Animal Welfare and Biodiversity: A Brief Primer on the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework
Animal welfare is closely intertwined with many of the issues under negotiation in the CBD’s new Biodiversity Framework.
Why Ending Animal Agriculture Could Save the Planet
Concentrating solely on eliminating fossil fuel usage while ignoring animal agriculture will not be enough to halt global warming.
Can Biologists Describe New Species Without Killing Them?
Typically, when describing a new species, biologists kill a member of the species to serve as a physical specimen. It’s time to rethink this practice.
Have Humans Evolved to Harm Animals? An Interview with Dr. Diana Fleischman
What insight does an evolutionary perspective bring to movements to reduce animal suffering? Can an understanding of the evolution of human psychology and behavior challenge widely-held ideas about why we mistreat animals?
Why Humans Disappearing From the Planet Could Be a Very Bad Thing For Animals
Humans are responsible for incredible suffering. But would animals be better off if we all disappeared?
U.S. House Reintroduces Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act to Protect Sharks from Cruel Finning
The bill would help to curb an inhumane global trade that claims the lives of 73 million sharks each year.
The Dangerous Rhetoric of Contemporary Animal Rights Law: A Review of Marek Muller’s Impersonating Animals
Muller’s text offers a direct challenge to the burgeoning animal law movement, asking advocates and lawyers to interrogate their tactics, rhetoric, and goals.
Using Data to End Dog Homelessness: The Global Dog Campaign
In an interview with Dr. Andrew Rowan, we discussed the logistics of the Global Dog Campaign and how data can help improve the well-being of both dogs and human communities.
“If People Could Just See This”: Upcoming Film Documents Dog Pounds of Southern U.S.
“This is a dog-loving country. If people knew what was going on in some dog pounds, they would not stand for it. Now, finally, we have a chance to show them.”
Exposing Wildlife Crime: An Interview With Karl Ammann
The filmmaker and investigative journalist shares his perspective on how the wildlife trade is changing, why enforcement of laws that protect wildlife is so lacking, and why we can’t rely on CITES to protect wild animals.
Minivan Carrying 61 Dogs to Illegal Slaughterhouse Intercepted in Cambodia
This was the first ever police intervention of this kind since the June 2020 dog meat trade ban in Cambodia’s Siem Reap Province.
Monkey Exploiters Promote a Self-Serving Myth
Recent vaccine development has highlighted how science needs to shift away from outdated and inhumane animal tests and embrace human-relevant technologies.
State Animal Protection Laws Ranked: Maine is #1, New Mexico #50
“Even in the tumultuous year that was 2020, we saw enormous strides being made to better protect animals, including several jurisdictions completely overhauling their animal cruelty laws.”
Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2020 Announced
Tragically, some zoos continue to hold elephants in social isolation, dominate them through pain and fear using cruel bullhooks, and keep elephants locked in barns over long, dark and cold winters.
What Animal Rights Needs to Learn From the Black Panthers
Four important lessons animal advocates can learn from radical organization the Black Panthers.
How to Be a Non-Judgmental Vegan
Assuming we want to help animals, we need to open hearts and minds, and judgments tend to do the opposite. So how do we avoid being judgmental?
Norway Continues Whale Slaughter with 2021 Hunting Quota
In defiance of a global moratorium on commercial whaling, Norway has again issued an annual kill quota of 1,278 minke whales for the 2021 whaling season.
Conditions of Memphis Zoo’s Pandas Raise Big Questions
The zoo insists the pandas are healthy, but a group of panda enthusiasts aren’t buying it, and they’ve compiled their alarming evidence here.
“Me Siento Muy Orgullosa Del Movimiento en México” / “I Am Very Proud of the Movement in Mexico”
In an interview with Dulce Ramirez, we discuss her path from rescuing one kitten to Executive Director of a major organization and the state of the animal protection movement in Mexico.
Breeding and Trading Endangered Wild Animals Is Not Conservation
A new study demonstrates that legalized trade and commercial breeding of wild animals stimulates demand, encourages poachers and smugglers and ultimately pushes species towards extinction in the wild.