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    A Baltimore animal rescue will reopen on Thursday morning after being forced to close when an employee was accosted by attempted armed robbers, officials announced. Between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, an employee of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) was the victim of an attempted armed robbery involving multiple suspects, according to the agency. As a result of the incident - which remains under investigation - BARCS was closed to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and the organization's driveway gates and doors were locked. All intake of animals and public services were suspended on Wednesday, and anyone who had an appointment or adoption pickup scheduled was forced to reschedule due to the incident. Officials from BARCS said late on Wednesday that they would be reopening for business on Thursday, Sept. 22 for regular operating hours, though there will be increased security measures as a precaution. “We are grateful for all the kind words and support from our community,” they said. "So many have asked how they can support BARCS through this...
    Sponsored Content An emotional support animal refers to an animal companion that provides some level of support and companionship to a person who has some form of disability. An emotional support animal can give you affection, comfort, and companionship to lift your spirits each time your depression, anxiety, panic, or PTSD acts up. To acquire and own a support companion, a mental health or medical expert has to prescribe it through an emotional support animal letter. This guide will help you identify reputable sites that offer legitimate emotional support animal letters. Keep reading to choose one that suits your situation. 9 Best Websites To Get PSD & ESA Letters: Getting a letter for your emotional support animal or psychiatric service dog is effortless as long as you meet the requirements. The sites we’ve outlined below are dedicated to helping you get the proper paperwork to keep, travel with, and be with your companion wherever you are. Here are our top picks: ESA Pet: Best for fast letter turn around CertaPet PSD: Best for psychiatric service dog letters CertaPet ESA:...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 7 petitions you should sign this week, including Support a Clean and Healthy Environment for All Canadians, Help Decriminalize Same-Sex Marriage in Singapore, Urge Congress to Pass Landmark Captive Whale Bill, and More! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Support a...
    Instagram A man who stunned onlookers at a water park in Philadelphia over the weekend with a leashed alligator has divulged he sleeps with the animal. The most shocking angle of this news is the reptile lover resides in Pennsylvania, and not Florida. “Florida Man” is a collective of men who, over the years, who have engaged in bizarre, depraved, malicious and sometimes violent behavior resulting in headlines that have captivated people globally. On any given day, one can google the words “Florida man” and find uniquely Sunshine State news stories. Examples of the weirdness and debauchery can be found here, here, and here. On Monday, I came across a Washington Post story headlined “His emotional support animal is an alligator. They sleep in the same bed.” I assumed the subject of the story was a man from Florida, given the prevalence of gators in the state and the nature of the headline. As it turns out, the man profiled by Post reporter Cathy Free resides in Jonestown, Pennsylvania. Joseph Henney, 69 is fond of “WallyGator,” who is described as an “emotional...
    Parkgoers who were cooling off at a fountain at Philadelphia's Love Park on Friday got quite the shock when they had an up-close encounter with an alligator.   But the reptile, who was being walked on a leash by a young girl, was also just trying to beat the heat under the refreshing spray of the fountain.  Wally the Alligator is the emotional support animal of Joie Henney, a Philadelphia man and  longtime reptile rescuer who has worked with alligators for 30 years.  Video taken by bystanders at the park over the weekend show the gator sauntering along on his leash, greeting people, and at one point lying on his stomach in a puddle to cool off.  Wally's owner Henney, who was not far from his pet at the park that day, runs several social media accounts documenting the life of his beloved gator, with the help of close friend Mary Johnson and her children.  'They just had a blast,' Henney told CNN. 'People came as soon as they heard Wally was there to get a hug and get a photo with...
    STOUT—The Selby 100 Mile House & Gardens is gearing up for a farm to table fundraiser which will benefit Sierra’s Haven and a number of local farmers and businesses. Selby House co-owner Mike Riffle says that since taking ownership of the property four years ago, it’s been a dream to provide the area with something unique and beautiful to enjoy. “Our goal was to bring something to the community that wasn’t there, and to help support the people in this community and the businesses. The property is rich in history, a lot of people have great memories of it. We just wanted to make a unique attraction for the community,” he explained. Riffle and the staff at the Selby House continue to flourish, despite occasional uncertainty brought about from the pandemic. They believe that supporting small businesses and nonprofits is an important cornerstone of community support and involvement. The motivation to host a charitable event benefitting Sierra’s Haven Home for New and Used Pets is an extension of that philosophy. “I truly believe in giving back, especially non-profit agencies that...
