Animal Rights: Most Popular Articles
As children, we're taught that zoos save endangered species and educate the public about animals, but zoos are not that simple and the arguments for and against zoos concern the treatment of the animals as well as the real lessons that children learn.
Are you having trouble affording dog food and cat food? There are resources to help you get free dog food and cat food.
Giving animals away free to a good home can lead to your pets being abused, tortured, killed and/or used for experiments.
What should I do if I find a dog in a hot car? What are the possible legal consequences of breaking in to rescue a dog in a hot car?
Most people would probably agree that factory farms are cruel, but is certified humane meat the answer? Animal activists argue both sides.
With the extreme confinement and cruelty, veal has become the symbol for what is wrong with factory farming.
It may be illegal depending on which state you are in, but even if it is legal in your state, there are other reasons not to kill one.
The arguments for and against hunting are both practical and ethical. This page explains the arguments about wildlife management, ethics, recreation, and human/deer conflicts.
While arguments against honey may not be as easy to understand as those against meat or fur, for vegans, any exploitation of an animal is a violation of that animal's rights. Because honey comes from bees and bees are animals, honey is an animal product and therefore not vegan.
Do Animal Rights Activists Want to Take My Pets Away? Because of pet overpopulation, just about all animal activists would probably agree that we should spay and neuter our cats and dogs. But there would be some disagreement if you were to ask whether we should keep and breed cats and dogs if all the shelters were empty and there were good, loving homes available.
Step by step instructions, with photos, for how to make a humane, homemade fruit fly trap. And chances are, you won't have to buy anything.
Arguments for GMOs seem compelling - crops that grow faster, with less fertilizer, less pesticides, and more nutrients. But in our rush for solutions, are we overlooking the risks?
The top 10 animals rights issues, including human overpopulation, veganism, factory farming, animal experimentation, pets, and hunting.
Eight of the most common arguments against animals rights, as well as responses to those arguments.
Animal Rights Numbers - How many animals are killed each year for food, vivisection, fur, and hunting?
Although animal rights and animal welfare frequently fall on the same side of an issue, there is a fundamental difference between the two ideologies: the right of humans to use animals.
Zoos are widely regarded as guardians of endangered species, so why do animal rights activists claim the zoos are abusive and cruel?
Some people are surprised that vegans don't wear silk. Find out what silk is, how silk is made, and why vegans don't wear silk.
Cow's milk is not necessary for human health and numerous studies link dairy consumption with various health risks.
Ever wonder how many people are killed or injured in hunting accidents? According to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 1,000 people in the US and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters every year
The difference between zoos and sanctuaries is the difference between exploitation and rescue.
Definition of. Animal Rights.
Whether an activity constitutes. Animal Rights.
Animal rights is the belief that animals have an intrinsic value separate from any value they have to humans, and are worthy of moral consideration. They have a right to be free of oppression, confinement, use and abuse by humans. Here's why.
Are animal fostering and rescue expenses tax-deductible? After a June, 2011 U.S. Tax Court decision, it depends on several factors.
Vivisection FAQ: Why do animal rights activists oppose animal experimentation? Isn’t there a law to protect animals in laboratories? Doesn’t the end justify the means?
Giving animals rights may seem like a strange idea, and may even seem offensive or ridiculous. Why do animal rights activists want animals to have rights?
How many cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year? How adoption rescues animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, birds and other pets.
What is veganism? Veganism is not a fad diet, but in fact, a philosophy and a way of living that encompasses more than what is on your plate.
Why do animal rights activists oppose aquariums? Do fish have rights? What are the concerns about keeping marine mammals in captivity?
Timeline of the modern Animal Rights Movement, including major milestones, setbacks and accomplishments.
Summary of the Animal Welfare Act - Which facilities are covered? Which animals are covered? Which animals are exlcuded? How does the AWA protect animals? What are the AWA regulations? What are the criticisms of the AWA?
A study published in Science magazine in December, 2008, finds that zoo captivity shortens elephants' lives. An international team of researchers examined data from over 4,500 elephants, and found that elephants in zoos live much shorter lives compared to those in Kenya's Amboseli National Park and even compared to elephants working in a logging camp in Myanmar.
Shellac is used in foods as well as paint, nail polish and other applications. Shellac is not vegan.
Instead of using scientific terms, wildlife management agencies will use the word “overabundant” to describe the deer population. “Overabundant” is not a scientific word and has no scientific definition. It has nothing to do with overpopulation or biological carrying capacity.
While some animal advocates oppose all dog breeding, some find puppy mills especially objectionable.
