NIH reduces number of chimpanzees used for research

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We are certainly headed in the right direction to ensure the health, safety and well being of the chimpanzee. According to CNN News, The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced earlier this week that it will, “substantially reduce the use of chimpanzees in NIH-funded biomedical research and retire most of the chimps it currently owns or supports.”

Here is an additional NIH statement that has animal advocates thrilled about what is to come to protect our animals: (more…)

Human branding for animal advocacy more common practice than you think

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The shocking act was played out to show solidarity with animals. Sasha Boojor, 27 from Tel Aviv belongs to a group named 269Life. He was physically branded with a hot iron after being pulled out of a cage by men wearing black masked, according to FoxNews.com. The smell was horrible, but it was worth it, shared the man who willingly allowed this to happen to him. Why did he do it? It was to show support for animal rights in opposition of using animals for consumption, research or entertainment, according to the FoxNews.com story. (more…)

Dog shows human-like compassion as he buries dead puppy (Video)

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Pictures snapped from YouTube Video

Pictures snapped from YouTube Video

People are talking about it all over the Internet and the extremely heartwarming video has gone viral receiving view after view on YouTube. What video? The title translates from Arabic to mean, “Dog buries His Don in Iraq.” View it below.

A dog finds a puppy in a ditch surrounded by empty water bottles. He gently smells the puppy and then gently begins to bury it. How so? He nudges it with his nose covering it with the dirt. Three men are in the background of the video speaking in Arabic. When the dog is done burying the puppy, he leaves and a man throws a bottle into the ditch.

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Most dog car restraints offer no safety value

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Do you use a car restraint or a car safety seat for your furry best friend while traveling? Check out this information given about the level of effectiveness of vehicle restraint harnesses for dogs who wear them while traveling in the car.

According to a press release sharing the union between the automobile company Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), which is a “a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to companion animal and consumer safety, to fund testing of pet car safety restraints,” currently, performance standards or test protocols in the U.S. for pet travel products do not exist. (more…)

Canine distemper outbreak at Wylie Texas exotic animal sanctuary

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The deadly disease, canine distemper struck a Wylie TX exotic animal sanctuary, infecting their lions and tigers, reported CBS News 11 Dallas. The disease was transmitted from raccoons living in the area.

Inoculating for canine distemper is not recommended in general for cats of any kind, large or small, but this does not mean that they are not susceptible to getting infected with the disease. (more…)

New York passes law for first Animal Abuse Registry

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D Dipasupil Getty Images

Animal advocates all over the country are cheering and celebrating as the New York State Senate recently announced the passing of a new law that requires animal abusers to register their names and addresses with the criminal justice system. In addition, the legislation also bans these criminals from ever owning an animal again, according to MSN. (more…)

Natura brand pet food recall for Salmonella

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Natura

Natura

 

Our number one priority is to care for the health and happiness of our furry friends. When an animal food recall comes out, we will be sure to bring it to you here! Natura brand pet food has voluntarily recalled some of their products due to testing positive for Salmonella. If you have purchased any of the following products in the last few days, please either discard of them immediately, or return them to the store where you buy them: (more…)

Ugliest animals on the planet, they need saving too (View incredible photos)

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NewDiscovery.com

NewDiscovery.com

They may not be considered pets by any stretch of the imagination, but these creatures need saving too, no matter how aesthetically challenged they are. Poor dears! At least they won’t be teased in school by others more attractive than they are. We don’t believe they can communicate that way.

A new society called Ugly Animal Preservation Society (UAPS) was formed with an interesting mission. According to NewsDiscovery.com, they are “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children. The panda gets too much attention.” (more…)

900 cases of animal abuse await investigation: Save an animal

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ASPCA

ASPCA

The ASPCA states that we are now in “kitten season.” What does this mean? Kitten season refers to a strong breeding time of the year (early spring/late fall) when kittens procreate more than usual. They eventually end up in shelters all over the United States that become inundated with homeless kittens that are eventually euthanized because they never find families to take them home. How many healthy cats and kittens are killed during this season? The answer is short of devastating – millions!

Overpopulation does not just lead to homeless animals who end up in shelters and then euthanized. Too many cats also leads to more animal abuse and neglect. Baby kittens are born into homes whose cats are not spayed and then families find themselves with newborn kittens that they do not want. Every cat deserves a happy, healthy and safe home; however, sadly, not all people see it that way and see these animals as very easily dispensable. (more…)

Kitten euthanized due to severe torture: Kids responsible get away with it

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images (Kitten in photo not abused kitten from this story, but another abandoned and abused kitten)

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images (Kitten in photo not animal from this story, but another abandoned and abused kitten.)

It happened in West Columbus OH, but happens everywhere and we have to be on top of the cruelty, the abuse and the completely unacceptable behavior that children impose upon innocent animals. An unidentified woman told ABC 6/FOX 28 on Saturday that after witnessing animal abuse at the Wedgewood Village Apartments complex, she called the police.

