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.
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.
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?
Giving animals away free to a good home can lead to your pets being abused, tortured, killed and/or used for experiments.
Are you having trouble affording dog food and cat food? There are resources to help you get free dog food and cat food.
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?
The top 10 animals rights issues, including human overpopulation, veganism, factory farming, animal experimentation, pets, and hunting.
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.
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?
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.
With the extreme confinement and cruelty, veal has become the symbol for what is wrong with factory farming.
Timeline of the modern Animal Rights Movement, including major milestones, setbacks and accomplishments.
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?
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
Zoos are widely regarded as guardians of endangered species, so why do animal rights activists claim the zoos are abusive and cruel?
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?
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.
What are animal rights? Do animal rights activists want animals to have the same rights as people?
Most people would probably agree that factory farms are cruel, but is certified humane meat the answer? Animal activists argue both sides.
Are animal fostering and rescue expenses tax-deductible? After a June, 2011 U.S. Tax Court decision, it depends on several factors.
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.
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.
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.
What is animal abuse, and how does it differ from animal cruelty?
The difference between zoos and sanctuaries is the difference between exploitation and rescue.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why do animal rights activists oppose aquariums? Do fish have rights? What are the concerns about keeping marine mammals in captivity?
Minnesota has passed the worlds first law that requires laboratories to adopt out healthy dogs and cats after the research is over.
The Humane Society of the US, a law firm, and several other animal protection groups have paid Ringling Bros. $15.75 million to settle a lawsuit.
After six years as the Guide to Animal Rights for About.com, it's time for me to move on.
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?
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 civil disobedience, and how and why is it used?
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The Hazzard County Squirrel Slam sounds like something out of a Mark Twain novel or a Dukes of Hazzard episode, but it's taking place in the 21st century, in upstate New York, USA.
India is expected to soon pass a law banning the testing of cosmetics on animals, and is considering a ban on the importation of cosmetics tested on animals.
Aside from the animal rights arguments against using and exploiting animals, there are specific reasons why wool is a product of cruelty.
In 2011, bills to prohibit undercover videos of farms were introduced in several state legislatures including Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and New York.
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.
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.
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
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 is a pollo-vegetarian diet, and how is it different from a vegetarian diet?
Cow's milk is not necessary for human health and numerous studies link dairy consumption with various health risks.
Although the production of feedlot beef is widely recognized as environmentally irresponsible, few people realize how destructive grass-fed beef is.
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.
Why do we have factory farming when so many people believe in animal welfare and object to factory farming?
Hunters often tout their role in conserving the environment, but are they really environmentalists?
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.
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.
If everyone goes vegan, what would happen to the animals? Won't we have to kill them anyway? Will some of them be pets?
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.
What is a veal crate, and why is it controversial?
What is cultural carrying capacity, and how does it differ from biological carrying capacity?
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.
Objections to milk include animal rights concerns, environmental issues and human health risks.
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.
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.
Animal rights activists oppose all uses of animals and advocate veganism, but many consider foie gras to be particularly cruel.
: "If lions can eat meat, why can't we?" The lion question, along with the lifeboat question , is a common
Shellac is used in foods as well as paint, nail polish and other applications. Shellac is not vegan.
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?
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?
The reasons for not eating fish range from animal rights concerns to the effects of overfishing on the environment.
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 is vivisection, and why are animal rights activists opposed to it?
What is speciesism, and why is it important?
What are the Differences Between Grass Fed Beef, Organic Beef and Feedlot Beef? How do they compare environmentally?
How are Circuses Cruel to the Animals? What is the Solution?
What can vegans eat? Vegans can eat anything, but choose not to eat certain things.
While some animal advocates oppose all dog breeding, some find puppy mills especially objectionable.
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.
Whether you want Canada geese to leave or you want to find a way to live with them, there are humane, nonlethal solutions.
Grassroots Lobbying 101 - This page will explain what grassroots lobbying is, why you should do it, and how to do it.
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.
What is anthropomorphism? What's wrong with anthropomorphism? Why are animal rights activists often accused to engaging in anthropomorphism?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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What is biological carrying capacity, and how is it different from cultural carrying capacity?
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.
Definition of the controversial LD50 test, or Lethal Dose 50 test, an issue in animal rights and vivisection.
