Dec. 3, 2010 USA— (PETITION) Despite the low numbers of grizzly bears and grey wolves, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service appears to be caving to pressure from hunters and ranchers to take these iconic animals off the Endangered Species List. Grey wolves and grizzly bears have recovered under the endangered species act, but the populations are still low. With only 1,700 wolves, and 600 grizzlies in the Rocky Mountains, scientists question the breeding viability. The removal of this protection would allow these symbols of America to be hunted back to the brink of extinction once again.
Dec. 7, 2010 NEW ZEALAND — Officials are calling for the public's help to track down the people who massacred 23 fur seals, including eight pups, at Ohau Point. For anyone with information, or those wanting to get involved with bringing these killers to justice, see the following contact information...
Dec. 15, 2010 - Smithfield Foods, the largest factory farm for pigs, may know no shame, but it knows a lot about torture. Smithfield is reneging on its promise to end the use of 'gestation crates' by 2017. Let's call these crates what they really are: torture crates. They drive pigs, who are smarter than dogs, insane because they literally can't move an inch for their entire lives. We call on everybody with a heart to read this story and take action against this company. And if you are a pork eater, boycott this producer and use Maxwell Foods, a company that is 100% gestation crate free. – Global Animal
TAIJI, JAPAN – A dolphin captured in the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, is being held in solitary confinement in a small, filthy pool at Dolphin Base, a mile from the slaughter where captured dolphins are held for sea parks around the world.
SOUTH KOREA — South Korean pigs are suffering from a massive outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. This epidemic, having cost Korean farmers over $1 billion in damage, is perhaps the most serious in the nation's history. While that economic figure may be disturbing, even more so is the horrific, inhumane handling of the infected pigs. Read on and find out how you can join the resistance against this tragedy of animal cruelty. — Global Animal
AUSTRALIA — Dairy cows must first have a calf in order to produce milk. These male calves are often slaughtered after a short, horrific time spent starving in a slaughterhouse (and the atrocity called, veal.) Learn what cruel practices are currently in effect, and what further cruelties are about to be dumped on these calves. Take action here to protect these bobby calves from inhumane treatment. — Global Animal
VANCOUVER — People across the globe are outraged by the senseless murder of 100 huskies in Whistler, and the weak protection for animals under current animal rights legislation. At the "Doggie Tweet-Up" hundreds of protesters, online and in person, called for harsher punishments for animal cruelty. Take action by signing this petition to join the protest. — Global Animal
400 bison, some of the last of the Great American Herds, could be slaughtered because they searched for food in the wrong National Forest. Read on to learn about the injustice in Montana, and how you can urge the federal government to put a halt to it. — Global Animal
INDIA — Leopards have been coming closer and closer to human settlements in India, causing panicked mobs to attack the leopards. Discover why these animal encounters are happening, and what can be done to stop the violent responses.
ANIMAL WELFARE (UPDATE): In Defense of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its inhumane wild horse roundups. Recently the lawsuit has been given the go-ahead by a federal judge in Sacramento, despite the BLM's attempts to dismiss the suit. Find out what this may mean for the horses. — Global Animal
FLORIDA —Targeted at animal rights activists, Senate Bill 1246 seeks to make it a felony to photograph or video factory farms. Pursuit of the truth, however ugly, is a core virtue shared by the Animal Rights Movement and American Freedom of Speech. Jim Norman, a Republican senator from Tampa, just proposed a bill that could deny citizens this fundamental right. If you are angered by this attack on freedom, animals, and the humans that seek to protect them from cruelty, please sign the petition to help put a stop to it. — Global Animal
[UPDATE: TEAM NOW DEPLOYED!] CALIFORNIA (PHOTOS) –Six search and rescue dog teams in Los Angeles are responding to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Meet the amazing teams here and find out which organizations, like World Vets, are leading relief efforts to help injured animals and displaced pets in Japan. – Global Animal
Helping Japan's lost and injured pets is a profound and direct way to support the nation's people. If you'd like to donate to Japan's pets, here's a list of animal rescue organizations that are on the ground on behalf of animals and accepting donations.