I remember the value of pets, minus the fleas, yet once I had my own family I could not manage to bring one into our home -- until last year. That's when Ginger, a dark-eyed rodent, came to stay.
My stray-cat radar had heightened to almost hysterical proportions. The reason wasn't lost on me. Even as I breathlessly rescued one more starving kit, I knew that my clanging biological clock played a role.
The food you eat is the biggest socio-political decision you make each day. However, conditions and treatment of animals is not only a moral issue. Animal treatment has a direct impact on the health of American consumers.
Lolita has been crammed inside a tank barely any larger than the length of her own body at the Miami Seaquarium for more than four decades. Lolita's wretched world is the smallest tank in North America.
We're already well on pace to saving four to five times as many animals each year than the ASPCA has done during any year in recent history. Don't think of these animals as numbers -- at least any more than you would your own pets.
Some foreign companies look at beloved American horses and see only two things: profit and food. They want to turn these majestic animals into frozen meat products for Europe and Asia, with no concerns about the unconscionable cost on life, health, the environment, or the integrity of our culture.
The time Pepé spent with us gave us the unexpected gift of wonder. Watching this little dog who was abandoned at the end of his life adapt to new surroundings was wondrous in itself. But every day with him was a gift.
We need to teach our children that elephants don't belong in circuses and zoos. Elephant Aid International plans on building 63 corrals for 63 elephants while implementing a pilot project in Nepal for chain-free corrals.
A constant companion, a dog bears witness to your life and history without judgement. So when our middle dog, 13-year-old dog Tia passed away suddenly, last week of an apparent stroke due to a blood clot, it caught us by surprise.
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.
Nothing is more heartbreaking to me than seeing pets and other animals that are injured, abandoned and lost, including those in the wake of severe weather.
While many procedures on factory farms are cruel, some practices like breeding animals into mutant-like parodies of their original species and violating mother/offspring bonds are truly crimes against nature.
You can still buy Sis the sweater and Mom that new purse without getting a lump of coal from Santa for supporting cruelty to animals. Whether you're looking for the latest trends or timeless pieces that are always in style, here's how to do it.
I had a date with a guy about a year ago, who, upon seeing DJ on my couch, abruptly told me to remove him. I removed the guy.
Urging women to adopt a healthy, humane vegan diet in order to lose weight isn't "fat shaming" any more than urging people with heart disease to eat better is "clogged-artery shaming." The use of the word "shaming" is a sham.
As the chef at a restaurant that prides itself in sustainable seafood, artisan meats, and even game, I often find myself questioning the overuse of animal products. Too often, chefs use ingredients like bacon or meat stocks as crutches.