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New Coalition Aims to Outlaw ‘Barbaric’ Wildlife Killing Contests

Hunters believe the killing contests help maintain balance in local ecosystems, but advocates say they are often used to protect farming interests.

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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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Sentient Media Spotlight: Cristian and Ariana Rubén of i Film Heroes

Check out the first interview from our new series, Sentient Media Spotlight, that celebrates people making a profound impact in their communities.

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Meet Scott Weathers: Plant-Based Politician and Public Health Advocate

Weathers is running for State Representative in the city of Stowe, Vermont, where he says “the status quo isn’t working” anymore.

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Sentient Media Welcomes Award-Winning Journalist Jenny Splitter

We are excited to announce Jenny Splitter as the new Managing Editor of Sentient Media. Her writing has been seen in Vox, the Guardian, and Popular Mechanics, among others.

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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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30 Days, 100 Voices: Sign Up for Sentient Media’s Limited Edition Newsletter

This special edition newsletter features facts and figures about inequality and injustice in global food systems from over 100 individuals in 17 different countries around the world.

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Sentient Media Podcast: A Conversation With Advocate Journalist Jessica Scott-Reid

In this episode, award-winning journalist Jessica Scott-Reid discusses the challenges of reporting on farmed animals for mainstream media.

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Most Publications Show Clear Bias When Reporting on Animals

Media bias goes far beyond the pages of newspapers and websites. It feeds a culture and legal system that allows animal suffering to go unnoticed.

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These Big-Budget TV Shows Won’t Admit Where Your Meat Comes From

Studies show that television has the power to shape public opinion. But when it comes to meat production, many tip-toe around the issue.

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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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Europe’s Chicken Supply Chain Has a Human Rights Problem

An expansive new report shows that cheap poultry for markets, restaurants, and pets comes at the expense of Indigenous peoples in Brazil.

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When Pigs Escape: An Interview With Filmmaker Jusep Moreno

In 2021, a pregnant pig named Matilda escaped from a farm in England. Sentient Media spoke with the independent filmmaker who decided to turn her story into a film.

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North Carolina Lifts Hunting Ban in Bear Sanctuaries

The decision was met with backlash from opponents, who favor interventions that address the human side of the problem.

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Join Sentient Media’s Spring Donation Drive

With your help, we can continue reporting on industrial animal agriculture and its impacts.

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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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During Wartime, Zoo Animals Suffer in Silence

“We must take this heart-rending opportunity not to turn away, to understand that zoo animals are war victims, too,” says Barbara J. King.

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Advocates Promise 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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Rescued Pangolins Find Sanctuary on the Liberian Coast

Despite their public profile soaring in the last three years, pangolins, dubbed “the world’s most trafficked mammal,” still face an uphill battle for survival.

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‘We’re Not Terrible People’: Animal Farmers Find Their Voice

Farmers and activists have more in common than they’re willing to admit. But the longer they fight amongst each other, the stronger the industry gets.

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Britain’s Most Iconic Animal Is Under Attack

In 2021, 33,687 badgers were killed to protect cattle from the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis. By 2025, 140,000 more badgers could die.

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Inside the Massive Effort to Rescue Animals in Ukraine

Millions of lives have been impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, now in its second month. Animals, too, face the devastating impacts of the violence.

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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.”

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Sharpen Your Writing Skills With Sentient Media’s 30-Day Challenge

Want to become a better writer? Join our 30-Day Writing Challenge.

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In UK, ‘Takeaway the Meat’ Ad Sparks Controversy

The advertisement received more than 400 complaints after it appeared on Channel 4, reminding more than 15 million viewers where their meat comes from.

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Dead Animals Are Piling Up in PetSmart’s Freezers

Employees join advocacy organizations World Animal Protection and United For Respect to sound the alarm over dangerous working conditions at the popular retail chain.

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How Pop Culture Is Shaping Our Relationship With Chicken

Chicken Run, Chicken Little, Chicken Joe. Americans love a feel-good story about chickens. Finally, we’re starting to ask why.

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Sentient Media Podcast: Unlocking Curiosity With Journalist Jenny Splitter

In this episode, award-winning journalist Jenny Splitter shares her experiences reporting on everything from insect farming to optimism and manure.

The UK Must Cut Ties With Mass Slaughter of Dolphins

On September 21, 2021, thousands of dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands. Former Sea Shepherd crew member Lex Rigby reflects on the tragedy.