? This substance is made of boiled up bones, skin, ligaments, and tendons of factory farmed pigs and cows--many of whom suffer in horrific conditions, unable to see sunlight, breathe fresh air, or even fully extend their limbs. Not only is gelatine found in many big brands of sweets like Starburst and Altoids, but it can also be found in cosmetics, shampoos, candles, ice cream, yogurts, puddings, cakes, and sports drinks. -- Global Animal
(HALLOWEEN/PETS) Halloween might be a time to gorge on all of those Kit Kats, but your pets shouldn't have to miss out on all the sweets. As you prepare your animal companions for a spooky holiday, why not whip up some tasty Halloween treats to go along with their costumes? They might not be able to trick-or-treat for candy, but they are sure to be happy with these delicious, pet-friendly treats! — Global Animal
(SEPTEMBER 11TH/ANIMAL HEROES/POLICE DOGS) NEW YORK — Today is the anniversary of that fateful day of terror. Not all first responder victims were of the two-legged kind. Sirius, a Port Authority Police Department K-9, was killed when the Second Tower collapsed. Read on about the only police dog killed in the attacks that day, the grief-stricken partner he left behind, and how this working dog—or perhaps more accurately, canine American—is rightfully honored along with other fallen heroes. Rest in peace, Sirius. — Global Animal
(DOG PICTURES/ANIMAL HEROES) Amid the chaos of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, nearly 100 search and rescue dogs were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help find survivors at the World Trade Center and Pentagon sites. See the poignant photos of these four-legged 9/11 heroes and their stories below. What heroic faces! — Global Animal