Animals

Russian Billionaire Battles to Save Stray Dogs from Extermination in Sochi

Russian Billionaire Battles to Save Stray Dogs from Extermination in Sochi

Russian officials have been scrambling to prepare the city of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics - and part of their plan is to round up and kill hundreds of stray dogs. In response to the lethal campaign

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France Crushes Over 3 Tons of Illegal Ivory in Stand Against Elephant Poaching

France Crushes Over 3 Tons of Illegal Ivory in Stand Against Elephant Poaching

Image via Shutterstock France made history on Thursday when it became the first European country to publicly destroy three tons of seized illegal ivory as part of a global fight against elephant

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Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

If you want to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, you might want to start with your dinner plate. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that cattle

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Sochi Rounds Up Stray Dogs for Slaughter, Calls them Biological Trash

Sochi Rounds Up Stray Dogs for Slaughter, Calls them Biological Trash

While Sochi's security forces are on high alert against potential terrorist attacks, there's a different kind of horror sweeping the Russian city's streets. In preparation for the Olympic Games, the city

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Former NYC Mayor Sets His Eyes on Restoring the World’s Fish Populations

Former NYC Mayor Sets His Eyes on Restoring the World’s Fish Populations

Michael Bloomberg may have relinquished his role as New York City's mayor, but when it comes to ways he can continue to serve people, there are plenty of other fish in the sea. One of Bloomberg's latest

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Horrifying Disease Causes Thousands of Starfish to Pull Themselves Apart

Horrifying Disease Causes Thousands of Starfish to Pull Themselves Apart

Scientists recently discovered that massive populations of starfish have been dying along the Western Coast of the United States due to a mysterious disease that causes them to tear themselves apart. The

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Norwegian Hotel Launches World’s First Dog Sled Taxi Service

Norwegian Hotel Launches World’s First Dog Sled Taxi Service

The Kirkenes Snowhotel in Norway has found a way to attract animal-loving guests from around the world by launching the world's first dog sled taxi to pick guests up from the nearby Kirkenes Airport.

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Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

Cockroaches are not everyone’s cup of tea, but a recent development by a team of Japanese scientists may change the way you look at the virtually indestructible creepy-crawlies. Osaka University and the

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Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Image © Shutterstock Your toothpaste, facial scrub, or body wash may be clogging waterways with tiny plastic particles - without you even realizing it. One bottle of facial cleanser may contain as

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Monarch Butterfly Numbers Drop to Lowest Level in Recorded History

Monarch Butterfly Numbers Drop to Lowest Level in Recorded History

Scientists say the number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico is now at the lowest level ever since records began in 1993. In their recorded peak in 1995, the butterflies covered more than 44.5

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Secret Factory in Southern China Slaughters Endangered Whale Sharks

Secret Factory in Southern China Slaughters Endangered Whale Sharks

Hong Kong-based conservation group WildLifeRisk (WLR) announced on Monday that they have discovered a whale shark factory in Southern China that processes 600 of the endangered animals every year. The

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Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

California's severe drought is hitting both human and animal communities hard. While it is easy to see the devastation on land through photographs of parched land and withering crops, the plight of the

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Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests

Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests

Insects are adjusting to climate change and human waste in incredible ways, one of which was noted in a recent study written by York University biologists. Bees are using plastic waste to build nests - a

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Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

Animal Planet’s Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr. of “Call of the Wildman” has been accused of grotesque abuse to animals that have appeared on his show. The host has been accused of nearly starving

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Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

The state of Sao Paulo in Brazil has taken a stand against animal cruelty by officially banning animal testing for cosmetics, perfume and personal care. The decision will make animal testing a punishable

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Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Bison photo from Shutterstock A proposal to shoot the last herd of purebred bison in Yellowstone National Park with vaccinated "biobullets" was just rejected by park managers this week. The

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Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

Droege has taken hundreds of photographs of insects from around the world. His macro portraits of bees from US National Parks allows for an up-close-and-personal view of what most often appears as a blur

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Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

To save their imperiled population of African forest elephants, the Ivory Coast is capturing and then relocating the animals to a preserve on the southern coast. Due to human encroachment and resulting

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Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey bees photo from Shutterstock A new report published in the journal mBio shows that the staggering rise in honey bee deaths over the past decade could be partly due to a virus that stems from

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Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

The world was first introduced to the coastal village of Taji, Japan in the 2009 documentary, "The Cove". The film showed the capture and grisly slaughter of dolphins for meat and for sale to aquariums. A

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Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Bees have been vital partners in human agriculture for centuries thanks to their role as crop pollinators. However pesticides used to kill other species of insects have wreaked havoc on their hives. A

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Over 200 Stressed, Bloodied Dolphins Await Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Over 200 Stressed, Bloodied Dolphins Await Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Japanese fisherman have penned over 200 bottlenose dolphins in a cove as part of a traditional hunting practice which has left the marine mammals stressed, bloodied, and frantic to escape. For three

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Why You Should Think Twice About Eating Shrimp

Why You Should Think Twice About Eating Shrimp

Americans love shrimp! We eat 4.1 pounds of it every year. But you might want to think twice next time you pick up a bag of frozen shrimp at the grocery store. It turns out that the process of getting

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World’s First Cloning Factory in China Clones 500 Pigs a Year

World’s First Cloning Factory in China Clones 500 Pigs a Year

Cloning animals used to be a taboo subject - but not in China, where a Shenzhen facility clones 500 pigs every year. The farm, run by a company called BGI, implants around two pigs a day with cloned

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

In business, innovation is non-negotiable. Stay fresh, rot, or go stale. That’s never been truer than today, with volatile prices, weather, regulations, supply chains, and public sentiment. You don’t

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Is It Okay for SeaWorld to Parade Their Celebrity Penguins Around a Party Tonight in NYC?

Is It Okay for SeaWorld to Parade Their Celebrity Penguins Around a Party Tonight in NYC?

PETA is planning to protest the appearance of SeaWorld's celebrity penguins, Pete and Penny, at a party in NYC tonight. The animal rights group is claiming that the event's flashing lights and loud music

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Moger Mehrhof Architects Build Rustic Birdhouses from Reclaimed Materials

Moger Mehrhof Architects Build Rustic Birdhouses from Reclaimed Materials

Moger Mehrhof Architects is using an array of sustainably sourced materials to give a modern reinterpretation to familiar birdhouse forms. Found hickory and oak logs are quartered and left raw for

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Rancher Vows to Protect Hundreds of Fukushima Cows from Government Kill Order

Rancher Vows to Protect Hundreds of Fukushima Cows from Government Kill Order

Masami Yoshizawa used to raise cows for slaughter, but since the Fukushima disaster his only aim is to save them. He believes the Japanese government wants to kill the cows in order to erase the past,

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Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

As if urban encroachment and poachers were not bad enough, India's tigers now must contend with a deadly virus for their survival. Canine distemper, a disease commonly found in domestic dog populations,

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Infamous Permit to Hunt One of the Last Black Rhinos in the World Auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

Infamous Permit to Hunt One of the Last Black Rhinos in the World Auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

Well, we knew this was coming. In October 2013, Inhabitat reported on the Dallas Safari Club's nefarious plan to auction off a rare permit to hunt and kill a black rhino in the African nation of Namibia.

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