Category: Animals

These Are The Happiest Cows You’ve Ever Seen (Video)

The video below shows the happiest cows I’ve ever seen, and with very good reason. They were once dairy cows, but grew past their milking prime — and the farmer could no longer afford to keep them. They were scheduled to be slaughtered, and then something amazing happened to save their lives. Watch as the cows prance around the pasture like playful puppies. If you still eat meat, you may want to rethink your hamburger habit after seeing these gentle, intelligent and exuberant creatures. They have a lust for life that I would never want to take away. A heartfelt...

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It’s Not a Horror Movie: Bovine Growth Hormones Resurrect at Night

It sounds like a plotline from Walking Dead, but this zombie tale of bovine growth hormones is truth, not fiction. It turns out that a hormone disruptor called trenbolone acetate disintegrates during the day but then regenerates at night, causing more pollution than previously thought. According to one recent study, steroids presumed dead continue to haunt water sources and may endanger the fish population in dumping areas. “The assumption is that if it’s gone, we don’t have to worry about it,” said study co-leader Edward Kolodziej in an interview with Scientific American. “But we’re under-predicting their environmental persistence.” “Risk assessments have...

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Sign The Petition to Stop Torture of Angora Rabbits

You know those soft, fuzzy angora sweaters that are so nice to cozy up to?  They’re made by torturing angora rabbits. While the gentle creatures are still alive (and fully awake), farm workers rip all of the hairs from their tiny bodies as they animals scream in pain. Help them by signing this petition. PETA secretly taped the torture in action, and saw that many of the rabbits simply lie motionless in their cages after the ordeal, too shocked and scared to even move. Even worse? The process is repeated every 3 months. While they could simply shear the...

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Meet the World’s Rarest Cat: The Amur Leopard (Video)

With only 25 to 40 Amur leopards left, this animal is the rarest cat in the world and may not be around much longer without some major protection efforts. The leopard’s gorgeous spotted fur makes it a favorite for poachers, who can sell the hides of this endangered species for about $1,000. It’s illegal to sell Amur leopard skins; but sadly, people still do. Amur leopards live in the forests of eastern Russia and China. Some of them roam close to farms and villages so they’re easy targets for hunters. On top of that, poachers hunt the deer and...

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Polar Bear Hunting Spikes (Legally) As Species Dwindles

Polar bear hunting is quite a lucrative racket, considering a single hide can net $22,000 — four times the going rate in 2007, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. With prices like these, hunters have little reason to stop the kill. Even worse, polar bear hunting is fully legal in Canada, where much of the slaughter goes on. And hunting is becoming more popular than ever, despite the decline of the species. At the Polar Bear Agreement meeting in Moscow last week, experts noted that at the current rate, the polar bear population will die out. Yet conservative...

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Why I Wanted to Vomit when I Learned What Horse “Soring” Is

Any insider in the Tennessee walking-horse community can tell you about “soring,” but for urban folk like me, news of this practice is, frankly, shocking. And yes, I literally felt nauseated when, while writing an article for Opposing Views, I found out that people put corrosive chemicals on horses’ hooves to erode the skin, then wrap the hooves in chains to create intense pain when the animal takes a step. Why? So that the horse develops a high-stepping gate, and can therefore win awards at horse shows.  If you don’t believe me, watch the video below. Often, the horses...

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Animal of the Week: The Bush Baby

Image by Robertsphotos1 The bush baby is just too adorable to pass up for this installment of “Animal of the Week.” Hailing from east and sub-Saharan Africa, this diminutive primate is deceptively vocal for such a demure-looking creature. While most bush babies adapt well to environmental changes — and even live near farmlands — some species, like the Rondo dwarf bush baby, may face extinction if we don’t take care to preserve their habitats. Image by Joachim S. Müller...

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New App Helps Save Injured Animals

Spot an injured deer, bird or fox? There’s an app for that. A new program called RECOVER (short for Relief and Emergency Computerized Veterinary Medical Record) will take a photo of injured wildlife, map the animal’s location and then send the information to the nearest rehabilitation center so that veterinarians can come to the rescue. According to Audubon Magazine, the RECOVER app is the brainchild of Jonathan Lustgarten, who dreamed it up while he was still studying veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He got the idea after speaking with bird rescuers who had recently returned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill...

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