The use of performing animals is on the wane in American circuses, but it hasn’t vanished from the landscape altogether. What’s it going to take to get animals out of the ring?
One reason we have so many homeless animals is the belief that it’s acceptable to treat animals like garbage, paired with lack of information about options for treating sick animals and finding social supports. We can do better than this.
The United States is having a big discussion about farm reform right now in spite of the ag-gag laws that are working double time to silence exposés of the reality of conditions on farms and the resistance to conversations about factory farming and animal abuse. Animal welfare has become a concern for a growing percentage […]
When I was a child, I loved zoos. My father would take me and I would ramble along the paths to look at all the animals, fascinated in particular by the big cats and the penguins. I would press myself as close as possible to the edge of the pen to look at the tigers […]
I have always had strong feelings about the use of animals in unnecessary, brutal, horrific experiments in the United States, whether in cosmetics labs, medical research facilities, or veterinary schools. The harm inflicted on animals without clear reason or purpose in this country is horrific, and the number of animals who die in pain and […]
In a society that largely treats animals as commodities, it should come as no surprise to learn that animal abuse is rife at every level, from industrial agriculture to hobby farming to keeping animals as pets, but it never ceases to make me boil with fury. Animals are living beings capable of experiencing pain and […]
Last year, I wrote about the plight of carriage horses in New York, highlighting the fact that horses are being abused to provide people with quaint, romantic, nostalgic rides in and around Central Park. Cities across the US have similar carriage horse programmes, but New York’s horses have become iconic, not just in pop culture […]
If there’s one thing I’m a huge fan of, it’s vaccines. I love cost effective methods of preventing disease through the development of herd immunity, particularly in the case of extremely dangerous diseases like whooping cough and polio. The thought that these conditions were once fatal and much more common and now are not because […]
California’s foie gras ban has attracted considerable news coverage and generated reams of discussion, both pro and con, across the state. Chefs and foie gras fans act like victims of those horrible animal welfare activists, complaining that their lives will be ruined now. Animal welfare activists are excited about what the ban means and the […]
One of the most enduring stereotypes about people interested in animal welfare is that they are giant softies who may have gone a bit batty, living in houses filled with cats and rescued guinea pigs and other unwanted and discarded animals. There’s a certain level of vicious contempt in the way society views people who […]