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In the past year, we’ve been given a number of reasons to celebrate and more hope that the needless suffering of animals labs will come to an end, but countless animals who are still being used as test subjects need us to help keep the momentum going. This April 20-26, organizations including In Defense of [...]
This week Mercy for Animals (MFA) Canada released a heartbreaking undercover video taken at a hatchery that shows violent mistreatment of newborn chicks and the true cost of consuming chicken. From February to March of this year, an undercover investigator for MFA documented cruelty and neglect at Horizon Poultry ― a Maple Leaf-owned hatchery in [...]
From large to small and colorful to camouflaged, birds have long captured the interest and curiosity of bird watchers and nature enthusiasts, but continued threats to their survival leave many with questionable futures. Scientists from Yale University, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and collaborating universities have taken on the task of identifying who the [...]
Congress is being applauded for moving forward with legislation that would protect Tennessee Walking horses from an abusive training technique known as soring. The technique in question is all about causing horses to suffer pain to achieve an unnaturally high stepping gait otherwise known as the “Big Lick.” The greater the pain, the higher the [...]
Just a month after the city of Chicago took action to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores, mill dogs scored another major win when lawmakers voted unanimously to extend the ban to cover all of Cook County. The Cook County Companion Animal & Consumer Protection Ordinance was proposed by Commissioner John [...]
This week Belgium took a symbolic stand for elephants by crushing its entire stockpile of confiscated ivory in a move that condemns poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife. The event was hosted by Belgian Vice Prime Minister Laurette Onkelinx, who was joined by members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), who helped [...]
California’s recent effort to ban orca shows at SeaWorld in San Diego met a disappointing outcome when it was put on hold this week, but the fight to end the exploitation of orcas in the state is far from over. In March, assemblymember Richard Bloom introduced the Orca Welfare and Safety Act (AB 2140), in [...]
Montana residents are working to protect wildlife, people and pets from the cruel and indiscriminate traps that are laid on public lands and hope to get the issue on the ballot next November so voters can have a say. Trap Free Montana Public Lands (TFMPL) is supporting a ballot initiative, I-169, which will effectively ban [...]
The Woodland Park Zoo is back in the spotlight after announcing a new plan to expand its elephant program, despite a long history of problems, years of criticism and growing public concern for the elephants who live there. The zoo currently houses two female Asian elephants, 47-year-old Bamboo and 35-year-old Chai, and one female African [...]
Whether it’s being used to keep wild animals safe from us, or us safe from them, scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are urging conservationists to use fencing as a last resort. The debate about fencing has divided wildlife officials, conservation organizations and scientists, with supporters arguing [...]
After two years of debating who’s liable when a dog attacks, Maryland’s lawmakers have finally reached a compromise that will overturn a high court ruling that declared all pit bulls are “inherently dangerous.” The controversy started when the family of a 10-year-old who was attacked in 2007 sued the dog owner’s landlord in Tracey v. [...]
A Louisiana senator is making headlines for standing in opposition to legislation that would crack down on cockfighting in the state, claiming it will shut down the legitimate sport of “chicken boxing.” Articles about what went down at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday morning read like they might be straight out of The [...]
At the end of March, California took a great step towards protecting wildlife, pets and people by passing a regulation restricting the use of certain deadly rat poisons, but now the move is being challenged by none other than the makers of d-CON. California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) effectively banned the retail sale of [...]
This weekend Best Friends Animal Society announced a new initiative that aims to make Utah the next state where no adoptable dogs and cats are killed in shelters. The No-Kill Utah campaign is being supported by Best Friends, which will kick in $1 million to support the effort, and a coalition of 36 other animal [...]
In a historic victory for whales that has been years in the making, the United Nations’ highest court ruled on Monday that Japan’s whaling in Antarctica is illegal under international law and has to stop immediately. The ruling, which was handed down by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, will end Japan’s [...]
Lawmakers just won’t give up when it comes to trying to silence animal cruelty whistleblowers, but this time they’ve stooped to a new low by sneaking an ag gag provision into a bill that was intended to improve animal welfare in Kentucky. Earlier this year Rep. Joni Jenkins introduced a bill (HB 222) that was intended [...]
After drawing international outrage for publicly killing a young healthy giraffe named Marius, the Copenhagen Zoo is back at it, this time killing four healthy lions. Even though there were offers from other facilities to take Marius, the zoo claimed that it had to kill him because he didn’t fit into its breeding program. Sadly [...]
We’ve known that fisheries unintentionally kill a number of species and discard them, otherwise known as bycatch, but a new report from Oceana paints a startling picture of just how bad the problem is at U.S. fisheries that could make seafood less appetizing. In the report, Wasted Catch: Unsolved Bycatch Problems, Oceana identified nine “dirty” [...]
Residents in Palenville, N.Y., will be celebrating spring’s arrival with a hunting contest that targets crows, but animal advocates and a state senator are raising opposition and hoping to stop any and all contests that target wildlife in the future. This weekend the Rip Van Winkle Rod and Gun Club will be hosting its 4th [...]
Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) stirred up a serious controversy when it formally proposed removing federal protections for gray wolves throughout the U.S., but lawmakers and wolf advocates are continuing to speak up for wolves as time runs out. Wolf advocates continue to raise concerns about what will happen if they [...]