What are cruelty-free products and where can I buy cruelty-free products? The answers are not always clear, and cruelty-free products are not always vegan.
What are animal rights? Do animal rights activists want animals to have the same rights as people?
If everyone goes vegan, what would happen to the animals? Won't we have to kill them anyway? Will some of them be pets?
Objections to milk include animal rights concerns, environmental issues and human health risks.
The term animal cruelty gets thrown around a lot, but an animal activist's definition of animal cruelty may be very different from that of a hunter, a vivisector or a farmer.
Learn about the financial incentives for state wildlife agencies to manage deer as a resource for hunters, as well as the strategies to increase the deer population on state wildlife management lands, including clear-cutting, farmer lease programs and plantings of deer-preferred vegetation. Includes quotes from state agencies of Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.
Elephants in circuses sometimes experience abuse at the hands of their trainers, including beatings, confinement and electrical shocks. Part 2 of a 4-part series. Bullhooks, rampages, and unnatural behaviors.
Sort out the hunting myths from the hunting facts. Learn the facts about hunting, wildlife mangement, and Lyme disease that hunters don't want you to know.
What is animal abuse, and how does it differ from animal cruelty?
Animal rights activists oppose all uses of animals and advocate veganism, but many consider foie gras to be particularly cruel.
Factory farms cannot afford to care about animals collectively or individually. The animals are merely a product, and antibiotics and growth hormones such as rBGH are employed to make the operation more profitable.
A number of myths stand in the way of the public’s understanding of animal rights. Below are a dozen of the most popular animal rights myths, along with some facts about animal rights.
While some believe that fish farming is the solution to overfishing, they do not take into account the environmental destruction and the inherent inefficiency of animal agriculture.
Stoney, a Las Vegas performing elephant owned by Mike LaTorres, is one of the saddest and most terrible examples of abuse and neglect.
Although the production of feedlot beef is widely recognized as environmentally irresponsible, few people realize how destructive grass-fed beef is.
Factory farming is the modern practice of raising animals for food in extreme confinement, in order to maximize profits. In addition to intense confinement, abuses usually associated with factory farming include massive doses of hormones and antibiotics, battery cages, debeaking, tail docking, gestation crates, and veal crates.
Police dogs and search and rescue dogs are not often discussed as an animal rights issue, since there are so many other issues that affect and harm more animals. When discussions of police dogs, search and rescue dogs and animal welfare come up, the issue is usually about protecting the dogs while they are working in dangerous situations, and not about whether dogs should be used in this way.
What is a veal crate, and why is it controversial?
Human overpopulation is an animal rights issue as well as an environmental issue and a human rights issue. Human activities take habitat away from wild animals as well as kill animals directly.
Aside from the animal rights arguments against using and exploiting animals, there are specific reasons why wool is a product of cruelty.
What kinds of cruelty or abuse are involved in horse racing, and what is the animal rights position on horse racing? What are the animal welfare concerns about horse racing?
Do vegans kill animals? Is it true that there is no such thing as a vegan? Is it possible to live completely free of animal products? What are some hidden animal products?
Whether you want Canada geese to leave or you want to find a way to live with them, there are humane, nonlethal solutions. Page 2.
What is speciesism, and why is it important?
On a philosophical level, abolishing the property status of all animals would be a great step forward in animal rights, because it would make it more difficult, if not impossible, for animal exploiters to continue using animals. On a more practical level, there are important legal reasons, right now, why pets should not be treated as property, so the debate over the property status of animals usually centers around pets
What are the Differences Between Grass Fed Beef, Organic Beef and Feedlot Beef? How do they compare environmentally?
: "If lions can eat meat, why can't we?" The lion question, along with the lifeboat question , is a common
What is vivisection, and why are animal rights activists opposed to it?
Carmine, or cochineal, is a red coloring that comes from a beetle. Most vegans and vegetarians avoid products containing carmine.
Concerns about working conditions and threats to the health and safety of both people and horses are some of the arguments against horse carts and carriages.
While animal advocates argue against horse slaughter, some horse breeders and owners say that horse slaughter is a necessary evil. Issues include overbreeding, horse racing, and financial factors.
The Copenhagen Zoo became the center of worldwide controversy when they killed Marius the giraffe in February of 2014, but zoos regularly kill animals after overbreeding.
Why do we have factory farming when so many people believe in animal welfare and object to factory farming?
Some people believe that mandatory spay/neuter laws mean that breeders will be outlawed, and no one will have pets any more. That is absolutely not the case.
