Japanese officials said that the slaughter is no different from that of other animals for food that may appeal more to Western tastes. But it seems that the butchery for food, like the cloak of tradition, hides a less palatable truth.
Growing up in the Evangelical Christian tradition, I was repeatedly warned of the threat posed by "secular Humanism." Despite the reflexive irony of the criticism when considering the source, I'm inclined to agree with the overall assessment. Being an atheist does not make me a Humanist by default.
Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the wild. They need our urgent aid: not a hunter's bullet. This is not real conservation; this is rhino slaughter for sport.
To have it suggested that you are in favor of puppy mills is about as ugly an accusation as you encounter in the world of animal rights or welfare: it is saying that you are in favor of the criminal abuse of animals.
Twenty years ago I knew no one with any answers; today it hardly matters, as the feral hundreds have grown into hundreds of thousands.
I have tried to draw attention to the general ineffectiveness of animal experiments and how they impede our chances of finding cures. I have focused on the human side of the equation. But just who are these animals abused in experimentation?
Will the passion of the animal rights movement soon become part of an international debate at the United Nations and related institutions as "Digital Diplomacy" takes another advance from the virtual?
These are just a few examples of what a little seed money can do when put in the hands of someone with a vision and a plan to change the world. If you were given $1000, how would YOU seed the change?
The farmer was a weathered, small-town sort of man, and I believed him when he told me that he treated his animals well. And then he took out his syringe of penicillin.
If this 1.3 metric ton poison drop is allowed to move forward, thousands of wild animals will be inhumanely poisoned, and in turn, those killed become a poisoned food source for other animals.
Some whistleblower suppression laws -- coined "ag-gag" by food writer Mark Bittman -- aggressively criminalize firsthand documenting and/or reporting of the day-to-day activities of industrial farms, while doing nothing to contain the abuse.
As a pig farmer, I live an unethical life shrouded in the justificatory trappings of social acceptance. What I do is wrong, in spite of its acceptance by nearly 95 percent of the American population. I know it in my bones.
Unlike the humble mouse, primates are afforded at least some protection under the Animal Welfare Act. Unfortunately, even the most prestigious universities have shown the inability to care for their primates without extreme and deadly consequences.
With only a few days left in the legislative session, we urgently need Governor Cuomo to sign a game-changing bill that gives local governments and citizens more ability to regulate puppy mills in their communities.
Every day of the week, The Pollination Project provides $1000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world -- or just their own community -- a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.
A 50-year career on television with the longest running daytime game show 'The Price is Right' is certainly remarkable. But there's another side to Bob Barker beyond his successful daytime job that is astonishing and brought an ear-to-ear grin across my face.