Justice

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Happy the Elephant’s Case Offers Hope for Animal Rights

While Happy remains behind bars, the elephant’s legal team says the case represents a paradigm shift in the way humans grant legal rights to animals.

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Proposition 12: Legislative Overview and Updates

Proposition 12 is a law that California voters passed in 2018 to define the minimum amount of space that farmers must give to cows, pigs, and chickens.

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Groupon Boosts Attendance at ‘Notorious’ Zoos and Aquariums

A new report claims that Groupon “routinely partners with some of the cruelest captive wildlife venues in the U.S.” Sentient Media investigates three of the highest-profile facilities.

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Animal Protection Movement Struggles to Reckon With Deep-Seated Inequalities

Animal advocacy has a long record of racial and sex-based discrimination. As workers continue to speak out, some organizations are answering the call—and others aren’t.

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In Defense of Prop 12: Why This Historic Law Is Worth Protecting

Prop 12 prohibits the cruel confinement of mother pigs, egg-laying hens, and baby calves. The meat industry is working tirelessly to overturn it.

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Researchers Develop New Technology to Read Pigs’ Emotions

The automated emotion recognition tool can apparently be used to assess pig welfare on farms. But advocates say it is too little too late.

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Inside the Pig Heart Transplant and Ethical Dilemma That Followed

David Bennett died two months after having a pig heart transplanted into his body, leaving doctors more questions than answers about the future of this “groundbreaking” technology.

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Group Promises Solutions to Australia’s ‘Outdated’ Animal Laws

Newcomer to the animal protection scene Australian Alliance for Animals sets out to fix the country’s “broken” animal welfare regulatory systems.

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Campaigners and Duck Farmers at Odds Over Future of Industry

“We are calling upon the [UK] government to ban this cruel industry,” said one campaigner. “There is no place in Britain or anywhere else for it.”

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A New Bill Aims to Counteract a Decades-Long Trend: The Decline of the Black Farmer

“This bill could help usher in a new generation of African American farmers,” a Black producer said. “But, if it fails, it’s gonna continue to dwindle.”