December 17th, 2015 (Jenna Etheridge). Cape Town – Scientists have had a rare opportunity to inspect a dead killer whale (orca) that washed up at Plettenberg Bay this week. And its stomach contents have painted a sad story of how she may have spent her last days.
Yoghurt pots, a shoe sole and food wrappers were some of the items that Plett Stranding Network co-ordinator, Dr Gwenith Penry, found in the animal’s stomach.
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Typically leaping from a moving vehicle isn’t encouraged, but in the case of a pregnant pig, her courageous jump actually saved her life.
The pig made the brave leap off of a truck that was headed to a slaughterhouse on California’s Interstate 10. The pig, who was later named Rita, was taken by animal control officers to Sacramento County Animal Shelter where she gave birth to nine piglets.
Per local laws, the shelter was able to retain temporary custody of the pig in the event that Rita’s owner attempted to claim her. Fortunately, no such owner came forward to claim the new family, so Rita and her babies were taken to Animal Place on their 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley where they are loving and living life.
“The piglets are thriving under Rita’s gentle care. They enjoy special heat lamps at night and frolicking outside with mama during the day. Watching…
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The United States is a country of pet lovers — and state lawmakers are taking notice.
More and more states are making animal cruelty a felony. States increasingly allow pets to be included in domestic violence protection orders. And as of this year, 19 states now forbid cities and counties from imposing pit bull bans.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s2015 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report finds the country on an upward trend.
This yearly report looks at 15 categories of animal protection laws and measures for each state and territory. It also takes a historical look at what’s changed since the ALDF’s first report a decade ago.
And what’s changed is that things are getting better.
“Lawmakers do respond to the concerns of their constituents, and we?ve seen the public?s passion for animals transform into some great new laws protecting animals,”Lora Dunn, staff attorney for ALDF?s criminal justice…
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Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Well the three little pigs and Little Red Riding Hood are certainly not fans … but apart from myths, legends and children’s fairy tales, why is this beautiful creature so demonized in the modern world?
If someone asks you what is more likely to kill you; a wolf or a cow? You would probably go with the wolf, right? I know that’s what my first thought was. But let’s have a reality check.
Cows are responsible for an average of twenty two human deaths in the U.S. each year. On average wolves are responsible for zero. In fact, you are more likely to be struck by lightning or killed by an elevator than be killed by a wolf. In the 21st century, only two known deaths have been attributed to wild wolves in the entirety of North America.
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Being American, chilli is a big deal! And growing up in the cold Chicago winters….well, chilli was an even bigger deal! Of course, chilli recipes ideally have meat in them which of course is fine if you’re not vegetarian or vegan. However, I’ve found that adding in a selection of beans (three in this recipe) definitely makes a great and hearty substitute for the meat. So, on those cold, rainy days – let this heart warming chilli be your go to super easy supper. Oh, and PS, chilli is super easy to freeze so feel free to double this recipe so that you’ll always have it on hand when the downpours arrive!
Eating a range of beans is great for your health as they are bursting with nutrients. This recipe uses white beans, which are high in potassium and calcium, black beans, which are great for protein…
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This is incredibly good news for the gray wolf, which is just now starting to make a comeback across the United States where it used to roam freely. We cannot stress enoug…h that all of you who made phone calls, signed our petitions and tweeted at your members of congress are responsible for this major win. The endangered gray wolves thank you!