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Keeping The Animal Welfare Act On The Job Of Animal Protection

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Matthew Bershadker

During these times of political conflict and division, one issue that draws bipartisan and nearly universal support is animal welfare. For decades, th...

What Does A Fish Know And Feel?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 08.23.2016 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Most of us would cringe at the thought of ripping a dog's mouth open with a hook. Why don't we cringe when we think about doing this to a fish? Our society not only considers hooking and suffocating fish to be socially acceptable, we celebrate it.

Why does the death of a gorilla hurt us so much?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.06.2016 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Thirty years ago, the killing of a gorilla in a zoo would have barely been noticed except by the people closest to the animal. Today, however, the sho...

Animal Protection Groups Discuss Effective Strategies at "Sentience Conference"

Jacy Reese | Posted 05.24.2016 | Green
Jacy Reese

Attendees experience the life of a pig using virtual reality at the Sentience Conference in Berlin. EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM AUSTRIA This weekend I sat in ...

The Dairy Industry Duped the Public Into Believing its Industry-Friendly Laws Were Animal-Friendly

Anna Pippus | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Anna Pippus

Last year, the B.C. government announced it would be incorporating into law the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle, industry-c...

NRA Backed SHARE Act Is About Killing Animals Not Sharing Space and Coexisting Peacefully

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.01.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Being able to kill animals on public lands will provide "more opportunities for Americans to enjoy the great outdoors" My email inbox has been "ringi...

What's in a Name? Is an Unnamed Cow Less Sentient Than a Named Cow?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.12.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

On being a "who": Words count A recent essay in the New York Times by Philip Corbett called "Is a Cow a 'Who' or a 'Which?' Our Standards Editor Weig...

Breaking News: Omnibus Bill Bars US-Based Horse Slaughter, Tosses Out Language to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves and Elephants

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

We are grateful to so many of our advocates who weighed in with lawmakers. And we are especially grateful to our champions on Capitol Hill, to the White House, and to Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the two top Democrats on the appropriations committees, who were key in the fight to protect animals in this bill.

The New Favorite Charities of Animal Lovers

Jacy Reese | Posted 04.14.2016 | Green
Jacy Reese

Today, animal protection is transforming into a movement that accounts for all species of animals. Just as our dogs and cats at home deserve happiness and protection, so too do the cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals we currently raise and slaughter for food.

Lessons From Katrina: Broadening our Circle of Compassion

Scotlund Haisley | Posted 08.26.2016 | Good News
Scotlund Haisley

My fellow animal rescuers and I had been deeply affected and forever changed by our time in New Orleans. Each of us has the responsibility and the power to create a society that values all life, and we can start by doing the least harm in the ways we choose to live our daily lives.

Cat Cruelty Goes Viral Online and Nowhere in the Courts

Becky Robinson | Posted 05.29.2016 | 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.

Scalding Live Chickens Is Business as Usual on Factory Farms

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

Billions of food animals suffer the most enduring and deep pain as they're brutalized to become meals, and we must stop this heinous treatment right now.

Slaughtering Wolves in Canada: A New Essay Shows Just How Unscientific, Unethical, and Inhumane These Studies Are

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

Let's hope that the killing of more wolves is not forthcoming. It is disheartening that there already are plans to kill more wolves supposedly to try to save caribou, and many are deeply concerned and working to stop this unnecessary slaughter.

Compassionate Conservation: More than "Welfarism Gone Wild"

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.10.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Compassionate conservation builds on an agenda that calls for "doing science while respecting animals" and for protecting animals because they are intrinsically valuable, and do not only have instrumental value because of what they can do for us.

Invasive 'Rat Research' Should Be Abolished Once and for All

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.11.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

We surely can do better in protecting all of these sentient beings, and the time is now to amend, write, and stringently enforce legislation for better protecting them and the millions of other animals from being brutalized in "the name of science, food, entertainment, and fashion."

Wolf Slaughter Canadian Style Continues as if It's Conservation: Let's Stop It Now

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.03.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

The Canadian government plans to kill wolves once again to try to save woodland caribou. An earlier murder escapade in Alberta didn't work and there's no reason to assume this one will.

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

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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?

Let's Make Compassion and Rewilding All the Rage in 2015 and Beyond

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.28.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

No one can disagree that adding compassion and rewilding in any number of arenas are good ways to move into the future. So let's just do it and continue to do so forever. Our planet is wounded and tired and needs to be rekindled, and we humans hold the key to the future. It's that simple.

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

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 02.28.2015 | 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.

Do Cows Moo 'Get Me The Hell Out of Here' on Factory Farms?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

I hope this research will be used to learn just what cows and other animals are trying to tell us, as they are prepared, none too gently or humanely, for human meals.

There's No Evidence Zoos Educate In A Meaningful Way

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.11.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

I'm surely happy that a zoo visitor may learn something she or he didn't previously know, but if they don't use this information in a meaningful way to do something for the animals, then it's knowledge for knowledge's sake and that is not a sufficient reason for keeping animals in cages.

The HSUS Celebrates a 60-Year Quest to Stop Cruelty to All Animals

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

It was 60 years ago, on November 22, that four individuals founded The HSUS, with grand ambitions but only a few nickels in their pockets. At the time, there were just 500 or so local humane organizations scattered across 3,100 counties.

Killing Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls? Let's Stop Bloody Conservation Practices

Marc Bekoff | Posted 01.05.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

The question at hand -- should we kill in the name of conservation -- isn't going to disappear anytime soon, if at all. Good people who care about other animals, with admirable goals, disagree on the need to kill for conservation.

Rewilding Our Hearts: Ecocide Is Suicide

Marc Bekoff | Posted 12.09.2014 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Rewilding our hearts calls for a global paradigm shift, a social revolution, in how we interact with other animals and with other humans.

In Defense Of Pamela Anderson

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

How much closer would we be to a cure today if instead of wasting millions of dollars on failed animal experiments, the money had been used to create more effective human-based testing methods that accurately recreated the disease?