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Whose Time Has Finally Come? Ending the Use of Dogs in Experiments

Monica Engebretson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Monica Engebretson

As the old saying goes, "You don't know where you're going until you know where you've been." With this in mind, here is a brief historical overview of challenges to the use of dogs in experiments.

USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

Grim Report From Laboratory Handling Ebola

Julia Orr | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Julia Orr

The report is grim reading; even grimmer for the animals that died at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute located in Albuquerque, NM.

Are Farm Animals Not Considered Animals?

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Do the over 9 billion animals farmed in the United States each year require less protection? No. Should we allow them to endure extreme cruelty during their lives just because they're destined for slaughter? Certainly not.

Feds Shut Down Bear Park Over Animal Cruelty

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.31.2013 | Green

Chief Saunooke Bear Park, a North Carolina bear pit accused by animal rights activists of abusing the bears in its care, was recently shut down by fed...

26-Year-Old Zoo Director Charged With Animal Cruelty (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.26.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Meghan Mogensen, the 26-year-old director of the Reston Zoo in Northern Virginia, came to police attention when a zoo employee reported ...

Circus Slapped With Fine Over Animal-Welfare Violation

AP | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

VIENNA, Va. -- VIENNA, Virginia (AP) – The owner of the Ringling Bros. circus has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle allegations that it vi...

The Future of Animal Welfare Depends on Keeping Our Kids' Eyes Wide Open

Fred O'Regan | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green
Fred O'Regan

If we don't make sure that today's young people enter adulthood with their eyes wide open to the importance of protecting our living planet, then we are all -- elephants, animals, ecosystems, people -- in deep trouble.

Durbin Introduces Bill To Regulate Online Puppy Sales

CBS Chicago | Posted 06.02.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has introduced a bill which would require all breeders that sell more than 50 dogs a year to be licensed...

Ringling Bros. Circus: Friends in High Places

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Friedrich

With two wars going on, the economy still faltering, and the government on the brink of shutting down, why is Congress protecting Ringling Bros. Circus?

The Federal Animal Welfare Act: Are Animals Really Better Off?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Why are mice and other animals still ignored by the federal Animal Welfare Act, despite the fact that they are sentient beings; just like the relatively few species and individuals who are protected?

Federal Audit, Lawmakers Spotlight Puppy Mill Problems

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

There's long overdue action on the issue of puppy mills, and the issue got some much-needed attention yesterday from the federal government. Sens. Ric...

Donkey Basketball Game Continues In Chicago Suburbs, Over PETA's Objections

Chicagoist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Despite protests from PETA, a donkey basketball fundraiser in Streator will go on as planned tonight. The organization has long protested these events...

Pork Industry Bailout Request Full of Fat

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Our government actually bails out the pork industry when it overproduces and buys up volumes of surplus pork, typically by dumping these surplus commodities into our nation's schools and food programs.

Investing in the Animals' Future, and Our Own

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

We've seen time and time again that the animals' fate is intertwined with our own, and that addressing animal welfare policies helps to safeguard all of us.