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Family Or Property -- The Legal Value Of Our Animal Companions

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.11.2016 | Green
Stephen Wells

My dog, Eve, was recently bitten by a rattlesnake while we were hiking. We were a long way from a veterinarian and I wondered whether I would lose her...

2015's Best (And Worst) States For Animal Protection Laws

Stephen Wells | Posted 12.21.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

December is prime time for year-end lists. They're an easy way to reflect on the past year, but lives aren't on the line when it comes to the top 10 albums of 2015, or the year's best-selling books. But there is one year-end list that can hold lives in the balance -- animals' lives.

Animal Protection Laws Are Getting Better Nationwide

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

The United States is a country of pet lovers -- and state lawmakers are taking notice. More and more states are making animal cruelty a felony. States...

The Swazi Elephants: Mercy Mission or Life Sentence?

Stephen Wells | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Three American zoos -- the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, and Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska -- have applied to the U.S. Fis...

The Only Thing Unadulterated About Foie Gras Is The Cruelty

Stephen Wells | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Under the Poultry Product Inspection Act, the USDA has a statutory duty to prevent "diseased poultry" from entering the human food supply. And yet, the USDA continues to sit idly by as diseased fatty duck and goose livers make their way from factory farm to kitchen table.

Labels on Antibiotic-Fed Meat: Fine Print Is Better Than No Print

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Antibiotic use in animal agriculture is increasingly under the microscope as the global emergency of antibiotic resistant diseases grows more severe. A recent study predicted that if bacteria continue to evolve at current rates, in just 35 years, 10 million people a year will die from currently treatable diseases.

Arin Greenwood

Barbie Quits SeaWorld In Move Hailed As Victory For Animal Welfare

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green

Being a killer whale trainer at SeaWorld was once a dream job, befitting the sort of worldly blonde who lives in a dream house. No more. Barbie see...

Monkeying Around With the Law: Scott Walker Bill Aims to Allow University of Wisconsin to Keep Cruel Experiments on Baby Monkeys Secret

Stephen Wells | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Walker's proposed legislation would mean an end to the transparency the public is entitled to under the law, allowing the experiments to continue under the shroud of secrecy in spite of public concerns.

Legal Personhood for Apes

Stephen Wells | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

The ruling for Sandra could open the doors for major changes in the treatment of animals in zoos, circuses, theme parks, and research facilities. The recognition of her rights by the Argentinian court shows it's time our own legal system caught up.

Monkey Business: Secret Plan for Florida Breeding Facility Outrages Public

Stephen Wells | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

A breeding facility for thousands of monkeys linked with prior outbreaks of infectious diseases could soon be looming over the backyards of some southern Florida residents without holding a single public meeting.

'Honey Badger' Narrator Wants You To Care About Controversial Baby Monkey Experiment

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.04.2014 | Green

Remember Randall, the sassy narrator from the "Honey Badger Don't Care" video? Well, he's back as the narrator of a new video, put out by the Anim...

What Our Laws Say About Dogs in Hot Cars

Stephen Wells | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

Just a few minutes in a hot vehicle can harm or kill your pet. Too often, a neglectful dog owner goes into a store "just for a minute" only to find his dog dead in the car upon his return -- and such neglect carries serious legal consequences

National Climate Assessment: Uniting Animal and Environmental Concerns

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

The consequences of climate change -- like rising sea levels and extreme weather events -- are already worse than projected. As a result, the report predicts that we will all feel the impact of climate change within our lifetimes.

Are Bull Runs Fun -- or Cruel Exploitation?

Stephen Wells | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

Provoking innocent animals just to get a buzz from their distress isn't a sport. As an avid lover of the outdoors, I'm all about taking risks and grabbing life "by the horns," so to speak. People are welcome to participate in "extreme" sports as long as they leave the animals out of it.

How You Can Help Animals During National Justice for Animals Week

Stephen Wells | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

On March 12, 2011, Logan Falk, an eleven year-old Husky, was violently attacked by an unknown assailant. Logan was in his kennel in Michigan that nigh...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: $620,000 Judgment For Family Dog Shot By Cop?

The Frederick News-Post, Md. | Danielle E. Gaines | Posted 11.25.2013 | Crime

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit law organization based in California, has filed a legal brief supporting a local family whose dog was shot ...

Barking up the Wrong Tree: Vet & Pet Industry Groups Betray Animals

Stephen Wells | Posted 11.23.2013 | Crime
Stephen Wells

When those who harm animals are held accountable for the full extent of the injuries they cause, it sends a clear message that our society and our legal system is starting to take the lives of animals seriously.

"Superbug" Health Crisis Demonstrates Need for Food Labeling

Stephen Wells | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
Stephen Wells

"Superbugs" have the capacity to turn simple ailments into life-threatening conditions and may pose the largest potential health crisis in America.

Greenwashing or Real Progress for Animals?

Stephen Wells | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Stephen Wells

Chief among our concerns is Tyson's long history of saying one thing and doing another. From its use of claustrophobic, constantly dim-lit "broiler houses" for chickens and "gestation crates" for pregnant sows, Tyson's track record on animal welfare is far from exemplary.

Lolita: a Lonely Life at the Miami Seaquarium

Stephen Wells | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Stephen Wells

In the notorious 1970 Penn Cove round up in Puget Sound, Washington, seven wild orcas were kidnapped from the seas to become entertainment draws at aquatic theme parks. Lolita was one of these orcas.

How The Law Is Failing Our Animals

Anjali Sareen | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Anjali Sareen

We must ask ourselves why we make arbitrary distinctions between the animals that allow some to end up in our homes and others to end up on our plates. If you wouldn't accept this treatment for an animal in front of you, why accept it for an animal behind closed doors?

The 10 Best States To Abuse Animals

Posted 12.27.2012 | Green

Many U.S. states are failing to protect animals from cruelty, sexual assault, neglect and other forms of abuse, an Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) re...

Joanna Zelman

Animal Cruelty Lawsuit Reaches Settlement After Abuse Video Released

HuffingtonPost.com | Joanna Zelman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Green

An animal cruelty lawsuit has been settled against a California hatchery after disturbing undercover video footage emerged earlier this year. Nonpr...