It was said that a children’s game got out of control when a group of about 12 kids aged 4 to 13 nearly tortured a kitten to death. They were stomping on him or her, using wielding sticks to poke the animal and used a squirt gun filled with milk to try to drown the cat. Do these children have any conscious or are they brought up to impose torture and cruelty upon other living things? Is this a sign for what is to come for future abuse on animals and people when these children are older? It has to be stopped! (more…)

Nude PETA ad features Miss America winners advocating against fur

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Fadil Berisha/PETA

Fadil Berisha/PETA

There is a sexy new advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Four past Miss USA winners shed their clothing to show their support for animal rights, according to ABC’s ABC15.com.

The sultry black and white photo shoot featured Shanna Moakler (1995 winner), Shandi Finnessey (2004 winner), Susie Castillo (2003 winner) and Alyssa Campanella (2011 winner) all posing naked for the camera. They had their arms wrapped around each other behind the powerful caption that read, “Feel beautiful in your own skin and let animals keep theirs.” (more…)

Colorado Black Forest fires burn, animal & livestock shelters set up for evacuations

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Colorado 9News

Colorado 9News

It began on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, the Black Forest near northeast Colorado Springs CO was burning out of control on fire. Staff from the Red Cross and many volunteers prepared Palmer Ridge High School to house up to 300 people, including their pets.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has designated Palmer Ridge as the place to bring smaller animals if families had to evacuate their homes overnight for temporary shelter. They even provided dog and cat crates. An additional location to drop off small animals was at the society’s Colorado Springs location at 610 Abbot Lane.

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Animal advocates nationwide rally for no kill shelters for ‘Just One Day’

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Animal Ark

Animal Ark

Yesterday, June 11, 2013 marked the second year of the safest day of the year for animals in shelters living on death row. It is called “Just One Day” and for the second year in a row, it was a smashing success. Animal advocates from all over the country rallied together from about 800 different organizations to participate. Approximately 9,000 lives were saved.

This local event occurred yesterday in Stuart, Florida as animal right activists rallied beginning at 11am at the Roosevelt Bridge, according to Fox News. They all had the same goal in common, to make this the safest day of the year for animals.

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4 puppies found in dumpster rescued by Pinal County Animal Care & Control

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A story that usually ends in tragedy instead ended the best way possible. Four puppies that were left in a dumpster to die, were reunited with their mother on Wednesday night. Yahoo! News reported out of Pinal County, Arizona that the puppies were found in the garbage by a Good Samaritan and brought to Pinal County Animal Care and Control for care.

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Man slits throat of Boxer, animal survives thanks to ASPCA

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Courtesy ASPCA

Courtesy ASPCA

When the Animal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) shares stories of animal abuse, people listen. Currently, their website shares the story of Jessie, a 3-year-old Boxer in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

This past March, the innocent animal was severely abused, almost to the point of dying. Domestic violence was the crime and it was committed by the dog’s owner’s former boyfriend.  The trusting animal who loved the man who was to attempt to kill him, had his throat cut with a knife and lost enough blood to almost lose his life.

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ASPCA and NY Attorney General team for Animal Protection Initiative to prosecute case against animal abuse

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It was announced yesterday in a press release that The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

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Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

will be teaming with the New York State Office of the Attorney General in an effort to provide “critical training and support for investigating and prosecuting large scale animal cruelty and fighting cases in New York State.” This is being called the Animal Protection Initiative.

First announced in the month of May, the Initiative began in its first stages of talk. It was slated to be, “a statewide effort to promote the enforcement of consumer protection laws and target allegations of animal fighting and cruelty,” according to the press release.

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Prague Zoo saves animals in evacuation due to severe flooding

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Courtesy Photo

Over the last week, unrelenting torrential rains fell upon the Prague Zoo causing the water levels in the river to rise substantially. This caused massive flooding of the zoo’s lower level, which threatened the lives of over 4,400 exotic and endangered animals, according to the Prague Post.

This was not the first time this 7th largest zoo had to deal with flooding. In 2002, inundating waters took the lives of 134 animals.

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Gerardo Perez, 50 allegedly caught having sex with pit bull

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Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police Department

The unthinkable to most occurred at the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility (CACCF) on Wednesday. Mr. Gerardo Perez, 50, was charged with felony sexual contact with an animal and burglary as well, according to NBC Chicago.

The man was allegedly caught by a facility employee inside an animal cage, kneeling down on the ground on his hands and knees, just having finished engaging in sex with a Pit Bull, according to a report from the Chicago Sun Times.

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Rachel Ray $100K Challenge & ASPCA adopt out 217 animals from CAP

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The ASPCA and Rachel Ray teamed up for Pet-A-Fair, a collaboration which helped to get approximately 217 animals adopted from the Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP). This was the amazing kick-off to the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.

CAP is a Houston-based organization which serves pets and people in the Houston TX area. They were thrilled to send 139 animals to good homes on Saturday and 78 animals were adopted into other homes on Sunday – an amazing record high for one single weekend.

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Newborn Harbor seal pup rescued in Long Island

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 Associated Press/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation


Associated Press/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

Happy birthday to a brand new Harbor seal pup! You might think that would call for a celebration, but that was not the case when the newborn baby needed to be rescued from Long Island, New York and taken to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation; a marine mammal hospital.

The pup was a female and according to the professionals, they say she was struggling against the surf at The Sands in Atlantic Beach. The pup was 3 days old when she was finally found. She was 2½ feet long and her umbilical cord was still attached.

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