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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.

California Wildfire Relief: Helping Survivors Make A Comeback

(HELP ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Last month's massive wildfires are now fully contained, but survivors throughout Northern and Southern California continue to pick up the pieces. With more than 11,700 homes lost in the Camp Fire, and at least 177 homes destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, several animals were lost, displaced, or injured amid the chaos. Thanks to the compassion of generous donors like you, Global Animal Foundation raised an initial $2,500 to help the countless pets, horses, and wildlife affected by the fires. We are thrilled to share that we've since collected another $4,000 to disperse among vetted animal rescue organizations working to keep animals safe and healthy, and reunite evacuated, rescued, and displaced animals with their families. Donations are being distributed among four key animal rights organizations working to help animals affected by the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woosley and Hill fires throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. -- Global Animal

Courts Lay Down The Paw: Abused Pets Get A Legal Voice

(PETS/ANIMAL LAWS) Last year, Connecticut became the first state to allow judges to appoint lawyers and law students as volunteer advocates for pets in cases involving cruelty, abuse, and neglect. Alternately, animal advocates can also be requested by a prosecutor or defense counsel. What's more, the volunteer advocates are authorized to conduct investigations in hopes of reinforcing prosecutors who are overburdened with cases or may consider crimes against animals to be less of a priority. Since Desmond's Law went into effect, volunteer advocates have been appointed in five cases, which are being closely monitored by lawmakers, legal scholars, and animal activists in hopes of adopting similar measures in other states. The groundbreaking legislation tackles the disconnect between how people treat animals and how the law treats animals in court, and ultimately aims to convince the judiciary to treat animal cruelty as a serious crime. After all, it's not "just a dog." Read on to learn more about Desmond's Law and the fight for justice for our furry friends. -- Global Animal

Clinton’s Crusade Combats Elephant Poachers

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) Traditionally elephants have been symbols of the Republican Party, but that won’t stop Hillary Clinton from lending the pachyderms a helping hand. On Thursday, Clinton announced an $80 million plan to combat elephant poaching and trafficking. If elephant poaching continues at the same rate, the giant land animals are expected to disappear within a decade. Continue reading below to see how Clinton’s plan will aid the elephant cause. — Global Animal
Mike Arns has placed over 9 million pets in homes since 1999. Photo credit: Animalcenter.org

Remember Me Thursday Sheds Light On Pet Adoption

(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
Exposure to farm animals in one's first year of life can reduce the risk of asthma by 50%. Photo credit: Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

Students Sow Sentiment At Catskill Animal Sanctuary (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL RESCUE) Saugerties, NY - Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) is an animal rescue organization in New York’s Hudson Valley, a 110-acre farm that is home to horses and farm animals who have been victims of neglect or other cruelty. The nation’s first elementary school to serve only vegetarian meals, Public School 244 in Queens, New York, recently made a visit to CAS. Read more to learn about CAS's animal advocacy programs and see pictures of the visit from PS 244. — 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
Manatee, Conservation, Wildlife, Oceans

15 Amazing Manatee Facts For Manatee Appreciation Day

(INTERESTING ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Manatees--sometimes referred to as the cows of the sea--are now considered to be a vulnerable species given there are less than 10,000 mature manatees left in the wild. They are a loving, adorable species who need our help. Check out these fun facts and see how you can help keep this species alive and well. — 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

Hurricane Harvey: How To Help Pets In Need

(HELP ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) HOUSTON -- In the same type of catastrophic flooding that beset Texas during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, record rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey has battered the nation's fourth largest city this past week. The flooding has left 25 dead and caused more than 30,000 people to flee their flooded homes. While many pets are left behind, animal rescuers remain hopeful that animals will stand a better chance than they did 12 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, which left an estimated 600,000 animals killed or stranded. Thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards which forever changed the way animals are treated during emergency situations, first responders can now rescue pets just as they save people. Efforts to save animal victims are well underway as floodwaters continue to rise. Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between 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. Read the New York Times article below for more on the Hurricane and citizens' tireless efforts to save their beloved pets amid the chaos. -- Global Animal

Eco-Fashion Fridays: Why Faux Fur Is Friendlier

(GREEN/FASHION) While the choice between faux fur and real fur should be an easy one for any animal lover, many "natural fur" fans argue that manufacturing faux fur is actually more damaging to the environment. Yet aside from ethical beliefs, studies show faux fur is almost five times greener than your average mink. Continue reading for more on the debate between faux fur and real fur and learn more reasons to feel fashionable and fabulous in faux fur. — Global Animal

Remember Me Thursday: Let’s Light Up The World

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/CELEBRITY NEWS) Each year on the fourth Thursday of September, Remember Me Thursday, a worldwide pet awareness campaign, sheds light on the millions of orphaned pets around the globe. On the day of the event, which will take place on Thursday, September 25, 2014, individuals light candles not only in remembrance of orphan pets who have lost their lives, but also to shine a light upon animals who still desperately need homes. — Global Animal
Bob Barker asks University of Virginia to stop medical testing on cats. Photo Credit: sustainabilityninja.com

Bob Barker’s Price Is Right To Save University Cats

(ANIMAL RIGHTS) Recently, PETA released a video of a cruel animal testing practice at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) called Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). In most universities, this procedure is performed on a simulator, but for some reason the antiquated system at WUSTL allows students to perform this traumatic procedure on nine live cats, and sometimes even up to 15 gruelling intubations per session. Following the release of PETA's video, animal activist and legendary game show host Bob Barker penned a letter to the school's chancellor with a very kind proposition. Read on to find out more on Bob's generous offer to WUSTL and see how you can help put an end to this animal cruelty. — 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

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

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