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Gucci Is Going Fur Free!

Say goodbye to fur in high fashion! Gucci is joining other luxury brands such as Armani and Hugo Boss in their commitment to sustainability and reducing animal cruelty. Starting in 2018, Gucci will stop producing and selling furs. “Today the world is changing quite dramatically. New technologies are really bringing unlimited possibilities in terms of textiles,” Marco Bizzarri, CEO of the Italian luxury brand, said shortly before he made the announcement during an interview at the recent 2017 Kering Talk at the London College of Fashion. “It would be completely a mistake for us not to be at the...

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Victory! California Becomes First State To Ban Sale of Animals from Puppy and Kitten Mills

California has made history by becoming the first state to prohibit the sale of animals from large breeding facilities. The law, AB 485, called The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, has been long fought for by animal activists, and people across the state are ecstatic about its implementation. Though private breeders will still be allowed to sell on their own, pet stores throughout the state will be required to obtain all cats, dogs, and rabbits from shelters and rescues. With over 250,000 dogs and cats admitted into Los Angeles Animal Services in the past year alone, the ban will bring relief...

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Hollywood Stars and Activists Show their Compassion at Last Chance for Animals Benefit Gala

More than 300 supporters joined animal advocacy group Last​ ​Chance​ ​for​ ​Animals​ (LCA) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday for the organization’s 2017 benefit gala. This year’s event honored five compassionate individuals for their outstanding achievements in creating a better world for animals. Outspoken animal rights activist and philanthropist Philip​ ​Wollen​ received the Albert Schweitzer Award for his animal welfare work in over 40 countries. Jane​ ​Velez-Mitchell​,​ ​one of America’s most prominent spokespersons for animal rights, received the prestigious Sam Simon Award, named in honor of dedicated animal advocate and The Simpsons co-creator, the...

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Americans Are Willing to Pay An Extra $177 a Year to Help Stop Climate Change

Last month, researchers published a paper that showed Americans are willing to pay to fight climate change. And it’s a substantial amount. Researchers found that that the average American is willing to pay $177 per year in higher energy bills to help reduce global warming. When asked what they preferred this hypothetical revenue to be allocated towards, Americans show strong preference towards investing in clean, green renewable energy. Improving infrastructure, such as bridges and water systems was the second most popular option. If every American actually did pay $177 extra on their energy bill to help reduce global warming, that would generate about...

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Facebook Post Leads to Rescue of 17 Dogs From Illegal Meat Trade

David Ialhruaitluanga, a resident of the Mizoram state in India, transformed from social media activist into real-life hero after he witnessed a suspicious truck full of dogs leaving Vairengte, and posted about the incident on Facebook. He took photos of the truck, including one with a clear view of the license plate number, and sent them to Ornella Pachuau, member of animal rights’ activist group Purr Paws Foundation.  Ialhruaitluanga had heard about the group’s recent dog rescue in September, in which 26 canines were saved from illegal meat trade in Mizoram, and hoped they could successfully save 17 more animals....

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Paul McCartney Calls to Free Greyhounds on Cruel ‘Blood Farm’

In Cherokee, Texas, a pet blood supply outfit called The Pet Blood Bank, Inc., and its distributer, Patterson Veterinary Supply, have been reprimanded by animal rights groups to stop farming the blood of discarded greyhounds. The issue was brought to light September 2017, when PETA exposed The Pet Blood Bank for horrific treatment of the dogs. In the facility, 150 greyhounds were found living in old chemical tanks, each in its own isolated, dirt-floored wired cage. Deprived of companionship, exercise, and even food and water, many of the dogs were in critical condition, found with severely overgrown toenails, dental disease,...

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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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Meet the ‘Cat Cop’ Rescuing Felines on the Streets of Florida

The homeless pet epidemic is overwhelming. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), over 6.5 million dogs and cats are put in animal shelters each year in the United States alone. Only half of these animals get adopted. While stray dogs are more often found and taken to shelters and put up for adoption, many homeless cats spend their entire lives roaming the streets; and since most are not spayed or neutered, kittens are constantly being born into the sad, stressful life. A Florida cop named Gretchen Byrne has taken matters into her...

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