Animals feature largely in this post – obviously, given how beautiful, brave, warm and intelligent they are.

1. I try to collect here news of someone having made a praiseworthy effort. Can the birthday of a squishy panda fall into this category? Well, who cares, as long as it’s a feel-good story? At any rate, kudos to the people who take care of Jia Jia, who made her the cake and a great pat in the back (or maybe a hug) to the birthday girl herself!

World’s Oldest Panda Celebrates 37th Birthday And Sets Guinness World Record

2. Nth proof that dogs rock. Period.

My Therapy Dog Ricochet Surfs With People With Disabilities, Helping Them Heal

3. About time. It follows naturally that a species that is cruel to animals will also be cruel to others of its own kind.

Breaking News: Nepalese Organizers Announce an End to the World’s Bloodiest Animal Sacrifice Spectacle

4. “In today’s society, where women are increasingly choosing to raise their children alone, we see no purpose in imposing an unwilling and unconcerned father on an otherwise viable family nucleus. It seems to us that a man who has chosen to forsake his duties and responsibilities is not a necessary constituent for the well-being of the child,” the bench of Justices Vikramjit Sen and A.M. Sapre said.
THANK YOU.
(This story is a couple of weeks old. That’s how long it took me to find other good news.) http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150707/jsp/frontpage/story_30118.jsp#.VZzTtPmqqko

Cheers.

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