Both BSE and the "pink slime" fiasco are the indirect outcomes of the incessant drive to industrialize livestock farming and meat processing.
When a Sudanese refugee, a grown man, was humiliated and abused at a military roadblock in northern Kenya, my journey to activism began; a soldier des...
The ASPCA was proud to co-host, along with the Animal Welfare Institute and The Humane Society of the United States, the "Horses on the Hill" event, in which we publicly urged legislators to stop our nation's horses from being slaughtered at home or abroad.
Despite the huge progress made in promoting universal human rights, the advancement of animal rights has remained disturbingly stagnant throughout history.
A wire snare is cheap to make, easy to set and deadly for big cats. One recent victim close to my heart is a leopard called Ngoye. She is the central character of a project I started 10 years ago in Phinda, South Africa -- Panthera's Munyawana Leopard Project.
The use of animals in war goes much farther back than WWI, and much farther forward too, and spans more species and places than we would expect.
PETA's new campaign, "Never Be Silent," is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." It encourages everyone to speak up for others whose pain is often casually ignored.
Our undercover investigator worked at Kreider's nine-barn facility for six weeks and documented appalling and extreme overcrowding of hens, dead birds in cages and barn floors covered with flies.
If you aren't able to make regular visits to every farm your food dollar touches, and if you really want to have confidence in the farms you are supporting, you need to look for a credible third-party certification.
As the government put a value on cats, and as more people realized the key role played by those cuddly creatures, Gazans started to breed cats, and started to treat cats with more respect.
Just as we require political ads to disclose the sources of their funding, we should make sure that these faceless front groups come out of the shadows and tell us up front -- on the ads themselves -- who exactly is paying for them.
Whether an animal welfare law will be effective often turns on whether it gets adequately funded. Having legislators seek that funding is crucial, especially when there are as many strong competing budget pressures as there are now.
One of the core problems modern Western people have is that we've forgotten that the rest of nature is alive. This is why we feel free to mistreat the land, the plants and the other animals -- to the point where we're actually destroying our own life support systems.
At a time when consumers are turning their backs on industrialized farming systems -- and genetically modified (GM) farming in particular -- the new report raises real questions about exactly what people are paying for when they buy organic milk.
This is not as radical an idea as it may sound. The law is fully capable of making and unmaking "persons" in the strictly legal sense. But that would be unlikely to happen with whales, dolphins, or even great apes.
The "Ag Gag" bill was promoted on the basis that it would help to improve animal welfare and protect family farms. But the stark reality is that this law has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare.