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Each year, the city of Yulin, China, celebrates the Summer Solstice with a festival. And it’s not a festival until we’re slaughtering and eating dogs, right? (Wrong.) While this long-standing tradition of eating dogs is fading across China, it still remains a strong part of southern China’s culture. Not only have dogs become a treat, but the festival organizers have been accused for unnecessary cruelty and torture when cooking the dogs—and organizations like the Fight for Animal Cruelty Laws in China are fighting against the festival. So is this woman, Yang Xiaoyun. Read More
Lady-power, as it turns out, isn’t just limited to humans. Many people think of the animal world as more traditionally gendered, but badass females actually transcend species. Here is just a taste of the awesomeness: 1. Lady-bonobos  Female bonobos are sexually liberated.  Bonobo societies are matriarchies, with females living at the top of their group’s social pyramid.  A high ranking bonobo’s male offspring will go on to become a leader among the males in the social group, but he will never usurp his mother’s position. Read More
Growing up is difficult for everyone, include puppies, but learning new things can also be deeply rewarding. Sometimes, life transitions seem daunting, whether you’re leaving college, switching jobs, or jumping from a very tall couch for the very first time. 9-week-old puppy Pierre (how French!) recently faced this challenge. He was frightened at first, but with the encouragement of his friends and family, he made the leap. As we face future transitions, the twists and turns of growing up, it’s always nice to have a sweet dog to identify with. Read More
You can get so much weird clothing off the internet, you could easily wander the streets dressed like a Vice Don't every day of your life. The two grandest obsessions of our generation are such weird clothing, and cats. And lists. Lots and lots of lists.  Everyone's got their two cents on this kitty bikini or that cat sweater, but you know you can only trust BUST when it comes to matters of such grave importance. Without further ado: send in the cats. We've got cats that cover your naughty bits. Cats with three eyes. Cats that are also women. Read More
My heart just exploded through my ribs.  If this video of a grandfather being surprised with an English Bulldog puppy/pile of chubby wrinkles doesn’t make you smile just a little bit, then I don’t know what to tell you. Read More
The photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko spent much of his childhood in nature; following his father on mushroom hunting expeditions, he often crouched to the ground in rapt fascination with the tiny, slimy, and colorful wonderland of bugs. As an adult, he returns to this kingdom of imagination, cataloguing the daily lives of snails. Breaking from the objectivity of traditional nature photography, Mishchenko’s soulful images read like a children’s storybook, filled with unexpected emotionality and suspense. Read More
I have never been so jealous of another girl in my life, and the reason why I feel this way is so incredibly spectacular, I’m shocked that I’m not making this up. 13-year-old Ashol-Pan of  Western Mongolia is currently being trained in the art of falconry: hunting foxes and small prey from the Altai mountains using an eagle as your weapon of choice. As a child, this is the sort of career I would fantasize about for hours with glazed eyes, attentively watching and re-watching every National Geographic VHS special I could get my hands on. Read More
I’m a huge sloth fan. I did a project on them in fourth grade and have been hooked ever since. I even made fan art, people:    Maybe it’s because I find their give-no shits attitude toward moving inspiring… and it totally makes me feel better about neglecting my gym membership… Regardless, sloth- activist, Monique Pool, is my hero/has my dream job. Pool founded Green Heritage Fund Suriname as a sloth rescue center out of her home in Suriname, South America. Read More
In case you needed further proof that dogs are human souls in adorable furry packages, look no further than Lynn Terry's photo series of dogs in a photo booth. Apparently humans aren't the only mammals capable of posing for an adorable series of quick shoots that make your heart melt. Look at that range of emotion!  Hopefully you are smiling a little wider after that beautiful display of genuine puppy love. Thanks to Twisted Sifter and HuffPost. Read More
Get ready to smile your face completely off. If animals doing people things isn't a phenomenon you're aware of — you're welcome, because it's my favorite way to de-stress. Some prefer yoga, some like to meditate, but that's probably because they've never spent ten minutes watching budgies kick-flip into the sunset. Six years ago, Trieste Visier of Sydney, Australia, started training her birds to skateboard (and do other, decidedly human things). After finding model success with her budgie, Willow, Visier made a photography project of parakeets-in-action. And I am so, so SO glad she did. Read More