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After news broke about the mass coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, World Animal News was eager to get to the bottom of this massive environmental problem, to find out if one of the greatest wonders of the world is really going extinct after 25 million years.

World Animal News’ Katie Cleary, traveled to Australia to research and collect footage on the Great Barrier Reef, to further educate the public on it’s condition.

Footage obtained by World Animal News in Australia is evidence that the Great Barrier Reef is still alive. Although there has been coral bleaching along the northern section of the reef, there is still a large percentage of coral reef that is thriving. We must still be vigilant in the protection and preservation of the reef for future generations.

Coral bleaching occurs as a result of several factors; warming water, cyclones, water acidification caused by climate change, and the Crown of Thorns starfish which preys on and destroys coral.

It is important that we act now to save the Great Barrier Reef before coral bleaching takes a turn for the worst. The Great Barrier Reef is home to thousands of marine life and large sections of it in the southern region have escaped from coral bleaching, with the northern region being the hardest hit.

It is not too late for Australia and the rest of the world to imply stronger and better regulations to protect the Great Barrier Reef for the future of our planet.


On September 14th 2016, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings hosted a briefing in Washington D.C. to pass crucial legislation in order to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China and across Asia.

Joining Hastings at the briefing were; Dr. Peter Li, China Policy Advisor at Humane Society International and Associate Professor at East Asian Politics of the University of Houston-Downton, Andrea Gung, Executive Director and Founder of Duo Duo – Compassion Beyond Borders, Marc Ching, Founder of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, and Valarie Ianniello, Director of Operations of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, as well as Lisa Vanderpump and John Sessa of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

The group of advocates are fighting hard to end the horrific dog meat industry. They presented House Resolution 752 to end China’s dog meat festival to a room full of lawmakers and animal advocates.

Following the presentation, Marc Ching, Valarie Ianniello, Katie Cleary and attorney Nick Sackett, held a meeting with congressman Hastings in D.C. to discuss the U.S. Anti-Dog & Cat meat bill that they are currently working on, presented by the legislative group, Social Compassion in Legislation.

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Santa Clarita Sand Fire

On July 23, 2016, Santa Clarita was hit with the devastating Sand Fire that spread rapidly and called for an urgent evacuation of thousands of homes, people and their animals. Many animal sanctuaries and horse owners had to evacuate because the fire was quickly approaching. As the wind changed directions, so did the fire and it headed straight towards The Monte Verde Ranch and their 140 horses, along with The Wildlife Way Station, who’s 450 wild and exotic animals had to be safely evacuated. Just a few of the many sanctuaries who had to evacuate all of their rescued animals.

As the fire continued to grow and more animals were in desperate need of evacuation, colleges, sanctuaries, animal control centers and shelters began opening their doors and allowing animals who needed temporary homes to be boarded at their facilities, ensuring their safety.

After several daunting days, the fire was 100% contained, leaving 38,346 acres of land that burned in its path. The animals who were brought to temporary boarding facilities have been transported back home safely.

For Animal Evacuation and Disaster Relief Updates

VICTORY!!! Humane Education Resolution Passes CA State Assembly!

Thanks to the incredible efforts of Judie Mancuso, founder of Social Compassion in Legislation, whose board members include, Katie Cleary and Simone Reyes, as well as the support from Jane Velez-Mitchell and respected assembly member Matt Dabaneh, an extremely important program has been adopted by the California State Assembly, which is labeled as the Humane Education Program.

“The Humane Education program seeks to prevent violence by teaching empathy, compassion, and respect for animals, and helps our students develop into caring and responsible citizens. In addition to the ethical and civic importance of Humane Education, encouraging a greater awareness about animals, nature, and their contributions towards our environment, economy, culture, and lives is invaluable,” says State Assembly member Dababneh.

The primary goals of Humane Education are to promote an understanding of the sociological and psychological dimensions of animal abuse, and cultivate empathy and compassion for animals.

“If we can educate our children on such important issues to protect the future of our planet, we can make our planet a more compassionate place for all living beings,” states Katie Cleary. “What our kids learn in school becomes embedded in their language, and is reflected in their actions towards the people and animals around them. It’s time we teach our students a more compassionate future!”

This is a monumental success in the State of California. The next step is to implement this program into all 50 states.

To learn more about this Bill and other animal welfare legislation, CLICK HERE to visit our animal welfare partner Social Compassion In Legislation. 

Peace 4 Animals Collaborates With FTLA Apparel To Make Compassion The Fashion!

Peace 4 Animals teamed up with FTLA (for the love of animals) apparel, to design custom t-shirts to help save endangered species and support a compassionate and ethical lifestyle.

15% of each purchase will be donated to Peace 4 Animals which will directly fund wildlife and endangered species conservation campaigns.

All of the new Peace 4 Animals styles are eco-friendly and vegan. Included in this new line are comfy t-shirts, tanks, and pullovers that are designed to make you look good and feel even better giving back.

These one of a kind designs are available for both men and women and are specially made in non-toxic water based ink.

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LA Green Festival

Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News is excited to be attending the LA Green Festival on September 16-18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Green Festival is America’s largest and longest running sustainability and green living event. The festival brings together non- profit organizations and companies who share the same mission of living on a sustainable planet and protecting the environment and species who inhabit it. 

