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Animal Protection

It's Official: Animal Protection IS Human Protection

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

In virtually every way in which we interact with animals as individuals or as a society, when animals are treated with basic kindness and respect, we also benefit.

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.

Idaho's 'Ag-Gag' Bill: Shameful Attempt to Hide Animal Cruelty on Factory Farms

Nathan Runkle | Posted 04.27.2014 | Food
Nathan Runkle

S 1337 would make it a crime, punishable by imprisonment, to simply photograph or videotape abusive, unsanitary or otherwise unethical activity on a farm. Even employees and journalists who take photos or video to document misconduct on farms could face criminal prosecution.

Congress Cuts Funding For Horse Slaughter

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congress has again cut funding for inspections at horse slaughterhouses, the latest blow to efforts to resume horse slaught...

A Banner Year for HSUS

Cathy Kangas | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Cathy Kangas

Many powerful lobbies pour money into legislation that harms animals. The HSUS works to defeat harmful legislation while at the same time educating the public about cruelty.

Crush the Ivory Trade

Will Travers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Will Travers

I applaud the United States government for taking this bold and very public step to show the world that only elephants should wear ivory.

Berets, Baguettes and Brutal Blood Sport: Welcome to France!

Carole Raphaelle Davis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Carole Raphaelle Davis

France is a civilized country, known as the culture capital of the world, right? But did you know that the act of torturing an animal to death was successfully elevated in status to "culture" and "art" by French lawmakers?

WATCH LIVE: Bid To Rein In 'Sulky Drivers' Racing Carts

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.23.2013 | World

Sulky drivers -- members of the Irish travelling community who race horse and carts along busy main roads -- are being reined in by Cork County Counci...

University of Colorado Reconsidering Using Live Animal Laboratories

Marc Bekoff | Posted 08.26.2013 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

As a Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who has long studied the social and emotional lives of other animals I was deeply disappointed to read that faculty at the school continue to have students kill hundreds of animals in outdated classroom laboratories every year.

Taxpayer-Supported Animal Cruelty

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Cathy Kangas

We need to look at every government agency that either uses animals or is responsible for animal control to determine if low cost alternatives are available for research experiments or population control.

We Are Not Safe From Bird Flu as Long as Factory Farms Exist

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

In spite of our current low risk, it is just a matter of time before H5N1, H7N3 or another influenza strain evolves into a dangerous form that results in a pandemic. And the events in Mexico and Cambodia beg the question: Are we ever going to be safe from bird flu?

Fox Penning in Virginia

Laura Donahue | Posted 04.13.2013 | DC
Laura Donahue

Virginia has some of the best animal protection laws in the country, so most Virginians are shocked to learn that an obscure, extremely cruel practice known as "fox penning" is legal in the Commonwealth.

The NRA Boycotts a Hunting Exhibition: Why Pandering to Hunters on Gun Control Is Useless

Stuart Chaifetz | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Stuart Chaifetz

It's endless. Just watch any politician speak about gun control and they literally trip over themselves to talk about killing animals.

Are Stone Crabs Lucky, Really?

Hal Herzog | Posted 03.11.2013 | Food
Hal Herzog

Our boat's captain explained to us that there were two varieties of crabs harvested in the waters of Florida's Gulf coast -- he called them the "lucky crabs" and the "unlucky crabs."

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...

Hospitality for Our New Neighbors

Jim Monsma | Posted 12.07.2012 | DC
Jim Monsma

The District of Columbia does not have -- nor has it ever had -- a wildlife rehabilitation center for all the unfortunate victims of human activity. A group of us is working to change that.

The Picture of Cruelty

Ken White | Posted 09.30.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

The work we do to fight violence against animals may help more than the dog or the cat we are working to save. What is done to protect the animals has vital equivalents in the lives of children.

For Lennox Barnes

Lisa LaFontaine | Posted 09.11.2012 | DC
Lisa LaFontaine

As animal care professionals we need to treat all animals as individuals through our words and actions. We must hold one another accountable to avoid those slippery slope practices that lead others to believe breed discrimination is acceptable.

Big Week Looms Ahead for SeaWorld

David Kirby | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment
David Kirby

The week of July 16 will be crunch time for America's favorite marine theme park, as SeaWorld braces for the next grueling phase in the aftermath of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau's death, two and a half years ago in Orlando.

PHOTOS: Our Fight To Save Apes

David McDannald | Posted 07.03.2012 | Books
David McDannald

When a Sudanese refugee, a grown man, was humiliated and abused at a military roadblock in northern Kenya, my journey to activism began; a soldier des...

Cat Tales: The Story of Ngoye -- A Snare Victim

Panthera | Posted 06.27.2012 | Green

A wire snare is cheap to make, easy to set and deadly for big cats. One recent victim close to my heart is a leopard called Ngoye. She is the central character of a project I started 10 years ago in Phinda, South Africa -- Panthera's Munyawana Leopard Project.

Don't Turn the Clock Back on Animal Welfare Enforcement

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.20.2012 | Impact
Michael Markarian

Whether an animal welfare law will be effective often turns on whether it gets adequately funded. Having legislators seek that funding is crucial, especially when there are as many strong competing budget pressures as there are now.

RAW VIDEO: Animal Welfare Fund Responds To 60 Dolphins Beached At Cape Cod

Posted 01.19.2012 | Impact

More than 60 dolphins have been beached and stranded along 25 miles of coastline at Cape Cod since Jan. 12, according to the International Fund for An...

7 Truly Incredible Animal Rescues (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.11.2012 | Good News

From the Canadian teacher who rescued stray dogs from Afghanistan to the Australian hospital workers who nursed nearly 100 baby fruit bats, poignant s...

Canary in a Coal Mine? A Day to Save the Birds....

Will Travers | Posted 03.04.2012 | Green
Will Travers

Let us take one day out of the year -- January 5 -- to consider the birds in our backyards and their cousins flying free from Anguilla (whose national bird, by the way, is the Turtle Dove) to Zimbabwe (whose national bird is the African Fish Eagle).