Tag: Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare

Horse Deaths at Santa Anita and Pimlico: Same Day, Same Track Owner

BALTIMORE — Two horses died at racetracks owned by the Stronach Group on Friday, keeping the issue of animal cruelty in horse racing in the public eye on the eve of one of the biggest days in horse racing. In Baltimore on Friday, on the eve of the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, the […]

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New York Today: Fur Helped Build the City. Now Its Sale May Be Banned.

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Thursday. At about 8:10 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where he is expected to announce his plans to enter the 2020 presidential race. A Democratic club in Iowa has posted an event for Friday that was being […]

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Proposed Fur Ban in New York Pits Animal Rights Advocates Against Black Ministers

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York City is no stranger to instituting bans, from plastic bags and single-use foam products to indoor smoking and alcohol ads. But none of those prohibitions has aroused such an emotional and fevered divide as the city’s move […]

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Doris Day, Movie Star Who Charmed America, Dies at 97

Doris Day, the freckle-faced movie actress whose irrepressible personality and golden voice made her America’s top box-office star in the early 1960s, died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif. She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation announced her death. Ms. Day began her career as a big-band vocalist, and she was […]

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Afghanistan Dispatch: In Afghan Blood Sports, the Animals Aren’t the Only Ones Fighting

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — A boy about 8 years old, sitting cross-legged on the cab of a truck, shouted at the top of his lungs: “Go John Cena, go boy, give it to him, I want to take all your pain on myself!” John Cena in this case was not the American professional wrestler but a […]

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Under Pressure, Leaders in Horse Racing Industry Move to Limit Medication Use

Under pressure from animal-rights groups and a growing public perception that horse racing is cruel, the three tracks that host the Triple Crown races formed a coalition on Thursday and agreed to seek a ban on race-day medication for all of their 2-year-old races beginning next year and to extend that practice for stakes races […]

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Trilobites: Look What the Cat Dragged In: Parasites

Domestic animals can contract parasites from insects and ticks, prey, soil or other animals and can spread them to humans, pets or wildlife. Dogs can give humans rabies, and cows can give people a diarrhea-causing parasite called Cryptosporidium. But dogs often only go outside with their owners on leashes, and cows don’t usually get to […]

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‘Partly Alive’: Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs

In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from slaughtered pigs. The brains did not regain anything resembling consciousness: There were no signs indicating coordinated electrical signaling, necessary for higher functions like awareness and intelligence. But in an experimental treatment, […]

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At Egypt’s Tourism Gems, Brutal Animal Abuse Is an Ugly Flaw

CAIRO — A trip to the storied pyramids of Giza was supposed to be a highlight of Noémi Haszon’s Egyptian vacation. But minutes later, the Hungarian tourist had retreated into her tour bus, shaken and revolted by what she had witnessed. Inside the pyramids complex, emaciated horses panted and strained as they pulled buggies loaded […]

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Protests in Australia Pit Vegans Against Farmers

MELBOURNE, Australia — When vegan activists halted morning traffic on Monday at one of Australia’s busiest intersections, Prime Minister Scott Morrison described their actions as “un-Australian.” The traffic disruption in Melbourne was part of a “Day of Action” protesting the consumption of animal products, during which activists also chained themselves to machinery at an abattoir […]

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Death of Another Horse at Santa Anita Rocks the Racing Industry

Horse racing is among America’s oldest sports and perhaps the only one ever run out of the White House: Andrew Jackson operated a stable there during his presidency. Yet the multibillion-dollar industry is reeling as the Kentucky Derby approaches, with the death of yet another thoroughbred at the premier Santa Anita Park in California amplifying […]

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This Animal Activist Used to Get in Your Face. Now He’s Going After Your Palate.

SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Friedrich used to be the guy who broke into fashion shows to splatter fake blood on the models wearing fur coats. That was when he wasn’t handing out pamphlets on campuses or creating videos to expose the grisly reality of meat production. But he realized at a certain point that his […]

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Trilobites: Sometimes Wiping Out Badgers Helped. Sometimes It Didn’t. Why?

The badger is chubby but strong, with short legs, a long body and endearingly goofy gait. It has become a cultural icon to children who grew up reading “The Wind in the Willows,” or more recently, “Harry Potter,” in which the badger is the symbol of the Hufflepuffs. Once tortured by dogs in a blood […]

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On Horse Racing: Horse Deaths at Santa Anita Spell Trouble for an Industry

As the Triple Crown season approaches, the talk should be about contenders for the Kentucky Derby. Instead, dead horses and canceled races are hot topics after Santa Anita Park suspended thoroughbred racing because of a spike in fatalities that has cast doubt on the safety of its racing surface. A filly named Lets Light the […]

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Debt Collector Seizes Family’s Prized Pug and Sells It on eBay

BERLIN — When a debt collector came calling on a family in a northwestern German city about unpaid bills, including a dog tax, the official was looking to seize the family’s most valuable asset. The collector considered other items, but finally settled on a prized female pug named Edda and seized the dog — which […]

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Skin Deep: Why You Should Care About Vegan Beauty

Once perceived as health-conscious people by some, and very, very picky eaters by others, vegans are trending. The Economist declared 2019 as the year of the vegan, reporting that a quarter of millennials identify as vegan or vegetarian. Outspoken celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z are encouraging fans to become vegan, if not for ethical reasons, […]

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Tiger Found in Abandoned House by Person Who Just Wanted to Smoke Pot

It was like “Home Alone,” but instead of an 8-year-old boy setting traps to keep burglars away, a 2-year-old tiger stopped a marijuana smoker from lighting up in its house. That started a chain of events on Monday that ended with the tiger, left alone in a small cage in an abandoned house in Houston, […]

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