For those of us who were involved in laying the groundwork for the vigorous debate now underway about the ethics of captivity, the dramatic erosion of public support for SeaWorld and other aquaria seeking to capture and display marine mammals is nothing short of stunning.
My dog Lily gets the celebration started. Photo: Crystal Moreland Like most people, as I get older, there’s consistently decreasing excitement about my birthday. Of course, I cannot turn back the clock, so instead, I am focusing this birthday on spreading the word about The . . .
A father who left his 22-month-old son in an SUV in Atlanta on a hot day is now under investigation for the boy’s death. The story’s been front page news across the nation, and it's a vivid and tragic reminder that any creature – a . . .
Last week, I previewed for readers that Jackson Galaxy, the colorful host of My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, was to be a keynote speaker at the opening session of the HSUS Animal Care Expo. The event this week attracted animal advocates from 40 countries . . .
Today, I offer my latest video blog, commenting on ag-gag proposals and how they are a threat to the advance of efforts to promote animal welfare, food safety, and transparency in animal agriculture in America. Some North Carolina legislators appear to be readying an ag-gag . . .
A Minke whale photo by iStock We’ve made more progress in our anti-whaling campaign in the last two days than in the prior two decades. Just 48 hours after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) called for a halt to Japan’s whaling program – declaring it in violation of . . .
Every day, tens of thousands of workers stand shoulder-to-shoulder, often in frigid or scorching temperatures, at the nation’s poultry slaughtering plants as chickens race by at punishing speed, hanging upside down on metal hooks on the processing lines. Chicken is the country’s most prevalent meat, and it . . .
In 1821, Maine was the first state to adopt an anti-cruelty statute. In 2014, however, it’s lagging badly by allowing unacceptable cruelty to wildlife. We hope to do something about that in the months ahead, and to establish greater moral consistency in its animal welfare . . .