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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

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
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

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

A New Low: Trump’s Plan To Lift Ban On Barbaric Hunting Tactics

(HUNTING/ANIMAL LAWS) Condemned as a "new low," the Trump administration is attempting to repeal Obama-era rules banning cruel and harmful hunting practices in Alaska. The proposal promotes the senseless slaughter of Alaska's most iconic wildlife as it would allow hunters to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens, use dogs and bait to hunt bears, and shoot swimming caribou from motorboats. Not only are these controversial sport hunting and trapping techniques utterly barbaric and inhumane, but Trump's plan to increase hunting opportunities on national preserve land casts aside the very purpose of national parks to protect wildlife and the environment. Continue reading below to learn more about the Department of Interior's aggressive push to expand hunting rights on federal land, and see how conservation groups are reacting in horror. As the hunting rule repeal has entered a 60-day period for public comment, we urge you to visit www.regulations.gov, and search for “RIN 1024-AE38,” to make your voice heard. -- 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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Put Your Fins Together For National Dolphin Day!

(ANIMAL NEWS/DOLPHINS) Today, April 14 is National Dolphin Day, a day dedicated to the plight of dolphins of all species across the globe. These incredibly intelligent and social mammals congregate in schools of five to hundreds, and range in colors from pink, white, brown, and even black. Found all over the world, these species are threatened by a number of issues including fishing gear, ocean pollution from oil and gas development, ship collisions, and climate change. It's time to take a stand for dolphins and protect the world's oceans. On this day, take a moment to celebrate these charismatic animals with the 10 fun facts below, courtesy of Dolphin Way. -- Global Animal

Profit Before Pride? Facebook Facilitates Illegal Wildlife Trade

(WILDLIFE) While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent two days in the hot seat this week testifying before Congress regarding the website's oversight of user data and its role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social networking site has also been accused of posting ads by illicit traders selling animal parts, including elephant ivory, rhino horn, and tiger teeth. In a whistleblower complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife advocates allege Facebook's negligence in preventing illegal wildlife traffickers from using the platform for selling the body parts of threatened animals violates Facebook's responsibilities as a publicly traded company. Ironically enough, Facebook is one of 20 technology companies that joined the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online last month. Continue reading to learn more about Facebook's hypocrisy, and take action by signing the petition: Demand Facebook Stop the Sale of Illegal Animal Parts. -- Global Animal

Indonesian Zoo Under Fire Over Smoking Orangutan

(WILDLIFE/ZOOS) If smoking is bad for humans, then why would we let our hairy ancestors try it? At one Indonesian zoo, a guest flicked a cigarette into the orangutan enclosure. Even though these primates are incredibly smart, they do not necessarily understand right from wrong. See below to find out what action animal activists are taking against the Bandung Zoo. -- Global Animal

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

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