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Want to Help a Hurt or Stranded Animal? There’s an App for That
Have you ever come across a bird with a broken wing or other animal in distress and you weren’t sure what to do? Animal Help Now, a free app, can help.
More active, feeding animals in the summer means more animal-related emergencies. According to Animal Help Now, a project of Animal Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping animals, app users rescue a variety of animals each day, including coyotes, rabbits, turtles, deer, bats, ducks, fox and more.
If you encounter a wildlife emergency—whether an injured animal or an animal posing a threat to a human—the app will give you pointers on how to proceed. After answering a few questions about the situation, Animal Help Now will guide you to the nearest wildlife rehabilitator, vet or other appropriate organization.
Other features of the app include an advance call feature to a vet or shelter, a photo send option to determine an animal’s condition and GPS-powered pinpoint locations.
"So many veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, animal shelters and volunteers care for animals every day, but in an emergency situation—especially outside of normal business hours—quickly finding the right help can be difficult," said David Crawford, executive director of Animal Help Now. "Animal Help Now has the best, most reliable list of available shelters, veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators and cruelty investigators for the public to access and assist animals in need."
You can also use the app to look for a lost pet, report animal abuse and more. Read some success stories from app users.
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Ethics investigations have been opened into the conduct of senior Trump appointees at the nation's top environmental agencies.
The two investigations focus on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and six high-ranking officials in the Department of Interior (DOI), The Hill reported Tuesday. Both of them involve the officials' former clients or employers.
"This is demonstrative of the failures at the very top of this administration to set an ethical tone," Campaign Legal Center Ethics Counsel Delaney Marsco told The Washington Post of the DOI investigation. "When people come to work for government, they're supposed to work on behalf of the public. It's a betrayal of the public trust when senior political appointees seem to give privileged access to their former employers or former clients."
By Dipika Kadaba
We've known for more than 50 years that smoking cigarettes comes with health hazards, but it turns out those discarded butts are harmful for the environment, too. Filtered cigarette butts, although small, contain dozens of chemicals, including arsenic and benzene. These toxins can leach into the ground or water, creating a potentially deadly situation for nearby birds, fish and other wildlife.
By Wenonah Hauter
Five years ago this week, an emergency manager appointed by then-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made the devastating decision to save money by switching Flint's water supply over from Detroit's water system to the Flint River. Seen as a temporary fix, the new water supply was not properly treated. High levels of lead leached from the old pipes, poisoning a generation of Flint's children, and bacteria responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease killed more than a dozen residents.
Did you know that more than a third of food is wasted or thrown away every year? And that only 25 percent of it would be enough to feed the 795 million undernourished people in the world? That's why today is Stop Food Waste Day, a chance to reflect on what you can do to waste less of the food you buy.