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articles by: Cherise Udell

Public Schools ‘Force’ Students to Go Meatless on Mondays

Schools around the world and across the U.S. have been implementing Meatfree Mondays for over two decades in an effort to highlight healthy meals that are meatfree. Some call it compassionate eating, …

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Free-Range Rats: A Growing Market?

Free-range and organic. Those are two of the redeeming qualities that Cambodian farmer Chhoeun Chhim, 37, likes to tout when promoting his newest export from his rice fields - wild rats. BBC report…

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Dead Cobra Bites And Kills Chef

Call it bad luck or karma, but either way, this story about the untimely death of a chef will make your skin crawl. According to the Daily Mirror in the U.K., a Chinese chef was preparing snake sou…

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10 Rules Every Kid Should Know to Avoid Dog Bites

Dogs can be man's best friend - and as the number two pet in America - many people obviously agree. However, Fido comes with a sharp set of canine teeth. With those teeth, nearly 5 milli…

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Awesome Doggie Makeovers Save Lives

I don't know about you, but I love seeing makeovers of people in magazines or on television. Well, now I love them even more, because dogs across America are getting their chance to let their inner an…

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New York Island Overrun By Cats, But One Woman Is Making a Difference

Manhattan Island is not the only island in New York being over-populated. There is another lesser-known island on the Niagara river that has an exploding population, albeit of cats, not people. That i…

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Deadly Ebola Outbreak Fueled By Conspiracy Theories & Rumors

If you ever read Laurie Garrett's book, The Coming Plague or saw the Hollywood movie, Hot Zone, you are already familiar with the potential horrors of highly infectious and deadly disease pandemics in…

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Florida Cat Dials 911 And Gets Adopted

Zeke, the cat, apparently had enough of being at a homeless animal shelter. The clever cat got on the phone and dialed 911. According to ABC news, after 911 was dialed and no one responded to the d…

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Are You a Cat or Dog Expert? (Quiz)

Love cats? Love dogs? Love both? Test your knowledge of canines and felines, the two most popular pets worldwide. Some of the answers are likely to surprise you!   Answer cats or dogs for …

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Cat Saves Owner’s Life By Knocking On Neighbor’s Window

Dogs usually are the pets that make headlines for saving the lives of their owners, but in this case, the hero was an English black cat named Slinky Malinki. Former nurse Janet Rawlison had taken m…

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about Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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Sounds interesting .

Great ideas, I do all of them, yay for me;)

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More worms, less greedy humans.

Thanks Cherise for the excellent article. No surprise to me is that Mr. Staples is a Republican. W…