Blog : an In Depth Look at the Issues


Jun
08
2020

Painful “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Show Season Kicked Off Amidst COVID-19

While the nation is grappling with the COVID-19 crisis and seeing major protests in response to the killing of George Floyd, animal protection advocates continue to grapple with the various crises...

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Jun
06
2020

The Animal Wellness Podcast: The Bloodbath of Killing Contests

Wildlife Killing Contests (WKCs) are a disgrace. And, for all the right reasons, they are under siege.In September 2019, the Arizona Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) voted unanimously to...

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May
30
2020

Where Do Trump and Biden Stand on Animal Issues?

The match-up is set. A first-term incumbent President who came into office in 2017 as a political newcomer squaring off against a former two-term Vice President who had previously served for more...

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May
21
2020

How Big Of A Tent Can We Build As We Rally To End Factory Farming?

At a time when the nation’s network of factory farming and mechanized slaughter plants is breaking down — disassembling overweight and crippled animals at an indescribably fast pace, killing and...

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May
18
2020

Kangaroos Are Not Shoes

Nike and nine other brands offer 59 models of soccer cleats made of kangaroo skin. That’s a step too far. The horror of Australia aflame in 2019 and 2020 has itself sparked a movement to...

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May
14
2020

BLM Report Calls for Removal of Hundreds of Thousands of Horses In Next Decade from our Western Lands

Free-roaming wild horses and burros have never faced a greater threat if you read the long-term plan for management of these animals released to Congress by the Bureau of Land Management this...

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May
12
2020

America’s Least Essential Industry

  Sir Winston Churchill may have missed the mark by more than a few decades, but his vision for the future of food was characteristically bold and accurate. "We shall escape the...

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May
02
2020

Listen Up! Episode #14: Our Work with Priscilla Presley to End Horse Abuse, Fulfilling the Passion of Elvis

Nearly a decade ago, I made a new friend named Priscilla, our paths having merged in an improbable circumstance. From within the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, I had been working for years to curb...

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Apr
30
2020

Will the Pandemic Usher in the Humane Economy?

Nature — by that, I mean the Earth’s crust and atmosphere, its five kingdoms of living organisms, water and fire and rock, the effects of the sun and moon, and all other interrelated parts...

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Apr
29
2020

Listen Up! Episode #13: Greyhound Industry Teeters on the Brink as the Last Alabama Track Ends Live Racing

Greyhound racing has been in something of a free fall for a generation, and so much of that retrenchment has been coincident with the work of Grey2K USA. The group, formed in 2001 by Carey Theil and...

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Apr
23
2020

Listen Up! Episode #12: How FDA's Onerous Animal-Testing Requirements Are Killing Animals And People

Guest Tamara Drake of the Center for Responsible Science Unpacks the Problem The world is racing to formulate a vaccine for COVID-19, but what hurdles stand in the way? In the best of circumstances,...

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Apr
21
2020

Challenging Cruelty in A Color-Blind Way Is Our Duty

While cruelty is universal, so is the fight against it (This essay is the latest in our continuing series about the relationship between animal-use industries, pathogens and their effect on animal...

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Apr
14
2020

Factory Farms May Pose Greater Public Health Threats Than Wet Markets

Impossible to Achieve ‘Social Distancing’ at Animal Factories and Slaughterhouses In its own dispassionate way, the Johns Hopkins’ coronavirus dashboard plots the global hopscotching...

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Apr
10
2020

Bears, "Milked" and Killed for the Bile, Are One of the Least-Known Victims of COVID-19 Pandemic

Survey the world in search of the worst localized horrors meted out against animals — the animal sacrifices of the Gadhimai Festival in Nepal every five years, the fish-in-a-barrel shooting...

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Apr
08
2020

FDA’s Animal Testing Requirement Harms People and Animals and Wastes Dollars

  COVID-19 has infected 1.5 million people, with that number to swell before the virus’s person-to-person global hopscotching pauses. In response, scientists in...

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