There's nothing wrong with a group of people standing against torture and abuse -- there's nothing wrong with lobbying for humane alternatives -- there's nothing wrong with strongly, perhaps loudly advocating on behalf of the defenseless animals who exist at the receiving end of our collective selfishness and gluttony.
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.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that gives local government bodies the power to vote themselves out of existence. House Bill 5785 gives lo...
With somewhere between 5 and 7 million homeless animals entering U.S. animal shelters, it's unconscionable to suggest, as one writer did in the Washington Post, that adopting a pet from an animal shelter is a bad idea.
There is a deep infinite emptiness that accompanies the loss of a pet and member of the family. Many pets are viewed as 'furry children' and losing them at 10,12, even 14 years is a tragedy.
The Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary has seen unspeakable cruelty. One horse arrived at the sanctuary with a fractured skull after being beaten with a two-by-four and dragged behind a truck. Another arrived with untreated third degree burns from a stable fire.
If the emotional abuse of baby monkeys is similar enough to the abuse of baby humans for the results to be extrapolated, how can it be OK? Bullies must be stopped, not rewarded, and taxpayer funding of their assaults is unconscionable.
This isn't just a rhetorical debate -- the lives of millions of animals are at stake. So it's important to identify what we know about this maligned and often misidentified breed, as well as what we don't know.
I think we've started to make a fetish out of Fido. Throwing him birthday parties, dressing him up for the holidays, organizing doggy weddings. Do you have any idea how many dogs have their own Twitter accounts? Lots.
You don't need a degree in veterinary science or animal welfare experience to spot and stop animal cruelty -- for most of us, that sensitivity is built into our internal values.
Not for the first time, an animal has been accidentally boiled alive in a research laboratory. This time it was at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech...
Selling more sandwiches is no justification for minimizing or lampooning abject suffering, even if the effect is inadvertent, or exists because not enough people are aware these funny fictions are actually real-life cruelties.
When I came home, you ran to greet me. You sat behind my head when I was on the couch, and pressed your warm stomach against my neck. Often you licked my face with your sandpapery tongue like you were trying to scrape away stress.
Most people understand there's a difference between selling a puppy and selling a toaster oven, but do our laws? It depends where you look.
Having served his time, is Michael Vick entitled to resume his profession? I'd say yes. Are people entitled to protest him and his animal abuse past? Also yes. But what about the bigger question: Does an uber-violent sport attract or even cultivate violence?
This is why ending horse slaughter has been one of our strongest recent campaigns. While the practice is effectively banned in the United States, there's still more we can do to permanently ensure no horses are slaughtered here, or sent overseas for slaughter.