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Animal Cruelty

The Partner Animal Rescue Can't Do Without

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

There are compassionate people like this across the country, and it's critical to connect their compassion to causes that save and protect animal lives. Some people are already inspired and active; others are just waiting for a local event like this to capture their concern.

The Myth of India's Vegetarian Elites: A Response to NPR and New York Times

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 07.24.2015 | Green
Vamsee Juluri

All of India may not have been vegetarian all the time. But the importance given to vegetarianism in Indian life for the simple reason we could live without taking an animal life, is an enormous leap in human civilization that the modern West has had a very tough time coming around to accept.

NYC's New Crime-Stopping Approach to Animal Cruelty

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.23.2015 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

In our efforts to stop animal cruelty, we're making great advances toward all of these goals. This week, we're adding another milestone to that list.

Fashion's Fur Problem: Fur Is More Fashionable Then Ever. But Why?

David Dietz | Posted 07.22.2015 | Style
David Dietz

The arc of history bends towards progress, but for the fashion industry, change isn't progressing fast enough.

Is "Sleep Swimming" Endangering the Lives of Whales?

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Van Winkle's

Is the way whales "sleep" putting their lives at risk? It's possible, according to the Daily Mail. Apparently, there's a growing trend of tired whale...

Summer Fun, But Not for Pigs: The Horror of Gestation Crates and Life in a Factory Farm

Roberta Lee | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Roberta Lee

Most summer weekends, I put food on the grill and have feasts. But there is a dark side to those summer cook outs, especially those featuring pork ribs. One of the darkest stories is the story of a pig's life in a factory farm.

Toxic Substances, Nontoxic Policy

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

Each year, tens of thousands of animals are killed to test industrial chemicals. These animals suffer terribly, as harsh chemicals are rubbed into their skin, forced down their throats, and even dropped in their eyes.

Thanks But No Thanks, Arby's: Vegetarians Don't Want Your Meat

Nathan Runkle | Posted 07.15.2015 | Taste
Nathan Runkle

Image credit: Mike Mozart I'm a vegetarian, and I have a message for Arby's: Your bacon is disgusting, and I want nothing to do with it. In your op...

3 Ways Jewish Law Relates to Laudato Si

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

Pope Francis's recent encyclical made headlines because of climate change, but his teachings are much broader concerning human responsibility to care for life on the planet. Good for him! It is time to bring the moral resources of all our traditions to this issue.

Dog Found Missing Part Of His Nose, Covered In Matted Hair Gets Fresh Start

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.10.2015 | Good News

This deserving pooch looks like a whole new pup thanks to a committed rescue group. Kansas City Animal Control found Harry, a neglected chow chow,...

I'll Never Take My Future Children to the Zoo or Circus

Deborah Stachelski | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Deborah Stachelski

The reality of zoos and animal theme parks is not one of a fun, family day. Parks and zoos do a beautiful job at selling the message that they are "animal friendly", but at the end of the day, no matter their efforts, those animals should never be in captivity.

One Year Ago, This Elephant Was Weeping In Chains

The Dodo | Posted 07.05.2015 | Green

Raju was born more than 50 years ago, but this week he's celebrating a first birthday of sorts — marking the one-year anniversary of when he was fre...

Why We Must Raise Children Who Care About the Welfare of Animals

Lori Day | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

I think that what destroys me when I look at this image is the depth of despair of the bear who cannot understand his circumstances and will never escape them, and remembering that I saw bears just like this one during my childhood.

The Disgusting Truth Behind Those $40,000 Hermès Bags

The Dodo | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green

You wanted the Birkin bag, that exclusive handbag by Hermès that costs thousands and thousands of dollars. And now you have it....

The Pope, the Animals and the Earth: The Vatican Says, Stop Exploiting; Do Something!

Julia Orr | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Julia Orr

The recently published encyclical has some astonishing statements. While I differ with the Vatican on a number of issues, I cannot diminish the incredible stand the new Pope has taken on issues of global injustice, the environment, animal welfare and poverty.

The Upsetting Truth Behind 'Cute' Slow Loris Videos

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green

A new short film explores the disturbing reality behind the “cute” slow loris videos that have proliferated online over the past few years. The...

Is Sexism In Science Actually Paternalism?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Because of improvements in medical ethics over the past thirty years, we tend to think that this paternalistic attitude no longer or minimally exists. However paternalism in science is all too alive and healthy.

Man Accused Of Driving Truck Over Bald Eagles

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime

Police in Alaska have accused a man of running a truck over several bald eagles, killing two birds. A jogger in Dutch Harbor contacted authorities ...

Shine a Light

Stephen Wells | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Indeed, we could view our era's progress as proof of our improving, better nature. But if we're paying attention with both eyes open, we can also see how the industries that profit from animal exploitation continue to fight advances in animal welfare and law every step of the way.

Prospects Improve For Pit Bull Whose Mouth Was Taped Shut

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.02.2015 | Crime

Caitlyn is a 15-month-old pit bull found in North Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday morning with her mouth taped shut. The tape, which may ha...

Cat Cruelty Goes Viral Online and Nowhere in the Courts

Becky Robinson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Becky Robinson

As a nation, we take animal cruelty seriously. It disturbs us--we condemn it and our laws forbid it. But the laws must also be enforced. In our efforts to create a safe and peaceful society, allowing animal cruelty to go unprosecuted is detrimental.

Watch A Self-Described 'Despicable' Pet-Care Company Owner Kick Dog In Elevator

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 05.28.2015 | Crime

A Chicago man has shut down his pet-care company after a video of him kicking an animal surfaced this week. Jon Steinholt was the owner of Alone At...

Mohan: The Unluckiest Elephant in the World

Wildlife SOS | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Wildlife SOS

Since humans captured him, his days have been filled with hard work, insufficient sustenance, and vicious beatings to force him to comply with his mahout's (caretaker/trainer) wishes. His nights have been spent in chains.

Nonprofit Is Fighting To Stop The 'Industrialized Cruelty' In Greyhound Racing

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.21.2015 | Good News

Despite causing broken bones, heart problems and even paralysis -- as well as using questionable practices -- dog racing is still legal in a handful o...

Lilly Workneh

This Striking Image Shows A Different Side Of America's Racist History | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices

When photographer Tyler Shields captured the provocative photo of a naked black man hanging a white Klansman from a tree branch, he considered his wor...