Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

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Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in Way Cool Dogs, The Mighty, NJ Next, and Superfood Box. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and equality. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

50 Tribes Sign Treaty to Block All Tar Sands Pipelines

In an ongoing effort to protect the land and water in their territories, about 50 First Nation and Tribal Chiefs gathered Thursday to sign the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion. The signatures include tribes in the Northern United States and the entire country of Canada, who have joined together to battle potential rail, tanker, and tar sands pipelines. “It’s important for us to unite because we are fighting a multi-billion dollar giant that has its influence entrenched in the economies of the world, and we simply cannot fight it as individual bands,” Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Chief Serge Simon...

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Hiiiii-YA! Female Action Figures Join the Battle Against Children’s Cancer

In the spirit of September marking Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, startup action-figure maker IAmElemental is deploying its female superheroes to console and encourage child cancer sufferers. These “Courage Core Power” figures are inspired by Joan of Arc and embody the elements of energy, bravery, enthusiasm, honesty, fear, persistence, and industry. The figures sport removable armor, helmets, a “Courage shield” and an “Energy sword of fire.” The company developed the “Buy One, Donate One” program in honor of 14-year-old Anna Bosma, who was terminally ill and eagerly awaiting the Series 2/Wisdom action figure release. Her grandmother told IAmElemental that Anna probably wouldn’t be alive when...

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Rescue Ship Launched to Save Refugee Children from the Treacherous Seas

Images of desperate children swimming ashore on beaches are imprinted in our collective memory. Our hearts broke when we saw images of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body was found off the coast of Turkey. But for every story of tragedy comes a new ray of hope, as organizations worldwide come to the aid of the desperate refugees. One such group, Save the Children, has just launched the Vos Hestia, a search-and-rescue ship that has set sail from Sicily to save refugees in the Central Mediterranean. “More than 15,100 children have made the treacherous crossing across the Mediterranean this year –...

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Mayors Across the U.S. are ‘Moving’ To Fight Heart Disease

With two-thirds of Americans overweight — and about one-third of them obese — diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease run alarmingly rampant in today’s nation. A national epidemic calls for a national intervention. Enter The National Forum For Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, a coalition comprised of more than 80 U.S. and international public and private organizations including academic, advocacy, faith, and policy-setting groups. This non-profit volunteer coalition has launched a new initiative to lengthen life expectancy in the U.S.: The Move With The Mayor Challenge. This collaborative effort of city mayors and the National Forum aims to fight heart disease — America’s top cause of death...

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It May Look Funny, but This Cat Collar Is Designed to Save Birds

Does your cat lovingly shower you with precious gifts of dead and half-dead birds? A new invention may help. The Chirpon collar was designed to warn birds when a cat is on the prowl in their vicinity, stopping the hunt before it ends in tragedy. “I inherited two cats from my kids when they left home,” Steven Crawford, bird enthusiast and inventor of the Chirpon collar, told Lady Freethinker. “I, on the other hand, was more interested in the birds that came to my feeders. I was very distraught to see a cat running by with a bird in its mouth as...

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