Author OIPA (International Organization for Animal Protection)

Asia
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Security forces are now equipped with slingshots to fend off monkeys who harass visitors at the Taj Mahal. The root cause of this conflict between humans and rhesus macaques is the eradication of the monkeys’ natural habitat, which has forced them into proximity with humans.

Companion Animals
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Most people do not realize that a majority of pet food is composed primarily from food industry waste. Among the most common causes of death for both cats and dogs are diseases affiliated with poor diet.

Africa
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The Veterinary Service Department in Egypt has killed countless numbers of free roaming dogs and cats, usually by poisoning them with strychnine or shooting them. A new amendment to Egyptian law would prohibit this practice and hopefully force authorities to consider more humane methods of population management.

Asia
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85% of the products created by the fur industry come from animals raised in captivity on fur factory farms. These farms can hold thousands of animals, and the practices used to farm them are designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals, who suffer in unimaginable ways.

Australia & Pacific Islands
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You may not know about the cruel practice, where sheep undergo a removal of parts of their skin in order to prevent a parasitic infection called flystrike. A vast majority of people use wool on a daily basis, probably without realizing that most of it comes from Australia, where mulesing is fully legal and considered normal.

Africa
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The project’s massive turn out demonstrated the power of education and how human ignorance has led to suffering for many dogs in rural communities. The OIPA team has done something very good for this community and potentially saved the lives of people, children and dogs from a terrible disease.

Animals in Entertainment
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Bulls of fire is an extremely cruel Spanish bloodsport. In it, torches are tied to bulls’ horns and then set on fire, all for the entertainment of the crowd. This atrocious physical and mental torture, considered a tradition, is still practiced in two Spanish regions, namely Catalonia and Valencia.

Africa
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Rabies kills approximately 59,000 people annually, with a majority of cases caused by dog bites. However, this disease is fully preventable, and dog vaccination programs are not only humane and cost-effective, but also proven to be effective in reducing rabies cases.

Asia
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While previous Olympics showed consideration for the welfare of animals, the Tokyo Olympics appear to be a very different story. In their desire to produce meat, eggs, and milk to be consumed at the upcoming games, the Tokyo Organizing Committee is seeking to greatly reduce the standards of treatment and husbandry of farmed animals.

Africa
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources released a statement on August 1st, according to which 95% of the world lemur population is “on the verge of extinction,” making them the “most threatened primates on Earth.”

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