EDMONTON - A group representing Canadian retailers says eight of Canada's largest supermarket chains have signed on with a push to eliminate factory-farming pens that restrict the movement of pregnant pigs.
Animals are abused and tortured in factory farms, yet people continue to eat meat. Elephants are beaten and chained into submission in circuses, yet people continue to take their kids to see these shows. Primates are caged and tortured in medical research labs, yet these vivisectors continue to get grant money to fund the abuse. Millions of unwanted animals die in shelters every year, yet people continue to breed dogs and cats.
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Interesting piece. I think she speaks from a frustration that is shared by a great many.
Man’s best friend is lawyering up.Although animal cruelty laws have been on the books for over a century in some states, only recently has the idea of legal representation for animals started to be taken seriously. The most high-profile instance was the guardian-special master appointed in 2007 to represent the interests of 48 dogs in the Michael Vick dogfighting case. And the practice seems to be catching on.
Almost a billion animals are killed for food every year in Britain, many of whom endure intensive factory-farming conditions that cause them pain and suffering during their short lives. The welfare of farm animals is therefore, on any objective basis, one of the most pressing social issues of the modern age. To make matters more acute, the bloated scale of animal farming is also associated with unnecessary human disease, environmental damage and, as the horsemeat scandal suggests, potentially significant levels of adulteration and fraud.
The genetically modified dairy cow will be identical in every way to other livestock but without the horns, in order to cut the risk of injury to farmers, walkers and other animals.The scientists are using gene-editing techniques to insert an extra DNA, which is known to halt horn growth in other breeds of cattle, into the geneome of holsteins, the world's highest-production dairy animals.
More than 3,500 animal shelters exist in the United States with more than 700 found in California. One afternoon – some 13 years ago – a California Lutheran University senior named Molly Peterson had her life changed forever.
Frequent severe weather in western Massachusetts has pet owners pitching a bill that would require cities and towns to include accommodations for pets in their disaster planning efforts. “You know people who won’t evacuate because of their animals, I know I would probably be one of those,” said Jennifer Holmes of Belchertown.
Thousands of animals are euthanized every year, sometimes by the shelters you may least expect. You may find some of their answers, more surprising. Investigative reporter Chris Hayes explains how the discussion has begun a mini firestorm about whether some animals deserve saving.
Tony, the 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger, cannot continue to be housed in an exhibit at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, a three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Thursday in Baton Rouge. But an attorney for truck stop owner Michael Sandlin said Tony will not be moved to a new home soon.
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Absolutely atrocious that this poor animal continues to suffer . . .
Washington. Environment groups are applauding a new United Nations decision to officially characterize international wildlife and timber trafficking as a serious organized crime, in a move that advocates say will finally give international law...
Swiss animal rights lawyer, Antoine F. Goetschel will be speaking in Hobart on April 29 as part of Voiceless the animal protection institute’s annual Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series. Voiceless is an independent, non-profit think tank focused on raising awareness of animals suffering in factory farming and the kangaroo industry in Australia.
From Vetstreet's Margaret Bristol: With all the glitz and glamour that comes out of Tinseltown (not to mention the endless tabloid fodder), it's not always obvious that many celebrities are animal lovers, too.
With 84 percent of Americans identifying as religious, and 97 percent agreeing that animals deserve protection from harm and exploitation, why do so many religions continue to ignore, or even encourage, practices that cause animal suffering? And why do people blindly follow along? Is the issue ignorance, or is it tradition?
What I don't think we can say is that the depth of our human grief differs in any dramatic way from the depth of grief felt by elephants, chimpanzees, horses or cats. Our grief is species-specific (as well as individual-specific) in its character, yes. Evolutionarily speaking, the very same can be said of any animal.
Animal-assisted interventions have begun to gain recognition as viable and acceptable alternative therapy approaches for a variety of psychological conditions. Elderly people who experience isolation and loneliness benefit greatly when they get a pet. Likewise, equine therapy has been shown to greatly improve emotional expression in some people unable to exhibit their feelings through more traditional forms of treatment. Other research has demonstrated that bringing a family pet into the home of an autistic child increases their willingness to communicate and interact with the animal and family members. But to date, no research has assessed how children with autism (ASD) react when animals are present in the classroom setting.
A registry of convicted animal abusers is only helpful if authorities are actually doing arrests and convictions against animal abusers. Too often, these cases slip through the cracks . . .Earlier this month, state Reps. Paul Muxlox and Harvey Santana introduced a bill that would create a sex offender-type registry for anyone convicted of animal abuse.
Animal cruelty statutes have been in the books for centuries now. And while society has become progressively more supportive of animal rights, some attorneys say the issue is more far-reaching than many people realize. And so the Animal Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association has teamed up with the University of Connecticut School of Law to educate a wide range of officials on cruelty issues and the link between animal cruelty and human violence. These topics will be discussed at a seminar scheduled for Friday, May 3 on the law school's Hartford campus.
According to Stanley Coren, author of "Do Dogs Dream?" and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia, diagnosing anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses in dogs isn't unusual because they share a similar neurochemistry to humans.