    Sponsored Content An emotional support animal refers to an animal companion that provides some level of support and companionship to a person who has some form of disability. An emotional support animal can give you affection, comfort, and companionship to lift your spirits each time your depression, anxiety, panic, or PTSD acts up. To acquire and own a support companion, a mental health or medical expert has to prescribe it through an emotional support animal letter. This guide will help you identify reputable sites that offer legitimate emotional support animal letters. Keep reading to choose one that suits your situation. Psychiatric Vs Emotional Support Animals: Psychiatric Service Dogs: As the name suggests a psychiatric service dog or PSD is considered a service animal and not a support animal. You’re likely used to seeing service animals like seeing-eye dogs provide a service where they help their handler navigate the world. Psychiatric service dogs help with disabilities that can’t be seen like PTSD or anxiety. These days airlines no longer allow emotional support animals on planes but they do still allow...
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KABC) -- A Thousand Oaks animal shelter is taking a controversial stance, saying they will not allow people to adopt pets if they do not support gun control.The Shelter Hope Pet Shop had added a question about gun control to its adoption interview.In explaining the decision online, the founder mentioned the 2018 mass shooting at the nearby Borderline Bar and Grill and said the gunman had visited the shop and believes he scouted them as a potential target.In that newsletter, the founder, Kim Sill, wrote: "We do not support those who believe that the 2nd amendment gives them the right to buy assault weapons. If your beliefs are not in line with ours, we will not adopt a pet to you."
    Each Friday, One Green Planet brings you the week’s top news. For those who don’t have a lot of time to look through the news each day, this is will be a great resource and an easy way to catch up! Here you’ll find different categories of news, a synopsis of the top stories, and links to each article published during the week. 1. Animal Rights and Welfare News Source: Mai.Chayakorn/Shutterstock As always we had a ton of news to cover in the world of animal rights and welfare. This week we saw happy and hopeful stories, as well as some grim and depressing ones. Some of the more notable stories included Tesco Pays Pig Farmers Additional £6.6 Million to Keep Them In Business, Ringling Bros Bring Back “The Greatest Show on Earth” But This Time, Without Any Animals!, NYC Carriage Drivers Violently Handle Collapsed Horse, Huge Win For Greyhounds in Iowa As State’s Last Racetrack Officially Closes!, The FDA Modernization Act Will Enhance Drug Development While Sparing Animal Lives, 97 Roosters Seized From Illegal Cockfighting Ring in Texas, RSPCA Prosecution Leads to 12 Months in...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz signed an agriculture funding bill Thursday that includes drought relief for farmers, investments in rural broadband and support for beginning farmers. The Legislature passed the bill Sunday in the closing hours of the 2022 legislative session. READ MORE: Planned Parenthood Workers In Minnesota, 4 Other Midwest States Seek UnionMinnesota farmers have been struggling this spring with wet ground that has delayed planting, but the bill includes $18.4 million in relief for losses caused by last year’s drought. That includes $13.1 million for affected farmers, plus $5 million for the Department of Natural Resources to replace drought-killed seedlings and support reforestation. The bill also includes $1.5 million for an emergency account to support animal disease preparedness and response, as well as $1 million to the University of Minnesota to purchase equipment to test for animal diseases. It also provides $2 million to assist beginning farmers, including those from underrepresented communities. READ MORE: Space Heater Cited In Aitkin County Fire That Killed ThreeAnd the bill includes over $200 million to support further broadband development...
    Meghan Markle has announced the end of her patronage with her favourite animal charity Mayhew - just one year after Megxit.  The Duchess of Sussex, 40, who is currently living in their $14million mansion in Montecito having stepped back from royal duty last year, had been patron of the organisation since 2019. In a statement posted on social media today, the charity said it had been a 'busy and productive three years together where we have gained so much of her kind support...[Meghan] you'll always be part of the Mayhew family.'  Meanwhile in an open letter shared by the charity, the Duchess wrote: 'The emotional support of a rescue animal is unparalleled - as you'll soon realize; it is not you who saves them, it is they who save you.' Meghan remained in the position even after stepping down as a senior royal because it is one she held in a private capacity, rather than was given by the Queen. Meghan also remains Patron of Smart Works. She had to give up her royal patronages of the National Theatre and...
    Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman poses with his dogs Finn (left) and Roscoe (right). The driver of the No. 48 Ally Racing Chevrolet Camaro has increased his support for animals in need around the country. Alex Bowman and Ally will partner once again to donate thousands of dollars to Best Friends Animal Society while expanding the amount each week. Bowman spoke to Heavy ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to reflect on a 2021 campaign that featured more than $100,000 donated to Best Friends-associated animal shelters, as well as the work that he and his primary partner will do in 2022. The biggest change for the ongoing Cup Series campaign is that Ally and Bowman are increasing their donation amounts to reflect the number of his stock car. “[The amount] was $1,000 for myself and $1,000 from Ally every week to a local shelter in that market,” Bowman told Heavy. “And then when we won, it went to $10,000. And then we donated a bunch from some t-shirt sales at the end of...
    KURT ZOUMA should face the “full weight of the law” after his cat-kicking shame – and does not deserve the support he is getting from West Ham and David Moyes. That is the view of former model and east London pet rescue charity founder Celia Hammond, who believes her efforts have been “undermined” by the Hammers star. 4Kurt Zouma has been told he should face the ‘full weight of the law’ after his cat-kickingCredit: Rex 4David Moyes was heavily criticised for picking the star after the video emergedCredit: Rex The Sun exclusively released a video on Monday, February 7 showing Zouma to be kicking, slapping and throwing objects at his Bengal pet cat while at his Essex home. Less than 24 hours later, Zouma started for the Hammers with boss Moyes suggesting it was because he is one of the club’s “better players”. Zouma has since been fined £250k by the club, lost several sponsors, had his cats seized and is currently under investigation by the RSPCA. His brother Yoan, who filmed the incident before posting it on social media,...
    In modern times, “development” and “progress” for humans often is detrimental to the local ecosystem. As more land is cleared for expanding cities and roads, animals have less room to roam around as well as find food and mates. This can often lead to human-wildlife conflict. When it comes to roadways, this conflict can be especially dangerous for the animals. Every year, millions of animals are hit by cars. If they aren’t killed upon impact, these animals are unlikely to survive in the wild and suffer slow, painful deaths. Many streets have been built right through the habitat of wild animals. As a result, they are forced to attempt to cross busy roads to carry on with their natural behaviors. Fortunately, there is a solution: wildlife crossings. All over the world, there are over and underground passes across busy roadways so animals can safely travel to the other side. They benefit animals such as alligators in Florida, tigers in India, and sloths in Costa Rica! While they have been very successful in reducing the number of collisions,...
    LET me be absolutely clear - there is no defence for Kurt Zouma’s actions. I, like anyone who watched the video that circulated this week, was shocked by what I saw. 4Kurt Zouma was exposed this week 4The Frenchman kicks his pet catCredit: Supplied collect Kurt’s behaviour in no way reflected the standards and values that we hold dear at West Ham United – and of course those of our pet-loving nation. Our stance on this as a Club has been clear from the very outset - we unreservedly condemn his actions and would never condone any form of cruelty towards animals. We have acted swiftly to fine him the maximum amount available to us. Every single penny of the fine handed down to him will be given to animal welfare charities. Kurt accepted this sanction immediately without reservation and was in full agreement that the funds be donated to ensure some good is done. We believe this is absolutely the right thing to do and the Club is already in direct contact with a number of...
    A New York man refuses to give up a pet pig that he says helped through some of the toughest times in his life. Local officials, however, say the pig is living in the house illegally. Wyverne Flatt lives in the village of Canajoharie with his pet potbellied pig, Ellie. The Associated Press reports that Flatt has registered Ellie as an emotional support animal that helped him get through his divorce and the death of his mother. Wyverne Flatt is fighting to keep his pot-bellied pig Ellie as an emotional support animal. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) Flatt bought Ellie in 2018 while he was still living in South Carolina. When he first brought her home, she was as big as a shoe. Since then, he moved from South Carolina to Canajoharie. A village code officer discovered Ellie in 2019 and informed Flatt that it was illegal to house Ellie in Canajoharie. 82% OF AMERICANS FELL IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT WITH THEIR DOGS, SURVEY FINDS Flatt first bought Ellie in 2018 while he was still living in South Carolina....
    CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Ellie the potbellied pig snuggles up to Wyverne Flatt when he watches TV and sometimes rolls over to let him pet her belly. The 110-pound pig is “family,” Flatt says, an emotional support animal who helped him through a divorce and the death of his mother. Officials in his upstate village of Canajoharie see it very differently. To them, the pig is a farm animal Flatt is harboring in the village illegally. The case could soon be headed to a criminal trial. But it has already caught the attention of pig partisans who believe the animals should be respected more as companions instead of just a food source. “I could never dream of giving away somebody who’s part of my family,” Flatt said recently as he patted the pig in his kitchen. “She’s very smart. She’s more intelligent than my dogs. I think she can kind of hone in on you when you’re feeling bad because she’ll want to come in and snuggle with you.” Ellie is a knee-high Vietnamese potbellied pig with a black...
