Zoo and marine park professionals often argue that the educational benefits for children of keeping animals in captivity outweighs any adverse impacts that this may have on the animals (that is, if they can bring themselves to acknowledge that...
This article, will not discuss the best way forward to address the issues arising out of human and dog co-habitation, but rather explore whether a proponent of human rights can disregard the treatment of animals, or whether this is lazy moralizing tantamount to abandoning our own humanity.
For nearly two decades, experimenters from the Department of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston have been injecting hamsters with anabolic-androgenic steroids and other aggression-promoting drugs and then forcing them to fight each other. Since 1996, the experimenters have injected hundreds of animals with steroids, cocaine, and other substances, sometimes drilling into their skulls and injecting the drugs straight into their brains.
People kill other species at up to 14 times the rate of other predators. A new study drives home the destructive power of our species. Not only do we kill other animals at much higher rates than other predators, but our ability to bring down larger adults can make it very difficult for some prey populations to recover. This superpredator status may fill our bellies, but it has darker implications.
This week, a radio show in Boston aired a recording in which a Municipal Court Judge in Ohio recently sentenced a woman accused of leaving her dog in a filthy house to spend eight hours in a garbage dump.
An increasing amount of scientific evidence suggests that animals, from chimpanzees to coyotes to parrots, can suffer from the same mental illnesses as humans. Understanding the biology behind animal depression, OCD, and PTSD could provide insight into why people suffer from mental illness and how these conditions evolved.
If we’d like clearer consciences about what we’re eating (and, at the same time, healthier and longer lives), it’s time to make that plain to the large political parties. (The Greens are already paying attention to these issues.)
(TAIJI DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER/OCEANS) JAPAN — This month kicked off the infamous annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan, where upwards of 1,800 dolphins and whales are captured and/or killed over the course of six months.
To justify killing and eating other animals as part of the "eat-what-you-kill" movement, a journalist claims, "There is no definitive scientific evidence that animals experience emotions as we do," ignoring reams of hard scientific evidence to the...
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