Sunday, March 7, 2021

ACTIVISM

TAKE ACTION is GlobalAnimal.org's animal rights and activism section. Find ways to rescue pets, save farm animals and help endangered species, Plus, get the news on animal welfare laws and legislation and take part in petitions, if you like. Since animals do not have voices, people are roaring in their defense – and more and more, it's working.

TAKE ACTION: With Over 1 Billion Animals Impacted By Australia’s Fires, Here’s How You...

(HELP ANIMALS) Severe wildfires burning across Australia for months now have taken a tragic toll on it's iconic habitats that make the continent an ecological wonder. With nearly 18 million acres burned, experts estimate upwards of 1.25 billion animals--many of them unique to Australia--have been killed since the fires started in September. A number of animal rescue groups and volunteers are working overtime to help farm animals, pets, and wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and more, who are so desperately in need of rescue and treatment. -- Global Animal

Could California Become The First State To Ban Products Tested On Animals?

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL TESTING) California is one step closer to becoming the first U.S. state to ban the sale of cosmetics and other beauty products tested on animals. California senators recently voted 21 to 9 in favor of the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB1249), which would make it illegal for cosmetics manufacturers to sell any cosmetic or personal-hygiene product that so much as contains a component that was tested on animals, beginning January 1, 2020. The legislation is now heading for a vote in the Assembly, and if it becomes law, California would join the European Union, Israel, South Korea, Brazil, India, New Zealand, and other progressive countries that have enacted similar bans protecting animals from exploitation and brutality. Read on to learn more about the legislation and if you’d like to see SB 1249 become a law in California, please sign this petition on Care2. -- Global Animal

Avoidable Tragedy: How To Help Dogs In Hot Cars This Summer

(DOGS/PET CARE) Did you know that a car parked in the sun with all windows closed can reach up to 116 degrees in just minutes? With Memorial Day and hot summer weather just around the corner, it's important to be aware of the risk of pets dying in hot cars, as well as the legal actions one can take if they see a dog trapped in a hot car. If you must leave your dog in the car, we suggest parking the car in the shade, having all windows tinted (including clear tint for the windshield), keeping the windows open, and parking the rear of the car so it faces the sun. But the most important preventative measure is not parking the car in the sun, period. Regardless, if it comes down to watching a dog die in a hot car or breaking the window to save it, we would always break the window. The dog's guardian will most likely be grateful rather than mad or litigious. Even if you have to replace the window yourself, it will be worth it to save the animal. Just in time for Heat Awareness Day, read below for tips on what you can do if you see an animal in distress in a locked car. -- 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
Adoption helps save the lives of animals in need. Photo Credit: OlgaKay

Give Thanks For Animals: Fostering Pets

(ANIMAL SHELTERS/RESCUE PETS) Becoming a pet foster parent is a great way to help animals. It saves animals from overcrowded shelters, and allows the foster families the joy of caring for pets without the long-term commitment. Read on for a first hand account about fostering pets, and for a beginner's guide to animal fostering. — Global Animal

“The Ghosts In Our Machine” Looks Animal Suffering In The Eye

(MOVIE REVIEW) With the substantial amount of well-made, animal-centric documentaries in release as of late, it’s tough to stand out in the crowd. However, director Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine does exactly that, in addition to bringing an important message to dinner tables, closets, laboratories, as well as zoos and marine parks across the globe. Focusing around activist/photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and her yearlong journey documenting animals held captive by four different global industries, the film does an incredible job of spotlighting those tragically forgotten by society. — Global Animal

Lucky Hunt Foundation: Sanctuary For Bulgaria’s Strays

(STRAY DOGS/ANIMAL SANCTUARY) Based just 25 kilometres (about 15 miles) from Varna, Lucky Hunt Foundation is a clean, spacious sanctuary for dogs rescued from the streets of Bulgaria. It’s currently home to more than 150 dogs and puppies who were abandoned, abused, or homeless before they were brought there. Everyone is well looked after, with lots of room to play and sleep. Now Lucky Hunt Foundation is in need of volunteers. With plenty of dogs in the area in need of care, short-term volunteers can help stay on top of the animals’ needs, and keep costs low enough that the shelter can continue to operate. -- Global Animal
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Dogs In Russia World Cup Cities Need Your Help

(ANIMAL RESCUES/ANIMAL VIDEOS) As protestors urge the Russian government not to fund the killing of stray dogs in 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia host cities prior to the World Cup matches, the World Animal Awareness Society is building relationships with rescuers working on-the-ground, saving and sheltering as many homeless dogs as they can. The organization has multiple team members in at least half a dozen of this year's World Cup host cities, and intends to network as many local citizen rescues in Russia to help give these dogs a chance at life. Visit the GoFundMe page for more information and consider donating to the cause to help save Russian dogs. -- 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

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

Stop Horse Diving In Atlantic City (TAKE ACTION)

(TAKE ACTION) Executives of Atlantic City's Steel Pier have decided to bring back the horse diving act, a show where horses are forced to run and jump off a 40 foot pier into a 12 foot pool. The show was a major attraction from 1920 to 1970 until it was shut down, and rightfully so. Steel Pier president Anthony Catanoso says there is no evidence that the show is cruel or abusive. We would like to see him take a flying leap from 40 feet up, land belly first in 12 feet of water, and revise that statement! Read more on how to put a stop to horse diving in Atlantic City.  — 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

“The Ghosts In Our Machine” Gears Up For U.S. Launch

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Sitting at the forefront of the animal rights movement, the cross-platform documentary The Ghosts in our Machine brings an important message to dinner tables, closets, laboratories, as well as zoos and marine parks across the globe. A donation page has been set up on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo in order to put the film on the map in the largest, most competitive film market in the world, and it has until September 27 to reach its funding goal of $30,000. The Ghosts in our Machine has already made a name for itself in Canada, but make sure to check out the film's interactive website for the U.S. premiere dates and European launch. Read director Liz Marshall's article below for more on how you can help promote the Oscar-qualifying film and view the trailer for yourself! — Global Animal

African elephants can differentiate between gender and ethnicity based on human voices. (ELEPHANTS/ANIMAL SCIENCE/WILDLIFE)

Devil In Disguise: European Ivory Sold As Counterfeit Antiques

(IVORY TRADE/ELEPHANT CONSERVATION) Despite efforts to curtail the illegal ivory trade, Europe remains one of the world's largest exporters. In a recent study, environmental group Avaaz purchased over 100 ivory items from antique dealers and private sellers across 10 European countries, and had them radiocarbon dated at Oxford University. The findings reveal approximately three quarters of the stock were modern ivory being sold as fake antiques. Ivory from an elephant poached as recently as 2010 was among the counterfeit goods. Even small trinkets can add up to several tons sold annually, encouraging further poaching across Africa. Avaaz's research reveals the exact scale of Europe's role in the international ivory trade, and the need to take action. Read on to learn more about the global activist group's findings and sign the petition below. -- Global Animal

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