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Douglas Anthony Cooper's first novel, Amnesia, was longlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, and shortlisted for the WH Smith First Novel Award. His YA novel, Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help, was on the Financial Times Bestseller List in the UK, and was awarded "Book of the Year" by Lovereading 4 Kids.

For five years Cooper was a Contributing Editor at New York Magazine, where he wrote and photographed the travel features. His essays and photos have appeared in Rolling Stone, Food & Wine, Travel+Leisure and The New York Times. In 2012, his exposé of PETA's shelter killing was a finalist for COPA (The Canadian Online Publishing Awards). He won the Lowell Thomas Gold Medal, America's most prestigious travel writing award, and has been collected in Best American Travel Writing.

Cooper's collected work can be found at DysArm. He lives in Oaxaca, but has collaborated with artists and architects around the world, on projects including video installations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro at the Venice Biennale, the Barbican, and the Whitney Museum.

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GOP Fires Chief Justice Roberts

(684) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 9:57 PM

In the wake of today's Supreme Court ruling, which upheld a key pillar of Obamacare, the Republican Party has announced that it is firing Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion for the majority. "This was a great gig -- the chance of a lifetime -- and...

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OUTRAGE: Sniper Shoots Down Confederate Flag At S.C. Statehouse

(781) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 5:18 PM

In a crime that has outraged locals, a sniper has reportedly shot down the beloved Confederate flag that traditionally graces the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. "This was clearly one very disturbed individual," said Council Chairman Harvey "Harve" Jeffcoat. "And I can tell you with certainty that he does not...

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Dogs and Cats Are Being Killed in Maryland. This Law Would Protect Them. PETA Is Trying to Block It.

(73) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 1:18 PM

UPDATE: The House has decided not to vote immediately on this legislation, and has passed it to a subcommittee. Hence, there's still time to act. I've posted details below: how you can contact representatives and urge them to support this crucial bill.


Preventing PETA from killing...

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PETA Will Be Fined All of $500 For Killing a Little Girl's Dog

(25) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:46 PM

It seems PETA is going to be punished for taking and killing Maya, a little girl's pet chihuahua. The putative "animal rights" organization -- which hauled in $50,000,000 in donations last year -- will be forced to pay a $500 fine. We discovered this today in...

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PETA's Killing Machine Loses in Landslide 95-2 Vote in Virginia

(169) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:55 PM

The bill to rein in PETA's killing at their headquarters in Virginia passed the House of Delegates in a landslide 95-2 vote. Shelters will now be required by definition to make efforts to adopt out animals, instead of summarily killing them.

The bill does this by redefining the...

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Tomorrow Virginia Decides Whether PETA Gets to Continue Killing Pets

(49) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 2:26 PM

UPDATE: The vote is now scheduled for Monday morning at 11. You'll be able to watch it in real time:


PETA would like you to believe that tomorrow's crucial vote in Virginia isn't about them. It's about all those shelters that open their...

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PETA Hires Lobbyist to Quash Bill That Would Restrain Their Pet Killing

(355) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 9:41 AM

The Virginia Senate voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would restrict PETA's mass killing of dogs and cats at its Norfolk headquarters; but PETA has hired a crack lobbyist in an effort to push for the vote to fail tomorrow in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Senate Bill...

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PETA: Ex-Mitarbeiterin behauptet, dazu angehalten worden zu sein, Tiere zu stehlen und zu töten

(10) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 8:57 AM

Eine Frau, die vor fünfzehn Jahre für die Organisation PETA als Mitarbeiterin tätig war, behauptet nun, dass sie von ihrer Chefin Ingrid Newkirk ermutigt wurde, Tiere zu stehlen und zu töten. Auch Akten habe sie gefälscht.

Heather Harper-Troje ist die Frau eines US-Diplomaten und was sie berichtet ist der...

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PETA Smears Whistleblower

(30) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 6:38 PM

This week a former PETA employee went public with allegations that Ingrid Newkirk, PETA's president, had encouraged workers to steal and kill pets, and to doctor euthanasia logs so that they could slaughter dogs and cats off the books.

