Hannah: Welcome back, animal lovers! We have a double feature heading your way this week.
Jenna: To start things off, I will say that I was so happy to learn that cows can have friendships with each other and can even recognize their cow friends from photographs. Friendship among cows also influence the cows’ health and wellness. Isolated and lonely cows actually miss fellowship and as a result, can live in agony. Much like humans, cows benefit from socializing with their friends consistently.
Hannah: It was saddening to read that large, corporate cow farms move cows around very frequently from herd to herd. This means these cows are incapable of forming friendships and, ultimately, their wellness can deteriorate.
Jenna: Just another reason to support local, humane farms or, even better, consider a vegan diet.
Hannah: You make a great point, Jenna! Tell me, have you heard THE news of the week?
Jenna: Are you talking about the stingray attacks that left 176 people injured in one day?
Hannah: No, but now I’ve got to know about that!
Jenna: What might appear to be an aggressive move from the wildlife, is, in reality, the result of human interaction with marine life in their natural habitat. It is a stingray’s reflex to sting when they are stepped on or suddenly disturbed, as they were when beachgoers in California made their may into their territory.
Hannah: Wow, I’m glad everyone is okay, but it is important for us to keep in mind that the ocean is the wildlife’s habitat and should be respected.
Jenna: So if the stingray news was not THE news of the week then what was?
Hannah: The United States House of Representatives passed a bill that deems cruelty and abuse to animals a federal offense. Exceptions to this bill include vet care, certain self-defense cases, and hunting. This unanimously passed legislation piece is known as the PACT Act or Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. Perpetrators of the PACT Act will face felony charges, such as heavy fines and prison time.
Jenna: That is major news and an uplifting way to close out this week!
Hannah: More news to come next week.
Animals in the news:
Cows Need Friends to Be Happy from The Atlantic
This Bizarre Primate Has A Newly Discovered Digit from National Geographic
This Could Be The Loudest Bird On Earth from National Geographic
Why Do Pigeons Bob Their Heads? from Live Science
Crabs can solve and remember their way around a maze from Science Daily
Macy’s becomes biggest US retailer to end fur sales from The Guardian
Seal of approval: Farne Islands population boom gathers pace from The Guardian
European Union Outlaws on Pesticide Linked to Harming Bees by 2020 from Nature World News
Crustacean Welfare: Scientific Issues from Faunalytics
Carl Safina Is Certain Your Dog Loves You from The New York Times
Why do people hate vegans? from The Guardian
What do mirror tests test? from Aeon
Opinion: How we treat old chimpanzees — and what that says about us from Los Angeles Times
We Thought This Bear Was Out Cold. We Were Mistaken. from National Geographic
This Deep-sea Fish’s Expandable Stomach Can Hold Huge Meals from National Geographic
Spiders inspire double-sided sticky tape to heal wounds from BBC News
Australian wildfire: Hundreds of koalas feared dead from BBC News
New study into climate impact on North Sea wildlife from BBC News
Five hundred goats save the Ronald Reagan library from wildfires from The Guardian
This Woman and Her Pet Otters Have Spent the Last 40 Years Protecting the Species From Extinction in England from The Good News Network
Stingray Attack Injures 176 People from Nature World News
The Danger of Sledding Tourism to Huskies from Nature World News
Thank you to Beth Wilson and John Delconte for sending in articles!