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We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare It’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend. This common phrase may seem simple to most, but it holds a very important lesson: animals are important to human wellbeing. IFAW’s newest report, Animals are Key to Human Development: A Guidebook for Incorporating Conservation […]

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Interview of the Week: Mika Brzezinski

Interview of the Week: Mika Brzezinski

Most of us know Mika Brzezinski as a journalist, commentator, and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe but she has another noteworthy title: devoted animal lover. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, animals have provided us comfort, companionship, and stories about them have generated immense interest from our ODP readers. It’s why we wanted to sit down with […]

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One Cool Thing: Wildlife Comes Out At National Parks

One Cool Thing: Wildlife Comes Out At National Parks

Park Rangers at National Parks that have been closed for many weeks have observed things they had never seen before.  For example, pronghorn antelope in the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley National Park, and at Yosemite, with traffic a distant memory, deer, bobcats, and black bears have made their way into Yosemite Valley and are […]

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One Pet Thing: 7 Surprising Ways Your Dog Says ‘I’m Stressed’

One Pet Thing: 7 Surprising Ways Your Dog Says ‘I’m Stressed’

Dogs are usually balls of joy but even man’s best friend can get stressed. Do you know how to spot the signs of a nervous, stressed, or otherwise unhappy dog? Take it from a canine behaviorist. Also, coronavirus can infect cats — dogs, not so much. But scientists say it’s unclear whether felines can spread the virus to […]

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Trump Administration Killed Big Game Hunting Advisory Council

Trump Administration Killed Big Game Hunting Advisory Council

Wildlife and environmental groups scored a legal victory last week when the Trump Administration admitted in court filings that it had disbanded the Interior Department’s International Wildlife Conservation Council, an advisory committee of hunting advocates charged with promoting the “benefits of international hunting,” when the advisory committee’s charter of the expired in December of last year.  It was the influence of panels like this one that led to the President reversing himself to allow big game trophies to be imported into the U.S. the agency after initially supporting the Obama Administration’s moratorium on bringing tusks and other elephant parts back home.

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Animals Survive Dorian’s Wrath – With A Little Help

Hurricane Dorian’s ripple effects are still being felt – especially when it comes to the pets and wild animals that also found themselves in the path of the storm.  Our partners the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are on the ground in the Bahamas and partnering with other key stakeholders helping to save the […]

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One Cool Things: Kiev’s Volunteer Animal Rescuers

One Cool Things: Kiev’s Volunteer Animal Rescuers

Amid an ongoing war and political chaos in Ukraine, a group of Kiev-based volunteers started by Mykhailo Starozhuk have been working to rescue animals around the city such as dogs, cats, and even birds, bears, and beavers. Kiev Animal Rescue Group (Karg), provides emergency services for injured animals 24/7 and was recently profiled in a […]

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Backyard Wildlife Encounters are Increasing, What Can You Do?

Backyard Wildlife Encounters are Increasing, What Can You Do?

Encounters with wildlife are becoming more common in towns and neighborhoods as urbanization increases, yet people are generally unaware of how to handle these encounters which are resulting in an increased risk for both humans and animals. And because of habitat loss to fragmentation, urbanization and expanding agricultural production, suburban and urban spaces are becoming […]

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One Sweet Thing: Mexico’s Famed Rescue Dog Retires

One Sweet Thing: Mexico’s Famed Rescue Dog Retires

A famous yellow lab who saved 12 lives and recovered 41 bodies during her career as a search and rescue dog is being honored as she retires from her post. As AFP reported,  Frida the rescue dog gained worldwide fame for her heroics after the earthquake that devastated Mexico on September 19, 2017, officially retired […]

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Pets Increasingly Getting Their Due Thanks To Millennials

Pets Increasingly Getting Their Due Thanks To Millennials

Millennials are much more likely to enjoy their job and want to stay if they are allowed to bring their pets to work, according to a recent survey by Nationwide Insurance.  And a millennial who sued the Meeker Housing Authority in Denver, Colorado for violating the federal rights of tenants with disabilities by charging a fee for companion animals recently agreed to settle his case against the authority for nearly $1 million.  Millennials are increasingly forcing a change in U.S. society’s attitudes toward pets.  

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IFAW Turns 50 And Gets A New Look

Now, having grown and thrived through the decades, IFAW is making changes in the hope of attracting the next generation of environmentalists at this critical moment for species and the planet.  As the UN Extinction Report that was released on Monday makes clear, educating people who have come of age in the new millennium and inspiring them to take action is crucial to saving animals, people, and the planet going forward.

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New Report Hopes to Spark “Paris Moment” for Biodiversity

New Report Hopes to Spark “Paris Moment” for Biodiversity

A major United Nations scientific report on biodiversity will be released later today, after a week of negotiations on the final text written by 400 leading scientists from 130 nations assessing the state of Nature — and its impact on humanity — across the globe, according to a draft obtained by Agence France-Presse (AFP). 

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