    Contributions to the Betty White Wildlife Fund at Morris Animal Foundation reached nearly $250,000 in the weeks following the star’s death on December 31, 2021. Betty White had been a long-time supporter of Morris Animal Foundation, including serving as a committee chair, trustee and president, and as a donor who supported more than 30 animal health studies helping cats, dogs, horses and wildlife. “Betty was an inspiration to everyone at Morris Animal Foundation and to her fans around the world, who have given so generously in her memory,” said Tiffany Grunert, the Foundation’s president/CEO. “We will honor her legacy by continuing to fund critical health studies for the animals that she so passionately loved.” Betty White at Morris Animal Foundation Annual Meeting When news of White’s passing began to be widely shared, the Foundation saw memorial contributions come to the Betty White Wildlife Fund. The fund was established in honor of White in 2010 with White as the first donor. What wasn’t anticipated was the #BettyWhiteChallenge that was created following her death. From early memorial contributions and from the challenge,...
    Kat Owens, a professor of politics, economics, and international studies at the University of Hartford, has created a piece of artwork with a startling message. After Covid forced her to return home to complete her work, Owens started to work on a project she called Ingested and Entangled. She plans to create 46 portraits made out of discarded plastic that portray the most endangered animals as of right now. Owens has also invited school classes and community members to help her create these pieces of art to spread the message. Owens explained, “I’m doing this because I want people to understand that it’s not easy to recycle these plastics, and they’re everywhere, and they affect these animals.” Source: Fox61 Her current supersized art project is composed of plastic bags and shipping mailers, coming together to form an endangered Sperm whale. It is a time-consuming effort, but one that is well worth it if it brings more attention to the threats that these delicate species face. Owens said, “The message is that plastic surrounds us and that things need...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — On Monday, which would’ve been the 100th birthday for Hollywood legend Betty White, her fans are being prompted to take part in the Betty White Challenge. White, who died Dec. 31, was an animal rights activist who used her fame and riches to advocate for endangered species and improve conditions at the Los Angeles Zoo. Here are some local animal shelters Bay Area residents can support in White’s honor. San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Founded in 1868, the San Francisco SPCA is the longest running animal advocacy non-profit in the city. Donate here. Muttville: A San Francisco animal shelter focused on supporting older dogs. Donate here. Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF): The non-profit, started by famed MLB coach Tony La Russa, follows the slogan “People rescuing animals, animals rescuing people” and has a branch in Walnut Creek. Donate here. East Bay SPCA: A little younger than the SF SPCA — the East Bay branch was started in 1874 — the animal...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Legendary actress and comedian Betty White would have turned 100 years old on Monday. When she died in late December, the “Golden Girls” star was remembered not just for her groundbreaking career, but also for being an animal lover and activist. “The Betty White Challenge” took off on social media. It encourages people to donate $5 to animal shelters and animal rescues in honor of the late actress. Local animal shelters in the Boston area are feeling the love. “Even if it’s $5, and we’ve seen that come in all the way to $100 or more, but you know, the money adds up,” Baypath Human Society of Hopkinton Executive Director Elizabeth Jefferis told WBZ-TV last week. “We can get a rabies vaccine for $5, or a microchip.” MSPCA-Angell has seen thousands of dollars in donations roll in recently. Help support the cause that was near and dear to Betty White’s heart by donating at https://t.co/1Zuz3eyF18. Your gift will go toward the care and feeding of thousands of animals in our care! ???? ???? — MSPCA-Angell (@MspcaAngell) January...
    A newly enacted law may prevent a New York man from keeping his pot-bellied pig as an emotional support animal. Wyverne Flatt, age 54, a resident of the upstate municipality of Canajoharie in Montgomery County, says a new law passed by village officials prohibiting farm animals or domestic livestock, will lead to the loss of his best friend, the 100-pound Ellie, the Schenectady Daily Gazette reported. The law also requires proper registration for “unusual animals” and includes a fine of up to $25 per day for keeping an illegal animal, the Gazette said. Flatt, who is headed to court with the village in March for "illegally harboring a farm animal, said he believes the law was passed to make it harder for him to keep his pig with him in his rented apartment. Mayor Jeff Baker told the Gazette the law is not meant to target any specific person or animal. “I think all they did with that law is they are going to be able to pick and choose what you’re allowed to have as an emotional support animal,” Flatt said...
