Tag: Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare

Macy’s, Home to $8,000 Mink Jackets, Will Stop Selling Fur Products by 2021

Macy’s is quitting fur. The retailer said on Monday that its namesake chain and Bloomingdale’s department stores would stop selling fur products by early 2021, after the company conducted two years of research into alternatives and consumer views on the matter. The shift will mean the closure of 34 Fur Vaults at Macy’s and 22 […]

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Where Pugs Rule the Racetrack

CreditCreditVideo by Lena Mucha For The New York Times HAMBURG, Germany — If Elvis had one advantage over his competitors, it was his long legs. Well, relatively long. His slightly extended snout and slender body also helped him swallow the 80-yard stretch of sandy track in just over eight seconds. “Sensational!” the timekeeper called as […]

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The California Fur Ban and What It Means for You

So California has become the first state to ban fur. This sounds draconian. What does that actually mean? It is true that on Friday the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed AB44 into law, which bans sales of new clothing and accessories (handbags, shoes, pompoms, key chains, you know) made of fur. But that does not […]

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TripAdvisor Ends Ticket Sales to Attractions That Breed or Buy Dolphins and Whales

TripAdvisor will no longer sell tickets to attractions that breed, import or capture whales, dolphins, porpoises and other cetaceans for public display, the company announced on Wednesday. The move will ban sales to attractions and events at parks and aquariums worldwide, including SeaWorld, which has locations in Florida and California, Loro Parque in Spain and […]

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Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.

Public health officials for years have urged Americans to limit consumption of red meat and processed meats because of concerns that these foods are linked to heart disease, cancer and other ills. But on Monday, in a remarkable turnabout, an international collaboration of researchers produced a series of analyses concluding that the advice, a bedrock […]

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Trump’s E.P.A. Chooses Rodents Over People

Snowball, the pig in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” uses this catchy adage to summarize his view that people are enemies and animals are friends: “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Bizarrely, the Trump administration appears to have been persuaded, announcing a policy that will harm human health to protect animals used in laboratory experiments. The […]

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Thailand Shuttered a Notorious Tiger Zoo, but the Problem Has Only Gotten Worse

SRIRACHA, Thailand — When Thai park rangers raided a popular zoo famous for letting visitors feed and handle tigers, their grisly haul three years ago shocked the world: 1,600 tiger parts, including pelts, amulets fashioned from skins, scores of teeth, 40 dead cubs found in a freezer and 20 more preserved in jars. Behind the […]

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Meat Is Murder. But You Know That Already.

WE ARE THE WEATHERSaving the Planet Begins at BreakfastBy Jonathan Safran Foer Jonathan Safran Foer’s second book of nonfiction is an eye-opening collection of mostly short essays expressing both despair and hope over the climate crisis, especially around individual choice. It’s a wide-ranging book — there are tributes to grandparents and sons, as well as […]

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A Pit Bull Was Strangled by a Neighbor. Then Came #JusticeforRex.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — It began as a small-scale neighborhood dispute between a Shih Tzu and a pit bull named Rex. A goldendoodle soon entered the mix. The trouble did not really begin until the humans got involved. By the time the dust had settled and the police had arrived, the pit bull was dead […]

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E.P.A. Says It Will Drastically Reduce Animal Testing

The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that it would move away from requiring the testing of potentially harmful chemicals on animals, a decision that was hailed by animal rights groups but criticized by environmentalists and researchers who said the practice was necessary to rigorously safeguard human health. The E.P.A. Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the […]

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His Cat’s Death Left Him Heartbroken. So He Cloned It.

BEIJING — Garlic was dead, and there was nothing Huang Yu could do. So on a cold winter day, he buried his cat’s body in a park close to his home. Hours later, still heartbroken, the 22-year-old businessman recalled an article he had read on dog cloning in China. What if someday he could bring […]

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Why Euthanasia Rates at Animal Shelters Have Plummeted

DALLAS — When a lost, stray or abandoned pet entered an American city’s animal shelter 10 years ago, there was a good chance it would not leave. But in a quiet transformation, pet euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009. A rescue, an adoption or […]

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Dogs Are Not Here for Our Convenience

I’ve never lived with a dog with testes or ovaries. My pups all came from shelters, whose policies have often been to desex a dog before adoption if possible. I never knew Pumpernickel as a fertile young thing or Finnegan: The Virile Version. This is by design, and the design had its desired effect. I […]

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Why More Dogs and Cats Are Making It Out of Shelters Alive

DALLAS — When a lost, stray or abandoned pet entered an American city’s animal shelter 10 years ago, there was a good chance it would not leave. But in a quiet transformation, pet euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009. A rescue, an adoption or […]

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Can New York City Live Without Foie Gras? We May Soon Find Out

FERNDALE, N.Y. — For their final days, the male Moulard ducks at the Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm are force -fed three times daily. They eat fatty, corn-based feed through a tube inserted into their throats, a process known as gavage that will swell their liver up to 10 times its size. A worker manually […]

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German Police Look Into Killing of Rare Bird and Vigilantes’ Payback

BERLIN — It was a most surprising case for the police: An endangered bird may have attacked two men in a forest, they attacked and killed the bird, and a crowd attacked the two men. Less surprising, alcohol was involved. Now, with the body of a western capercaillie as evidence, the authorities in southwestern Germany […]

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The Vegetarians Who Turned Into Butchers

At Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe in Denver, Kate Kavanaugh trimmed the sinew from a deep-red hunk of beef the size of a bed pillow. “Flatiron steak is the second-most tender muscle in a steer’s body,” she said, focused on her knife work. “This guy sits on the scapula, and I love it because it has […]

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Stealing Lauri

LAURINBURG, N.C. — The swine kidnappers gathered at a North Carolina motel just before dusk. “Does everyone feel comfortable with the possibility of doing jail time?” Wayne Hsiung, an animal-rights activist, asked his volunteers, among them a barista, a third-grade schoolteacher and a Berkeley undergrad. They nodded. The risk would be worth it, Mr. Hsiung […]

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Got Impossible Milk? The Quest for Lab-Made Dairy

In recent years, the alternatives to conventional cows’ milk have proliferated. The local grocery store is likely to offer any number of plant-based options: milks made from soy, almonds, oats, rice, hemp, coconuts, cashews, pea plants and more. But most nondairy milks pale in comparison to cows’ milk. Plant-based milks are made by breaking down […]

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