The cruelty of factory farming is well-documented, but what is the solution? Why can't we continue eating meat and other animal products and just treat the animals humanely?
What are the arguments against dog shows, and how can both breeders and animal rights activists both say they are concerned about the welfare of the dogs?
Battery cages are used in factory farming for egg-laying hens. How big is a battery cage, and why do animal advocates object to battery cages?
After years of being cruelty-free, Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder began animal testing again in 2012 in order to sell their products in China, which requires animal testing.
There is no one area of law in which all animal rights attorneys practice, because animal issues span many areas of law. Animal rights lawyers have a variety of types of practices.
McDonald’s is the world’s largest user of beef, and of all companies, probably has the most colorful animal rights history. From the longest trial in British history, to the non-vegetarian french fry scandal, to their support of factory farming practices, McDonald’s seems unable to keep themselves out of the campaigns of animal activists.
A poll conducted by the Associated Press and Petside.com found that if asked to choose, 14% of Americans would choose their pet over their significant other.
Horrible images of hens in battery cages sometimes inspire people to buy “cage free” cartons of eggs. But cage free does not mean cruelty-free.
Review of the documentary film 'Earthlings' on DVD. Two-thirds of the footage is undercover videos, taking the viewer to places where video cameras would probably never be allowed, including a circus elephant training facility, where an elephant trainer explains to a new employee how to dig the hook into an elephant’s flesh and twist it in order to teach the elephant to obey.
In 2011, bills to prohibit undercover videos of farms were introduced in several state legislatures including Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and New York.
Sexual campaigns and misogynistic language do little, if anything, to help the animal rights movement, but cause a great deal of harm to the movement itself as well as society as a whole. Attacks on someone’s gender, race, religion, class, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation are never justified.
: Under the Endangered Species Act , an endangered species is "any species which is in danger of extinction
What is the Endangered Species Act? What is the purpose of the ESA? What activities are prohibited under the ESA, and which federal agencies administer the ESA?
Black bears are timid creatures, but they get in trouble when they go through garbage cans, or break into cars, garages, sheds and enclosed porches. By following a few common sense guidelines, we can minimize conflicts with black bears and learn to live in harmony with these magnificent creatures.
On Sunday, February 9, 2014, the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark killed Marius, a healthy young giraffe, despite public outrage and the offers of other zoos to take him in.
Few people understand how their purchase of milk is connected to the veal industry, when in fact, veal is a by-product of the dairy industry.
The reasons for not eating fish range from animal rights concerns to the effects of overfishing on the environment.
What is jacklighting, and why is it illegal in some areas?
Longtime vegetarian Paul McCartney wed American businesswoman Nancy Shevell on October 9, 2011, and vegetarians and vegans want to know: Was the wedding vegetarian? Vegan?
Learn how and why state wildlife management agencies increase the deer population for hunters. Also learn about overpopulation, biological carrying capacity, overabundant deer, browse lines, forest succession, starving deer, and evolution.
A vegan is a kind of vegetarian, but not all vegetarians are vegans. Vegans do not eat milk, eggs or honey, but veganism goes beyond diet.
Hunters often tout their role in conserving the environment, but are they really environmentalists?
What should we do with circus elephants? Where should they go if they're not in the circus any more. Page 2.
What is cultural carrying capacity, and how does it differ from biological carrying capacity?
Hunters in the United States claim that they pay for wildlife conservation, but the truth is that they pay for a very, very small portion of wildlife conservation in the United States.
Is sugar vegan? What is bone char? What about organic sugar?
Grassroots Lobbying 101 - This page will explain what grassroots lobbying is, why you should do it, and how to do it.
What is a CAFO? The US Environmental Protection Agency has a very specific definition.
Where does U.S. President Barack Obama stand on animal rights issues, and what is his administration's animal rights record? This site will be updated continuously throughout Obama's administration.
What can vegans eat? Vegans can eat anything, but choose not to eat certain things.
What is a pollo-vegetarian diet, and how is it different from a vegetarian diet?
Factory farming is an environmental nightmare and the intense confinement is horribly cruel. Could hunting be the answer?
Animal hoarding is usually defined by three criteria, and may be a form of mental illness.
On January 17, 2014, NY State Senator Tony Avella of the state's 11th district hosted a public forum on animal protection issues that was a who's who of the animal protection movement in New York.
What is genetically engineered or GMO salmon, and what's wrong with it?
What is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and what's wrong with it?
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Blog Index on pets, puppy mills, rescue and animal rights, 2008-2014
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Interview with Shannon Keith, animal rights attorney and a campaign co-organizer for Fur Free West Hollywood. In September of 2011, West Hollywood, CA became the first town in the United States to ban the sale of fur.