    (CNN)The service arrangements for Betty White will be private, her friend and agent Jeff Witjas told CNN Thursday.Witjas said the beloved actress, who died last week at the age of 99, didn't want people making a fuss over her in life and that will be the case in death. "The arrangements are being handled privately and that was Betty's wish," Witjas said. Betty Whites legacy goes far beyond the screenInstead he said those wishing to honor her to are encouraged to donate to some of her favorite organizations, including Actors and Animals for Others, The Aquarium of the Pacific, Guide Dogs For the Blind, The Los Angeles Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Tree People, and the Wildlife Learning Center. "If someone has a desire to do something in her honor, you can support or donate to one or more of her favorite charities or even donate to a local animal charity of your choice," Witjas said. Read MoreHow to support animal lover Betty Whites favorite causeWhite was well known for her animal activism.
    (CNN)When it came to people, Betty White loved to make them laugh. When it came to animals, she loved to lend them a helping hand. Betty White, beloved and trailblazing actress, dies at 99A lifelong animal lover, White -- who died Friday at age 99 -- said her parents instilled in her a compassion for all creatures great and small. "They imbued in me the fact that, to me, there isn't an animal on the planet that I don't find fascinating and want to learn more about," she told Smithsonian Magazine.She even aspired to become a forest ranger or zookeeper before going to Hollywood. "I often say that I have to stay in show business to pay for my animal business," White liked to joke. Throughout her career she worked with a number of animal health, welfare, and conservation groups, including those below.Greater Los Angeles Zoo AssociationRead MoreBetty White attends the Annual Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo in 2014.White passionately advocated for zoos -- particularly the Los Angeles Zoo -- and took an active role in the...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including: Fund Conservation Areas in Central Africa, Support Animal Welfare Groups in Kenya, & Ban Inhumane Killings of Street Dogs and Cats. 1. Fund Conservation Areas in Central Africa A new study in Conservation Biology, which examined seven conservation areas in Chad, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more In the “No Redemption” PETA ad, James Cromwell plays a priest who refuses to absolve a man for coining the term “humane meat.”  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Plainville Farms is still selling their turkey meat at Harris Teeter with a “humanely raised” label, despite a PETA expose that revealed the horrific cruelty behind the farm. The expose showed Plainville workers routinely abusing the turkeys, and leaving them to slowly die in agony. The farm received a slap on the wrist as Whole Foods dropped them as a supplier. However, Harris Teeter stores still proudly display their products with a label that is tricking people into believing that they are making more humane food choices. PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said, “Any ‘humanely raised’ turkey on Harris Teeter’s shelves might have been kicked or beaten. The only humane meal is a vegan one, and PETA encourages everyone to celebrate this year’s holiday with a delicious ‘ThanksVegan’ feast that leaves animals off the table.” James Cromwell, as “Father” Cromwell...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including: Protect Polar Bears, Defend Animal Activists, and Help Respond to the Crisis in Haiti. 1. Protect Polar Bears Without aggressive climate change policies, polar bears will likely be extinct within a century.  But climate change is not the only threat to...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including: Preserve the Ancient Bell Bowl Prairie, Support Bat-Friendly Infrastructure, & Protect the “Cocaine Hippos.” 1. Preserve the Ancient Bell Bowl Prairie  The Bell Bowl Prairie is a five-acre plot of land outside of Chicago that still retains imprints of the continent’s...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Activists recently gathered outside an In-N-Out restaurant in San Francisco and staged a protest about animal rights they say are being violated by a meat processing facility used by the restaurant.Inspired by the popular series "Squid Game," protesters took a creative approach to get their point across.They kicked off the protest with a game of "red light, green light." They also created a giant version of the doll from the show.Protesters are accusing the popular fast food chain of continuing to get their beef supply from a processing facility accused of killing cows inhumanely.Protesters want an end to factory farms in California.MORE | SF In-N-Out shut down after defying COVID vaccine mandateEMBED More News Videos Indoor dining at the San Francisco location was shut down after it was cited for not checking customer's vaccination status. MORE | Protesters rally in support of In-N-Out after health order violationEMBED More News VideosRallies were held outside at least two East Bay In-N-Out Burger locations in support of the California chain.
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Close Roadside Zoos, End Child Slavery, and Support Climate Policy. We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Close Roadside Zoos Roadside zoos are some...
