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Mild-Mannered Retiree Facing Criminal Prosecution Highlights How Welfare Laws Fail Animals

Anna Pippus | Posted 02.06.2017 | Green
Anna Pippus

On Thursday, California resident and retiree Diane Gandee Sorbi was charged with larceny, theft, and criminal mischief. Her alleged crime? Removing an injured hen from a cage-free egg farm and bringing her for veterinary care before placing her in a sanctuary to live out her life.

#PigTrial Inadvertently Puts Meat Industry On Trial

Anna Pippus | Posted 08.30.2016 | Green
Anna Pippus

When a pig farmer reported an animal rights activist for interfering with his property, he likely didn't anticipate that he'd be setting up the entire meat industry to be put on trial. Yet, that's exactly what happened.

#PigTrial Interview With Peter Sankoff: 'I Just Don't See Any Crime Here.'

Anna Pippus | Posted 08.30.2016 | Green
Anna Pippus

The criminal law is not the correct tool for everything we might not like in society. It's a powerful instrument, and a blunt one, and we shouldn't use it lightly. Not every interference with someone's property constitutes a crime; nor should it.

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...

Meet the Former Slaughterhouse Worker Who Became an Animal Rights Activist

Anna Pippus | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Anna Pippus

The kill line can't stop. Josh Agland learned this from his supervisors during his first week as an employee at a slaughterhouse in Australia, where h...

Puppy Mill Seizure Illustrates Need for Proactive Law Enforcement

Anna Pippus | Posted 02.11.2017 | Green
Anna Pippus

A puppy mill seizure in B.C. is making international headlines and igniting outrage. Sixty-six animals with urgent health issues were removed from fil...

To Protect Animals, We Need Better Law Enforcement More Than We Need Better Laws

Anna Pippus | Posted 02.04.2017 | Green
Anna Pippus

Canadian animal protection laws are routinely criticized for being weak, and certainly there is plenty of room for improvement. However, the reality i...

Congressman Jim Moran Receives Lord Houghton Award for Services to Animal Welfare

Monica Engebretson | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Monica Engebretson

This week, Cruelty Free International presented Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) with the Lord Houghton Award in recognition of his service and contributi...

Arin Greenwood

Court Says Animals Can Be Crime 'Victims,' Like People. So What Does That Mean?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 09.26.2014 | Green

Last month, the Oregon Supreme Court issued two rulings widely celebrated as major victories for animal rights, granting animals legal protections for...

A Bone to Pick About Animal Protection Legislation

Abigail Perdue | Posted 05.20.2014 | Crime
Abigail Perdue

On March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty. Although the enactment of new anti-cruelty measures in South Dakota is a step in the right direction, more remains to be done.

Landmark 'Ag Gag' Lawsuit Fights Threat to Freedom of Speech

Stephen Wells | Posted 09.22.2013 | Green
Stephen Wells

The American public relies on journalists and activists to expose inhumane and unsafe food production practices in industrial facilities. We cannot allow politicians to violate our rights so they can protect the financial interests of their corporate agriculture backers.

PHOTOS: Orphaned Bear Cubs Will Return To The Wild In 2012

Posted 01.03.2012 | Denver

Two bear cubs that were orphaned after their mother was shot by a Colorado Division of Wildlife officer in August are healthy and receiving care at a ...

Be the Change You Seek for Animals

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

If you want to get involved with animal protection issues, there's no substitute for joining your fellow animal advocates in person to celebrate the victories and work together to confront the challenges ahead.