Hollywood plays host to the 26th Annual Genesis Awards, Saturday March 24, 2012 (Updated with winners)

Ian Somerhalder will be presented with the Wyler Award at the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.

Tomorrow night, the Humane Society of the United States and Hollywood will honor the major news and entertainment media who over the last year have produced "outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues" with the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.The list of nominees includes (full list at the end) features films like "Dolphin Tale," "Rio," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "War Horse" as well as talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show."Dancing With The Stars" judge Ca … [Read more...]

Hundreds of elephants slaughtered by poachers in Cameroon

Poachers have slaughtered hundreds of elephants for their ivory tusks in the Bouba Ndjida National Park, Cameroon. © Boubandjida Safari Lodge (IFAW press photo)

Here's a story that will break your heart (or it should): more than 200 elephants have been slaughtered by poachers in Cameroon. The poachers are killing the elephants for their ivory tusks.According to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other sources, the killing spree began in mid-January when an armed gang of Sudanese poachers  began to kill free-roaming elephants in the Bouba Ndjida National Park. The park is in northern Cameroon, near the border with Chad.IFAW’s Celine … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #5 – Learn something new about animals

Dog Tips from Dogtown is a fantastic book that will introduce you to the basics of positive-based dog training. Easy to read, lots of example and pictures, and lots of reasons why a positive approach is the best way to relate to your dog.

To say that I read a lot would be an understatement; I try to average a book a week, and my topics range from pop fiction to indepth nonfiction on a variety of subjects. But one this is for sure: on my reading list every year are books about animals. All kinds of animals.This year, for example, I stumbled upon a book called "Red Tails In Love" at the used bookstore, about the birds in Central Park, specifically the red tailed hawks that made headlines when they nested on a posh building. … [Read more...]

"World's smallest elephant" photo making the rounds on Facebook not the whole story

I saw this photo on Facebook today of a tiny little elephant baby being held in someone's hands, the caption of which said, "Worlds smallest elephant but he is fighting for his life so pray for him buy liking & sharing this staus . Express your love to him. . ."That's one small elephant. But is it real?Turns out that the photo is real, but it's not the world's smallest elephant. According to the website ThatsNonsense.com, the photo is of a dead elephant fetus. The elephant mother died, a … [Read more...]

Bob Barker, Jorja Fox appear before Congress in defense of Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act

This week, former "Price is Right" host Bob Barker, "CSI" actress Jorja Fox and others from animal rights groups appeared on Capital Hill in support of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), which was introduced in Congress on Wednesday by Northern Virginia Democrat, Representative Jim Moran."Based upon publically available research, including video and photographic evidence, it is clear that traveling circuses cannot provide the proper living conditions for exotic animals. This … [Read more...]

The Elephant Sanctuary in TN mourns the loss of Bella the dog, companion to Tarra the elephant

Sad news today from The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee:  Bella, the dog who made international headlines as the treasured companion of The Sanctuary’s first elephant, Tarra, has died, likely as the result of a coyote attack. In a letter on The Elephant Sanctuary website, CEO Rob Atkinson writes: "We noticed Bella was not with Tarra at breakfast on Tuesday and later that morning she still had not appeared. Tarra and Bella have always spent short periods apart as one goes off exploring … [Read more...]


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