Background and history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; Cruelty to the dogs and other animals, including culling, beating, whipping and deaths, from an animal rights perspective.
Organized pet thieves are stealing dogs and cats - any dogs and cats they can get their hands on - for profit and for cruel purposes.
Fur and Animal Rights: Approximately 30 million animals are raised in cages and cruelly killed worldwide for fur every year. Minks are the animals most commonly raised on fur farms, but foxes, chinchillas, rabbits, dogs and other animals are also victims. Animals raised on fur farms live in intense confinement, and suffer psychologically. Methods of killing on fur farms include breaking the animal's neck, gassing, lethal injection, genital electrocution and anal electrocution.
Fur and Animal Rights: Approximately 10 million animals are trapped and killed worldwide each year for fur. Several U.S. states and many countries have banned the steel-jawed leg hold trap, which is notorious for its cruelty. Trappers now get around this ban by using other types of traps, including snare traps, conibear traps or leg hold traps with a thin layer of padding added. If you spend time in the woods with your dog or cat, it is important to learn how to release these traps.
What's wrong with eating eggs? Eating eggs is bad for animals, the environment and human health.
Profile, background and history of The Humane Society of the United States
Down coats and comforters have a very serious downside - animal cruelty.
Now that I’m vegan, what do I do with my animal products -- my leather shoes and wool sweaters?
Do some cans of tuna contain dolphin meat? How are dolphins harmed in tuna fishing? What is dolphin-safe tuna? Should I buy dolphin-safe tuna?
What is the fruitarian diet, and how is it different from a vegan or vegetarian diet?
Factory farms can't be that bad if the animals are still eating and gaining weight, can they? Farmed animals are slaughtered before they can die of stress.
Cats and dogs will not become extinct because of spay/neuter campaigns, and here's why.
What are welfarism and welfarists when it comes to animals, and what's wrong with welfarism?
Is it fake fur or real fur? Labels are not always correct, and you can't always tell by looking and touching, but there is one fool-proof test.
A quick way to identify non-vegan foods, without reading the entire list of ingredients!
Profile, history and background of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
How to organize and publicize protests and demonstrations.
Definition of the controversial LD50 test, or Lethal Dose 50 test, an issue in animal rights and vivisection.
What is civil disobedience, and how and why is it used?
How are Circuses Cruel to the Animals? What is the Solution?
Laboratory-grown meat would still contain animal products, would still be a waste of resources, and would still require animal use and suffering.
What is biological carrying capacity, and how is it different from cultural carrying capacity?
Help! I'm attending my first protest. How can I protest legally? Learn what to expect at a protest, as well as how to protest legally.
What is anthropomorphism? What's wrong with anthropomorphism? Why are animal rights activists often accused to engaging in anthropomorphism?
Animal rights groups and environmental groups often work together, but do not always have the same goals and sometimes find themselves on opposite sides of an issue.
The Humane Slaughter Act is one of the few protections offered to farmed animals in the United States. The law is problematic from an animal welfare point of view, and oxymoronic from an animal rights viewpoint.
Animals should not be considered property under the law because unlike inanimate objects, they are sentient beings with their own lives and interests.
The state of Rhode Island and several towns across the U.S. have changed the word “owner” to “guardian” in their laws relating to companion animals.
The Bureau of Land Management manages 256 million acres of public lands in the United States, and allows livestock grazing on 160 million acres of that land. Environmental, taxpayer and wildlife advocates object to the grazing of livestock on public lands for different reasons.
If animal rights activists oppose keeping pets, why do so many of them have pets?
What are the animal welfare concerns about meat? What is wrong about the way that animals are raised and slaughtered in modern factory farming?
Why are horses sold for slaughter? Unlike farms with cows, pigs and chickens, no one in the US seems to be breeding horses specifically for slaughter, so where do the horses come from?
Start here for a basic introduction to the animal rights movement, including history, philosophy and issues
What is pound seizure, and why is it illegal in some states while required in others?
Definition of draize test. Animal Rights.
Electric immobilization is the standard method of slaughtering chickens in the US, but animal advocates believe that it is inhumane.
This question is posed to animal rights activists at countless protests and outreach tables, but is based on a faulty assumption.
Many consider veganism to be an exercise in self-denial and self-sacrifice, but it's not a sacrifice to give up something that wasn't ever rightfully yours.
What is flystrike, and how can it be fatal to domestic animals?
What is sentience, and what does it have to do with animal rights?