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Animal Waste Blended into $5,000 Skincare Products

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When it comes to skincare, there are few things women (and men) won't do to have younger, more beautiful skin. But, even I was surprised to see this skin care brand infusing waste into their 3-step skincare program (no matter how rare and expensive the product may be). That may not even be the worst part - the complete set costs $4,494. As a friend of mine once told me, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

[For the record, civets are not cats. But they look like cats, they are often referred to as "civet cats", and honestly "cat poop" makes for a more entertaining story. See below for why the use of civets is not only stupid, but immoral.]

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Trip Advisor Halts Sales of Cruel Attractions

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TripAdvisor announced that it's no longer supporting tourist attractions that are widely regarded as cruel to wild animals. This includes attractions like dolphin swim experiences, elephant rides, tiger petting and more. The move comes after London-based animal welfare group World Animal Protection and reporting by National Geographic's Wildlife Watch drew attention to the group.

These types of attractions have been shown to cause animal psychology and physical distress that can shorten their lives. They also result in more wild animals being taken from their native habitats.

"Such attractions have been shown to cause animals psychological and physical trauma that can shorten their lives. They also result in more animals being taken from the wild for tourism," reports National Geographic.

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Get Killed Off by George RR Martin and Help Save the Wolves

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As you probably know, we're HUGE fans of the A Game of Thrones (both the books and the HBO series). What you may not know is that author George R.R. Martin (who we affectionately refer to as GRR) is a big fan of wolves. He is such a big fan of wolves (and direwolves) that he's using his popularity to save them.

In a crowd-funding effort to raise $200,000 for The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in GRR's home of New Mexico, he's making an offer that few will be able to refuse. He is selecting two "martyrs" (male and female) the chance to meet a gruesome end in a future A Song of Ice and Fire novel (although we won't know which novel).

For $20,000, “You can choose your character’s station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything) and you will certainly meet a grisly death!”

If you're not quite ready to pony up $20k to be immortalized in a book, there are other rewards available including:

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Effects of the Moon on Animals

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Tonight is the night we get to see a rare lunar even - we're going to be seeing a "Super Moon" combined with a lunar eclipse. These types of events only come around every thirty years or so, which means we're going to be out watching it with our pets.

Under normal circumstances, full moons are the bane of your existence. It seems like everything that can go wrong, does. Others thrive on the energy of a full moon. That got us thinking about how these types of lunar events affect wildlife and our pets? Turns out, it depends. Scientists have been studying the effects of a full moon on animals for years and there have been some very interesting results.

Here are a few of their findings about how the moon affects wildlife (for more on how the moon affects our pets, Effects of Full Moons on Our Pets).

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Silly Superstitions of Scary Animals

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Ancient lore is rife with examples of superstitions that are meaningless.Yet, being the superstitious species that we are, we cling to these myths. Here are some classic animal-related superstitions that you should ignore.

Bats

It's lucky if a bat falls on you, it's unlucky if a family brings a bat into the house. If a bat flies into a house, it's a sign that ghosts are about and it's a bad omen if bats appear during a wedding ceremony.

These are all ridiculous superstitions that mean nothing. A bat is not going to change into a vampire, a bat flying around a house three times is not an omen of death, and it's not unlucky to see a bad during daytime. It may be true, however, that killing a bat will shorten  your life. Especially if you bring in a rabid bat for show-and-tell like this little boy did - the entire class had to have a series of rabies shots.

Blood sucking vampire bats are real - but they mostly feed on chickens and cows and only live in Latin America. The rest are great mosquito eaters (among other bugs they favor) and are perfect to keep around your house. Using Echolocation to find their prey, they fly by sense rather than sight. Build a bat house in your home and watch the insects disappear! Learn how here... Don't pick up bats off the street even if they appear to be dead as they can still bite. If you are bitten by a bat, get to the emergency room immediately as some can carry rabies.

Here are the more popular myths, superstitions and legends about spiders, wolves, and more...

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