    Many believe that our future lies in space, where people will one day live in the entire solar system. Armed with knowledge, some scientists want to bring back ancient animals. The question arises, which we know very well from Jurassic Park: Do you want to do something if you can? Space exploration has now led to technology that defines our daily lives. What can we learn from the possible success or failure of reviving living things? It’s a subtle balance – and as we’ve learned, life finds its way. Back to the future The Scientific efforts to revive woolly manure, Which disappeared 4,000 years ago, has now gained 15 million. A team of geneticists led by George Church at Harvard Medical School imagines a giant figure Again, strolling in the natural environment. The goal is to use genetic engineering to create a living hybrid of elephant and mammoth that look like wool mammoth. Proponents of the project hope the monsters can help restore the Arctic tundra ecosystem and protect the endangered Asian elephant, a close relative of the woolly...
    Getty Alex Bowman waves to fans at Richmond Raceway. Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman is in the midst of a career year, locking up three wins and a two-year contract extension. He has also spent a considerable amount of time providing crucial financial support to animal shelters around the country. Ally Financial, Bowman’s primary sponsor in the NASCAR Cup Series, has pledged to donate $1,000 to Best Friends Animal Society-affiliated shelters in race markets during the 2021 season. Bowman matches the donations to increase the amount of money helping out the animals. Additionally, the sponsor donates $10,000 to a local shelter every time that Bowman reaches Victory Lane in the No. 48 Ally Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Bowman has won three races during the 2021 season. He first reached Victory Lane at Richmond Raceway on April 18 before adding wins at Dover International Speedway (May 16) and Pocono Raceway (June 26). These results provided another $30,000 to animal shelters. “It’s been awesome,” Bowman told Heavy during an interview on Tuesday, Sept. 14. “Working with Ally has been so much...
    LINCOLN PARK — A new dog-themed coffee shop in Lincoln Park is selling merchandise to raise money for the city’s animal shelter. Ludlow Charlingtons, which opened Aug. 2 at 2425 N. Clark St., is donating 50 percent of its merchandise proceeds to the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, a nonprofit aimed at saving animals that go to Chicago Animal Care and Control. Ludlow’s owner, Naji Al-Awar, rescued his dog, Cora, from the shelter in 2019. He said he hopes the partnership will lead to more dogs being rescued and adopted so they aren’t euthanized. Credit: Jake Wittich/Block Club ChicagoNaji Al-Awar, owner of Ludlow Charlingtons.“When we got Cora there, we were looking at the dogs and it took 20 minutes to find someone to actually take our dog out and walk her,” Al-Awar said. “It’s completely underfunded and understaffed, so we’re hoping we can help with that while reducing the number of dogs being euthanized by helping them find homes instead.” People can support the cause by buying the store’s dog bandanas, mugs, reusable straws and tumblers, which...
    ESAs are tasked with providing comfort but not necessarily technical tasks. Samantha Crozier An emotional support dog provides comfort and companionship for its owner.  You can qualify for an ESA if you have anxiety, PTSD, cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, and more. ESAs are allowed to live with you despite "no pets" policies from buildings or landlords.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Pets can be a source of immense comfort, but they can be especially helpful for people with conditions like depression or epilepsy.  If you have a qualifying condition, you can opt to register your furry friend as an emotional support animal (ESA). Emotional support animals are often dogs because dogs have been bred for centuries to connect with humans. Here's what you need to know about what qualifies you for an emotional support...
    An Australian virologist who worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the lead-up to the pandemic said odds that COVID-19 leaked from the lab are slim, but she is not “naive” enough to discount the theory yet. Danielle Anderson, 42, said the lab had extensive safeguards in place to prevent leakage, telling Bloomberg that the hard evidence to support the idea that the virus leaked from the lab is lacking, but added, “I’m not naive enough to say I absolutely write this off.” Anderson was the only foreign virologist working in the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s highest-level biocontainment lab in which scientists research highly transmissible pathogens such as the one that causes COVID-19. She worked at the WIV lab up until November 2019, when three researchers were hospitalized "with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness.” THIS IS THE EVIDENCE RESEARCHERS SAY COULD SETTLE THE COVID-19 LAB LEAK DEBATE But Anderson said nobody she knew from the lab was sick around that time, adding that there are special protocols to follow when reporting...