Peace 4 Animals & World Animal News will have a table set up were festival attendees can learn more about our work.


World Animal News will be hosting the Animal Defenders Panel during the festival where influential Speakers such as: Alison Eastwood, Simone Reyes, Jane Velez Mitchell, Judie Mancuso, Kip Anderson, Moby, as well as many others will address important topics and discuss the incredible work that they are doing to help save animals’ lives. 

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the LA Green Festival.
We hope to see you there!

Baby Elephant Dies At Ringling Bros. Breeding Center


POLK CITY, FL – Mike, the youngest elephant resident at Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation (a breeding center) in Polk City, has died from the elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV).

Final necropsy results are in progress, but officials preliminary results along with blood tests suggest that the virus was the cause of death.


Dr. Ashley Settles, the director of Ringling Bros. veterinary care: "No one knows why the virus manifests this way in some elephants, since most elephants harbor the virus and never become ill. Mike only began to show the slightest of symptoms on Saturday and was eating and drinking well as late as Sunday afternoon, but the illness progressed very rapidly. As soon as symptoms began we started treating him, but by Monday morning there was nothing more anyone could do to prevent his passing."

The elephant was born at the breeding center on June 27, 2013 to parents also born there. Mike was the first elephant to die of EEHV at the center, which has experienced 26 endangered Asian elephant births since 1995.


The Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC) is a 200-acre breeding farm and retirement facility for elephants that is sponsored by Feld Entertainment, the holding company and owner of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The CEC is the largest Asian elephant gene pool outside of Southeast Asia. The center failed a USDA inspection under the Animal Welfare Act due to its restraint policy in 1999. At least one case of TB was noted during the inspection.

Sources: Wiki

Photos: Newsweek


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Breaking News! Thai Authorities Remove 5 Tigers From Infamous Tiger Temple


The first five of 147 tigers have been removed from the infamous Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi by the Department of National Parks, according to Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand.  This development sends a clear message to the rest of the world that the Thai government is serious about protecting its tigers, which sets an essential precedent.


"The exploitation, illegal trade and torture is going to stop," the foundation said in a post. 

The controversial, but popular tourist temple, which brings $3 million dollars annually due to tourists visiting to play and take selfies with the animals, has long been accused of abusing and exploiting their tigers.

Last week, National Geographic magazine stated that it had uncovered evidence that the infamous temple was trafficking the tigers and selling them on the black market.

The tigers were tranquilized and transported to government-operated animal reserves in Ratchaburi, according to the Bangkok Post. 

Although this seems promising, there are also rumors abound that the government has agreed to only remove 70 tigers, while the remaining 77 will be taken to a new zoo currently under construction. The logistics will need to be determined as far as the tigers’ path to freedom.

Past efforts to retrieve animals from the temple literally took an army. In April 2015, a team of 400, made up of department staff, soldiers, and police acted together to retrieve several moon bears kept without permits from the temple. More than 100 monks and staff blocked the entrance, which led the team to resort to hoisting the animals out with a crane.

If there is no similar resistance, 5-10 of the 140 tigers could be rescued and transported out of the temple per day. The hope is that they will then be housed in a true sanctuary.

Despite overwhelming evidence against the Tiger Temple, thousands of tourists continue to line up for selfies, which fuels the illegal tiger trade.

Sources: One Green Planet

Coconut Bangkok

Photo: Coconut Bangkok

Huffington Post

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Two Young Gorillas Dismantle Poachers’ Traps After Death Of Fellow Gorilla


RWANDA-Researchers have observed two four-year old gorillas working together to dismantle snares within Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park a few days after a poacher’s trap killed a fellow mountain gorilla in the same area.

Veronica Vecellio from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda: “This is absolutely the first time that we've seen juveniles doing that … I don't know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares. We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas … so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that."


Gorillas are not the intended victims, as thousands of snares are set up by local bush meat hunters who are attempting to catch antelopes and other animals.

The traps, hidden by dry leaves and branches, operate by tying a noose to a branch of bamboo stalk, and bending it down to the ground, while another stick or rock is used to hold the noose in place.

If an animal moves the anchoring rock or stick, the branch will fling back up and tighten the noose around it, holding the captive in place until the poachers arrive, even possibly hoisting the captured animal into the air.

Young gorillas often are not able to free themselves, and run a huge risk of succumbing to injuries caused during their escape.

The worrisome fact is that the population cannot sustain these losses.

A tracker, John Ndayambaje, attempted to dismantle the snare, but was given a warning signal by the dominant male of the clan indicating that he wanted him to stop.

Ker Than of National Geographic: "Suddenly two juveniles – Rwema, a male; and Dukore, a female; both about four years old – ran toward the trap. As Ndayambaje and a few tourists watched, Rwema jumped on the bent tree branch and broke it, while Dukore freed the noose."

The two gorillas then reportedly located another snare, and with the assistance of another juvenile, managed to dismantle it as well. Researchers suspect that the confidence and speed with which the gorillas destroyed the traps means they had educated themselves on the dangerous nature of the contraptions, and have most likely dismantled them previously. They have stated that they will not interfere with the gorillas’ behavior and hope they will teach the rest of their clan to disable the traps as well.

Source: Science Alert

Photo: Morgan Trimble

Kindness Blog

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