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Animal Protection

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.

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?

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

New L.A. Museum Draws Attention to Animal Rights

Kate Kelly | Posted 09.30.2014 | Los Angeles
Kate Kelly

The National Museum of Animals & Society, a new museum in Los Angeles, has been featuring an active roster of exhibits and events focused on representing the animal protection movement.

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 | Home
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...