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Arin Greenwood
Arin Greenwood is HuffPost's animal welfare editor. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, and devoted fan of cats who run for public office.

Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013.

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Visite surprise d'un hibou (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2015 | 10:18 PM

Marlo Sarmiento écoutait depuis à peine quelques minutes un dessin animé au sujet des hiboux avec son jeune garçon de 5 ans quand quelque chose s’est écrasé dans la fenêtre.

petit hibou

«J’ai regardé et j’ai été très surpris d’apercevoir un petit hibou interloqué assis sur...

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Boy Watches Owls On TV, Real Owl Shows Up To Join Him

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 10:39 AM

Marlo Sarmiento was a few minutes into watching an animated TV show about owls with his 5-year-old son Ollie the other night when he got distracted by a blur in his peripheral vision, "which then thumped into a large window." 

"I took a look and was...

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美정부가 세실을 죽인 치과의사를 수사한다

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 8:55 PM

헤이 월터 파머씨. 오바마 정부가 이야기 좀 하고 싶답니다.

사자 세실 참수 사건이 이제 짐바브웨를 떠나서 미국으로 왔다. 미국 정부 기관이 지난 목요일 월터 파머에게 요청했다. 제발, 제발 전화 좀 달라고.

미국 어류 및 야생 동물국의 에드워드 그레이스는 성명을 통해 "미국 어류 및...

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U.S. Government To Lion-Killing Dentist: Hey, Can You Give Us A Call?

(52) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Hey, Walter Palmer, the Obama administration wants to talk to you. 

The severed head of Cecil the lion has now been located in Zimbabwe and turned over to officials there. However, the Minnesota dentist said to be responsible for Cecil's killing is still unaccounted for, according to...

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Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Could Be Extradited To Zimbabwe

(24) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:58 AM

More than 40,000 people have signed a White House petition calling for Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice for killing a beloved lion named Cecil.

Legal experts say it could happen.

First, the grisly and disturbing background: Palmer allegedly paid two Zimbabwean men $55,000 for what may have been the illegal killing of the famously black-maned animal. 

"Ongoing investigations to date suggest that the killing of the lion was illegal since the land owner was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015. Therefore, all persons implicated in this case are due to appear in court facing poaching charges," reads a joint statement released by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management and the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe.

The landowner and the professional hunter who allegedly lured Cecil out of the Hwange National Park so that Palmer could shoot him with a bow and arrow -- and then track him for 40 more hours before shooting him with a gun -- were in court on Wednesday. The BBC reports that the two were each granted $1,000 bail and face possible sentences of up to 15 years in prison.

A spokesperson for Zimbabwe police told The Associated Press that Palmer is now in the crosshairs. 

"We arrested two people, and now we are looking for Palmer in connection with the same case,'' said Charity Charamba.


No news has yet emerged about Zimbabwe requesting Palmer's extradition. But legal observers said that if the request were made, it might well be granted.

bilateral extradition treaty between the U.S. and Zimbabwe has been in effect since April 2000. The treaty applies to anyone charged with or convicted of "an extraditable offense," which is defined as "one punishable under the laws of both Contracting States by deprivation of liberty for a period of more than one year or by a more severe penalty."

The idea of being punishable in both countries is called "dual criminality" -- or, in plain language, means that what Palmer did in Zimbabwe would also have to be illegal in the United States, explains Jens David Ohlin, a Cornell law professor who is an expert in international and criminal law. Ohlin thinks that rule "seems pretty easily satisfiable" in this case.

Eric T. Freyfogle, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor who specializes in wildlife law, agrees. "The general type of conduct involved -- unlawful poaching of big game -- is certainly a crime in the U.S.," he said.

Freyfogle added that Palmer's alleged conduct could subject him to a number of other federal and state criminal provisions, among them animal cruelty laws and the Lacey Act, which "makes it a federal crime to 'purchase in interstate or foreign commerce' any wildlife taken in violation of any foreign law."

Slate points out that Palmer might also have violated U.S. anti-bribery laws.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement on Wednesday that the agency "is deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion. We are currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested."

For his part, Palmer -- who was fined $3,000 and given a year of probation after pleading guilty to illegally killing a black bear outside a permitted zone in 2006 -- said in a statement on Tuesday that he "had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite." 

Herbert V. Larson Jr., professor of international law at Tulane, said that he believes Palmer could be extradited, although it's not clear if Zimbabwe would go through with what would likely be a time-consuming and costly process. His advice to Palmer is to hire the best Zimbabwean lawyer he can and go back on his own accord to "plead guilty, and pay a huge fine, and make restitution, and a public apology."

At the moment, Cecil's killer appears to be in hiding, as "dentist hunters" armed with stuffed lions, plus a slew of reporters, are stalking outside his home and office.

Lewis & Clark law professor Daniel Rohlf, an expert in wildlife law, said that he understands the sentiment -- and hopes that Cecil's champions will take this moment to consider how they might fight for wildlife more generally.

