When I was first contacted by reporter James West from Mother Jones magazine in November 2015, I was thrilled. After trying to bring attention to the deficits, violations, and rampant breeding at DEW Haven for over a year, I was hopeful there was a source now that could bring this issue to a higher audience than I could never reach. Thankfully an investigative article came to fruition.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Gandhi taught that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way its animals are treated.” The way in which Western Civilization has neglected its duty to care for some of its most precious creatures reflects a callous attitude towards non-human life. This is especially true in legal settings.
Monday, March 28, 2016
One resident was maced by Long Island cops. Another was so brutalized that he needed a prosthetic limb. And then there’s Magnus, who almost lost his life in a religious rite. They’re just a few of the escape-artist animals that found salvation in Woodstock Animal Sanctuary — the premiere destination for New York City critters that flee slaughterhouses and make headlines. Now, the traumatized barnyard bandits are bombarded with affection from the almost-entirely vegan staff of animal lovers.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Over the past several days, a massive wave of online support propelled the unlikely name "Boaty McBoatface" to the top of a poll proposing monikers for a British polar research vessel. And because just enough of a good thing is never quite enough for the Internet, Twitter users followed up by asking the perfectly reasonable question: What if the Boaty McBoatface naming aesthetic were applied to animals?
Friday, March 18, 2016
Scientists have come up with a new explanation for why female animals are usually less colorful and decorated than their male counterparts — they could be seeking to avoid sexual harassment. The reason for the relative drabness of many female animal species has long been a source of puzzlement, with various theories posited over the years. Males compete for the sexual attention of females, which need to be picky about their mates because in the animal kingdom they generally look after any resulting offspring.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
For years National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore worked far away from home—documenting the astonishing wildlife of Bolivia’s Madidi National Park or scrambling up the three tallest peaks in Great Britain or getting too close to grizzly bears in Alaska. His wife, Kathy, stayed in Lincoln, Nebraska, and took care of the kids. “He never wanted to change diapers or be a stay-at-home dad,” she says.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Sometimes the best friends are those who know just what you've been through. Terry and Jeannie are two chimpanzees who live at Save the Chimps, a Florida sanctuary. While the apes at Save the Chimps live in family groups, Terry and Jeannie had never had the chance to meet — until recently. And it was friendship at first sight. Terry and Jeannie quickly reached out to grab each other's hands, clinging to each other and playing with each other's fingers through a minute-long clip.
Monday, March 14, 2016
A bill that requires shelter animals be sterilized before adoption cleared the Indiana House and Senate with unanimous support and is on the way to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk. House Bill 1201 is the latest effort to spay and neuter cats and dogs so the unwanted pet populations take a dive. “We have too many animals (but) not enough homes,” said Sharon Dull, a volunteer with North Central Spay Neuter and Crystal Creek Kennels. “So any overflow, they end up in the shelters; they’re euthanized; it costs taxpayers money.”
Friday, March 11, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Trick and Treat will be 5 years old soon, so I've dusted off the Dr. Spock book to find out what we can expect from them now. True, the twins are not your run-of-the-mill Milwaukee youngsters. They're orangutans, but in many ways, they seem so much like the kids next door that baby doctors' advice must apply to them, too. One of Dr. Spock's comments jumped right out at me like a black cat on Halloween. He said kids about 5 or so often become afraid of animals, even though they have had no bad experiences with them.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Bigger brained animals may be more vulnerable to a barrage of illnesses than species whose evolution has selected for immunity over braininess.“Organisms have to deal with the limited energy they have available -- they cannot have it all,” Alexander Kotrschal of Stockholm University’s Department of Biology told Discovery News. Kotrschal and colleagues Niclas Kolm and Dustin Penn conducted the research, which is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Monday, March 7, 2016
As of last weekend, is 20 years old, which means franchise mascot Pikachu is also 20 years old. Like many of the characters in the game, Pikachu is loosely inspired by real-life animals — in this case, the pika (genus ). The interpretation is loose, leaving out some of the most badass characteristics of the pika.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Student by day and activist by night, Ella Azoulay, a CAS sophomore studying environmental and animal studies, spends her free time promoting compassion for animals as a member of the Animal Welfare Collective at NYU. In addition, she interns at The Humane League, a national organization that stands for animal rights.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
This is where those cute little lizards live before they're put on display at the store — and it's not pretty. Last month, pet store giants Petco and PetSmart came under fire for purchasing furry companion animals from a breeder where hundreds of animals were neglected and dying. Now, a new report shows what life is like for reptiles sold at PetSmart, and their situation might be even worse.