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.

UK Proposes a New, Stricter Ban On Ivory

This month the UK took a step in the right direction to protect elephants and discourage poaching. Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a plan to ban the sale of ivory, no matter when it was made, last Friday. “The decline in the elephant population fueled by poaching for ivory shames our generation,” said Gove after submitting the proposal. “The need for radical and robust action to protect one of the world’s most iconic and treasured species is beyond dispute.” The UK Currently Allows Domestic Ivory Trading Although trading internationally in ivory has been banned since 1989, that hasn’t limited...

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After Decades of Effort, Sea Turtles Are Making a Comeback

Conservation efforts that began in the 1950s are finally paying off. Sea turtles are making a comeback according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. “These findings provide an important message for local conservation efforts, showing that they can be and are being effective for different species globally,” wrote one of the study’s authors, ecologist Antonios D. Mazaris and his colleagues. Sea Turtle Populations Increase Globally Estimating sea turtle populations can be tricky. They travel large distances when they migrate, and male sea turtles don’t come to shore. To figure out how sea turtles are doing, the study’s authors...

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Good News: Chicago’s puppy mill ban has been upheld in court!

Chicago animal lovers received good news on Thursday when 7th circuit court judges upheld a 2014 city ordinance banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and bunnies that come from puppy mills. Puppy mill ordinance gives rescue animals a better chance to live and find a family The “puppy mill” ordinance requires all pet stores in Chicago to only sell dogs, cats, and rabbits that have been rescued. By preventing stores from selling pets that come from mills and large breeders, the ordinance aimed to address several major animal welfare issues. 1. Stop pet buyers from “unwittingly” supporting cruel...

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Europe’s Circus Elephants will Soon Get their First Retirement Home

What started as just an idea to create Europe’s first elephant retirement home is finally coming to fruition. After years of planning and scouting out the perfect location in the Limousin region of France, Belgian couple Tony Verhulst and Sofie Goetghebeur have finally secured permission from the French government to build elephant barns and receive elephants. This year, Elephant Haven will finish construction of its first barn and plans to start accepting elephants between 2018 and 2019. “There are more than 100 elephants in circuses across Europe,” Verhulst told Hitachi Construction Machinery upon receiving a mini excavator from the organization...

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Over 50 animals Found Tethered Outdoors As Hurricane Irma Loomed

As Hurricane Irma raged, many fled. In the process, many animals were left behind despite the fact that FEMA supports the evacuation of pets. Even more shockingly, reports show that over 50 animals were left defenseless, tethered to trees. Rescuers hurry to save dozens of trapped animals as winds pick up On Saturday, as Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba and headed toward the Florida Keys, Sam Smink, an investigative reporter for WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida began tweeting. Incredibly, people had left their pets behind. And not only were they left behind, they were left...

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