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    Ecuador Gives Legal Rights to Wild Animals

    Ecuador Gives Legal Rights to Wild Animals

    The highest court in Ecuador has ruled in favor of wild animals. A case for Estrellita, a woolly monkey taken from the wild and kept as a pet, is the first case to apply the country’s “rights of nature” law to animals. Ana Beatriz Burbano Proaño, a librarian, kept Estrellita as a pet for 18 […]

    U.S. Wildlife Services Killed Over 1.75 Million Animals in 2021

    U.S. Wildlife Services Killed Over 1.75 Million Animals in 2021

    Over the course of 2021, Wildlife Services, an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), killed over 1.75 million animals. The program noted it kills animals to protect agriculture, human health and vulnerable species, but conservationists are protesting the killings, which equate to about 200 deaths per hour throughout the year. According to Wildlife […]

    How to Go Vegan for Lent

    How to Go Vegan for Lent

    Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. This is a period of fasting and reflection, when believers often start a new discipline or give up something that is distracting them from their spiritual life.  That makes it a perfect time to start a vegan practice, according to In Defense of […]

    Addressing the Double Standards of Animal Cruelty

    Addressing the Double Standards of Animal Cruelty

    I woke up this morning to see two news articles, both involving animals but very different in tone. One article highlighted how a man was convicted of animal cruelty in Australia for shooting an arrow through a cat’s head. The other hailed the capture of a nearly 1,000-pound mako shark off the coast of New Jersey as an “incredible feat” and called the fishermen “winners.”

    Meat Substitutes 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Meat Substitutes 101: Everything You Need to Know

    The demand for plant-based meat alternatives has soared as concerns for animal welfare, biodiversity and environmental impact moved to the forefront of global news in the last few decades. A 2021 study published in Nature Food found that animal-based foods account for twice more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than plant-based foods. Researchers noted that 57% […]