    More On: animal care and control Manhattan shelter forced to relocate animals due to COVID-19 outbreak Brass at embattled Animal Care Centers of NYC blames staffing issues for squalid conditions NYC councilman wants committee devoted to animal welfare thanks to Post coverage Delta passengers who slid out of plane with dog get pup back from shelter A disabled New Yorker’s emotional support dog was brought to the Big Apple pound when she had a medical emergency — and when she tried to get the pup back, he’d been adopted and already had a new name, The Post has learned.  “I literally dropped to my knees when I heard that,” Denise McCurrie, 51, said of her beloved 6-year-old Miniature Schnauzer previously named Roscoe, who has lived with her since he was a puppy.  “It’s been a nightmare.”  McCurrie, a former Wall Street underwriter who’s been on disability since she left the business in 2008 following the housing market crash, has long suffered from depression and anxiety and on April 16, called 911 while in the throes of a “nervous breakdown,”...
    A pet owner was taking her emotional support pig for a walk with her friend when they were accosted by a furious 'Karen' who had a meltdown over the size of the animal and his feces.   Reddit user u/InternationalPen2224 posted a video of the confrontation on the 'Public Freakout' forum three weeks ago with the caption: 'When you have physical beef with a big pig.'   In the three-minute video, the outraged stranger marches up to the pet owner and her pal while the pig — named Chorizo — sniffs at a tree, much like a dog would before going to the bathroom.  Stranger danger: A pet owner was walking her emotional support pig when she was harassed by an outraged 'Karen' who had a meltdown over the animal being in a park  'Yeah, I want to know why you have a pig in the middle of a park,' the woman demands, prompting the pet owner's friend to step in.   'We're on a walk. Can you just leave us alone? Obviously...you're not a part of our walk,' the friend says....
    More On: Pets Power of paw-suasion: Persistent pooch goes viral with hilarious begging routine Reality bites: Biden’s dog Major will get training to adjust to White House Fancy Feast releases cookbook for humans inspired by new cat food line It’s been ruff: Yang tears up as he recalls dog he gave up This would-be porn star has a penchant for pestilent pooches. Pet foster parent and adult entertainer Tyfanee Fortuna, 25, went viral this week after sharing a brutally honest social media post about a Chihuahua named Prancer, with the hopes that some brave soul would step up to adopt the disturbed dog. Now, the tireless defender of animals is sharing more about the ways she makes ends meet: A flourishing OnlyFans account, where her NSFW snaps help her afford to fight the good fight for pups like Prancer. Fortuna’s plea, in good faith, posted to Facebook April 7, referred to Prancer as “demonic” and compared the 2-year-old pup to the ghost of a “traumatized Victorian child that now haunts our home,” she wrote. “There’s not...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Sunday is National Pet Day, and Route One Apparel has the perfect treat for your best friend that also helps other pets in need. The company created “BARCS Boxes” for dogs and their owners. READ MORE: Ravens Cheerleader Among Finalists For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue It includes lots of toys, treats, accessories, and even a paw print face mask! READ MORE: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held For Cahill Fitness Center Opening All of the proceeds from the sale of each $75 box will be donated directly to BARCS to help with their animal care costs in Baltimore City. You can buy your BARCS Box online now on Route One Apparel’s website. MORE NEWS: Baltimore County Announces $12M Plan To Enhance Senior Centers  
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a letter earlier this week advocating for the ban of fur sales throughout the United Kingdom. Signed by Ricky Gervais, Leona Lewis, and 50 other celebrities and influential figures, the letter builds on 2020 polling that 72% of British citizens would support a full ban on fur sales, and 93% say they oppose the fur trade at its core. This comes after several outbreaks of COVID-19 on mink farms throughout Europe, and an increased public awareness surrounding the suffering and cruelty that mink, foxes, rabbits, and other animals endure on fur farms.  “Britain prides itself on being a nation of animal lovers, and that’s why we banned fur farming two decades ago – because it is unspeakably cruel and utterly devoid of respect for animals,” the letter begins. “Subjecting foxes, mink, raccoon dogs and other animals to the endless monotony of life in a tiny, barren metal cage, only to be gassed or electrocuted to death for frivolous fashion, is totally unacceptable. Subjecting coyotes and other wild animals to the agony and prolonged distress...
    Meghan Markle's rescue dogs have been a big 'support' during Covid and her 'personal trials and tribulations' in 2020, the CEO of her patronage Mayhew has revealed.    Caroline Yates has offered a glimpse into her relationship with The Duchess of Sussex, 39, and claimed that The Duchess of Sussex, 39, often references how 'important' her rescue dogs - a beagle named Guy and a black labrador called Pula - have been. 'Whenever we talk to the Duchess about the charity, she always references how important her dogs are and what a support they are,' she said, speaking to Hello! 'Particularly during everything that's happened this year, with COVID, and with the personal trials and tribulations she went through this year.'  'It was really nice to share our experiences with her about how important animals are when things are tough and what a comfort they can be.' The CEO of The Mayhew Caroline Yates has provided insight into her relationship with Meghan Markle. Pictured, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, hosting a special Time100 talk Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The Duchess...
