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Introducing The Largest City In The U.S. To Ban Fur Sales

(FUR TRADE/ANIMAL NEWS) In a unanimous vote, San Francisco has officially become the largest city in the U.S. to ban fur sales! With fur sales in San Francisco ranging from $11 million to a whopping $40 million, the ban is expected to most significantly impact an estimated 30 retailers in the Union Square area. While the new legislation does not apply to other animal products like leather, lambskin, or wool, retailers with fur in their existing inventory will no longer be able to sell fur products starting January 2020. San Francisco joins two other California cities, West Hollywood and Berkeley, in saying no to fur. In recent months, an increasing number of influential top fashion designers are also choosing to go fur-free. An estimated 50 million animals all over the world are slaughtered for their fur, with 85 percent of pelts coming from fur farms. We hope that San Francisco's historic ban will encourage legislators globally to consider similar bans. Read on to learn more about the unanimous vote and see how you can take action against the fur trade below. -- Global Animal

How Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Shut Down A South Korean Dog Farm

(ANIMAL RESCUE/DOGS) While Olympic snowboarder Maddie Mastro rescued a dog named Jadu from a South Korean butcher's block, Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy also made a significant impact for animals in South Korea. After rescuing street dogs during the Sochi Games in Russia and returning home with them in 2014, the freestyle skier repeated a similar mercy mission during last month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Once again with the help of Humane Society International (HSI), Kenworthy and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, rescued 90 dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm, which has since been shut down. Most of the dogs are being flown to Canada where they'll eventually be available for adoption, but one of the dogs (affectionately named Beemo) is going home to the U.S. to live with the Olympian himself. Read below to learn more about Kenworthy's "heart-wrenching" trip to one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat farms. -- Global Animal

An Everyday Ingredient That’s Killing Orangutans

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Palm oil is now present in more than half of consumer packaged goods found in grocery stores across the U.S., including chips, cookies, cake mix, canned soup, baby formula, and more. The market's increasing demand for palm oil has threatened the existence of rainforests around the world, specifically those located in Southeast Asia. Destruction of what may be our last saving grace in preserving the earth's ecosystem also means endangering the lives of iconic species including the red-listed Sumatran and Borneo orangutans. Orangutans are said to be among our closest kin in the animal kingdom, and we're slowly killing them off without even realizing it. Read on to learn how you can prevent their currently inevitable destruction. — Global AnimaL

“Like A Humane Society With Guns”: Dutch Police Defend Animals In Danger

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL RESCUE) As the first country to have an animal rights party in parliament, the Netherlands is paving the way for animal welfare enforcement. Described as "a Humane Society with guns, handcuffs and badges," the 250 members of the Dutch animal police force help enforce laws protecting pets, livestock, and wildlife from abuse. Given the direct link between violence against animals and violence against humans, the animal police force's work is largely a combination of both animal protection and human social services. Read on to learn more about these pioneers in animal protection and their significant impact in the Netherlands. -- Global Animal

10 Worst Zoos For Elephants Exposed

(ZOOS/ANIMAL WELFARE) In Defense of Animals has released its annual list of the ten worst zoos for elephants in North America. The respected list exposes the shocking hidden suffering of captive elephants, including premature deaths, brutal breeding procedures, and flagrant violations of the Animal Welfare Act. To some degree, 2017 was a banner year for wild and captive elephants. At least 44 zoos around the globe, including 29 in the U.S. alone, have closed their elephant exhibits for good, while Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus famously folded up their tents for the very last time. What's more, legislations banning the use of elephants for entertainment are gaining momentum, and were passed in Illinois and New York. But there's still a lot of work to be done to end elephant abuse and exploitation. While performing elephants are becoming a thing of the past, elephants in zoos are still being cruelly exploited and subjected to battering bullhooks, inadequate living conditions, captivity-induced health problems, unnaturally cold climates, debilitating isolation, and sexually abusive breeding programs that do nothing to further the conservation of this ecologically vital species. As the zoo industry desperately tries to cling onto any shred of remaining credibility, the simple truth is elephant lifespans are shorter in captivity than in the wild--even when droughts and poaching are taken into account. Read on to learn more about the worst zoos for elephants in North America, and raise your voice to help end elephant cruelty and captivity by sending a message for elephants. -- Global Animal
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UPDATE: Ringleader State Falls Short Of Becoming The First To Ban Exotic Animal Circus...

