Category: People Doing Good

Beluga Trapped in Shallow Waters Freed to Join His Pod in the Wild

After spending weeks trapped in shallow waters, experts are hopeful that a young beluga whale will soon reunite with his pod in the Atlantic Ocean. This remarkable animal traveled by land, air and sea before rescuers finally freed him. In recent weeks, the beluga was separated from his pod and drifted off-course. The whale was unfortunately trapped in the New Brunswick river for two weeks before being discovered and rescued. Sadly, the mammal’s skin was damaged, and grew thinner than is healthy for a beluga whale. The rescue mission was a complex operation where Scientists with GREMM, a marine mammal...

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VICTORY – Gajraj the Elephant Rescued After 50 Years in Chains

Gajraj the elephant is finally free. For the past five decades, he had been kept in cruel confinement and severely abused as a “temple elephant” in India. His ivory tusks were sawed off. He was shackled and forced to stand on hard, man-made ground, leading to excruciating foot conditions. He had untreated abscesses and open sores, and has long displayed troubling behaviors related to severe stress. But thankfully, last week, after years of campaigns and calls for justice, Wildlife SOS transported Gajraj to the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura, India. PETA India made the travel arrangements, and also funded...

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Amazing Garbage Man Provides Community Library with 25,000 Books Found in Trash

The adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has become more than just an old saying for one 55-year-old homemade librarian and trash collector of Bogata, Columbia; it is a reality that has gotten Jose Alberto Gutierrez thousands of novels. His book storage reaches from floor to ceiling in parts of his two-story home, and he has gained nationwide acknowledgment for his commendable service to the community. It will be 17 years this August since Gutierrez spotted a diamond in the rough while doing his normal trash run as a garbage collector. He spotted a book by Leo Tolstoy...

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L’Oreal is Growing Human Skin in Labs to Stop Animal Testing

L’Oreal is now manufacturing human skin that renders testing cosmetics on animal skin completely unnecessary. Their EpiSkin provides a tangible way to test products without torturing animals. This is good news for people, too — synthetically engineered human skin tests are more reliable than those performed on other species. In animal cosmetics tests, innocent rabbits, dogs, monkeys and other animals are imprisoned in laboratories where they are exposed to high doses of toxic chemicals. Scientists can do anything they want to their victims without so much as administering painkillers. This skin-growing technology will spare animals the agony of at least some...

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Groundbreaking Elephant Collar Can Sense when Poachers are Shooting

Thanks to a bit of fresh technology, enforcement officials will soon have a powerful new tool in their arsenal to catch poachers. The tool is called WIPER. It consists of a sensor to detect when a weapon is fired using wireless nodes to detect and locate the source of the gunfire. WIPER can detect gunshots even if a silencer is utilized and it is able to detect a shot within 50 meters of a collared animal (so just one collared elephant can help save an entire herd). The technology was developed by Elephant Scientist George Wittemyer from Colorado State...

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Dog Hopelessly Trapped Inside Tree Rescued By State Troopers

Two off-duty Kentucky State Troopers were mowing a cemetery lawn last Thursday when they heard what sounded like barking coming from a forested area nearby. When they went searching, they discovered the source of the distress: a dachshund trapped inside the trunk of a tree, with just his little head sticking out of a small hole. Later identified as Rocco, the dog had apparently climbed into a nearby groundhog hole, which led to a cavity in the tree. Once stuck, Rocco was unable to get himself back out. After a few unsuccessful attempts to free Rocco, the troopers called...

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The Peregrine Falcon is Making a Comeback in Michigan

Peregrine falcons are threatened, but one company is doing its best to repopulate this beautiful bird. Consumers Energy, one of Michigan’s largest landowners and a major energy provider, places nesting boxes around many of its properties and works with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to band new chicks each year. Since they began the program two decades ago, they’ve helped hatch at least 80 peregrine falcons. Why the Peregrine Falcon? Consumers Energy is in a unique position to help the peregrine falcon population recover. “We’ve got the habitat and location that is conducive to their nesting and mating,” Senior Public Information Director...

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3 Quirky Jobs that Help Save the World

Author: Elizabeth Sharpe We all dream about having a job that makes a difference. But only a lucky few have a job that helps people, safeguards our planet for future generations and protects endangered animals. Here are three surprising jobs that are saving the world, performed by three amazing women who are leading their fields. Tangled turtle rescuer. A day in the life of Dr. Jillian Hudgins could involve wading into the turquoise waters of the Maldives to save sea turtles from entanglement in lost or discarded fishing nets. Senior project scientist for the Olive Ridley Project, a charity focused...

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