Archive for July, 2021

Otters are suffering and dying because of this bizarre new trend

By on July 30, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments
Otters are suffering and dying because of this bizarre new trend

It is a sad reality that human beings always seem to be inventing new ways to exploit, mistreat and profit from animals, but people can also help correct such harms and point the way to a better and more humane world. One of the most . . . 

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Breaking: Judges unanimously reject pork industry challenge to landmark farm animal law

Breaking: Judges unanimously reject pork industry challenge to landmark farm animal law

Today, a three-judge panel in the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously denied an attempt by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation to strike down California’s Proposition 12, considered the strongest farm animal protection law in . . . 

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Mink fur production drops to historic all-time low in the US

Mink fur production drops to historic all-time low in the US

Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a report on mink fur production, and this year’s report shows a promising outlook for mink, a species that suffers immeasurably for nothing but trim on a jacket, a pom on a hat or purse or eyelash . . . 

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Why food system reform must include animals

Why food system reform must include animals

The newly released Rockefeller Foundation report, “True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System,” strengthens the case for substantial reform of animal agriculture in the U.S. and elsewhere. The primary purpose of the report is to demonstrate that the $1.1 . . . 

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Travelers: What you should know about encountering wildlife right now

Travelers: What you should know about encountering wildlife right now

A poignant Washington Post story about a black bear mourning her 6-month old cub, struck dead by a vehicle in Yosemite National Park, is a reminder that even in wild spaces animals are at risk when they come into contact with humans. Since 1995, motorists . . . 

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Victory! These US states just made great progress for animals

Victory! These US states just made great progress for animals

One of the ways we make a difference for animals is by working on the state and local levels to secure the passage of laws that prevent cruel and inhumane practices that threaten animals—from puppies born in massive puppy mills to coyotes and foxes at . . . 

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Why the summer heat is particularly dangerous for these types of dogs

By on July 15, 2021 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Why the summer heat is particularly dangerous for these types of dogs

Recent heatwaves across the U.S. and Canada have proven to be deadly for people and animals. And just a few weeks before these fatal heatwaves, the Westminster Dog Show declared Wasabi, a Pekingese, winner of its “best in show” award at its 145th annual competition . . . 

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The narrative about sharks needs to change—before it’s too late

The narrative about sharks needs to change—before it’s too late

A bad reputation can mean the difference between life and death for animals, and nowhere is this clearer than for sharks. Sharks may be depicted as terrifying animals in films like “Jaws,” but the true tale of horror is how humans have treated shark species . . . 

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How Korean chefs are using plant-based recipes to replace dog meat soup

How Korean chefs are using plant-based recipes to replace dog meat soup

When three peak days of summer approach in South Korea, so do the peaks of slaughter of dogs from the country’s dog meat farms. The three hottest days of the year according to the lunar calendar are known as Boknal, a period when some people . . . 

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Corporate campaigns are making a fundamental difference for animals

Corporate campaigns are making a fundamental difference for animals

Fashion seasons and runway shows without animal fur. Organ-on-a-chip technologies for testing cosmetics and other products. A transition to cage-free and crate-free systems that can change the lives of countless chickens and pigs in vast food supply networks. Plant-based meals in major restaurant chains and . . . 

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The decades-long fight to save America’s lion

The decades-long fight to save America’s lion

For some, freedom means the right to use nature, even to the point of destruction. Others view freedom as involving an enormous duty to present and future generations: to protect native wild species and their habitats that make America one of the world’s most fascinating . . . 

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Has trophy hunting changed since the death of Cecil the lion?

Has trophy hunting changed since the death of Cecil the lion?

It has been six years since the death of Cecil, a male lion who was a popular individual for wildlife viewing tourists visiting Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The heartbreaking details of the hunt that killed Cecil made international headlines: Cecil was lured out of . . . 

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