(PRIMATE TESTING/ANIMAL WELFARE) China Southern Airlines has been fined for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The airline transported over 1,300 monkeys into the United States without a license, giving the USDA the authority to fine them...
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. Many of us bought our beloved “pets” at pet shops, had guinea pigs, and kept beautiful birds in cages. We wore wool and silk, ate McDonald’s burgers, and fished. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?
Animal welfare is top of the agenda for one young campaigner.
James Spencer, 12, has always been passionate about animals and is launching a campaign to raise awareness for their welfare. The determined Balcarras School pupil plans to write to Cheltenham Borough Council asking them to invest more resources into helping animals. The youngster from Charlton Kings also hopes to encourage more organisations to support Cheltenham-based animal charities. So what makes him so determined?
The ability of animals and humans to communicate has evolved over eons as an adaptation to facilitate species' survival. Although humans have mastered a complex auditory language to artfully communicate with each other, we still lack the ability to communicate fluidly with other animals, even though animals have been observed using a multitude of communication methods to attract mates, warn off predators, and express empathy, curiosity, and happiness.
I have been interested in the social justice issue of animal rights since I began leading a Volunteer Emory service trip to Georgia's largest no-kill animal shelter, Furkids. Leah, the volunteer coordinator at Furkids, gave us an ...
Can animals be too happy or have too much fun? The field of "diagonal psychology" offers insights to these questions, as does the application of a type of natural selection called "stabilizing selection".
A new book points out that human beings, as the master predators are without a doubt the biggest killers on the planet. Jeffrey Masson, author of "Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About The Origins of Good And Evil," said in the book's video trailer, "What I find interested is that while they almost never kill us, we kill them, and every other animal, on a gigantic scale." Masson said, what's more, they almost never kill their own. Killing members of your own species is a uniquely human trait.
A two-day international conference on animal liberation, animal rights and equal ecological rights is to be held in Taiwan next weekend, with participants including eminent philosophers, the Life Conservationist Association said yesterday.
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired their family pets “for the kids.” But does this pervasive belief hold up to scientific scrutiny? The new field of human-animal interaction aims to find out.
In addition to a growing sensitivity to the rights of animals, another significant reason for the increased attention to animal cruelty is a mounting body of evidence about the link between such acts and serious crimes of more narrowly human concern, including illegal firearms possession, drug trafficking, gambling, spousal and child abuse, rape and homicide. In the world of law enforcement — and in the larger world that our laws were designed to shape — animal-cruelty issues were long considered a peripheral concern and the province of local A.S.P.C.A. and Humane Society organizations; offenses as removed and distinct from the work of enforcing the human penal code as we humans have deemed ourselves to be from animals. But that illusory distinction is rapidly fading.
The US federal government might have just evoked the fury of animal right groups over their shocking treatment of cattle at the Bundy Ranch, and may soon face legal charges of severe animal abuse in Clark County, Nevada.
An animal welfare group said on Tuesday it will save 130 bears from a bile extraction farm in China, its largest rescue so far, in a bid to end a business that has sparked outrage over animal cruelty amid growing opposition.
People from all walks of life are becoming increasingly conscious of animal suffering and animal sentience. They are getting involved to do what they can to help animals – both wild and domestic alike — and the animal protection movement seems to be growing exponentially with new shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries popping up each year.
On Thursday evening, April 17, I had the pleasure to participate in a program at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City in which we discussed the following proposition: “Design can allow us to humanely include animal products in our...