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Animals Could Play a Pivotal Role in Climate Talks—if We Let Them

Climate change impacts every species on the planet. Why are humans the only ones drafting a response?

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There Is No Such Thing as Sustainable Beef

The beef industry is trying to clean up its image by promising that it’s doing more to help the climate crisis than hurt it. Science says otherwise.

Farmed Animals Lack Legal Protections. What Needs to Change?

The legal system hasn’t simply failed farmed animals—it has actively and methodically facilitated their exploitation. Here’s what needs to change.

A Shortage of Butchers Is the Least of the Pork Industry’s Problems

A shortage of butchers in the UK has left slaughterhouses operating at decreased capacity, forcing many farmers to kill their pigs themselves.

Sentient Media Podcast: Christopher “Soul” Eubanks on TikTok, Social Justice, and New Narratives in Animal Advocacy

From TikTok to racism in animal advocacy, this episode of the Sentient Media Podcast explores the need for a new approach to end oppression for all.

Young cows at a dairy farm.

Potty Training Cows Isn’t Going to Fix the Climate Crisis

Potty training cows to curb emissions seems like a harmless idea, but it’s no silver bullet. In fact, it does more to distract from the problem than solve it.

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Sentient Media Podcast: Cheryl Leahy Exposes the Truth About Pet Food, “Crush Videos,” and the Powerlessness of the Law

We sat down with Cheryl Leahy, Executive Director of Animal Outlook, to talk about the pet food industry, “crush videos,” and a new investigation.

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Designer Dogs: Cute or Cruel?

We claim to love our furry friends, yet we manipulate their bodies to meet our criteria of what is “cute” or desirable, often at great cost to their health and well-being.

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Why We Love Some Animals and Eat Others

Animals are a big part of our everyday lives. Join us as we explore the uncomfortable question: Why do we love some animals and harm others?

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Connecting the Dots Between Climate Change and Animal Agriculture

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we need to change the way we eat. Councilman Justin Brannan has a message for the people of New York City: “Let’s get it done.”

Countries Take Steps to Ban Fur Farming After COVID-19 Outbreaks

Massive outbreaks of COVID-19 led to the permanent closure of fur farms in the Netherlands, Poland, and France, but the U.S. has yet to take action.

lonely whale

Saving the Planet While Ignoring Two-Thirds of It

While most of the climate crisis attention is focused on land, many of the best fixes lie in the oceans. Perhaps it’s time to think of the oceans in a radically new way: as part of the solution.

Big Ag’s Biogas Boondoggle

The last thing we needed was Big Oil and Big Ag on the same team. Now, they’ve joined forces in a dangerous attempt to greenwash the factory farming industry.

Reducing Meat Consumption Would Free Up More Land for Climate Solutions

The message of the climate movement is clear: stop fossil fuel extraction and move to renewable energies. This is a great message, and a good start, but it’s not enough.

What’s Wrong With Veganism?

In a world where nearly 7 billion people choose to eat meat and other animal products, the decision to go vegan solves very little. What comes next makes all the difference.

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Sentient Media Podcast: Chef AJ and the Future of Food and Plant-Based Cooking

In this episode of the Sentient Media Podcast, we meet whole food plant-based Chef AJ to hear her thoughts on cultivated meat and the future of food.

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People of the Global Majority Are an Integral Part of the Vegan Movement

Not only is increasing the movement’s diversity a moral imperative, it’s the best way to ensure that the movement maintains relevancy in an increasingly diverse world.

A cow in a dairy barn.

More Slaughterhouses Is Not the Solution

Small, family-run abattoirs have been described as ‘cornerstones’ of sustainable meat production but a new investigation from the UK nonprofit Animal Justice Project paints a different picture.

Close up of a calf sequestered in a stall at a dairy farm in Chile.

Why USDA Should Adopt Stronger Legal Protections for Farmed Animals

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA will begin a new process to address farmed animal welfare standards. It’s long overdue.

A broiler chicken laying down inside a factory farm in Italy

Major Welfare Certifier’s New Study Was Designed to Deceive

The study represents yet another attempt by Global Animal Partnership, one of the nation’s largest animal welfare certifications, to pass off poor welfare conditions as the gold standard.

First Carbon Offsets. Now, Animal Testing Offsets?

Can paying for an animal testing-free future make people feel better about getting vaccinated? Jessica Scott-Reid explores the novel new concept of animal testing offsets.

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The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try.

A climate scientist spent years trying to get people to pay attention to the disaster ahead. But his frantic effort to reduce his carbon footprint left his family exhausted and searching for answers.

A chicken barn.

The New Push to Greenwash Factory Farming

Factory farming is trying to clean up its act by turning methane emissions into biogas. But the promise of sustainability could be doing more harm than good.

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Not All Food Waste Is Created Equal

Wasted food is a serious problem, especially in America where landfills are overflowing with rotting food. Among that waste, especially on the consumer front? Animals.

A purpose bred beagle at a veterinary school.

This New Bill Could Phase Out Animal Testing for Good

The Humane Research and Testing Act of 2021 address the growing need to replace animals in research. The bill also calls for the acceptance of “valid and reliable” alternative testing methods.

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Book Review: Bear Boy by Justin Barker

Justin Barker’s autobiographical coming-of-age story follows his fight to save two bears from a dismal existence at a zoo in Roseville, California.

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Why Hack the World’s Largest Meat Company?

A group of hackers temporarily shut down operations at JBS, the world’s largest meat company, disrupting the U.S. beef supply and leaving us with more questions than answers.

calf inside a barn

Is Ethically Produced Dairy Even Possible?

At the UK’s only slaughter-free dairy farm, calves are allowed to be with their mothers, and spent cows roam around in peace. Sound too good to be true? We took a closer look.

Justin Barker With Coffee, photo by Robin Weir

Meet Justin Barker: Activist and Author of the New Book Bear Boy

In this exclusive interview, Justin Barker talks about what led him to publish his first book: the years of advocacy, personal awakenings, learning, teaching, and deep-seated passion for animal rights.

Toronto Cow Save vigil. Canada, 2015.

The UK Animal Sentience Bill Is Good, But Animals Deserve Better

The new animal sentience bill could make progress for animals on several fronts. But the bill is vague in key respects, protecting some animals while leaving out others.