    DALLAS — Emotional-support animals are no longer free to roam about the cabin on Southwest Airlines either. The airline said Monday that it will let passengers bring trained service dogs in the cabin, but it will no longer accept support animals, starting March 1. Customers who want to bring a dog or cat on board as a pet will have to pay a fee, and the animal must be kept in a carrier that fits under an airplane seat. The move follows a Transportation Department decision to reverse a years long regulation and let airlines ban animals that owners claim provide emotional support. Airlines said some passengers abused the old rules to avoid pet fees. Southwest is the last of the nation’s six largest airlines to change its animal policy after the Transportation Department action.
    DALLAS (AP) — Emotional-support animals are no longer free to roam about the cabin on Southwest Airlines. The airline said Monday that it will let passengers bring trained service dogs in the cabin, but starting March 1, emotional-support animals are out. The airline says anyone who wants to bring a dog or cat on board after that will have to pay a fee and keep the animal in a carrier under a seat. Other airlines have made similar changes in their animal policies. The Transportation Department says airlines don’t have to let passengers bring an animal on board for free by claiming it provides emotional support. © Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    DALLAS (AP) — Emotional-support animals are no longer free to roam about the cabin on Southwest Airlines either. The airline said Monday that it will let passengers bring trained service dogs in the cabin, but it will no longer accept support animals, starting March 1. Customers who want to bring a dog or cat on board as a pet will have to pay a fee, and the animal must be kept in a carrier that fits under an airplane seat. The move follows a Transportation Department decision to reverse a yearslong regulation and let airlines ban animals that owners claim provide emotional support. Airlines said some passengers abused the old rules to avoid pet fees. Southwest is the last of the nation’s six largest airlines to change its animal policy after the Transportation Department action. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search continues for the men who attacked a woman outside a Harlem liquor store, and now, the community is showing their support for the victim. A demonstration in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. state office building lasted about an hour Saturday, and when it wrapped up, those rallying began marching down 125th Street. Close to 100 women, men and children all joined together in Harlem, outraged after a woman was assaulted in their neighborhood earlier this week. CBS2 spoke exclusively with that woman Thursday. MORE — Exclusive: Woman Brutally Attacked At Harlem Liquor Store Says Suspect Tried To Bite Her Eye Out: ‘That’s An Animal. That’s Not A Person’ She says she was purchasing a bottle of wine inside a liquor store when one of the men offered to pay. According to the 31-year-old mother, when she politely declined and walked out after making her purchase, the men chased her across the street, kicked her and one man bit her forehead, injuring her eye. Police say a woman was assaulted and robbed by...
    ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - The world’s most famous sled-dog race, celebrated by Alaskans for half a century but long condemned by animal-rights activists as inhumane, is losing one of its biggest corporate sponsors. Energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday it plans to sever ties with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after this year's 49th edition of the contest, citing economic concerns. “After careful review of sponsorships in light of current economic conditions, we’ve decided to conclude our sponsorship of the Iditarod following the 2021 race,” Ashley Alemayehu, an Exxon Mobil spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement. Exxon’s sponsorship focused on the race’s education program, which provides study material to schools nationwide. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a longtime Iditarod foe, claimed a victory with the decision. “No reputable company wants to associate with a race that forces dogs to run until they collapse," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said, calling on other sponsors to quit "this spectacle of suffering." In response to Exxon’s decision, PETA said it will cancel an anti-Exxon ad and...
    Some dog owners say they're sick as a dog over the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) final decision that emotional support animals (ESAs) are no longer considered service animals on flights, giving airlines the OK to ban them. Fired up over the "ruff" news, hundreds of animal lovers have signed petitions urging major carriers to let support animals fly. Announced in December 2020 and effective Jan. 11, the DOT’s revision to the Air Carrier Access Act declared that ESAs will no longer be considered service animals on commercial flights. The federal Cabinet department cited over 15,000 comments on the proposal in making the change to the controversial travel topic. Trained service dogs are still welcome aboard commercial flights, with proof of proper registration. (iStock) While trained service dogs are still welcome aboard commercial flights with proof of proper registration, carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue have already banned ESAs from travel. Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines also announced on Monday that they would no longer be accepting bookings for ESAs. BIDEN'S RESCUE DOG MAJOR TO RECEIVE 'INDOGURATION' CEREMONY Now, critics demand...
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