Oct 222017
 
POLL: Should the testing of cosmetics on animals be banned?

Lawmakers in Canada just took a major step toward ending the cruel and outdated practice of testing cosmetics on animals. The Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (S-214), 2015 by Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, will ban animal testing for cosmetics in Canada, in addition to the sale of products and ingredients that have been newly tested elsewhere. […]

Oct 032017
 
POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on fur farming?

We don’t typically get to follow the lives of individual animals who are killed for their coats. Now, a short film is offering us a harrowing glimpse into the short and tragic lives of three fox siblings who were born, raised and killed on a fur farm. The film, Fur: A Lifetime, which was just […]

Aug 062017
 
Outrage Grows Over Video of Shark Dragged Behind Speedboat

Three men in Florida apparently thought it would be hilarious to tie a shark by its tail to their speedboat and then make a video of it bouncing hard in the wake of the vessel as the men laugh. Afterward, they took photos of what was left of the poor shark’s mangled body. One of […]

Jun 272017
 
POLL: Should the use of wild animals in circuses be banned?

Animal advocates are celebrating progress in an effort to ban wild and exotic animals in New York City circuses, but the measure still needs support. The New York City Council is currently considering a bill introduced by council members Rosie Mendez and Corey Johnson that would ban dozens of species of “wild or exotic animals […]

Jun 172017
 
The U.S. Is a Step Closer to Banning Animal Testing for Cosmetics

While animal advocates continue to work towards a world where animals aren’t used as test subjects in labs for any reason, there’s now renewed hope that the U.S. could soon end the senseless suffering caused by testing for cosmetics. This week, members of Congress reintroduced the Humane Cosmetics Act, which will make it illegal to […]

Jun 122017
 
Live donkey fed to tigers in shareholder protest at Chinese zoo

Disgruntled shareholders at a zoo in China have fed a live donkey to tigers in a protest against the management. They also planned to feed a sheep to the tigers, before security at the zoo in Changzhou, just outside Shanghai, stopped them. The donkey’s ordeal was filmed by a member of the public and the […]

Oct 172016
 
POLL: Should ticket sales to cruel wildlife attractions be banned?

TripAdvisor, the popular travel review website, and its ticket sales company, Viator, said Tuesday they no longer will sell tickets to hundreds of tourist attractions that are widely accepted as cruel to wild animals, reversing a policy under which the companies had resisted considering the welfare of animals when promoting trips. The move to stop […]

Aug 272016
 
POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on fur farms?

Fur seems to be making a high fashion comeback, the September issue of National Geographic reports. “The current revival is a story of the fur trade responding to its critics and often outmaneuvering them, combined with increased demand from the newly wealthy in China, South Korea, and Russia,” writes Richard Conniff. After the animal welfare […]

Jul 132016
 
POLL: Should Spain's "Running of the Bulls" festival be banned?

Five people were hurt, including one seriously, at Spain’s famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival, which was also marred by five arrests over allegations of sexual assault, authorities said. Those hurt fell as they were chased by six rampaging bulls on a two-and-a-half minute dash through the narrow streets of Pamplona on the […]

Jul 042016
 
POLL: Should animals be kept in zoos and circuses?

Buenos Aires has announced plans to close down its 140-year-old zoo, arguing that keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading. Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta said that the zoo’s 2,500 animals will be gradually moved to nature reserves in Argentina which can provide a more suitable environment. The 44-acre zoo in the Palermo […]

Jun 292016
 
POLL: Should China's dog meat festival be banned?

Although dogs have been eaten in parts of East Asia for hundreds—and possibly thousands—of years, a relatively new festival in Yulin, China, has sparked global controversy and polarized many Chinese, over both the treatment of the animals and the practice of eating them. The ten-day Lychee and Dog Meat Festival started in Yulin, in southern […]

Jun 202016
 
POLL: Should cruel hare coursing be banned in Ireland?

On Thursday June 23rd, a Bill to ban the vile “sport” of live hare coursing will be debated in the Dail, the Republic of Ireland’s parliament. The following Thursday – June 30th – the Bill will be voted on. Your support is urgently needed to help persuade Irish politicians to vote for this measure. If […]

Jan 252016
 
POLL: Should the trapping of bobcats and beavers be banned?

When I think of fur trappers, I imagine a frontiersman in a coonskin cap paddling his canoe full of beaver pelts down the Hudson River. But when reporter Tom Knudson thinks of trapping, it’s a guy trudging into a forest in Nevada, or some other Western state, to set a steel-jaw trap for a bobcat. […]