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15 Brooklyn Schools Are Going Meatless On Mondays

Fifteen public schools in Brooklyn have become the latest institutions of learning to promote healthy and sustainable meals. Fortunately, the trend of teaching students to consume more fruits and vegetables and less meat is gathering momentum. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spearheaded the Meatless Monday initiative. Adams himself had changed his eating habits and reversed his Type 2 Diabetes. As an advocate for nutrition, he was excited for the opportunity to “transform the health of thousands of our city’s students, as well as open the door to a powerful conversation that children can have with families on nutrition and...

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Man Who Taped Caitlyn the Dog’s Mouth Shut Has Been Denied Parole

Justice has been served to the man in Charleston, South Carolina who taped his dog’s mouth shut with electrical tape in 2015. The man, William Leonard Dodson, 42, claimed the dog had been barking too much and subsequently wrapped tape nine times around her muzzle. It was wrapped so tightly that her tongue stuck out and she was unable to eat or drink. Dodson was sentenced to five years in prison for felony animal abuse. And he has recently been denied parole. The dog, a 2-year-old Staffordshire mix renamed Caitlyn, suffered greatly beyond the inability to open her mouth...

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Dog Stuck to the Ground by Hot Tar Makes Amazing Transformation

Dottie was in terrible shape when rescuers found her. Stuck in hot, sticky tar, she was trapped in one spot, barely able to move, let alone reach food or water. But kind, patient people pulled her gently from the tar and gave her much-needed medical attention. Battered, malnourished and suffering from heartworm, Dottie’s condition led rescuers to believe she had been used as a bait dog for cruel dogfighters. But Dottie is a survivor. Cleaned up and nursed back to health, she looks like a whole new dog. One thing, however, is still missing from her life — a...

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Why Ships are Slowing Down to Save the Puget Sound Orca

Sea vessels moving through a busy channel of Washington’s San Juan Islands have been slowing down to reduce noise to protect the orca population. A two-month trial led by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has encouraged cruise ships, ferries and other commercial vessels to slow their speed to 11 knots from the typical 13 to 18 knots. “Just by listening to the ocean, it becomes quite clear that ships are dominating the landscape,” said Scott Veirs, a marine biologist with Beam Reach. Fortunately, many industrial participants such as Washington State Ferries and Holland America Line have been eager to get involved with the two-month study, slowing their boats to help the conservation...

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This Incredible Woman Went from Homeless to Harvard Grad

Norma Heath is not the average Harvard graduate. This 51-year-old was definitely no high school valedictorian. She wasn’t born with a silver spoon, either. In fact, Norma spent more than 12 years living on the streets. Now, however, she’s the proud owner of a degree in psychology from one of the country’s most prestigious universities. To help put that accomplishment in perspective, you should know that: Only 5.4 percent of students that apply to Harvard get in A year at Harvard costs $63,025 In a recent interview with WCVB-TV,  Norma said that she owed her success to two things:...

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France Moves to Ban Fossil-Fuel Cars

Environmental Minister Nicolas Hulot announced that by 2040, France plans to end the sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels as part of its commitment to the Paris Agreement. The announcement was made one day before the Group of Twenty (G20) summit began and one day after Volvo announced that by 2019 all of its vehicles will be either electric or hybrids. “One of the symbolic acts of the plan is that France, which previously had made the promise to divide its greenhouse gas emissions by four by 2050, has decided to become carbon neutral by 2050 following the U.S....

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Exposed: Bali Tourists Fed Dog Meat Disguised as Chicken

Animal advocacy organization Animals Australia has discovered that tourists in Bali have been fed dog meat believing it to be chicken satay. Video evidence shows dogs kidnapped, tied up, and caged — sometimes for days at a time without food and water — before they are brutally slaughtered. An undercover investigator for Animals Australia spent months documenting Bali’s dog meat industry, witnessing the stealing and killing of the innocent pups. “I focused on my camera work, but it was gut-wrenching to hear these dogs screaming and wailing in terror and sorrow,” the investigator told ABC. While dog meat is...

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Amber’s Donkey: Mute Girl Speaks for the First Time to Rescue Animal

It was 2010 and Shocks, a donkey currently living at the Donkey Sanctuary’s Assisted Therapy Centre, was recused from a farm in Galway, Ireland. He was found with a rope tied so tightly around his neck that he suffered from open wounds and lacerations. Today he lives a free, happy life helping those with emotional, cognitive and physical challenges. Around the same time Shocks was rescued, Tracy Austwick gave birth to twin girls, born prematurely at just 26 weeks old. One of the babies, Amber, was rushed into surgery for an emergency tracheostomy within minutes of her birth. Her parents were immensely grateful that the surgery saved her life, but...

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