Hannah: Hello, all! We hope your week is off to a great start. This week we are giving you a double feature, meaning double the news. Jenna, have any news to start us off?
Jenna: Of course. World Animal News published an article promoting an amazing program that will donate $1 to the SiSu Animal Refuge and Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue for every person who signs up on their website to go vegan in January. The program is being run by the organization, Million Dollar Vegan. In addition to donating, Million Dollar Vegan will provide those who sign up with recipes, a vegan guide, and newsletters for each day in January. Those wishing to participate can click here to learn more and sign up.
Hannah: What an incredible way to learn how to incorporate veganism into your diet and, at the same time, support charities. On the same topic of veganism, I read about a dairy farmer who witnessed first-hand the distress of dairy cows and, as a result, was inspired to adopt a vegan diet. The dairy farmer, Jessica Strathdee, was heartbroken after watching baby calves being ripped away from mother cows to provide dairy products. The article summarizes the upsetting early lives of calves from dairy farms and highlights why Ms. Strathdee quit the dairy industry, became vegan, and now advocates for animals.
Jenna: That article definitely gives some good reasons everyone should sign up with Million Dollar Vegan to go vegan for January (and hopefully longer). Some other great resources for eating with an animal-friendly diet can be found on Fanimal’s ‘Eat’ webpage.
Hannah: The more resources the better. The holidays are upon us, as we wrap up this year and head into 2020. Food, exciting festivities, loved ones, travel and did we mention food? In a matter of time, the celebratory seasons can become overwhelming and distracting, so I want to highlight a couple of articles to keep our furry friends in mind and safe.
Jenna: It’s true, life can be quite the blur during this time of year.
Hannah: A seven year old Labrador got ahold of its owner’s homemade gingerbread treats, meant to be used as Christmas tree ornaments for friends. The treats were stowed in bags on the counter, in what the owner thought was out of reach from her pup. Unfortunately, the dog was able to access and devour them. This resulted in an emergency trip to the vet and two life-saving surgeries. Over 30 ribbons were removed from the dog, who is now on cage rest. Public donations were made to help financially support the surgeries and survival.
Jenna: What a frightening time for the owner and her fur baby. I am truly moved that other animal lovers stepped in to help financially. We can use this as a reminder to take extra precautions when storing our tasty goodies and gifts this season.
Hannah: And while it is the season of giving and our companion animals have mastered their puppy eyes, there are certain Christmas foods that we must resist slipping as treats. Both dark meat and cooked bones have made this list. Check out the rest here.
Jenna: We hope you all enjoyed this week’s double feature.
Animals in the news this week:
Why The Government Breeds And Releases Billions Of Flies A Year from National Geographic
The Hidden World Of Cute Damselflies Enchanted This Photographer from National Geographic
Thought Extinct For 30 Years, The Starry Night Toad Is Rediscovered from National Geographic
Octopus and eagle square off at Canadian fish farm from BBC News
Harvest mice found thriving 15 years after reintroduction efforts from The Guardian
Mystery as hundreds of starlings found dead on road in Anglesey from The Guardian
Stolen pit bull to make cross-country trip back home from ABC News
Federal Court blocks ‘Veggie Burger’ Censorship Law from The Good Food Institute
Fish Welfare In Research from Faunalytics
Crows could be the smartest animal other than primates from BBC Future
Orcas and their grandmothers from PRI
Why Zimbabwe’s female rangers are better at stopping poaching from National Geographic
This Indian community welcomes leopards from National Geographic
Tropical forests’ lost decade: the 2010s from Mongabay
Donor Segmentation: The People Who Donate To Non-Companion Animals from Faunalytics
Louisiana sues California over alligator ban from NBC News
Charities rescue thousands of underweight hedgehogs from BBC News
Dogs process numerical quantities in similar brain region as humans from ScienceDaily
Changing Seas Bring ‘Turtle Stranding Season’ to Cape Cod from The New York Times
Ocean acidification could degrade sharks’ tough skin from Science News
Plan to save sea turtles from shrimp boats scaled way back from Associated Press
Cat Decides To Take On Life As A Hat from The Dodo
The jaguars fishing in the sea to survive from The Guardian
Leatherback turtle ‘alive when stranded’ in Essex from BBC News
Commonly Resilient Species Are No Longer Immune to Environmental Crisis from Nature World News
Thank you to Karen Dawn of DawnWatch for being an excellent source for articles! Also, thank you to Alex Samsel for sending in articles. If you see anything you want us to include in Creature Feature News, please send it our way firstname.lastname@example.org.