Author: Lori Bell

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Lori Bell

Lori Bell graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. Always an avid writer, she began freelancing in 2015 to fund her travels in South America. Although she has a diverse background and interests, Lori is particularly passionate about social justice and healthy living. She has been a vegetarian for over 8 years, practices yoga, and jogs regularly. She speaks Spanish and has been an active volunteer in ESL classrooms. Aside from Lady Freethinker, Lori writes about health and wellness as a freelance writer.

Bravo! A Non-Animal Testing Lab has Just Opened Up in China

One province in China is taking steps to help animals by opening a lab that doesn’t test on them. The regulatory organization for food, drugs, and cosmetics produced in China’s Zhejiang province, the Zhejiang Institute for Food and Drug Control (ZJIFDC), worked with international non-profit the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), to create the lab, which opened in November, 2017. “IIVS helped train our staff and provided guidance on implementation as we developed the laboratory,” Yang Li, the vice director of ZJIFDC and head of the alternatives laboratory said in a statement.  “Their assistance, combined with our dedication to the development of a...

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Having a Dog Makes You Live Longer, New Study Finds

Humans have been benefiting from their special relationship with dogs ever since their domestication. Many of those benefits are intuitively clear – dogs offer protection, companionship, and encourage their human friends to exercise when they play or go for walks. Now, scientific research shows dogs may do even more for their human companions. According to a Swedish study of over 3.4 million people that spanned 12 years, having a dog may help you live longer by reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Living with a dog may reduce your risk of cardiovascular...

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No, Trophy Hunting Does Not Help Save Endangered Species

An estimated 100 African elephants are killed every day by poachers. While it’s clear elephants are endangered, the most effective way to protect them remains hotly debated. A minority of wildlife welfare advocates see trophy hunting as a way to “help” endangered species, arguing that countries can use revenues from hunting permits to fund conservation efforts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service think trophy hunting will help elephants in Zimbabwe In an effort to deter poachers – and their US buyers -in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) suspended elephant-trophy imports from those countries. That...

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Spanish Court Jails Ex-President of Animal Shelter for Needlessly Killing Healthy Animals

In an incredible case of greed and cruelty, Carmen Marín Aguilar, founder and ex-president of an animal shelter in Málaga, Spain, has been found guilty of incorrectly and illegally euthanizing, and ultimately killing, over 2,000 healthy cats and dogs for financial gain. She and her accomplice, Felipe Barco Gómez, have been ordered to serve time in jail and pay a number of fines. An investigation into non-profit animal shelter Torremolinos’ Animal Park revealed that between 2008 and 2010, Marín Aguilar and Felipe Barco Gómez illegally administered low doses of a euthanization drug, Dolethal, to at least 2,183 cats and dogs. “In almost half...

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They’ve Just Discovered a New Orangutan Species, and It’s the World’s Most Endangered Ape

Humans and orangutans share an uncanny resemblance, which may explain our fascination with these large apes. In fact, genomic sequencing shows that the human-ape relationship is more than appearance – orangutans and humans share 97 percent of their DNA. Despite years of investigation, however, we still have a lot to learn about humans as well as our orangutan relatives. Until recently, scientists had identified just 6 species of non-human great ape: Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, eastern and western gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos. But according to new research published in Current Biology, scientists have discovered a seventh species of orangutan in the Batang...

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