On March 16, 2011, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, a building superintendent in Newark found an emaciated and shivering dog wrapped in a plastic bag at the bottom of a trash chute. The dog was later named Patrick and his story, including his slow but heroic recovery, captured the …
If you’re considering buying a product stuffed with down or body feathers, the first thought on your mind probably isn’t: “Where (or rather whom) did these feathers come from, and do I want to be supporting the industry that ‘harvested’ them?” But after learning about the animals involved in the …
By Jedediah Purdy, Op-Ed Contributor, The New York Times
In 1999, as a writer for The American Prospect, I went into a slaughterhouse undercover, with the help of some rebellious employees. The floor was slick with the residue of blood and suet, and the air smelled like iron. A part of …
Use the “P” word with Barbara Meyers and you might very well get a lesson about a movement among animal advocates who are challenging society’s widely accepted definition of “pets” as “domesticated animals kept for pleasure.”
- My heart thumps hard against my ribcage and my breaths come short and jagged. But I don’t want to let Frank down. More importantly, I don’t want to let the animals down. If I take this risk — of trespassing and dealing with angry gun-toting rednecks — but have a chance at helping or saving someone’s life, then it’s well worth it. I turn right, toward the mountains in the north, and move along the flank of the property...
By Laura Moretti
Every year, in the United States alone, nearly 300 million egg-laying chickens are exploited to provide Americans with their breakfast omelets and egg salad. Few if any of them know the suffering this enormous amount of birds endures for this commodity.
Perhaps you’ve seen the pictures; rows and rows …
By Laura Moretti (from 1992)
There has been no rest for the incredibly, terribly weary. They arrive utterly exhausted, frantically falling over themselves as they dangerously slip on the feces- and urine-slicked floors of the two-tier cattle truck that has brought them here. They are pushed forward with electric prods into …
By Laura Moretti
Fifty million years ago, a small dog-like creature called Eohippus evolved on the North American continent. In fact, this forerunner to the modern horse was traced to the Tennessee Valley. After evolving into Equus and disappearing into Asia and Africa presumably 11 to 13 thousand years ago, the …
Where are the animals?
Their multifarious, mellifluous voices?
The rumbles and bays
barks and moos
meows and hisses
honks and squeaks
and songs and clicks and squawks and bellows and trumpets and neighs
and all that glorious howling?
The cries and the whispers?
We made them scream in terror, groan in agony
until the only …