Animal News
  • What is a Wildlife Detection Dog?
    Over the past two decades or so, a few organizations have been training dogs to use their sense of smell to help save the lives of wildlife.... Read more »
  • Hunters Caught Killing Mother Bear and Her ‘Shrieking’ Cubs
    A man and his teenage son have finally been charged after illegally killing a black bear and her two newborn cubs earlier this spring in Alaska. Unfortunately, more wildlife could soon be vulnerable to the same extreme cruelty seen here that’s stirring outrage. According to the Alaska State Troopers, which released the details of their […]... Read more »
  • Grieving Mother Orca Carried Her Dead Calf for 17 Days
    For 17 days, a mother orca carried her dead calf in what scientists are calling an unprecedented display of grief. Tahlequah, or J35, as she’s officially known, traveled hundreds of miles refusing to let go of her newborn girl who sadly lived less than an hour before passing away. While her tragic story has garnered […]... Read more »
  • 100,000 Dolphins Are Illegally Murdered for Bait Each Year – This Must Be Stopped
    Given how universally revered dolphins are, and the fact that humans rarely eat their meat, you’d be forgiven for assuming that dolphins are largely spared by the fishing industry. Alas, that’s not the case. As a new report finds, fishers hunt and butcher over 100,000 cetaceans (a classification that includes dolphins, porpoises and tinier whales) […]... Read more »
  • Why Elephants, Like Billy, Don’t Belong in Captivity
    Based on what science has taught us, elephants -- like 32-year-old Billy -- do not belong in zoos.... Read more »
  • Support Freedom for Zoo Elephants this World Elephant Day
    We may never know all their secrets, but we have learned quite a bit about what elephants need to be happy and healthy and that when it comes to meeting their needs, zoos aren’t cutting it. That’s why in honor of World Elephant Day on August 12 In Defense of Animals’ (IDA) elephant scientist, Toni […]... Read more »
  • Is Using Goats to Clear Noxious Vegetation Safe for Them?
    Over 100 runaway goats made headlines when they escaped from the property they were supposed to be clearing.... Read more »
  • Piglet Who Fell From a Slaughterhouse Truck Will Become a Therapy Pig
    A two-week-old piglet that was rescued after falling out of a truck on a busy St. Louis interstate will never become someone's dinner.... Read more »
  • Yet Another Reason Keeping Elephants In Captivity Is Cruel
    Just in time for World Elephant Day (8/12), a newly published study in Nature Communications imparts some critical information about how captivity negatively affects the lifespan of elephants. In truth, previous research has already established that elephants in zoos live fewer years than those that roam free. The new ground this study breaks is in […]... Read more »
  • Rare Sea Turtle Died After Getting Trapped in a Barstool
    Animal lovers are mourning the tragic loss of a critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle who died after becoming trapped in a barstool. This week the South Walton Turtle Watch, a group of trained volunteers who locate and protect sea turtles and their nests in Florida, shared heartbreaking images showing the Kemp’s ridley trapped in […]... Read more »
  • Why You Shouldn’t Feed the Ducks — And What to Do Instead
    On a beautiful day, what's more pleasant than heading down to the lake with family or friends, bringing a picnic and packing some bread or crackers for the horde of waterfowl that will quickly gather around you when they realize you have snacks? As it turns out, it's not very pleasant for the birds at all.... Read more »
  • Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides Overturned in National Wildlife Refuges
    In another disappointing step backwards for the environment, the Trump administration has just overturned a ban on the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops on national wildlife refuges where farming is allowed. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Deputy Director Greg Sheehan, said in a memo this month that the reversal is necessary to […]... Read more »
  • 10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat
    Once every eight seconds, an unwanted cat or dog is euthanized somewhere in the United States thanks to pet overpopulation and limited shelter capacity. No one likes to think about that reality, but you can do your small part to help.... Read more »
  • Handsome New ‘Adonis’ Could Be Good News for LA Mountain Lions
    Hidden cameras have discovered a new male mountain lion in the Verdugo Mountains, and you can help protect him and his kittens.... Read more »
  • Indonesia Pledges to Support Ending the Dog Meat Trade
    Animal advocates are celebrating a major breakthrough in their fight towards ending the brutal dog meat trade in Indonesia with a pledge from government officials that they will be supporting a full ban. The decision was announced at a meeting between Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition, which includes the Humane […]... Read more »
  • An Easy Way to Avoid ‘Pet Leasing’ Scams? Adopt From Your Local Shelter
    Did you ever fall in love with an expensive puppy and wonder if you could afford the purchase? Puppy financing is an industry, but often the required paperwork is really a lease -- not a purchase agreement.... Read more »
  • Greyhound Activists Prepare for Battle After Judge Removes Ballot Initiative
    Greyhound advocates in Florida vowed to press forward aggressively in their fight to end greyhound racing after an unexpected legal setback.... Read more »
  • Aquarium Shark Thief Says He was Concerned About Her Welfare
    That claim is a little bit dicey, but there is a way that you can actually help the horn shark known as Miss Helen, who lives in a touch tank at San Antonio Aquarium.... Read more »
  • 95 Percent of the World’s Lemurs Are Facing Extinction
    Madagascar is home to dozens of species of charismatic lemurs who come in a range of sizes, colors and appearances, from the tiny mouse lemur to the largest indri, but a recent assessment found that one thing they all have in common is that nearly every species of lemur is now in danger of extinction. […]... Read more »
  • 10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Sheep
    Sheep have universally been branded as stupid, but the truth is they are a whole lot smarter than we give them credit for. Sheep are exceptionally intelligent animals with unique personalities, and they have a whole host of adorable and endearing qualities.... Read more »