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Amazon’s Exotic Animals Tied Up, Beaten and Injured Just for Tourists Selfies

International nonprofit World Animal Protection (WAP) released a report on Tuesday, Oct. 3 revealing the blatantly cruel manner in which tour operators in South America capture Amazonian animals for ‘selfie’ purposes. The report’s two case studies targeted two major Latin American cities: Manaus, Brazil and Puerto Alegria, Peru. And the findings were grim. Investigators found a multitude of animals bound, beaten, and injured for the tourist industry. Sloths were tied to trees with rope, and none survived in captivity longer than six months. Toucans were found with large abscesses on their feet, green anacondas were wounded and dehydrated, and caimans...

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Preschool Inside Retirement Home Brings Joy To Kids And Seniors Alike

How can we brighten up the lives of people living in nursing homes? The Providence Mount St. Vincent elderly care facility in Seattle opened a preschool in their building to create a greater sense of community – and the results have been phenomenal. For the children, it’s like having dozens of adoring grandparents. The senior citizens light up when the adorable young faces arrive. They share their wisdom and play with the children, cherishing visits from the surrogate grandkids. Administrator Charlene Boyd explains, “We wanted to create a place for people to come live, not come to die.” When the children visit,...

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New Hotline Launched to Report Animal Cruelty and More at Factory Farms and Slaughterhouses

On Wednesday, non-profit animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing (COK) announced the launch of an innovative new way for whistleblowers to report animal cruelty, workers’ rights abuses, food safety risks, and environmental violations on farms and slaughterhouses without fear of being identified or persecuted. The confidential hotline, 1-800-65-FARM-TIPS, allows concerned citizens to call whenever they spot injustice. They can also file a confidential report online at FarmTips.org. The hotline has been featured on billboards throughout major animal agriculture states Arkansas and Georgia, reaching approximately 300,000 people so far. Additional billboard locations are set to be unveiled in North Carolina. These are some...

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Victory! California Foie Gras Ban to be Reinstated

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be reinstating the foie gras ban in California on the grounds that its production is cruel and inhumane, bringing an end to the horrific ‘delicacy’ within the state. Banning foie gras has been a controversial topic in the state for years, beginning in 2012 when importing the product into California was prohibited. However, the ban on importation was recalled in 2015 when restaurant group and poultry producer Hudson Valley Foie Gras sued the state, arguing that the restriction on imports was preempted by the federal Poultry Products Inspection...

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Pig Burned Over and Over in Cruel Lab Finally Has A Loving Home

Each year, over 115 million animals are used for testing in laboratories for cosmetics, cleaning products, and pharmaceuticals. Since the 1980s, this number has only increased globally in countries including China, the United States, Germany, Australia, and France. Many types of animals — like mice, rabbits, pigs, goats and dogs — are subjected to this terrible practice, and almost all of them either die during testing or are killed when the experiment ends. But for a lucky piglet named Alba, there is life after lab research. Alba spent the first eight weeks of her life being burn-tested, leaving 18...

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Yemen is Dying While the World Watches

Yemen is being destroyed by a man-made humanitarian crisis. Already the poorest country in the Middle East, over 80 percent of its population is in need of basic assistance due to armed conflict and a skyrocketing cholera epidemic sweeping over large war-torn regions of the country. The cholera outbreak has spread to an estimated half a million people, or around five thousand per day, half of them children.  It has claimed the lives of about 2,000 people since April. “This is the world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. In the last 3...

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High-Speed Slaughter is Hell for Pigs – You Can Help Stop the Cruelty

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a scary new slaughter method for pigs that ramps up kill speed while slashing regulation. This high speed, reduced-inspection program, known as HIMP, shifts key inspection responsibilities to the slaughterhouses themselves, allowing animal abuse and food safety problems to go unmonitored. Under HIMP, 1,300 pigs are slaughtered each hour — about one every five seconds. During the pilot program, Compassion Over Killing investigator Scott David worked undercover at Quality Pork Processing, an exclusive Hormel supplier, in Austin, Minnesota. What he encountered there was a shocking disregard for animal welfare and federal law....

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Endangered Whale Shark Washes Ashore With Plastic Spoon Stuck in Digestive Tract

An endangered whale shark washed up dead on the Pamban beach in Tamil Nadu, India. Upon examination, a plastic spoon was found stuck inside its digestive system. The cause of death was internal injury, likely due to the animal hitting a rock or large vessel. The plastic is a portentous reminder of the harm pollution and human beings inflict on marine life. The beloved whale shark is not only the largest shark, but also the largest fish in the world. They are distinguished by the size of their mouth, which can span up to five feet. The sharks swim mouths agape...

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