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Animal Cruelty

Man Kicks Chihuahua During Argument With Girlfriend, Killing Pet

AP | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A 32-year-old Tacoma man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he kicked his small dog so hard that it died. Nich...

USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 01.23.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and the Agro-Industrial Complex

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Every day factory farms and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center inflicts shocking cruelties on animals. They don't want to have to modify their production methods one bit or give the animals even a few inches of extra space or a quick death.

How Animal Experiments Paved the Way for the CIA's Torture Program

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Many psychologists and psychiatrists are justifiably horrified at the central role members of their own profession have played in these torture experiments. Unfortunately, our biomedical profession has a long history of experimentation on humans.

Former abused dog receives the best day ever with rescue mom

Rescue Idiot | Posted 01.15.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

Susie, a mutt, in 2009 was set on fire and left to die by her abusive, and completely evil owner in North Carolina. Susie suffered third-degree burn...

Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Charges Dropped in Utah -- But There's Still Work to Do

Michael A. Webermann | Posted 01.15.2015 | Green
Michael A. Webermann

If you aren't familiar with ag-gag laws, think of them as anti-whistleblower laws, criminalizing the act of photographing abuses on agriculture facilities or slaughterhouses. Six states have successfully passed these laws.

Rats Like to Be Tickled: Why Is the Animal Welfare Act So Lame?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

We know that rats and numerous other animals experience positive emotions and also that they experience deep and enduring pain. So, why are rodents and other sentient animals -- including birds, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates -- not protected?

When Travel Isn't Beautiful: Explaining Tough Stuff to Kids

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 01.08.2015 | Travel
Carrie Visintainer

I was holding my six-year-old son's hand when we encountered an act of animal cruelty. It happened on a steep cement path in a tiny Mexican village, on our way to the market to buy oranges. A few steps ahead, I glimpsed the scene first.

Sphynx Cat Survives Being Shot In Head With Arrow (GRAPHIC PHOTO)

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 01.08.2015 | Weird News

A Sphynx cat in Riverview, Florida, is lucky to be alive after having an arrow shot through its forehead. On Tuesday night, Akila, a calico Sphynx ...

3 Ring Travesty

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.02.2015 | Green
Edward Flattau

Many of the creatures have become threatened with extinction in the wild, with lions, tigers, and elephants being cases in point. Humanity has a moral obligation to preserve to the best of its ability the biodiversity of the planet.

5 Stories of 2014: The Surprising Links Between Human and Animal Protection

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Here's my list of five headline-grabbing stories in 2014 that show just how connected human health and animal protection are.

Sixty Seven Elephants in Need of Immediate Rescue in India

Wildlife SOS | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Wildlife SOS

Suzy is one of sixty-seven pachyderms living in terrible conditions in Indian circuses, despite a nationwide ban on the use of elephants in such shows. The next step for Suzy and the others is to find their way to safety thanks to Wildlife S.O.S.

16 People Who Made a Big Difference in 2014

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.

Have Yourself a Cruelty-free Christmas

Tim Ward | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Tim Ward

I interviewed author Mark Hawthorne, a passionate advocate for the compassionate treatment of animals as living beings. Hawthorne believes that most people would choose to avoid being needlessly cruel to animals, and he has written a book so that the average person can be well informed about these issues.

Why We Support Ending Carriage Horse Rides on NYC Streets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.18.2014 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

Naturally, retiring this industry will have financial repercussions, but the mayor's bill reflects a strong intent to offset those consequences with workforce training programs and resources available not only to drivers, but to owners, license holders, and horse stable employees.

Teens Filmed Themselves Feeding Live Cat To Dogs: Cops

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Crime

Two teen boys in Bakersfield, California were arrested last week after posting a video online that appeared to show them feeding a live cat to two dog...

Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal's Suspicious Death Sparks Investigation

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green

An endangered Hawaiian monk seal was found bludgeoned to death on the Northeast coast of Kauai on November 30, and federal and state authorities have ...

Do I Enjoy Killing?

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Jenna Woginrich

Just because the lamb looks more like your French bulldog doesn't make it a bulldog or more important than that plant. Nature doesn't believe in animal rights. It believes in balance.

The Fake Stuff Makes Us Want the Real Stuff

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 12.03.2014 | Style
Evey Rosenbloom

I wonder if the wearing and promotion of the "faux," normalized the style, causing the explosive resurgence of real fur back to the center of our culture. I believe that wearing anything that looks like fur advertises the trend and encourages others to dress that way.

Mayor De Blasio's Gift for City's Carriage Horses

Kathy Stevens | Posted 12.02.2014 | New York
Kathy Stevens

Tourists' "To Do" lists may be about to change, as Mayor Bill De Blasio has introduced a bill to ban horse-drawn carriages by May of 2016, making good on a key campaign promise.

Man Broke Into Home, Tried To Strangle Dog He Thought Barked Too Much: Cops

AP | Posted 11.29.2014 | Crime

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say a man who broke into his neighbor's apartment to silence a barking dog ended up getting bitten and ...

Someone May Have Poisoned 2 Dozen Crows In Oregon

AP | Posted 11.28.2014 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say corn was in the stomachs of two dozen crows and it was likely tainted, causing their deaths in downtown Portla...

'An Incredibly Brutal Attack': Family's Dog Found Hanging From Tree

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 11.27.2014 | Crime

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information about the death of a dog in Alaska that was fo...

Brazil Adds Its Might to the Movement to End Gestation Crates

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Brazil struck a body blow to inhumane sow gestation crates this week with two major announcements. Under the agreements, pork producers will be provided with training to facilitate their successful transition to more humane group housing systems.

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.