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Help Shut Down Spain’s Bullfighting Schools

This video, recorded by PACMA, shows a becerrada, in which an apprentice bullfighter attacks a young calf – who doesn’t even have fully formed horns and hasn’t been weaned from his mother’s milk.


Washington State Is Killing a Pack of Endangered Wolves to Keep Ranchers Happy

A pack of gray wolves, which are endangered in Washington, is about to be killed by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, the agency confirmed last week. One of just 19 packs in the entire state, the wolves will be tracked and shot because they killed about a dozen cattle this summer.


First Long-term Study Confirms World’s Most Popular Pesticide is Wiping Bees Off the Planet

The rise of industrial agriculture — led by companies such as Monsanto that push monoculture, chemical-based farming and patented life forms — has brought a flood of pesticides that wreak havoc on natural ecosystems.


This Escape Ramp Could Save Frogs From The Certain Death Of Swimming Pools

If you have a swimming pool, chances are you’ve had to clear a few frogs (dead or alive) out of it. We humans aren’t the only ones who want to take a cool dip now and then, after all.
The chlorine-treated water that keeps swimming pools clean and disease-free will prove deadly for frogs who spend too much time in it, which is where the Frog Log Critter Escape Ramp comes in. This handy product gives frogs a safe, chlorine-free pad to land on as well as an escape ramp that, in theory, allows them to hop on out to safety.

This Bonobo Starts Fires And Cooks His Own Food

This bonobo named “Kanzi” can start a fire and cook food on his own.

Kanzi is a thirty-five year old bonobo (a cousin to the common chimpanzee). He was born in captivity and is currently a resident at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative in Des Moines, Iowa.  The center is focused on research and conservation projects for Great Apes Worldwide, and works with Kanzi for various behavioral studies.

bonoboImage: Jeroen Kransen

Kanzi has learned to gather twigs and branches, arrange them into a pile, light a match, and build his own fire. He then artfully puts marshmallows onto a stick and roasts them over the flames.

He has also been recorded roasting hamburgers on a pan over the fire.

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Dr. Savage-Rumbaugh of ACCI said, “Kanzi makes fire because he wants to. He used to watch the film Quest For Fire when he was very young which was about early man struggling to control fire. He watched it spellbound over and over hundreds of times.”

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When he’s done with the fire, he pours water over it to extinguish the flames. Safety first!

He’s more than just a chef, though. Kanzi understands 3,000 english words and can point to lexigrams, or symbols, of 500 words to communicate back to us. When Kanzi was just a baby, an American Psychologist attempted to teach his mother to communicate using a keyboard. She never quite picked it up, but Kanzi, who was usually just playing in the background, easily learned the words and symbols.


Together with the common chimpanzee, bonobos are our closest living relatives. The species is normally found in Central Africa and is unfortunately listed on the IUCN Red List as an endangered species due to poaching.



Top 10 Suggestions For Being An Effective Animal Rights Activist

If you’re an animal rights activist, chances are you want to do everything you can to help animals. Maybe you’re a college student, you don’t have a car and you’re constantly broke. Maybe you’re a parent, maybe you work long hours, but where there is a will there is a way. Here are my top ten suggestions for being an effective animal rights activist.

Texas man shoots armadillo, bullet ricochets back into his face

A Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, Texas, at around 3 a.m. local time Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.

The dark side of the dairy industry: the baby animals that die for our cheese

Last month I drove out to Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal sanctuary that rescues creatures of all kinds, often from cruelty situations. During my tour I was introduced to 14 male baby goats, running through a field, playfully head butting each other.


Town In Italy Switches To Silent Fireworks To Reduce Anxiety In Animals

If you’re a dog owner, there’s probably one thing you dread about holidays like New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July. Fireworks scare dogs. Imagine you have no idea what fireworks are. Suddenly you see bright lights and hear explosions coming from the sky. You’d be pretty terrified, too. Fireworks wreak havoc on animals, and vet visits skyrocket around holidays where fireworks are common. Dogs, with their sensitive hearing, are especially vulnerable, and many hurt themselves trying to escape or hide. They can run and risk getting lost hit by cars.

Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson gets back his Canadian passport, four years after Harper revoked it

Paul Watson, an anti-whaling activist known as one of the founding members of Greenpeace, is finally getting back his Canadian passport, four years after it was mysteriously revoked by the Harper government. Watson, who now lives in France, told National Observer he received the passport on Monday after a long ordeal that included several battles with the former Conservative government, thanks to a bit of help from Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.

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