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Think twice before booking an ‘animal encounter’

By |2024-04-29T20:07:15-07:00April 29, 2024|Advocacy|

A moose photographed at Grand Teton National Park in 2023 — from a safe distance. Encountering wildlife in their natural habitats can be awe-inspiring and may contribute to urgently needed conservation efforts. Tourism dollars can fund animal sanctuaries, and the rise of whale watching famously helps educate visitors and allows scientists to collect data on whale behavior. Unfortunately, distinguishing between ethical encounters and harmful ones isn’t always straightforward — and slick, professional marketing can blur the lines between conservation and exploitation. With the summer travel season coming up, it’s important we educate ourselves so [...]

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Saving America’s free-roaming horses

By |2024-04-03T21:05:00-07:00April 3, 2024|Advocacy|

Marin Humane offers employees a paid, weeklong sabbatical related to animal welfare. I chose to spend this time volunteering at the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Webster, Florida. The large property with its sprawling trees and Spanish moss offers an enchanting refuge to animals and people alike. As the name suggests, their mission is to rescue and rehabilitate America’s wild horses. I’d arrived at the center late at night. Waking up that first morning, watching the herds graze on lush green pastures, I felt like I’d been whisked away to a magical place where animals are [...]

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You’re invited to speak up for animals!

By |2024-03-26T10:41:40-07:00March 26, 2024|Advocacy|

Join us and animal advocates from across California at the state capital for Animal Advocacy Day! On April 16, we'll gather in Sacramento to learn about important pending legislation related to animals, then we'll meet with elected officials and make our voice heard as we lobby on behalf of them. This full but rewarding day kicks off at 9 am and concludes by 4 pm. Carpooling from our campus in Novato may be available. RSVP or learn more >>

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Embrace compassionate choices this Thanksgiving

By |2023-11-20T15:23:03-08:00November 20, 2023|Advocacy|

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a flock of rescued turkeys up close at a farmed animal sanctuary in New York state. If you’re familiar with the brown-feathered birds roaming Marin’s open spaces, you might be surprised to learn that turkeys bred for their meat have white feathers, and — unlike their scrawnier wild relatives — are unable to fly due to their weight. The best part about meeting the turkeys was the sheer joy these birds exhibited when they received gentle scratches beneath their wings. They would sit still and close their [...]

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Don’t let animals get spooked this Halloween

By |2023-10-18T20:12:17-07:00October 18, 2023|Advocacy|

As the countdown to Halloween begins, I’ve been stocking up on candy and dusting off the spooky décor to ready my house and yard for a night of trick-or-treating. My young daughter loves the decorations — and, let’s be honest, the sugar high — that come with this frightfully festive night. But amidst all the fun, I always consider the impact on our pets and local wildlife. That’s because this spooky season comes with plenty of potential pitfalls for our four-legged friends, wild birds and more. Here’s how to protect animals this Halloween, without sacrificing the [...]

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