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The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation into Brooke Houts after a viral YouTube video captures the vlogger abusing her dog.

“Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video you’re speaking of and we are currently looking into the matter,” an LAPD media representative told The Verge.

Houts has over 330,000 subscribers, and recorded a video of herself seemingly smacking and spitting on her dog. The 'unedited' version was apparently uploaded as a mistake and taken down later.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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YouTube didn't reply to The Verge about whether further action is being taken against Houts’ channel, but the platform bans videos that include or incite abuse towards any animals.

Houts issued a statement on Twitter after the clip went viral, apologising to “anyone who has been affected negatively by the footage" and saying; “things in my outside life have been less than exceptional.”

The YouTuber later defended herself by saying her dog is 75 pounds and “when he is jumping up in my face with his mouth open, I, as a dog parent, have to show him that this behaviour is unacceptable.”

“But I want to make it known that regardless of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him,” Houts said.

YouTubers including Logan Paul (of all people) have referred to the incident as deplorable and disturbing. She is also being compared to Twitch streamer Natalia “Alinity” Mogollon, who threw her cat over her shoulder.

Houts has insisted she’s ‘not a dog abuser’. The 20-year-old’s dog Sphinx jumps up at her while she’s filming a video with him, and she appears to smack the dog before shouting ‘No!’

When Sphinx tries to lick her face while she’s filming, she pushes the Doberman out of the way with both hands. Logan Paul called the clip ‘remarkably grotesque,’ before claiming that Brooke put on an act for fame.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Logan commented:

"Discipline your animals should they misbehave. I get it, but despite the hitting, the spitting is a totally unwarranted, inappropriate, and vile display of energy that makes this woman completely unfit to own that dog."

"Anything I say isn’t going to make those who believe I’m a bad person stop believing that, and I’m aware of this," Brooke wrote.

"The bubbly, happy-go-lucky Brooke that you often see in my videos is typically an accurate representation of me, but it’s obvious that I’m playing up my mood in this video when I’m clearly actually frustrated. That being said, this does NOT justify me yelling at my dog in the way that I did, and I’m fully aware of that."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Should I have gotten as angry as I did in the video? No. Should I have raised my voice and yelled at him? No."

The American YouTube star continued: "But I want to make it known, REGARDLESS of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him.

"I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape, or form. Anyone who has witnessed or heard true animal abuse will be able to clearly see that."

She also claimed that Sphinx wasn’t hurt by her actions and that, if he was audibly in pain, "it would have been a different story". Her channel is currently still live.

Feature image; YouTube/@brookehouts/Instagram/@intouchweekly 

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Kim Kardashian may be one of the most popular Instagram users with an astonishing 136 million people following her account, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean she is the most loved celebrity on the photo-sharing app.

The businesswoman is often slated for the content she shares on Instagram whether that’s of her daughter North wearing makeup or a lavish shot taken on her private jet.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is often hit with waves of criticism no matter what she posts, but her latest post has caused quite the stir online and we’re not surprised.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kim posted a throwback photo from her recent trip to Bali. The snaps were taken at a supposed ‘elephant sanctuary’ in Bali, however, Kim has been slammed for the cruel photos with many claiming the elephants are treated horribly at the ‘sanctuary’.

Numerous users stressed the fact that if it was, in fact, an elephant sanctuary then people wouldn’t allow elephants to be ridden.

One user wrote: “This is not an elephant sanctuary. You do not ride elephants in a sanctuary. Do not visit or post about these places when you do not have the right information. These are beautiful animals that need to be treated with respect not like a toy to ride along and to take an insta pic with. Disgraceful.”

Another asked: “Do you really care about the elephants? Or do you care more about how you look standing in front of one.”

“This is cruel! This elephant should be in the wild with its social group…Seriously Kim? You couldn’t have picked a real sanctuary where they rescue animals and don’t ‘train’ elephants and rip them from their families? You had to choose this place?!” another said.

One user stressed how this place definitely wasn’t an elephant sanctuary like Kim claimed: “This is not a sanctuary; you know it by the fact that the elephant is being ridden and there is a hook on a pole that the rider is using to get the elephant to comply. But all for a good picture right Kim? Who cares if the elephant has been tortured (you can see scars on its skin) or taken away from its mother when it was a baby and starved to train it so you could have a picture.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kim responded to the backlash by saying she did research before visiting and stressed that the elephants were rescued and well-treated.

It is believed Kim and Kanye visited Mason Adventures in Bali, which is an elephant park, not a sanctuary.

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Why switch to vegan products? How to get the beauty benefits on a budget

Here’s a statistic worth noting: our skin absorbs up to 60% of any product which is applied to it.

If the beauty brands we use are processed, synthetic and jam-packed with toxins, chemicals and preservatives, that’s a lot of possibly harmful material we’re consuming.