The reasons for not eating pork include animal rights, animal welfare, the environment and human health.
Could stem cell research end animal experimentation some day? An analysis of whether stem cell research might end vivisection in the future, and how this impacts the animal rights and animal welfare positions.
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.
Animal rights activists are frequently discredited as either hypocrites or extremists, but how accurate are those labels? Are all animal rights activists either hypocrites or extremists, and why do these labels keep popping up?
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.
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.
What's wrong with eating eggs? Eating eggs is bad for animals, the environment and human health.
: Under the Endangered Species Act , an endangered species is "any species which is in danger of extinction
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.
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.
Carmine, or cochineal, is a red coloring that comes from a beetle. Most vegans and vegetarians avoid products containing carmine.
Chicken consumption in the United States has been on the rise since the 1940s, but concerns about animal rights, factory farming, sustainability, and human health are causing some people to swear off chicken meat and go vegetarian and 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.
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.
Animal hoarding is usually defined by three criteria, and may be a form of mental illness.
Your child may want a live Easter bunny, but are you and your child prepared to care for a live Easter bunny for the next ten years? Includes interview with Susan Mangold, of the House Rabbit Society’s “Make Mine Chocolate!” campaign.
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?
What is the animal rights position on meat? Is there anything wrong with humanely raised and slaughtered meat?
This question is posed to animal rights activists at countless protests and outreach tables, but is based on a faulty assumption.
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?
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.
Is sugar vegan? What is bone char? What about organic sugar?
Electric immobilization is the standard method of slaughtering chickens in the US, but animal advocates believe that it is inhumane.
For many activists, making changes in your own life is the first step toward helping animals. Each time we buy or boycott a product, we are voting with our wallets. By making these changes, you become part of the solution.
Courts treating animals as property is one of the problems facing some people with pets. By treating animals as property, they have refused to enforce visitation agreements in divorce cases, or award more than fair market value for the death of a pet. Page 2.
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.
What is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and what's wrong with it?
Many non-hunters are unaware of state and private programs that breed animals just so hunters can kill them.
Forced molting is a cruel practice used by factory farms to increase profits from egg-laying hens.
Fur and Animal Rights: Every year, hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals are clubbed to death in front of their mothers by Canadian fishermen. The quota set by the Canadian government for 2008 was 275,000 seals. The event has turned into an annual spectacle, with animal protection groups attempting to document the slaughter from ships or helicopters.
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.
Profile, background and history of The Humane Society of the United States
Down coats and comforters have a very serious downside - animal cruelty.
Animal rights activist and MIT Ph.D. candidate Ryan Shapiro has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Defense Intelligence Agency for their failure to respond to his Freedom of Information Act requests.
What is genetically engineered or GMO salmon, and what's wrong with it?
What is a CAFO? The US Environmental Protection Agency has a very specific definition.
If animal rights activists oppose keeping pets, why do so many of them have pets?
What should we do with circus elephants? Where should they go if they're not in the circus any more. Page 2.
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.
What is jacklighting, and why is it illegal in some areas?
Zoos, Circuses, Aquariums, Rodeos and Animal Rights Blog Posts 2008-2014. What's wrong with using animals in entertainment?
Are bans against shark fin soup racist? What is shark finning? Why is it considered cruel? Is it illegal? How many sharks are killed this way?
Ag-gag laws are in the news in 2012, and many consider Iowa to have the nation's first ag-gag law, but the first ag-gag laws were passed over twenty years ago.
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Federal law dictates that livestock being transported but be given a five hour rest every 28 hours, when they can eat, drink and move around. But like the Humane Slaughter Act, the 28 Hour Law excludes chickens, which make up 90% of the land animals slaughtered for food in the United States
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.
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 are welfarism and welfarists when it comes to animals, and what's wrong with welfarism?
What is humane meat, and how is it different from other meat?
Meat and other animal products are an inefficient use of resources and a serious environmental issue. Are free-range, organic or local meat the answer?
What are the animal welfare concerns about meat? What is wrong about the way that animals are raised and slaughtered in modern factory farming?
On July 7, 2012, neuroscientists at the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and non-Human Animals signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which states that animals have consciousness and that humans are not unique in having consciousness.
Boycotts, buycotts and secondary boycotts are common tactics that use economic buying power to send a message and influence their targets.