RINGLING BROS CIRCUS TO SHUT DOWN

January 15, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros. have announced plans to shut down the circus in May, ending 146 years of coercive, inhumane wild animal acts that were at the center of the show. Animal advocacy groups have been united in opposing elephant, tiger, lion, and other wild animal acts and have fought for years to end animal entertainment.

In 2015, Ringling announced that it would end its use of elephants, long a subject of intense controversy. Last year, California and Rhode Island banned the use of the bullhook – an inhumane device used to control and train elephants – while other local and state legislative efforts gathered momentum.

Animal advocates are urging Ringling Bros. to provide appropriate financing for lifetime ......

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12 STEPS TO BECOME AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE

January 10, 2017 @ 9:56 AM

An animal advocate is one who fights for animals to have the right to exist without the fear of being mistreated, exploited or exterminated. The welfare of animals is foremost in the mind of a genuine animal activist. Activists work to ensure that animals receive proper care, treatment and respect, and endeavor to create awareness among the public about animal exploitation and abuse issues. Animal advocates can be individuals, volunteers of an organization, or paid employees of an organization.

1. Determine Your Strengths

A good way to become an animal activist is to make a list of your strengths. Everyone is endowed with some skills; it makes sense to chose those skills that are conducive to animal rights ......

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ORCAS & DOLPHINS IN CAPTIVITY

January 8, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

Both orcas (commonly known as killer whales) and dolphins are members of the dolphin family Delphinidae -- orcas are the largest members. More than 500 orcas, dolphins and other members of the dolphin family are held in captivity in the United States. Before the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) was passed in 1972, some 1,133 dolphins were captured in U.S. waters. Since 1961, 134 orcas have been captured worldwide for aquariums; of those only 28 are still alive, when a normal lifespan in the wild is 50 years. While the MMPA made it more difficult to capture marine mammals from the wild, aquariums can still apply for permits or import animals caught in other countries. Whether wild caught or captive born, orcas and dolphins in ......

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TIPS ON NUTRITION, WALKING & MORE FOR AN ELDERLY ANIMAL

January 3, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

By Jenny Wise

Your dog’s and cat’s needs change as they get older. It’s important to follow certain guidelines to ensure that they stay healthy and comfortable in their later years.

How old is old?

The old rule stated that for dogs, one year was equal to seven human years. This, however, is not accurate because dogs mature more quickly than we do early on. A dog will be approximately 15 years old in human years when he reaches his first birthday. Size and breed also play a part, as smaller dogs usually live longer than larger ones. A large breed will be considered “middle aged” around 6 years old, and a tiny or toy breed won’t be considered a senior until around 11-12 years old.

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PROVIDING FOR COMPANION ANIMALS WHEN YOU DIE

December 23, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

We hope that those we leave behind will care enough about us and what we would have wanted for our beloved companion animals to take them in and give them a loving home. Some families will do the right thing, but many others surrender their deceased family member's animals to high-kill shelters or even have them euthanized.

It is the responsibility of all animal guardians to provide for their animals in the event of their death or serious disability. But be aware that the law sees an animal as a piece of personal property. Therefore, a companion animal cannot inherit in a will. For the same reason, you cannot name an animal the direct beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Because of these restrictions, it is important that you......

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THREATS TO ANIMALS

December 11, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Surviving in an environment of continuous threat and stress is a serious challenge for most living species. Living organisms, in whatever form, need to adapt to changes in the weather, climate and all sorts of changes in the environment. Add to this the natural calamities in the form of floods, storms, fires and volcanic bursts and their aftermath. When new lifeforms enter their ecosystems, pressure on existing species mount. Dangers can be parasitic or predatory in nature. Challenges to adaptation can be in the form of diseases or the very complexity of biological changes themselves.

After millions of years of adapting to their environments, animals faced a new kind of threat - the advent of human beings. The effect of humans ......

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WHALES FACING MULTIPLE THREATS

December 7, 2016 @ 9:16 AM

Whales are among the most fascinating and talked about creatures on the planet. These mammals are not just the largest creatures of the ocean, but of the Earth. Even the smallest species, the dwarf sperm whale, is 8.5 feet long and can weigh at least 135 kilograms. The biggest, the blue whale, is over a 100 feet in length and can weigh as much as 210 tons.

Whale species include the killer whale, blue whale, humpback whale, the narwhal or narwhale, beluga whale, gray whale, bowhead whale, fin whale, North Atlantic right whale and dozens more.

The whale has a thick layer of fat that makes it immune to cold ocean waters. These submarine-like creatures are found roaming all the oceans and seas. Since the whales'......

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HOW YOU CAN HELP CONSERVE WILDLIFE

December 3, 2016 @ 9:23 AM

There are many ways you can help to conserve important animals across the globe. Here are a few examples of things you can do to help support international conservation efforts:

  • Volunteer! Many conservation organizations depend on volunteers in your country and abroad. Do a web search to find an organization near you.
  • If you can't volunteer, donate. Wildlife conservation organizations require funding to carry out their critical missions of saving animals.
  • Wild animals do not make good “pets”, and it is illegal to buy endangered species. Wild animal belong in the wild. Rescue a companion animal from a shelter.
  • Learn more about threatened and endangered species and tell your friends! Lesser known ......
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CHIMPANZEE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

December 2, 2016 @ 9:14 AM

Millions chimpanzees once thrived in the forests of 25 different African nations. Today, their populations have been reduced to only 5 nations and their numbers have plummeted to between 150,000 and 300,000. Without immediate action, humans' closest living relative could be lost in only 15 years.

Humans are largely responsible for chimpanzee population declines. In addition to poaching, which plagues areas of Africa, deforesting and farming are quickly eliminating the habitats of chimps.

Legal and illegal logging is rapidly depleting habitat for chimpanzees. Agriculture is stripping away forests at alarming rates. Changes in climate may be the biggest threat of all to chimpanzees. Climate change is expected......

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CHAINING YOUR DOG IS ABUSE

November 23, 2016 @ 9:40 AM

Dogs are social animals, just as we are. In the wild, dogs live in packs and form bonds among themselves. But domesticated dogs were bred, over thousands of years, to form strong attachments to human family groups. Yet in the U.S alone more than 200,000 dogs (this number could be much higher) are chained, tethered or penned outside 24/7. This is inhumane treatment. It is solitary confinement in shackles.

Tied-up and isolated dogs become lonely, bored, depressed and anxious - the same feelings human prisoners in solitary confinement feel. Otherwise sweet and friendly dogs will often become neurotic and aggressive. Studies show that chained dogs are much more likely to bite than unchained dogs. And if you care at all about your dog, ......

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