Not to mention that many brands are ambiguous at best when discussing their animal testing.

Image: Instagram/@the.vegan.beauty.collective

Vegan beauty products are all made without harm to animals and they also don’t contain any animal ingredients, animal by-products or animal-derived products.

Some common animal ingredients used in skincare beauty include beeswax, lanolin (grease from sheep’s wool – ew), carmine and uric acid from cows.

Some haters suggest that vegan products can’t possibly be as effective, but actually this is merely a myth. Formulas which don’t contain animal ingredients are actually far better for your skin.

Plant-derived ingredients contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which repair and hydrate the skin.

It’s largely unsurprising then that millions of people around the world have switched to vegan beauty.

In the last decade, beauty addicts around the world are raving about new and natural vegan creations. Returning to nature is becoming more and more attractive, except finding the best quality products with all-natural components has a hefty price tag.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Here’s where vegan brand Nacomi Beauty come in: they’ve just opened their flagship store in Malahide, Co. Dublin and have caused a massive stir.

Their gorgeous body mousses, scrubs, shower jelly and body butter are absolutely flying off the shelves. Why have they propelled to the top of the vegan beauty chain?

Here are a few reasons:

-They import raw materials from all over the world and produce their cosmetics in Poland, surrounded by stunning green scenery.

-ALL their products are totally handmade for each individual, so you know anything you buy has the unique customer in mind. SO personal.

-They don’t just sell produce for women, they now have a mens and baby range. Inclusivity, people. It’s the best.

-They are completely against animal testing

-They source the highest quality product from all over the world and use cold pressed oils, butters, extracts and cosmetic clays in their pure form.

-Their products are all made within a month of being ordered, so it’s fresh to death.

-Their price ranges from… wait for it…€6 to €42.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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YAS BETCH, we can finally afford it to be natural.

-The simplicity of their cosmetic compositions is what make them totally different, they use Unrefined Oils and Vitamin E as natural preservatives.

-They don’t use paraben, harmful dyes and preservatives, SLS/SELS, petroleum derivatives,  or mineral oils.

Nacomi stand by their mission to provide the best quality products at affordable prices:
“We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to use healthy cosmetics.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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That’s right, we don’t have to be rich to be able to live our dreamy natural ingredient lives anymore. Long live Nacomi, we say.

Nacomi is available for purchase from their flagship store in Malahide or online from www.nacomibeauty.com.

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Legendary rapper Snoop Dogg has melted hearts across the world after offering to adopt an abandoned doggo who was named after him.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Snoop, was left isolated in Stoke-On-Trent and was caught on CCTV after being cruelly deserted by the couple.

The poor little pet attempted to climb back into his owner's car but didn't succeed, and the heartbreaking footage caught the attention of Snoop Dogg himself.

He said he simply can't stand by, telling the Daily Star that there's "always room for another dog in Casa de Snoop."

The 47-year-old commented that;

"If he really needed a home then he has one with us. But I don’t think there is going to be any shortage of loving homes after all the exposure he has got."

The pooch could end up living in the Doggfather's Los Angeles mansion after the RSPCA shared the footage.

The Inspector of the RSPCA, Natalie Perehovsky, spoke to Good Morning Britain last week about the footage of the couple who unclipped his lead and ran away:

"This is heartbreaking, it’s the way he runs after the owner — he clearly loved who was there. He was obviously distressed," she commented on the ruthlessness of some owners.

She said: "I don’t know what was going through their mind when they did that. It could be the expense, it could be family changes, there’s hundreds of reasons."

"But there’s places that help people, you can take him to charities or dog homes. There’s no excuse."

Fair play Snoop, he even donates money to dog charities and has his own French Bulldog.

Adorable.

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The use of wild animals for entertainment purposes in Ireland will soon be prohibited under Irish law.

The new regulations, which come into effect from January 2018, were singed signed today by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.

"The use of wild animals for entertainment purposes in circuses can no longer be permitted. This is the general view of the public at large and a position I am happy to endorse," he said.

The decision to delay the legislation until the beginning of the new year was taken so that circus owners would have a chance to provide “alternative arrangements” for the animals in question.

The progressive move comes after a number of local authorities refused to allow public land to be used by circuses featuring wild animals.

And while a number of circus operators have raised concerns, Mr Creed explained that “while the retirement of the small numbers of wild animals in Irish circuses might seem like a loss, [he] is am confident that this move will do more to secure the future of the circus community.”

Adding: “Coming in line with modern welfare standards will mean that greater numbers of the public will be more comfortable with going to the circus.”

The new ban has been praised by animal rights groups across the country with Animal Rights Action Network’s John Carmody saying that today was a “great day.”

