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Today’s Solutions: July 19, 2024

It’s kitten season! How to h

It’s kitten season! How to help overwhelmed shelters manage the influx of kitties right meow

Kitten season has arrived, bringing with it an irresistible wave of feline cuteness. However, behind the scenes, animal rescues and shelters are dealing with an influx of pregnant cats and their litters, putting a strain on their already limited resources. According to Stephanie Filer, executive Read More...

AI deciphers chicken language

AI deciphers chicken language for a happier flock

Have you ever wondered what the chickens are talking about? Chickens are excellent communicators, with their clucks, squawks, and purrs forming a complicated linguistic system. These sounds are their way of engaging with the world and communicating delight, fear, and social cues to one another, Read More...

Ensuring no pet goes hungry: T

Ensuring no pet goes hungry: The rise of pet food banks in the UK

Pete Dolan, a cat owner, recalls the tremendous help he received from Animal Food Bank Support UK, a Facebook organization that coordinates volunteer community support workers who supply free pet food to individuals in need, referring to everyone involved as “Angels without wings”.  Dolan, Read More...

A historic win for animal righ

A historic win for animal rights: Spain passes law against domestic animal abuse

Earlier this month, Spanish legislators unanimously approved a bill to improve the welfare of animals. The bill was accompanied by a modification of the penal code that will result in harsher punishments for anyone who abuses animals. Ione Belarra, Minister of Social Rights and Leader of the Read More...

Dolce&Gabbana sunglasses

This giant luxury fashion house will stop using animal fur

Following years of perseverance from animal welfare activists, the fashion industry is finally coming to grips with its role in making the clothing sector more ethical and sustainable. Particularly notable has been the decision of an increasing number of prominent fashion brands to move away from Read More...

a man holds two adorable puppies

Spain formally recognizes animals as sentient beings

Spain joins nations like the UK and Brussels in passing an animal welfare law that recognizes animals as sentient beings, meaning that the country will no longer consider pets and wild animals as “objects." Spain’s Congress of Deputies passed the new legislation, which received majority Read More...

Common octopus at the bottom of the sea

Octopuses, crabs, and lobsters are now considered sentient beings in the UK

In a landmark achievement for animal welfare, octopuses, crabs, and lobsters will be considered sentient beings under UK law. The move follows an independent review led by scientists at the London School of Economics (LSE), which concluded that there is strong evidence these animals can feel pain, Read More...

three sad minks in a small cage

Ireland to become 15th European country to ban fur farming

Minks, foxes, weasels, and other furry friends can breathe a collective sigh of relief—Ireland is to go ahead with its fur farming ban, which will be enforced in 2022. This makes Ireland the 15th European country to do so. Ruth Coppinger, a politician from the People Before Profit/Solidarity Read More...

France will ban the culling of

France will ban the culling of unwanted male chicks by 2022

Each year, about 50 million male chicks — not wanted for meat or eggs — are culled in France, usually by shredding or gassing. That number, however, will soon become zero, thanks to a new law passed by the government, which will ban the killing of male chicks from next year. Billions of male Read More...

Buddhist monk provides new lif

Buddhist monk provides new life to thousands of stray dogs in Shanghai

In recent years, China’s growing wealth has led to a boom in the pet market. This, however, also caused an increase in the number of stray animals, with people abandoning the furry creatures when they do not want to or cannot care for them anymore. In turn, breeding among strays has further Read More...