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The International Whaling Commission banned the hunting of blue whales in 1966. Photo credit: Wall Street OTC

A Whale Of A Day: 6 Fun Facts For World Whale Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) Every year on February 16, conservationists and animal lovers alike come together to celebrate World Whale Day. Founded in 1980, this international day of observance serves to raise awareness about the ongoing need to protect our world's whale populations. Whales are so incredibly important to our Earth's ecosystems as they play an integral role in balancing the food chain and ensuring certain species do not overpopulate the world's oceans. However, these animals are threatened by a number of human-related activities like pollution, ship collisions, and even hunting. Despite a ban on commercial whaling in 1986, whales still face slaughter--most notably off the coasts of Japan. Celebrate World Whale Day and learn more about the oceans' most iconic mammals with these important facts below, and see how you can take action to help marine life. -- Global Animal

World Wetlands Day 2019: Wetlands & Climate Change

(ENVIRONMENT/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Since its founding in 1971, World Wetlands Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and the need to conserve them. This year's theme for World Wetlands Day is "Wetlands and Climate Change," highlighting how wetlands serve as a natural solution to reduce the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels, coral bleaching, as well as changes in water temperature, availability, and quality. Not only do wetlands help relieve droughts and reduce floods, thus protecting our coastlines, but they also help absorb and store carbon. With wetlands disappearing at a rate three times faster than our forests, these ecosystems worldwide need our help now more than ever. Read on to learn more about the importance of our wetlands and see how you can take action below. -- Global Animal
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Here’s Why You Should Never Pay To Pet A Tiger

(TIGERS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Tourists all over the world pay to pet baby tigers, but it's actually a lot worse than you'd think. In reality, baby tigers are bred and taken from their mothers, putting them at risk of dying at an early age. When they grow too big to be held, they're sold to zoos, circuses, and other tourist attractions where they're often, drugged, chained, and abused. In some cases, they're also killed for their body parts. With less than 4,000 tigers in the wild, these endangered animals need our help more than ever. To help save tigers, we encourage you to support Project CAT and Big Cat Rescue. -- Global Animal

Did You Know? 8 Household Items Tested On Animals

(ANIMAL TESTING) Who knew that some of the most basic items in your house are tested on animals? Even your dog food might have some skeletons in it's closet. Read on for household products that continue to use animal testing, and make sure you get all of the facts before stocking your home. The biggest way you can take a stand against this cruel industry is simply by boycotting companies and/or products that continue to test on animals. Learn other ways you can take action by visiting the links below. — Global Animal

4 Ways To Help Animals This Holiday Season

(HOLIDAYS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) With the holidays in full swing, now is the perfect time to get into the giving spirit and help our furry and feathered friends. Whether you’re giving a gift or giving back, take a look at these four great ways to help animals this holiday season. -- Global Animal

California Wildfire Relief: Helping Survivors Make A Comeback

(HELP ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Last month's massive wildfires are now fully contained, but survivors throughout Northern and Southern California continue to pick up the pieces. With more than 11,700 homes lost in the Camp Fire, and at least 177 homes destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, several animals were lost, displaced, or injured amid the chaos. Thanks to the compassion of generous donors like you, Global Animal Foundation raised an initial $2,500 to help the countless pets, horses, and wildlife affected by the fires. We are thrilled to share that we've since collected another $4,000 to disperse among vetted animal rescue organizations working to keep animals safe and healthy, and reunite evacuated, rescued, and displaced animals with their families. Donations are being distributed among four key animal rights organizations working to help animals affected by the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woosley and Hill fires throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. -- Global Animal

The Long Road To Recovery: Camp Fire Survivors Reunite With Their Families

(ANIMAL RESCUE) Those who miraculously survived the devastating wildfires throughout Northern and Southern California now face the equally difficult task of reuniting with their loved ones--including their beloved pets. First responders across the state have rescued thousands of injured and displaced animals--many found burned and dazed, sitting in the ashes of their former homes. A number of animals are still recovering from injuries including smoke inhalation, dehydration, and severe burns, while veterinarians, rescue groups, and volunteers are working tirelessly to reunite healthy pets with their humans. Read on for more on the Camp Fire rescue efforts and see how you can help below. -- Global Animal

