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In Alaska, Divorce Courts Must Now Consider Pet Wellbeing

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.26.2017 | Divorce

This month, Alaska became the first state in which judges are required to consider animal welfare in cases where divorcing couples have a pet. Legisla...

The Bloody Business of Coyote Contests

Stephen Wells | Posted 01.04.2017 | Green
Stephen Wells

My dog Eve is so closely related to coyotes that she could--in theory--have hybrid puppies. Your family dog could, too. But despite their close relati...

Kristen Lindsey: Board's Punishment Does Not Fit The Crime

Stephen Wells | Posted 11.01.2016 | Green
Stephen Wells

What sets the case of Kristen Lindsey apart is that she was a licensed veterinarian at the time of this horrific and heartless killing -- someone who had vowed under oath to protect animals and their welfare, and to prevent their suffering.

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...

Buyer Beware: A Puppy's Hidden Cost

Stephen Wells | Posted 02.28.2017 | Green
Stephen Wells

"Adopt, don't shop" is a common mantra in the animal protection world. There's so much behind those three little words. It's not just about the millio...

Yellowstone Park Services Sentence Iconic Bison to Death

Julia Orr | Posted 02.26.2017 | Green
Julia Orr

We've seen it before with the wild mustang horse roundups, the hunting of wolves, coyotes and other predators, black bear hunts and now Yellowstone Park is going to send over 900 bison to slaughter to appease local cattle ranchers.

Illinois Among Top 5 Best States for Animal Protection Laws

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.27.2017 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois is the very top of the nation when it comes to animal protection laws. Surprised? Maybe you shouldn't be -- the state's ranked No. 1 for the ...

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

Stephen Wells | Posted 12.21.2016 | 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 11.30.2016 | 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 11.05.2016 | 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.

Court Says No To Gagging Those Who Reveal Farm Animal Abuse

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

A hard-to-watch video, filmed in 2012 by undercover investigators with Mercy for Animals, shows Idaho dairy farm workers viciously abusing cows. The s...

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

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.31.2016 | 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 | 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...

People and Other Animals: Good News in California

Ken White | Posted 06.02.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

Good news for the animals, and for those of us who care about the animals, here in California worth reporting celebrating. So, in no particular order... Ringling Brothers Circus has decided to drop elephants from their traveling shows.

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...

Arin Greenwood

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

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.

The Farallon Islands, USFWS, and Island Conservation's Tax-free Government Contracts

Maggie Sergio | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Maggie Sergio

By the time you read this article, a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) signed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, retired USFWS Biologist Sonce ...

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...