“Finally Ireland can raise its head and be proud that the country has finally taken a meaningful and real step to stop the suffering of wild animals forced to travel and perform in Irish circuses. We spent 20 plus years fighting for this day and here it is,” he said.

The Circuses Regulations 2017 comes under the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013.

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So, if you've ever used Tinder you'll know there are certain types of pictures that pop up time and time again.

The classic mirror snap, posing with friends in front of the Iamsterdam sign, oh and of course, the dreaded tiger selfie.

Well, prepare to see a notable absence of endangered species on your next swipe session, because Tinder are finally cracking down on displays of animal cruelty.

In a new message posted to their website, Tinder wrote:

“Posing next to a king of the jungle doesn’t make you one.”

“It’s time for the tiger selfies to go. More often than not, these photos take advantage of beautiful creatures that have been torn from their natural environment.”

And honestly, we couldn't agree more.

The move comes following pressure from animal rights campaigners at PETA who wrote an open letter to Tinder owner, Sean Rad.

“While most of us are on Tinder to find a soulmate or a date, appearing on the app isn’t fun for everyone,” they wrote.

“What might, at first swipe, look like a harmless picture actually means that someone was caged, dominated, and tied down or drugged before their photo was taken and uploaded online.”

“If this happened to one of your users on a Tinder date, you’d block the profile of the person responsible immediately. Unfortunately, this is the reality for tigers, lions, and other big cats who are featured in an alarming number of Tinder profile photos.”

The dating app are now insisting that all users remove their tiger selfies and have donated $10,000 to Project Cat, a charity working to protect endangered tigers.

G'wan Tinder!

Now if you guys could put a ban on those cringe-worthy “here for a good time, not a long time” bios, we'll be golden.

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A video showing a man lowering a struggling dog into fast flowing water has surfaced and since gone viral online this week. 

The video was shot on the set of A Dogs Purpose, a film about a dog who is reincarnated and searches for purpose through his multiple lives. 

The uncomfortable scene shows the stressed German Shepherd, named Hercules, being forced to perform in artificial rapids.

The video has casued outrage online, with animal rights activist organisations such as PRTA calling for a boycott of the film. 

In the midst of the controversy, Universal and Amblin who are producing the film, called off this weekend's planned premier. 

"Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of A Dog’s Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket," the Hollywood company told Time. 

"Amblin and Universal do not want anything to overshadow this film that celebrates the relationship between humans and animals." 

 PETA started a hashtag on Twitter called #BoycottADogsPurpose.

The hashtag has spawned hundreds of tweets from shocked animal lovers. 

"Watching that poor dog being forced in water, so scared he has to cling on the wall makes me cry and sick to my stomach," said one concerned viewer. 

"I couldn't be more excited to see this movie until I saw the horrible truth behind it. Stop animal cruelty," said another. 

Amblin and Universal have since stated that Hercules was not harmed in the filming of the movie. 

"Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged with many associated with the production of the film, including safety personnel, trainers and stunt coordinators as part of their in-depth review."

"While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German Shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking.”

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People are calling for charges to be brought against a Brazilian man who posted pictures of his tattooed dog on social media.

Tattoo artist Emerson Damasceno claimed he placed the five tattoos on his white bull terrier in the hope they would protect the pet from cancer.

The animal appears to have tattoos of an anchor, knuckleduster and a diamond on its nose, stars beneath its eyes and the LA Dodgers’ basketball logo on its ears.

The Mirror has reported that the man’s girlfriend has defended his decision to ink the pet.

The couple say the dog was tattooed following a visit to a veterinary school in Posos de Caldas, but the establishment has since rejected this claim and condemned the pair’s actions.

Upon realising he was becoming the focus of an online animal cruelty campaign, the pet owner deleted the images and his social media accounts.

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When a baby dolphin washed up on a crowded beach in Argentina, everyone wanted a photo with the animal. 

The young mammal was paraded throughout the crowd as people desperately tried to take pictures and selfies with the defenceless creature. 

The so-called Franciscana dolphin was later found dead on the same beach having died from suspected dehydration. 

"The Franciscana, like other species, cannot remain for much time outside of the water," said the Animal Foundation of Argentina who quickly issued a statement on the incident. 

"It has thick fatty skin which gives it heat and means that taking it out of the water rapidly causes it to dehydrate and die. 

"This occasion serves to inform the public about the urgent necessity to return these dolphins to the sea as soon as possible if they find them on the shore."

And according to the organisation, it is more important now than ever as only 30,000 of this species remains in the world's oceans. 

"It is fundamental that people help to rescue these animals, because every Franciscana counts now."

The healthy dolphin, which could have lived up to twenty years in it's natural habitat, was still being photographed as it lay dead on the Buenos Aires beach. 

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