Category: Animals

Lead-Ammo Ban Reversal Puts Bald Eagles in Peril

Earlier this month, an order banning the use of lead ammunition and fishing weights on wildlife refuges was revoked. The order was aimed at protecting over 130 species of wildlife, as well as humans, that are often poisoned by the lead. LEAD EQUALS DEAD FOR MANY BIRDS Lead is a deadly toxin known to be harmful to both humans and animals. Lead ammunition and fishing weights affect numerous animals, but predatory and scavenging birds are particularly susceptible. The birds most directly affected include raptors, vultures, owls, and corvids, like jays and ravens. Symptoms of birds with lead poisoning include depression,...

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New “Halo” Invention Gives Blind Dogs a Second Chance

It seems fitting that dogs should have a halo — and with Muffin’s Halo, they get just that. It’s a 3-piece navigation device that attaches with a harness and acts as a rubber bumper for blind or visually impaired dogs. It helps them walk, run, and even play with the confidence of knowing they won’t run into things. For a blind dog the relief from that stress can make the difference between depression and living a life of joy. When Silvie Bordeaux’s toy poodle, Muffin, began to lose his eyesight, people were telling her she might have to put her dog...

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Yet Another Chevron Oil Pipeline Spills, Killing Native Wildlife

On March 5, a damaged pipeline of Chevron Corporation leaked 4,800 gallons of oil into an intermittent stream, killing several animals. A Chevron consultant first spotted the broken pipeline on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near the town of Rangely in northwestern Colorado. Immediately following the incident, the pipeline was shut down, and remnants of oil saturated the dried ravine and engulfed the surrounding wildlife habitat. The oil traveled two miles downstream before being blocked by a preventative dam, which captured the spillage and stopped further damage. Several mice and two small birds were found dead at the...

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Animal Shelter Hosts Adorable Pajama Parties

What’s more fun than a sleepover? A doggie and kitty pajama party! The Humane Society of Huron Valley in Michigan has cleverly and creatively combined cats, canines, food, and films to make children, parents, and shelter animals very happy. One or two Friday evenings each month, children between the ages of five and eleven are invited to a sleepover party with the resident pups and kitties. The children arrive at Pets & Pajamas Movie Night in their jammies to play with the dogs and felines, eat, and watch an animal-themed movie. The shelter staff also provides humane education during the four-hour FunFest. The cats...

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Dog Cruelly Burned With Acid is Rescued in the Nick of Time (VIDEO)

Image: PETA Homeless and hungry, a four-month old puppy was wandering the streets of Mumbai, India, when she was sadistically burned with acid by a human. Sadly, that was not the end of her suffering. She was then attacked by a group of other stray dogs. Fortunately, in the midst of the melee with the other canines, she was spotted and rescued by PETA President and Founder, Ingrid Newkirk, who happened to be in town to visit PETA’s India office and saw the fight taking place. Newkirk stepped in and rushed the pup to PETA’s office and then to a veterinarian. Hershey (the dog’s...

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Poachers Break into Rhino Orphanage, Kill Two Baby Rhinos for their Horns

Late February in South Africa, two poachers broke into the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage, held the staff captive, and brutally shot two 18-month-old white rhinos just before viciously sawing off their horns. They fled the scene, leaving one rhino dead from a fatal gunshot wound and the other severely incapacitated, later put to rest by the orphanage due to sustained injuries. Karen Trendler, director of the orphanage, expressed her devastation on the account of the horrendous heist in an interview on Facebook Live, “As a rhino person whose rehabilitating rhinos in this poaching crisis, you think that your worst...

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