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Apr
01
2020

Cockfights Provide Ringside Seats for Transmitting Avian Influenza and Other Diseases

In what constitutes perhaps the riskiest imaginable practice when it comes to animal-to-human disease transmission, some cockfighters are known to put the head of a rooster in their mouth to suck...

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Mar
30
2020

Are Thousands of Game Farms in the U.S. Spawning a Generation of Disease-Carrying Zombie Deer?

Deer Farms May Be a Next Threat to Wildlife and Human Health That We Aren’t Doing a Damn Thing About Private game farms keep deer behind big fences, slaughter them for meat or velvet, and invite...

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Mar
25
2020

How is the COVID-19 Crisis and Shutdown Affecting Animals?

We are in disaster mode as a nation — sheltering in place, deploying FEMA and the National Guard, filling hospital beds with those showing the worst symptoms, and delivering food and other services...

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Mar
10
2020

FBI Conducts Raids and U.S. Attorney’s Office Hands Down Nearly 30 Indictments in American Horseracing

My alarm didn’t need to wake me this morning.  Instead, it was rapid-fire buzzing from a flurry of incoming calls before the sun rose. It was news of the FBI’s surprise raids at a racetrack and...

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Mar
06
2020

First Case of a Dog in China With COVID-19 Should Not Cause an overreaction. Let’s focus on shutting down live animal markets, not slaughtering our pets

I wrote a week ago how the coronavirus may have started in Wuhan and unevenly radiated to now 77 nations throughout the world. The virus almost certainly infected its first human victim by jumping...

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Mar
02
2020

Listen Up! Animal Wellness Episode #9: The Ongoing Horrors of Trapping

Wildlife in American Under Siege from Commercial Trappers and Their Allies in State Government Among all horrors inflicted upon our non-human friends by ordinary citizens, the use of steel-jawed...

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Feb
28
2020

Animal Cruelty Industries Threaten Economic and Public Health

A deconstruction of the false accounting of animal exploitation industries Some historians have long repeated that the trigger for World War I — which, by the armistice, claimed 40 million...

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Feb
19
2020

The Crazy Radicals Who Hurt Animals and Make Us Scratch Our Heads

Organ harvesting of bears and breeding of tigers for cub petting are matters federal lawmakers should handle without a second thought For charitable purposes only, I wish I had a dollar for every...

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Feb
17
2020

Listen Up! Animal Wellness Episode #8: Corona Virus

Updates on the Corona Virus and The Bear Protection ActThe human death toll for the coronavirus has eclipsed 1,600, more than double the number of people who died as a consequence of the SARS virus in...

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Feb
10
2020

Pangolins’ Revenge? Asian Wet Markets Are The Perfect Midwives for Delivering New, Highly Infectious Viruses to Human Populations

Here we go again.China’s "wet markets” have triggered one more global health epidemic.Wet markets are open-air abattoirs, offering up dozens of species of live animals, including fish in tanks...

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Feb
03
2020

Listen Up! Animal Wellness Episode #7: Fixing the Lethal Abuses in Horse Racing

Updates on the Corona Virus and The Bear Protection ActAmerican horses and horseracing itself are in peril, and horses are dying on tracks every week as a result of the overuse of medication and...

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Feb
02
2020

What Is The National Law Enforcement Council?

The NLEC will work to see that animal welfare laws are strengthened as needed and to see that they are enforced.  The National Law Enforcement Council (NLEC) is a group of current and former...

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Jan
27
2020

Newly Obtained Documents Reveal Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Side-Stepped Non-Lethal Actions Before Wiping Out Wolf Packs

A tranche of newly disclosed documents reveals rot at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (the Department) and reckless oversight and killing of the state’s endangered wolves. According to...

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Jan
22
2020

American Horseracing is Addicted to Drugs and it's Time for an Intervention

The Super Bowl will be live broadcast to as many as 100 million people in early February, demonstrating again the immense popularity of the football in America. It’s maintained stratospheric levels...

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Jan
15
2020

Without Checkoff Reform, Agribusiness Trade Groups Will Continue to Reap Hundreds of Millions to Finance Political and Lobbying Campaigns Against Animal Welfare

Consumer choice. What is more apple pie than that? We don’t even think about it. Whether clothes, cars, or cosmetics, we pick the brand and shop for the deal.  It’s called the free market, and...

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