"I know people are really fired up about Cecil, but poaching for the illegal wildlife trade does far, far more harm to African wildlife," Rohlf said. "And Republicans in Congress are trying to block new restriction on ivory trade in the U.S."

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Help Shelter Cats As A Volunteer Snuggler At These Kitten Nurseries

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 8:21 PM

How would you like to spend your free time as a volunteer baby kitten snuggler? 

Can we sweeten the deal by pointing out that the snuggling takes place in a kitten nursery -- a kitten nursery! -- and is part of a grand effort to help save shelter cats' lives?

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Hindu Festival Organizers Call Off Mass Animal Sacrifice

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:23 PM

It's estimated that as many as half a million animals were sacrificed at Nepal's Gadhimai festival in 2014. In four years, when the festival is to be held again, that number, organizers hope, will be zero. 

The Gadhimai festival is held every five years in a town about 100...

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Pit Bull Puppy Is Just A Poop Away From The Rest Of His Beautiful Life

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 10:36 AM

Jean Keating has one quite personal hope for her foster dog Colt: that the pit bull pup will poop. 

"New opportunities and adventures will be open to Colt if he can poop like every other puppy," Keating says. 

Colt's funky bowels have been the focus of Keating's attention for quite...

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Woman Wrote Beautiful Letter To Her Cat's Future Family Before She Died

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 10:13 AM

A man turned up at a Maryland animal shelter a few months ago with his late mother's shy orange cat, and a beautiful note his mother had written to Susie's imagined future family. 

The note begins "Dear Friend. Thank you for adopting my friend, Susie."

Over two pages, Susie's owner...

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Not If These Equine Innovators Can Help It

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Four years ago, Phil Yarbrough’s horse Mercedes broke her leg and ripped apart her knee while running in her pasture outside Atlanta.

"She went over a hill, and she did not come back up," Yarbrough said.

Conventional wisdom suggests that horses with broken legs can't be...

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Your Next Coworker Might Be A Shelter Cat

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 5:57 PM

If you live in Florida, your next temporary coworker might be a cat.

"Office Cats" is a new program out of the Humane Society of Broward County. The shelter will dispatch adoptable cats to pet-friendly small businesses in South Florida, where we assume that no...

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Mira The Pit Bull Spent 4 Years In A Shelter. Now She's A Poster Dog For Hope

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:26 PM

A few months ago, Danielle Hopper put out a call to action on behalf of a sweet and grunty 8-year-old pit bull who'd spent nearly four years at New York's Middletown Humane Society -- the shelter at which Hopper was a volunteer.

Mira was about 4 years...

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We Are Extremely Excited About These Baby Manatee Twins

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 5:56 PM

These lovely, rare creatures are twin baby manatees, swimming with their mother.

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Old Shelter Dogs Will Spend Their Last Years In Loving Homes Thanks To This Incredible Program

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 1:12 PM


Mariesa Hughes recently drove from her home in upstate New York to Virginia to collect seven elderly, mostly quite ill shelter dogs who had been at risk of euthanasia -- and who are now, instead, headed to foster families, where these old pups will be cared...

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子猫に支配されたシアトル市役所 一体、どういうこと?

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 11:28 PM


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Rescue Pig Kisses Her Best Dog Friend Every Chance She Gets. Now These Lovebugs Need A New Home

(322) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Tuna the pig smooches Jack the dog all the time.

"Tuna loves to groom Jack and give him piggy kisses," says Whitney Hanson, spokesperson for the Humane Society of North Texas. "We frequently receive cats and dogs that are bonded, but this is by far the most unusual...

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Here's Why Even Organic Farms Are Awful For Animals -- And How They Can Be Improved

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Sonia Faruqi accidentally became an animal welfare investigator.

After losing her job as an investment banker, this Type A, Ivy Leaguer volunteered on an organic dairy farm, where she discovered that the cows were kept chained up and covered in feces. It was the opposite of what the...

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Seattle's City Hall Became 'Kitty Hall' For One Magical Afternoon

(7) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 2:47 PM

By official proclamation of the mayor, Seattle's City Hall became "Kitty Hall" for one gloriously meow-gical hour on Friday afternoon.

It's the second year running that Mayor Ed Murray has turned over his office to a gaggle of scene-stealing fluffy adoptable kittens.

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A Very Important Manatee Just Got Inducted Into The Guinness Book Of World Records

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Snooty is turning 67 years old. Were he human, Snooty would be eligible for full retirement. As a manatee, the monthly stipend wouldn't help him much.

Luckily, Snooty's in for something even greater: making it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Yes, Snooty is officially the...

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A Cat Named Limberbutt McCubbins Is Running For President! He's A Demo-Cat.

(235) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 6:38 PM

A cat named Limberbutt McCubbins is running for president. He's filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and everything.

What sets McCubbins apart from the other 2016 hopefuls isn't merely that he's a 5-year-old neutered rescue kitty, though that is certainly one notable difference.

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