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.
Over a decade ago, when I learned of the institutionalized cruelty under which billions of animals suffer, I gave them my word that I would devote my life to trying to help them. I soon realized that while changing my own eating and clothing habits and being involved in rescue work makes a difference, the ability to influence other people's behavior can multiply my impact exponentially.
I loved lizards and frogs and Cuban snakes would hypnotize me, even though I was often surrounded by people who were afraid of nearly all of these animals. Today, I wonder what it was that always drove me to them.
Since 2011, all countries that import livestock from Australia must adhere to strict animal welfare rules through a system known as ESCAS (Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System). Australia's Federal Department of Agriculture is investigating an alleged breach of ESCAS in Vietnam last year, where some cattle allegedly 'leaked' out of the supply chain and were treated inhumanely.
As someone who has suffered from depression, I cannot express the value our dog Rollie has brought to my life. The happiness, the companionship, the responsibility, the activity, the touch, and the laughter.
Since starting my quest for a healthier and more compassionate lifestyle, I’ve been drinking lots of smoothies—practically one every morning since I began. I’m eating more fruits and vegetables than I ever have, I feel healthier, and it makes a delicious breakfast. The thing is, I’ve been pretty much having the same thing everyday.
When I was a kid, back when "The Brady Bunch" was in first run, it was common for parents to give bunnies, and sometimes baby chicks and ducks, to their children at Easter. Judging from the mortality rate of the animals in my neighborhood, it was a bad and cruel idea. It's not even April yet, but pet stores and backyard breeders are hyping the idea that a domesticated little bunny is a great addition to a child's Easter basket.
Toxins, medicines, chemicals, and other items deemed unfit for human consumption are routinely fed to animals in the agriculture industry, and this means they’re ending up in your belly if you’re still consuming meat and dairy. It’s no wonder that there are increasing cases of allergies, illnesses, and diseases being traced back to food consumption when you see what is being administered to farmed animals.
"On do-gooder vacations, you can bathe elephants in Thailand, cuddle baby baboons in Namibia or swim with sea turtles in the Bahamas. Animal-Centric Voluntourism Trips is something near and dear to me."
Humans don't exactly have a stellar record when it comes to environmental stewardship, but that doesn't mean we aren't trying. Numerous projects around the world are working to rebuild lost habitats, protect vital wildlife ...
Due to inaccurate perceptions of the pit bull, many shelters around the country even put down the animals before giving anyone the opportunity to adopt them.With more and more evidence proving pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other dog breed, education for the public is needed to ensure these animals are not treated unfairly.
The Buddha recognised that cruelty, whether to animals or humans, sprung from the same defilements - callousness, spite, vengeance, and lack of empathy - and that it would have similar negative kammic consequences. For the Buddha gentleness and kindness to all was a fundamental moral principle as well as being an essential step in an individual’s spiritual growth.
Laughing and joking, four men convicted in relation to one of the worst cases of animal cruelty in Northern Ireland taunted police and onlookers as they walked free from court. . . . Animal rights campaigners and police said it was among the most barbaric cases of cruelty they had ever encountered. A major probe was launched after vile mobile phone footage was discovered showing cats and badgers torn apart by fighting dogs while sick onlookers were heard laughing in the background.
... she was told she wouldn't live past the age of 15. Inspired by a puppy named Roman that struggled from the same diseases she has the terminally ill teen has started her own non-profit to rescue animals facing euthanasia.
Public support for animal testing has been in steady decline since the 1950s, dropping from above 90 percent in 1949 to only 57 percent in 2013. And that number is likely to fall even further, with younger demographics opposing animal experimentation in even greater numbers than previous generations.
UW-Madison has agreed to pay a $35,286 fine to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for seven violations the federal agency found in the university's care of research animals. The USDA this morning released the settlement agreement that gives more detail about each violation.
Many of us would love to help dogs, cats and other rescued animals living at the local shelter, but let’s face it — it can be hard. There often aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish our own tasks, let alone volunteer for the many tasks a shelter has on the to-do list. Donating money would be easier, but maybe you’re on a budget and don’t have much to spare. That’s okay! There are lots of ways to help local animal shelters without investing a ton of time, money or energy.