France Bans Big Cats, Orcas from Circuses and Marine Parks

France Bans Big Cats, Orcas from Circuses and Marine Parks

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer In a news conference on Tuesday, France’s Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, announced the country will be banning the use of wild animals like lions, and tigers, and bears in circuses. The ban will also prohibit the import and breeding of dolphins and orcas in marine parks, as […]

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Kangaroos: The Risks of the World’s Largest Wildlife Trade

Kangaroos: The Risks of the World’s Largest Wildlife Trade

by Sarah Newman, Dr. Dror Ben-Ami, Helen Bergen, Lee Rhiannon, and lauren Ornelas   How does a great six-foot tall adult male Red Kangaroo, elegantly bounding across Australia’s iconic orange desert, become a public health risk in the form of a steak in a supermarket cooler, or in a can of dog or cat food on […]

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We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare It’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend. This common phrase may seem simple to most, but it holds a very important lesson: animals are important to human wellbeing. IFAW’s newest report, Animals are Key to Human Development: A Guidebook for Incorporating Conservation […]

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Coronavirus Forces a Conversation About Industrial Animal Agriculture

Coronavirus Forces a Conversation About Industrial Animal Agriculture

We wrote the other week that the coronavirus epidemic is wreaking havoc on the meat industry forcing farmers to euthanize animals. This coupled with new research showing that the next global public health crisis could come to us through industrial animal agriculture has made it clear that we need to rethink large-scale animal farming. As […]

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Stella McCartney’s Fashion Show Makes a Statement on Animal Cruelty–And Has Some Fun Doing It

Stella McCartney’s Fashion Show Makes a Statement on Animal Cruelty–And Has Some Fun Doing It

Designer Stella McCartney has s been a longtime advocate for animal rights (her brand has worked without leather, fur, skins, feathers or animal glues since its launch in 2001) and has used her status as a top-tier designer to bring attention to issues of animal cruelty–which is a serious issue in the fashion industry. But […]

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One sweet thing: Doris Day’s legacy of animal welfare

One sweet thing: Doris Day’s legacy of animal welfare

As you may have read, Hollywood icon Doris Day passed away last week at the age of 97. But did you know that Day was a fierce animal rights activist? In addition to founding the Doris Day Animal League, she advocated for countless animal welfare bills like the 1990 ban on the trophy hunting of […]

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