animal rights

Food
10:37 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Joys And Ethics Of Insect Eating

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Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:57 am

A week ago today, I ate my first crickets.

It was a first step into entomophagy, the practice of insect eating. I wrote about this topic here at 13.7 in January but had never before tried it myself (excluding accidental ingestion of the insect parts often found in peanut butter, chocolate, vegetables and other foods).

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Animals In Captivity
2:44 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

'Horrible Torture:' The Argument Against Elephants Kept In Zoos

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Ross Reynolds talks with Gay Bradshaw about why she thinks elephants don't belong in zoos. Bradshaw is the executive director of the Kerulos Center in Jacksonville, Ore., and author of "Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity."

Animal Law
3:12 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Every Dog Has Its Day (In Court)

Unlike most property, it's hard to assign a value to the pets and companion animals in our lives.
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Ross Reynolds sits down with Adam Karp, a Bellingham-based attorney, about working to define laws regarding animals in Washington.

Research
9:39 am
Fri November 15, 2013

UW Regents Approve $123M Underground Animal Testing Lab

Shannon Leahy, Ane Mathieson and Amanda Schemkes were disappointed at UW Regents' approval for the new lab.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

The University of Washington Board of Regents unanimously voted to move ahead with a new, underground animal testing lab on Thursday, saying that it will mean better conditions for animals used in medical and scientific research. 

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Animal Agriculture
7:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

Chickens in a mechanized hatchery in Monroe County, Ala.
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Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 7:41 am

Five years ago, a landmark report excoriated the animal agriculture industry's practices and laid out a road map for how it could do better. But in the years since, the problems are just as bad — and maybe even worse.

That's the conclusion of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. This week, the center scolded the industry again with a review of how it has fared in the years since the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its original report.

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Elephant Captivity
3:12 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Task Force Recommends Breeding More Elephants At Woodland Park Zoo

Baby Hansa, born at the Woodland Park Zoo, died of a form of elephant herpes at age six.
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For years, animal rights groups have been raising concerns about the health and treatment of elephants at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, particularly after the death of six-year-old elephant Hansa. And seven months ago, the Zoo’s board assembled a task force to look at this issue. Their final report says the overall health of elephants at Woodland Park Zoo is good, and they should breed more.

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Sanctuary Shortage
11:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

No Room In Northwest For Hundreds Of Retiring Research Chimps

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Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:08 pm

The National Institutes of Health Wednesday announced it will retire the great majority of chimpanzees used in federally-supported medical research.

The institute director says the use of our closest animal relative for invasive studies can no longer be justified in most cases. That means more than 300 chimps are headed into retirement. But neither of the two chimpanzee sanctuaries here in the Northwest say they're prepared to take new chimps.

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Animal Rights
11:30 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Should Zoos Have Elephant Exhibits?

A newborn female Asian elephant calf in the elephant maternity ward with her mother Rose-Tu at the Oregon Zoo, November 30, 2012.
Oregon Zoo, Michael Durham AP Photo

Critics of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo say that the elephants there are not being treated well and that they don’t do well in captivity. Defenders say zoos are key to global conservation efforts. Should zoos, including Woodland Park, continue to display elephants?

David Hyde talks with Carter Roberts, president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, University of Guelph researcher Georgia Mason who has studied elephants in zoos, and Michael Berens, the investigative reporter for the Seattle Times who has written about the Woodland Park Zoo.