Category: Uplifting

This Indian Temple is Sparing Elephants by Replacing them with Beautiful Wooden Jeevathas

Although elephants are endangered, it’s common to use them in rituals and processions in the state of Kerala, India. One local temple has decided to go against the grain, announcing at the start of February that they will use wooden structures called Jeevathas to take the place of elephants. Although the temple’s leaders cited safety concerns as the reason for their decision to stop using elephants, the decision is welcome for anyone who cares about elephant welfare. Elephants dressed in caparisons and paraded during festival Typically, elephants parade during a 7-day festival and are decorated with caparisons – an...

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This Indian Tea Plantation Works in Harmony with the Environment and Elephants

Living in harmony with the land is no easy task as a farmer. Especially with pests as tiny as red spider mites and as huge as elephants to contend with. But in Assam, India’s largest tea producing region, one man has found a way live in harmony with both. Tenzing Bedosa began feeling sick after working on his farm. Then he noticed rabbits dying after coming into contact with water he used to wash his clothes. Finally realizing these incidents were related to insect-killing chemicals, he made the switch to organic farming. The change paid off in more ways than...

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This Olympian Rescued A Dachshund Mix from S. Korea’s Dog Meat Trade

In a gold medal-worthy move for animal rights, Olympic figure skater Meagan Duhamel rescued Moo-tae, a miniature dachshund mix destined to be on someone’s dinner plate, from slaughter in S. Korea’s notoriously cruel dog meat trade. Last year while competing in PyeongChang at the Four Continents figure skating championship, Duhamel, an animal lover and vegan, met Moo-tae and took him home to Toronto. To say Moo-tae is adjusting well to his new life would be an understatement. Duhamel told the Associated Press that Moo-tae is “like a saint,” and “just wants to sit in everybody’s arms.” The rescue, organized...

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Cow Breaks Out of Farm and Joins A Wild Bison Herd

This cow dared to be different. In November, she escaped from a farm in eastern Poland and joined a herd of wild bison. The unique sight was first spotted by Adam Zbyryt, a bird expert who was on a routine outing around the Bialowieza Forest. Although bison are common near this particular forest, Zbyryt told Poland’s TVN24 that “One of them caught my attention. It was a completely different shade than the rest of the herd – his coat was light brown, and the bison are auburn or brown.” Since cows aren’t usually roaming around with the bison herd,...

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4 Facts That Prove Pigs Are Smarter Than You Think

Pigs are finally enjoying some time in the spotlight as the world realizes that these smart, playful animals make truly fantastic pets. While traditionally pigs have been thought of strictly as farm animals, people now see the unique intelligence that pigs possess. Much like dogs, they are highly social, creative, and a joy to cuddle with. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about pigs that prove they belong in the family, not on a plate. Move Over Dogs — Pigs are the New Smart Pet When we think of animals that can relate to humans,...

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VIDEO: Adorable Rescued Penguins Waddle Back into the Wild

In November, ten African penguins were released back into the wild after rehabilitation. The group of young birds had been found washed up on the shore months earlier, suffering from illnesses and ailments. Once fully recovered, the penguins waddled their way back to freedom at Plettenberg Bay to the cheering-on of their rehabilitation staff and hundreds of others. We hope they make their way back to their colony and enjoy a life of community, fresh air, and good...

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Kind Homeless Man Reunites Family With Their Beloved Lost Dog

On Friday, January 12, a homeless man brought a lost puppy to a downtown Wichita fire station in hopes she’d be returned to an owner. A well-groomed German Shepherd of only a few months, the firemen knew she belonged to someone. Without identification tags, however, locating the owner would prove challenging. After some hours, they were able to track down the owners through a lost pets page on Facebook! Upon picking up the puppy, named Venus, owner Melissa Lomeli was in tears. Her husband and their other dog, a pitbull named Zeus, had all been so worried and upset...

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4 Ways to Give Back to Animals, Humans and the Planet in 2018

Maybe your New Year’s resolution was to become more charitable in 2018. Maybe you more recently decided that it was simply time to do your part to make the world better. Maybe you’d like to give more, but you’re short on money. Whatever your motivation, doing more to give back to the planet — and the humans and other creatures who inhabit it — is a worthy goal! Your desires are commendable, and the good news is, you don’t necessarily have to spend a dime to start making the world a happier, cleaner and more peaceful place for all...

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