(ANIMAL NEWS/CIRCUSES) After overwhelmingly sweeping the Senate by a vote of 31-0, New Jersey now leads as the first U.S. state to ban traveling wild animal acts. Last year, Illinois and New York similarly banned all traveling acts with elephants, but New Jersey is the first to prohibit all wild or exotic animals in traveling shows. Circuses have been on the decline ever since Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey folded its tents for good in May of last year. As audiences turn away from animal circuses in droves, a number of jurisdictions are considering bans on wild animal circus acts--including a federal bill called the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act. First introduced as “Nosey’s Law," named after an abused circus elephant whose freedom has been the focus of a bitter public lawsuit, the legislation is not the first of its kind and it certainly won't be the last. Read on to learn more about the new law, which activists say has been a long time coming. -- Global Animal

Take Action: Tell The Humane Society All Bets Are Off! Stop Taking A Gamble...

(ANIMAL NEWS/TAKE ACTION) The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the highest volume single-site animal shelter in the U.S. But despite its nonprofit, 501(c)3 status, activists claim the organization is breaking a law that bans the promotional sale of live animals as the shelter is set to raffle 150 Pomeranian puppies rescued last month. -- Global Animal

California Wildfire Relief: Here’s What Your Gift To Animals Looks Like

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) Earlier this month, four major wildfires broke out within 24 hours in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The outbreaks forced over 200,000 people to evacuate, and thousands of firefighters were summoned to help. The still-raging Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara County is now the largest fire in California history, burning 273,400 acres and destroying 775 homes since it began on December 4. So far, the Global Animal Foundation has raised over $3,000 to help the hundreds of pets and other animals displaced by the fires as committed animal rescue organizations work around-the-clock to save and keep animals safe and healthy. -- 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

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

Southern California Wildfires: How To Help Animal Victims (TAKE ACTION)

(HELP ANIMALS) Several major wildfires that all flared in just 24 hours continue to burn throughout Southern California, scorching a combined 83,000 acres, destroying an estimated 200 homes, and prompting at least 150,000 people to evacuate. Fed by rapid winds, low humidity, and dry conditions, at least three of the fires are zero percent contained and continue to threaten over 3,000 homes. The fires are expected to grow as gusty winds continue through most of the week. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged those under mandatory evacuation orders to leave their homes before it's too late. Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between HSVC, LACACF, and other vetted organizations working on the ground in the affected areas to help with medical costs for injured animals, boarding and food, and reuniting lost pets with their guardians. Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. -- Global Animal

Giving Tuesday: 8 Gifts That Give Back To Animals

(HOLIDAYS/PETS) Now that the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, it's time to take a break from material possessions and do something that 's good for the heart and soul. Today, for Giving Tuesday, why not give back to animals? The shopping list below offers the perfect gifts for both pets and pet lovers. Whether you're donating to your favorite animal charity or symbolically adopting an endangered animal plush toy, you can rest assured you've helped make the world a slightly better place. Read on for the complete list of gifts that give back to animals, and get giving today! -- Global Animal
Fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos remain in the wild. Photo Credit: World Wild Life Foundation

Sumatran Rhino Population In A State Of Ruin

(RHINOS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) In the 1980s, there were estimated to be 800 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild. Nowadays, that number could be as low as 30--no thanks to poaching and habitat loss. But since these four known wild rhino populations are so segregated from one another, they also have difficulty reaching each other to breed. The situation has become so dire, conservationists will need to start capturing wild Sumatran rhinos to breed them and boost the species' captive population. Read on to learn more about how we can save this species from extinction. -- Global Animal

Feral Cat Day: The Truth About Crazy Cat People & Why We Need Them

(CATS/STRAY ANIMALS) What do you picture when someone uses the phrase, “crazy cat lady?” An older woman with more than five cats? Someone who spends all of their money on cat toys and food? In reality, “crazy cat ladies” are the ones who rescue and help care for our stray and/or feral feline friends. If it wasn't for these wonderful, compassionate people, countless cats would be without adoptive homes, left to fend for themselves on city streets. In observation of Feral Cat Day, read on to learn more about these selfless individuals who deserve more than an eye roll when stereotyped as “crazy cat people.” -- Global Animal

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