(WILDLIFE/POACHING/RHINOS) Poaching, or the illegal hunting and killing of wild animals, threatens a number of endangered species such as tigers, elephants, and rhinos. Due to this horrific practice, some of these species are on the brink of extinction and may be gone within our lifetime.
(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/ELEPHANTS) Poaching and ivory trading poses serious ethical challenges for wildlife conservationists and animal activists. Studies show if current poaching trends continue, the African Elephant will be extinct within the next decade. It's crucial to expose this pressing issue to help save the species as we know it. One feature documentary--set to be released in 2016--seeks to do just that. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions has teamed up with Red Bull's Terra Mater Film Studios to create Ivory Rising, a film exposing the horrors behind poaching and ivory trading. Both film production agencies are committed to creating environmentally conscious films that invoke positive change. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL TESTING) Tests that use animals to determine the safety of human cosmetic products such as lipstick, perfume, and eyeliner, are killing thousands of animals in the U.S. each year. If the lab animals do not die from such experiments, industries typically kill the animals afterward. Last week, Congress passed the Humane Cosmetics Act, which will put an end to animal testing for cosmetics throughout the U.S. The bill not only brings the U.S. in line with over 30 other countries who have passed similar bans, but it also works to outlaw animal cruelty. -- Global Animal
(FARM ANIMAL ABUSE/FACTORY FARMING) Earlier this month, PETA filed a false advertisement complaint over Whole Foods' promises of "Humane Meat." The organization is urging the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to prevent Whole Foods' Washington D.C from selling meat-wrapping paper imprinted with the slogan, "Thanks for Caring about Animals." -- Global Animal
(EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE) TEXAS — On Sunday, a tornado struck Van, a town in eastern Texas, killing two people and injuring 43. This disaster not only resulted in human casualties, but it also destroyed a large percentage of the land, flattened homes, and led to flooding. Efforts to recover the tornado victims have been ongoing. Texas Game Wardens from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, along with their K-9s are actively searching the Van area for people and pets who may be stuck under debris or in need of care. -- Global Animal
(HORSES/ANIMAL WELFARE) PUERTO RICO — Horse-drawn carriages are an outdated practice facing much controversy as of late. Last year, Israel and New York City banned the use of horse-drawn carriages, and this year, Puerto Rico's capital city San Juan is following suit. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL QUOTES) In celebration of Earth Day, check out our favorite quotes about animals throughout the ages. Read all the wisdom, compassion and humor to put yourself in the spirit of gratitude – and in tune with some of the world's greatest thinkers and humanitarians – true Global Animals!
(ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISM/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) The powerful images in the gallery below help give a voice to innocent animals who would otherwise be left unheard. Produced by animal rights organizations like World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and Society for Protection of Animals (SPA), these animal ad campaigns shed light on which species are close to extinction and how we can change our everyday practices to protect wildlife. Check out the following animal ads that strive to bring awareness to animal rights issues and inhumane practices. — Global Animal
(SHELTER ANIMALS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) SAN FRANCISCO — Good Dog Art, a month-long silent auction benefit organized by Creative Rescue, an organization that works with non-profit art groups to promote animal rescue groups, is taking place in honor of Spay and Neuter Month. The fundraiser supports the SF SPCA and the Humane Society by selling fine artwork featuring man's best friend. Proceeds from the Good Dog Art fundraiser go to the SF SPCA’s “Take Your Best Shot” program which helps increase the adoption rate in high-kill shelters, and the HSUS' “Pets for Life” program, which helps fund spay/neuter services in underserved communities. Read on to learn more about how this event is helping animals in need. — Global Animal
(FOIE GRAS/ANIMAL CRUELTY) CALIFORNIA — Foie gras, a French delicacy made from duck or goose liver, will continue to appear on menus throughout California, despite activists' call for a ban. To create foie gras, producers fatten the duck or goose liver by cruelly force feeding the animal. At foie gras farms, force feeding involves shoving a metal tube down the animals' throats to inject corn into their bodies, which induces an enlarged and diseased liver. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL CRUELTY/FACTORY FARMS) Although factory farm cruelty is considered illegal in most states, the problem continues to exist. Factory farm employees who witness acts of animal cruelty may not feel comfortable reporting such acts for fear of jeopardizing his or her job. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) believes that cruelty at factory farms, livestock auctions, and slaughterhouses should no longer go unnoticed. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/TAKE ACTION) Happy Holidays! 'Tis the season of giving, and the Global Animal Foundation is celebrating by giving back to animals in need. As you may know, Global Animal Foundation is a non-profit 501(3)C charity that functions like a Green Cross for animals. It’s a responsive umbrella organization that distributes donations to vetted animal rescues worldwide that aid animals in crisis. Our mission is to swiftly get resources on the ground during natural disasters and other emergencies that put animals, from pets to wildlife, in critical peril. Thanks to donations from animal-lovers across the globe, our campaigns have granted thousands toward assisting animal rescues with funding for medical expenses, providing food and housing for rescued animals, and helping shelters reunite lost pets with their families in the wake of natural and manmade disasters. -- Global Animal
(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/ANIMAL WELFARE) Remember Me Thursday is a nationwide animal awareness campaign that helps to save orphan pets by promoting dog adoption around the globe. The event, which took place on Thursday, September 25, shed light on the millions of abandoned pets still in need of loving homes. This year was Remember Me Thursday's second annual campaign, and it proved to be an even bigger success than last year's. The amount of involvement and support from animal welfare organizations nearly doubled, and the campaign reached over 130 countries. It's a sad truth that millions of animals face neglect and hardship, but with the help of Remember Me Thursday, the future of orphaned animals is much brighter. Read on to learn more about Remember Me Thursday, and how the campaign is helping save animals' lives around the world. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL CONSERVATION/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Jason Vales, creator of the new musical album from Vida Beat called "Loud Love," is using his musical talents to help animals in need. As an avid Global Animal reader and supporter, Vales will be donating a portion of the proceeds from "Loud Love" to the Global Animal Foundation. Vales' campaign is called "Save Earth With Music," and he plans to donate one dollar to the Global Animal Foundation for every album sold. Vales has already sold over 100 albums, and has generously donated over 100 dollars to the Global Animal Foundation. — Global Animal