By showing a cockatoo perched on a celebrity's shoulder, NBC is giving viewers the mistaken impression that these animals make good pets -- or that they should be pets at all.
Dr. Aysha Akhtar looks at the interlocking animal and human health issues involved in domestic violence, animal-fighting, animal attacks, the wildlife trade, factory farming, climate change, and drug development.
Lennox -- a family pet, a young girl's "bestest friend in the world," an animal who has committed no crime other than having the physical traits of what is known as "Pit Bull Type" -- is to be put to death.
Because of our own long experience with oppression, we must open our hearts to the suffering of animals. Otherwise, we are no better than those members of other historically oppressed communities who now close their eyes to our struggle.
In a world increasingly concerned with human issues, the welfare of non-human animals needs all the arguments it can get, but it also needs those arguments to be scrupulously clear and correct, or they will be dismissed as not counting at all. And the losers will be the animals themselves.
Imagine having a job where you never looked at the clock, and worked 60 hours a week with no regrets. Responding to disasters and rescues has just been the "glamorous" part of the job. And it's not just about the animals; it's also the people.
While the ivory wars of the 1980s more than halved the African elephant population in a short decade, we're seeing a resurgence of poaching today that is proving bloodier than ever.
Countries with little in the way of social services also have weak animal welfare systems. Think Russia and Mexico, where dogs roam the streets and are often in the most pitiful health.
There's one issue that I've been watching very carefully that could bridge the political gap. And it's really a no-brainer: basic, sensible protections to improve the lives of animals.
When one thinks of a vegetarian or a vegan, I don't think they envision the Adonis that is Brooklyn-based actor/performer Zachary Koval. After reading his insights, it's clear he's not just a pretty face, either.
Recently, I blogged about exciting news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would propose a rule requiring large-scale puppy mills and kitten mill...
Hidden in dark sheds, force fed other species body parts and waste, animals exist and die for the propaganda of "meat," that it tastes good, and is good for us. Nothing is further from the truth.
Those of us living in what we consider free societies often feel secure that if we comply by laws, pay our taxes, and maintain other civic duties we s...
Shocking a dog while he is doing something he thinks is fun -- something they've been bred to do for thousands of years -- seems particularly cruel, since it can forever link that pleasurable thing with the fear of an occasional unexpected jolt.
Switching to a plant-based diet can lessen your contribution to global warming and the overall use of resources. It can also boost your health.
Both BSE and the "pink slime" fiasco are the indirect outcomes of the incessant drive to industrialize livestock farming and meat processing.