(ANIMAL WELFARE) With many countries in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts continue to speculate over the virus' origins while medical researchers try to find a cure. COVID-19 is not unlike most infectious diseases given that it is zoonotic--meaning it can jump the species barrier from animals to humans. This relatively common phenomenon almost always arises--directly or indirectly--from the inhumane ways in which humans treat animals. As the New York Times author below perfectly states, "The conditions that lead to the emergence of new infectious diseases are the same ones that inflict horrific harms on animals." Continue reading for more about how the coronavirus pandemic arose from humankind's maltreatment of animals and steps towards future prevention. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL WELFARE/VEGAN EASTER) Easter is almost here, and what better way to enjoy this celebration of new life than to celebrate with compassion toward all life? After all, this lovely springtime holiday and the animal rights movement do share the same cotton-tailed mascot! Learn how easy and delicious it can be to have a happy vegan Easter with the following tips! — Global Animal
(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.
(PETS/HEALTH & SAFETY) While there's no evidence that pets can catch or transmit the virus, there's no doubt that COVID-19 is changing lives of animals across the country. But this is especially true for dogs living in apartments. These quarantine dogs do not have the luxury of private yards or outdoor spaces, so pet parents must take extra precautions to keep their pets enriched and mentally stimulated indoors. Read on to learn more about the challenges of isolation and how you and your furry friend(s) can overcome them. -- Global Animal
(DOGS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) With live sports on hold (along with the rest of the world) due to the coronavirus pandemic, several on-air personalities are trying to keep themselves busy and entertained--whatever means necessary. We've seen rugby commentator Nick Heath provide play-by-play of dogs chasing each other around a park, now witness BBC sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter commentate while his dogs eat a meal. It's a tail-wagging good time all around! -- Global Animal
(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Have you ever traveled to Europe and noticed a stark difference in how dogs are integrated into society when compared to the United States? In the New York Times article below, one writer witnesses an abundance of dogs in restaurants, on buses, at live performances, and countless other public places throughout Europe. He notices European dogs and American dogs act differently, but ascertains dog behavior isn’t all about the dogs, but instead it's about their guardians. Continue reading for more behind these behavioral differences and learn what we can do that will have a big impact on our dogs' behavior--from creating space and setting boundaries to embracing positive training methods. -- Global Animal
(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL VIDEOS) It's not every day you get to witness a wild javelina sprinting down a civilian street. Watch this mesmerizing footage of the speedy beast running at high speeds in Tucson, Arizona. Never heard of a javelina before? Also known as collared peccary or musk hogs, these herbivores are found throughout the southwestern U.S. all the way into parts of South America, and can run up to 35 miles per hour. Just watch this guy go! -- Global Animal
(PET HEALTH/ANIMAL SAFETY) As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and given the abundance of false information circulating the web, it's critical to stay informed regarding disease transmission details. For instance, contrary to false rumors, multiple vetted organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), have all confirmed pets are not at risk of transmitting COVID-19. Continue reading below to learn all you need to know about keeping your pets safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes pet-safe cleaning info, as well as tips on how to keep your pet occupied and active during this uncertain time. -- Global Animal
(CATS/PETS) March 28 is annual Respect Your Cat Day—as if you needed an unofficial holiday to love and cherish your adorable feline friend, but everyone deserves their own special day. It's the "purr-fect" day to spend lavishing your beloved cat and showing them how much they are loved. — Global Animal
(DOGS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) With live sports on hold (along with the rest of the world) due to the coronavirus pandemic, sports professionals have found themselves totally out of sorts. Fortunately rugby commentator Nick Heath is still keeping himself busy, commentating on normal day-to-day life. Listen as he offers a play-by-play in this video of two dogs—whom he refers to as "Vanilla" and "Chocolate"—racing around a park. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL NEWS/NATIONAL PUPPY DAY) Today is National Puppy Day, and animal shelters across the globe are celebrating by raising awareness about puppy adoption. National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, a pet and home lifestyle expert who also created National Dog Day and National Cat Day. The national holiday is intended to help save orphaned puppies while educating the public about the cruelty behind puppy mills. Read on to learn more about the importance of National Puppy Day, and for helpful tips on how to care for a new puppy. -- Global Animal
(PETS/DOG PICTURES) While Americans attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak by staying at home, pets nationwide are living their best lives as they hang out with their guardians practically 24-7. Take a look at how these Instagram dogs are handling the coronavirus pandemic--whether they're stocking up on TP or helping out around the home paw-ffice.
Self-Isolation Doesn’t Have To Be Lonely: Shelter Encourages Fostering A Pet During COVID-19 Pandemic
(ANIMAL RESCUE/PETS) In a grand effort to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are being urged to shelter in place. But self-isolation doesn't have to be lonely. Now is the perfect time to foster or adopt a pet. Not only do shelters and pet adoption facilities desperately need people to foster pets amid the temporary lockdown, but people can also help rescue themselves during these crazy times. Multiple vetted organizations have all confirmed pets are not at risk of spreading COVID-19 and studies have proven time and time again that bringing an animal into your home makes you happier and healthier. Read on to learn more about how fostering a pet can serve as a source of comfort during crisis. -- Global Animal
(CATS AND DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) Who needs a pot of gold when you have this much cuteness? Check out these photos of animals who are ready to shamrock this St. Patrick's Day! — Global Animal