Monday, August 22, 2016

We Have to Stop Loving Animals to Death

Ten of the highest-grossing box-office releases are about animals, including “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Nearly half of our households include a dog and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two-thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death.  Literally.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Help Pets, Other Animals Affected by Louisiana Flooding

With thousands of residents displaced across East Baton Rouge Parish and throughout Acadiana by the Louisiana Flood of 2016, there are countless pets and animals likewise in need of supplies and shelter. Some of those pets landed at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, which is serving as a shelter for thousands of people. Its stalls and rodeo area are now filled with horses, dogs and other animals displaced by the flood. Jodie Summers, a volunteer who's helping to manage a Facebook page for coordinating relief efforts, told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune photographer Chris Granger that she and others are in desperate need of help and donations. 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Stray Dog Follows Flight Attendant Around Until She Adopts Him

Humans don't have soulmates, but we can always pretend that dogs do. Olivia Sievers is a flight attendant from Germany who routinely flies to Argentina. Earlier this year, Sievers found a stray dog hovering near the hotel where she stays in Buenos Aires. Sievers was immediately drawn to the dog. But while she had no plans to further the relationship, their connection only got stronger. Less than a year later, Sievers brought the pup home to Germany — for good. 
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?

Earthquakes are frightening events, striking without notice. But some believe there is an early-warning system: animals.Over the centuries, people have reported seeing animals head for the hills or leave their burrows in the weeks, days or hours before a temblor hits. But is this belief grounded in science? It’s true that animals can sense a quake, usually just minutes before humans do, says Michael Blanpied, associate coordinator of the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program. Established by Congress in 1977, the program monitors and reports earthquakes, assesses earthquake impacts and hazards, and researches the causes and effects of earthquakes.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

“If Animals Matter Morally, Then We Cannot Treat Them As Commodities”

Gary L. Francione is a controversial figure in the modern animal rights movement, known for his “abolitionist approach” towards animal rights. A professor of law and philosophy at Rutgers University, Francione believes that we cannot morally justify using animals as mere resources and that we should abolish all animal use. He argues that any being that feels pain has a right to not be used as property and that veganism should be the moral underpinning of the animal rights movement. As he puts it, “To not be a vegan is to participate directly in animal exploitation.”

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Helping Malawi's Animals Back Into the Wild

The vervet monkey is on its back on a portable table when we first catch a glimpse of him. Amanda Salb, a veterinarian, holds the primate, as another vet carefully injects the animal's upper eyelid with tuberculin. The monkey doesn't flinch. It is fully sedated.  "We are conducting a quarterly check-up and checking for TB," Salb says after removing her mask.  The vervet is one of hundreds of animals at the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust in the Malawian capital.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

First Proof That Wild Animals Really Can Communicate With Us

When humans speak up, the little African birds called honeyguides listen—and can understand, a new study confirms for the first time.  Honeyguides in northern Mozambique realize that when a man makes a special trilling sound, he wants to find a bees’ nest—and its delectable honey.  Birds that hear this trill often lead human hunters to a nest, receiving a reward of honeycomb.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Meet Cutest Little Hard-Drinking Party Animals You'll Ever See

You may not know what a slow loris is, but you'd probably have a good time partying with one. The big-eyed primates, natives to Southeast Asia, will choose the most alcoholic drink offered when given a choice -- just like your college buddies.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Koala Crashes House, Tries Its Best to Climb Up a Dancing Pole

Koalas are great at eating eucalyptus and getting belly rubs. Dancing? Not so much.   Perhaps this little fella climbing up a pole is trying to challenge the lazy reputation of one of Australia's most well-known and beloved animals.It was captured in a video uploaded to Facebook on June 30 by Nikki Erickson, who explained in the description that she came home from work hoping to "dance the shitty day away" when the discovery of the creature "turned her day around."  "She sat there while I talked to her and took photos and did not growl once," Erickson wrote. Unfortunately for this koala, who may have mistook the pole for a tree, going for a climb didn't work out so well. 
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