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Matt Bershadker

The Roadmap To Stopping Animal Cruelty

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

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.

Why Are We Laughing at Things That Make Chickens Suffer?

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 06.05.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

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.

How to Fight a Puppy Mill

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

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.

How to Help a Horse

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

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.

Why Today Is Dog Fighting Awareness Day

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Even though dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, the ASPCA's participation in two major multistate raids in the last year alone refute any claim that dog fighting is a rare activity, or that it's restricted to certain parts of the country or people with whom we wouldn't normally associate.

Why We Can't Forget Michael Vick's Dog-Fighting Past

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.27.2014 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

Originally printed in New York Post On Friday, the New York Jets signed Michael Vick to a one-year contract worth $5 million. His return on that inv...

The Abomination of Greyhound Racing

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Causes of greyhound deaths included including fatal injuries suffered during or after races, and heat stroke. Fifty-one of the dead greyhounds were under 3 years old; the two youngest dogs were both 17 months old. These majestic, perfectly healthy, gentle and loving animals were essentially run to death.

At the Scene of a History-Making Cockfight Raid

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

These arrests and the enormous number of animal seized should open some eyes to the modern face of this abhorrent crime -- it's both more prevalent and more savage than most dare to think.

ASPCA and the NYPD: Partners Against Crime

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.26.2014 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

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.

Time to Retire Horse Slaughter for Good

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

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.

What Happens in the Factory Farm Shouldn't Stay in the Factory Farm

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Matthew Bershadker

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.

Governor Cuomo, Let Communities Protect Their Animals!

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.01.2014 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

Here in New York state, where the market for pet store puppies is enormous, it makes sense to allow our towns and cities to take steps to protect animals and consumers. It makes sense, but in New York state, it's illegal.

Yes, It's Okay to Give Pets as Gifts

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

For years, puppies and kittens have been given as presents. But some shelters, breeders, and more than a few writers frown on the tradition under the unsubstantiated suspicion that someone surprised with such a gift is ill-suited to care for it. The fear is that the animal will be returned like an ugly sweater, or worse, face neglect or abuse.