Reporting on this, I noted:

I'm certain we'll be...
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WHISTLEBLOWER: PETA Ex-Employee Alleges She Was Encouraged to Steal and Kill Pets, and to Falsify Records

(138) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 6:05 PM

A woman employed by PETA fifteen years ago is now alleging that she was encouraged by its president, Ingrid Newkirk, to steal and kill pets, and to falsify records.

Heather Harper-Troje is the wife of a US diplomat serving at the American embassy in Honduras, and her eyewitness account...

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Alleged Theft and Killing of Dog by PETA Employees Moves Virginia Attorney General to Create New Legal Unit

(3) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:24 PM

Virginia's Attorney General has announced a new animal law unit in response to the refusal to prosecute PETA for its workers allegedly stealing and killing a little girl's dog.

Two pet thefts in Accomack County, Virginia, have received national attention recently. One involved PETA employees, who were videotaped...

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Bill to Prevent PETA From Killing Dogs and Cats Passes in the Virginia Senate, 33-5

(49) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 1:44 PM

The Virginia Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing PETA from killing dogs and cats at their headquarters in Norfolk.

PETA nominally operates a "shelter" in Virginia, which has killed well over 30,000 animals. As I reported yesterday, in 2014, PETA slaughtered over 88% of the...

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While PETA's Kill Rate Rises, VA Senate Bill Aims to Stop It From Slaughtering More Pets

(206) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 8:30 PM

PETA's kill statistics for 2014 are now available. They're even uglier than last year's. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is once again poisoning over 88% of the dogs and cats entrusted to their care. Perhaps as high as 98%, if you factor in the dishonesty of their reporting,...

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PETA Reportedly Steals and Kills a Family Dog

(215) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:02 PM

PETA reportedly stole a family's pet chihuahua from their porch, and killed it.

You heard that right. Yes, we're talking about that PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The theft was caught on video, and has been reported by, local media in Accomack County,...

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Have I Been "Threatened" for Defending Pit Bulls? You Tell Me

(397) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:12 PM

It's time to deal with the tactics I've encountered since deciding to work against the slaughter of pit-bull-like dogs. The behavior of Barbara Kay, in particular -- a columnist at the National Post -- has become disturbing. Ms. Kay is apparently incensed that I'm collaborating on a children's book that...

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The Academic Impostor Behind the Pit Bull Hysteria

(1229) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 12:39 PM

The most influential advocate for the eradication of pit bulls is an academic fraud. Merritt Clifton is prominent not simply because he has been making noise for decades, but because he uniquely claims to be a rigorous statistician: a scholarly expert. People who hate pit bulls lean on this man's...

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Eradicate Pit Bulls? Not Labrador Retrievers?

(262) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 10:50 AM

When you take up the cause of the so-called pit bull, you make a lot of charming friends. Particularly fetching is the person on Twitter who calls herself "Eradicate Pits." Ms. Eradicate has targeted me, in particular, because I suggested that people like her are -- and I...

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Ignorance Kills One Million Pit Bulls per Year

(407) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:45 AM

I was a bigot. Hence, I can sympathize with all those who still are. I was terrified of pit bulls. I knew very little about them, but what I'd heard in the media sure sounded terrifying: how their jaws locked; how they were uniquely bred to kill humans; how the...

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A Children's Book About a Pit Bull???

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:49 PM


The following is Part Three of Galunker, a children's book about a pit bull rescued from a dog-fighting ring. The dog is assumed to be vicious, but is in fact ridiculous and dopey and longing for love.

Galunker himself was partially inspired by the dogs rescued...

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Galunker, a Picture Book About a Pit Bull (Part 2)

(8) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 9:55 AM


The following is Part Two of Galunker, a children's book about a misunderstood but lovable pit bull. Part One (the beginning) can be read here.

This book has been illustrated by DULA YAVNE and written by DOUGLAS ANTHONY COOPER. Both have had their work published...

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