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Yet Another Orca, Kasatka, Dies at SeaWorld After Years of Suffering

An orca whale at SeaWorld has died, becoming the fourth in 20 months to perish prematurely at the hands of the amusement park. Following the death of her grandchild just one month ago, 42-year-old orca Kasatka was euthanized after a long battle with lung disease. SeaWorld announced the death of Kasatka on Tuesday, stating she lived a “long life.” According to Howard Garrett of Orca Network, however, orcas in the wild share a similar lifespan to humans and can live to be 70, 80, or even 90 years old. Although SeaWorld has been running for only 58 years, over 40...

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REPORT: Animal Abusers Get Away With Crime, Only to Commit More Violence

The Centre for Crime Prevention, a United Kingdom-based organization dedicated to understanding and preventing crime, released a report last week calling for tougher sentences for animal cruelty offenders. The report reveals that serious penalties for animal cruelty charges are rare in the U.K. From 2005 to 2015, 12 out of every 13 people avoided prison for cruelty to animals. Among those given a mere fine or a suspended sentence were criminals who had starved a dog to death, strangled a cat and threw it in a trash can, filmed themselves throwing a bulldog down the stairs so many times that...

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Baby Dolphin Dies after Mob of Tourists Pass it Around for Selfies

In another senseless tragedy for selfies, a baby dolphin died last week after a swarm of tourists lifted the fragile animal out of the water and passed it around to take photos with. The incident occurred in Mojácar, on the southeastern coast of Spain; documentation of the event was posted on Facebook by animal protection group Equinac. Although one concerned onlooker did alert the authorities, by the time help arrived it was too late to save the baby dolphin. While nobody is certain how or why the marine mammal was separated from its mother or what its health condition...

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Behold: The Most Amazing Shelter Dog Makeover Contest!

This year, more than 20,000 dogs will undergo dramatic makeovers in the Dirty Dog contest, thanks to the partnership of Wahl’s pet shampoos and the Greater Good organization. Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite groomed dog, and the winning shelters will receive funding up to $5000! Shelters will not only be able to give the dogs the medical and grooming attention they need but will also help them find them a forever home. “While rescue organizations work tirelessly, many dogs aren’t getting properly groomed due to a lack of resources,” said Shay Moeller, pet product manager for...

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Video – Hero Officer Rescues Pregnant Cat Stuck In Patrol Car

Last Thursday, Officer Noah Murphy led an effort to rescue a pregnant cat in distress in Garfield, New Jersey. The cat was lying in the grass at an intersection when the team arrived, but when Murphy attempted to pick her up, she ran under the patrol car. Murphy tried to lure the cat out from underneath the car using tuna and a broom, but the frightened kitty headed for the undercarriage instead, where she found herself very stuck. A new plan was put in place as a tow service and Fire Company 3 arrived to assist with the rescue....

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Human Trafficking is On the Rise – And Could be Happening In Your Neighborhood

Human trafficking (read: modern-day slavery) is happening. People are being bought and sold into the commercial sex trade. Others are being forced to provide labor against their will. And it’s happening in America. Worse, it’s on the rise. From 2015 to 2016, reported human trafficking cases rose by over 35 percent, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The number of victims and survivors jumped from 5,544 to 7,572. Nearly one-fifth of reported cases came from California, while Texas had the second most reported cases. No one should be considered property. No one should be forced, coerced, or fraudulently pressed into work...

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Rescued Dog Earned His “Ph.D” In Good Behavior

Thousands of animals are rescued from deplorable, abusive situations every year in the United States. They are often found emaciated, injured, and stricken with fear – unwilling to trust humans.  Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with Remo. Although emaciated and injured, the mixed-breed dog was eager to give his rescuer, Putnam County Animal Officer Kathy Tillman, a kiss as soon as she released him from the small metal box he was found stuffed inside in Palatka, Florida.  Things were looking bleak for Remo when Tillman took him to a local animal shelter only to be informed it was at...

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Violence Against Children On the Rise in Central African Republic

THE CURRENT STATE OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC While never quite eradicated, civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) recently re-erupted after French, American, and Ugandan troops completed their planned withdrawals. Without a policing force to calm the flames, smoldering resentments between the country’s many militant groups exploded in a hail of gunfire. The people of the CAR received a brief respite when 14 rebel groups signed a temporary ceasefire. It lasted less than 24 hours. Greed (involving local mining rights) and gunfire shattered the short-lived peace and left at least 100 people dead. Rebels currently control more...

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