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Bye-bye glitter? Scientists suggesting a ban just in time for the holidays

Glitter catches our eye, adds glitz to anything and can glam up your look on a hot night out. It also gets stuck on everything and seemingly (like beach sand) never goes away, but that isn’t why researchers are suggesting a ban on glitter. Glitter does “terrible damage” to the...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:27am

Uptown and Downtown rats in NYC are genetically different, study finds

You’ve heard of Uptown girls, but what about Uptown rats? Apparently, rats that live Uptown and Downtown in New York City have distinct genetic differences, according to a new paper out of Fordham University. Matthew Combs, a PhD student at Fordham, is writing his dissertation about the...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:03am

Adopt a pet and then get 'Stuffed' with Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli, the “queen of mean,” isn’t known for keeping mum. She said her parents taught her never to talk about who she is voting for or how much money she makes. Everything else is fair game. Animal adoption and body issues are two topics the comic will talk about freely...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:42pm

7 foods to keep away from your pet this Thanksgiving (and some alternatives)

We give thanks for our furry family members and want to spoil them year ‘round, but while we indulge in Thanksgiving goodies, we need to be the humans in the relationship and monitor what our party animals get into. Here are some pet safety tips to get you through your Thanksgiving meal. 1...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 2:41am

The most vegan-friendly meal kit delivery services: PETA

In a world of conveniences, there are meal delivery kits. Companies like the well-known Blue Apron or FreshDirect ship you the ingredients you need plus the recipe. All you have to do is cook and serve. Unless you’re vegan. Then, your options could seem a bit dismal, but maybe you're not...

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 5:18pm

These pet-parent life hacks will simplify your whole existence

My cats are my kids. Wait, wait! Hear me out. I love my furry little jerks, but sometimes taking care of them is a hassle (that I’ll gladly take) when life gets busy. And those are cats! Dogs typically require more attention than their feline counterparts, so we’re offering up these...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:53pm

Another reason science rules: Those puppy dog eyes are just for you!

You know those people who try to tell you that your pet doesn’t really love you or only uses you for food? You know how you want to just tell them “shut up” because you know your fur-kid loves you? Now, you can tell them to “shut up” with science because a new study on...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 2:09am

Florida man fighting to keep emotional support squirrel

A Florida man must choose between his emotional support squirrel or his home. Ryan Boylan of Clearwater Beach received a notice from his condo association saying the squirrel has to go. Boylan said he saved the squirrel, Brutis, during Hurricane Matthew and the two have become inseparable. "...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:06pm

K9 officer hot car deaths at a record high: PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told Metro exclusively that at least 13 K9 officers died as a result of being left in a hot car so far this year, already surpassing 2016’s K9 officer fatality numbers. Of the 13 K9 officer deaths, two resulted in criminal charges, four...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:32pm

Yes, people can still — and do — die from rabies in the United States

Bats don’t actually fly around looking to suck on the blood of unsuspecting humans, but they do bite — and some of them carry rabies. Unfortunately, a Florida man learned that the hard way after receiving a bite from a bat infected with rabies. He didn’t seek treatment and died a...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:08pm

Lara Trump's White House duties 'unprecedented,' 'inappropriate': Watchdogs

Move over, Princess Royal. Another Trump is holding high-level meetings: Lara Trump. President Trump’s daughter-in-law, an advisor to his campaign, is crossing the line between campaigning and serving the public, watchdog groups said. Lara Trump, campaign adviser President Trump’s...

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 2:52pm

Adorable snow leopard cub has Bronx Zoo debut

Just in time for Halloween – and the last weekend of Boo at the Zoo – the Bronx Zoo debuted one of its newest residents, a snow leopard cub, which is sometimes known as a “ghost cat.” “This snow leopard cub is special not only because it is an ambassador for its...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:28pm

Host of My Big Fat Pet Makeover on Animal Planet shares training tips for chunky pets

We had so much fun talking to Travis Brorsen, host of Animal Planet’s My Big, Fat Pet Makeover, that he gave us some tips and tricks to understanding our pets and how to train them without tipping the scale. I love this picture from @AnimalPlanet of Gracie’s before and after. We...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 9:13pm

Cuomo bans use of elephants in circus and entertainment acts across state

Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned the use of elephants in entertainment acts like circuses and carnivals within the state of New York on Thursday. The act was adopted this past spring after reports of curelty against elephants by circus trainers surfaced. Cuomo’s Elephant Protection Act comes on...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:12am

What are the 'rattiest' cities in the US?

Autumn is many people’s favorite season, but fall isn’t just all about picturesque pumpkin patches, apple cider and cozy sweaters — it's also a time for rat infestations. With the change in temperature comes an increase in vermin invasions, according to Orkin. The...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 5:23pm

Bronx man who slammed puppy on floor leading to leg amputation going to jail

A Bronx man pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after he abused a puppy, including slamming her against the floor causing a leg injury resulting in amputation. Roberto Martinez, 25, of the 900 block of Leggett Avenue will be sentenced to a year in jail, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office...

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 4:03pm

Puppies rescued from Puerto Rico will soon be up for adoption in Massachusetts

As Puerto Rico continues to reel from the devastating Hurricane Maria, New England shelters are rescuing animals from the island, including the MSPCA, which just recovered eight dogs, including five puppies. The three adult dogs and five puppies, which are between 8 and 9 weeks old, are currently...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:49am

Bill would fine those who wrongly say their pets are service dogs

A bill aims to crack down on fake service dogs, and those who train such animals will gather at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday for a hearing. For those who have certain disabilities, service dogs are an essential part of life and need to be with them everywhere they go. While any dog...

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 3:37pm

Bunny infestation overruns Boston

An infestation of urban-dwelling creatures usually causes people to gag or get the frights, but one furry city animal is taking over Boston's terrain – and winning its residents' hearts. Boston is known to be home to many creatures people look to avoid: Rats, squirrels, mice,...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 4:58pm

Backed by NRA, the Trump administration seeks to end bans on hunting in national parks

Backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Department of the Interior wants to eliminate regulations on hunting bears and wolves in Alaskan wildlife preserves, essentially converting the parks into taxpayer-funded, free-fire game ranches. Esquire UK points out that such a ranch is where...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 4:56pm