California Wildfire Relief: Your Donations At Work

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) As wildfires continue to blaze on opposite ends of California, first responders are working tirelessly to help both human and animal victims alike. While a number of Southern California residents are being allowed back in their homes after the Woolsey Fire destroyed an area the size of Denver, over 50,000 people in Northern California remain displaced from the Camp Fire in Butte County. So far, Global Animal Foundation distributed $3,000 to help committed animal rescue organizations as they work around-the-clock to rescue and care for the countless pets and other animals impacted by these devastating fires. Continue reading to see your donations at work. -- Global Animal

The Saga Of Stanley: Malibu Giraffe Left Behind In California Wildfire

(ANIMAL RESCUE) As the Woolsey Fire raged throughout Southern California on Friday, concern grew over the welfare of the menagerie of animals at Malibu Wines, a popular vineyard in the fire's path. As information began to emerge regarding the animals left on the winery's ground--including horses, pigs, cows, zebras, camels, alpacas, and most famously, Stanley the Giraffe, which all serve as attractions along the winery's Safari Tour--it was unclear if and how the animals were being kept safe. Activists were quick to condemn the winery, claiming the animals shouldn't have been left behind, while experts say evacuating poses extreme risk to some of the exotic animals. Thankfully all but two animals--a llama with foot pad issues and a horse with wounds from a wire fence--were completely unharmed. But some say the dire situation still begs the question: should a winery be caring for exotic animals? Read on to learn more about the saga of Stanley and share your thoughts in the comments below. -- Global Animal

Sandra Bullock Donates Big To Help Animals Amid California Fires

(HELP ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Actress Sandra Bullock has donated $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) amid efforts to save animals from the devastating Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California. Well-known for her philanthropy, Bullock said she wanted to contribute to those on the frontline rescuing animals in peril and hopes her contribution will inspire others to do the same. Continue reading for more on the wildfire rescue efforts and see how you can help. -- Global Animal

California Wildfires: Here’s How You Can Help Animals In Need

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) As wildfires continue to blaze throughout opposite ends of California, first responders are working around-the-clock to help save those in need. More than 300,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes since the fires began, with many unable to take their beloved pets with them. Horses and other animals are also in danger as flames continue to spread and new fires flare up. -- Global Animal
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20 Ways To Celebrate National Cat Day

(CATS/LIFE WITH PETS) Calling all cat lovers! October 29 isn't just any Caturday--it's National Cat Day! Opposed to National Dog Day on August 26, today is dedicated to celebrating cats and spreading awareness about cat adoption. Founder Colleen Paige suggests observing the paw-liday by donating food to local shelters and animal welfare groups, spoiling your feline friend with some new toys, or dressing up as a cat--just in time for Halloween, too! But the best way to celebrate life is to save a life, so always remember to adopt--don't shop! And while you're at it, check out these 20 purrfect ways to celebrate your favorite feline friends! -- Global Animal

Overwhelmed By Climate Change? Here’s How You Can Help

(CLIMATE CHANGE/ACTIVISM) There's no denying climate change is real--and it's occurring at a rate that's roughly ten times faster than normal. But let's face it, sometimes the statistics regarding global warming and it's threat to humans, animals, and the environment can be overwhelming. So what can you do about it? From campaigning and going vegan/vegetarian, to installing insulation and solar panels, here are some practical steps you can take to help prevent climate change. -- Global Animal

Top Fashion Capital Of The World Goes Fur-Free

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL NEWS) Following in the footsteps of West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco, Los Angeles is now the largest city in the United States to go fur-free. Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the sale of fur beginning in January, giving retailers until 2020 to rid their existing inventories. Their decision comes just days after designer Burberry and London Fashion Week announced they would go fur-free. And while a growing number of municipalities and major fashion designers--including Michael Kors, Versace, and Gucci--are saying no to fur, the city's move signals a growing trend to outlaw the inherently cruel and inhumane fur trade globally. Read on to learn more about this historic decision for the nation's second largest city and one of the world's major fashion hubs, and how it's poised to encourage similar bans around the globe. Don't forget to take a stand against cruelty to animals by signing PETA’s fur-free pledge today! -- Global Animal

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