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The Cruelest Part of Dairy Farming Is Totally Legal

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the inherent cruelty behind dairy farming, but farmers are quick to come to its defense.

Curtis Brown, Behaviour and Enrichment Manager at Soi Dog check on a group of blind dogs in their kennel.

In Korea, Support for a Ban on Eating Dog Meat Is Growing

South Korea is trying to shake its reputation as the dog meat capital of the world. Could a ban on eating dog meat be around the corner?

Introducing the Anti-Racist Animal Advocates Group by Sentient Media

Advance your language and thinking around Black veganism and anti-racist practices in the Writers’ Collective new cohort.

The Great American War on Wolves

Keegan Sentner takes us into the heart of a centuries-long conflict designed to eradicate wolves from the American West.

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The Best and Worst Countries for Animal Rights

We cover the exploitation of animals wherever it persists. Here’s a shortlist of some of the best and worst places for animals rights.

What Animal Sanctuaries Can Teach Us About Creating Sanctuary for Each Other

Human-animal co-existence models an approach to care and empathy that could help guide us toward a more resilient future.

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Just Transition: Protecting and Empowering Frontline Workers

Just transition is a framework that aims to protect frontline workers by prioritizing their needs during the transition away from an exploitative economy.

European Union to Ban the Routine Use of Antibiotics on Farmed Animals

An EU ban on the routine use of antibiotics that could change the face of intensive farming comes into force this month. Will producers comply?

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‘The Situation Is Dire’: California’s Tule Elk Face Biggest Threat Yet

Tensions continue to rise between ranchers and activists at Point Reyes National Seashore after 72 more elk died this summer.

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Is Using Animals for Entertainment Unethical?

Should animals be used in zoos, rodeos, circuses, and other forms of entertainment? Read more about their time in captivity, and then answer the question.

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Animal Rescue: What You Need to Know to Start Rescuing Animals Today

Animal rescue is a social service that helps protect animals from dangerous situations that often involve cruelty and abuse. Find out how you can get involved.

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In Europe, Authorities Struggle to Enforce Animal Protection Laws

A former UK police detective says abuse is tied to violent crimes like child abuse and sexual assault. Still, law enforcement agencies rarely prioritize animal protection.

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How Animal Trafficking Became One of the Most Lucrative Industries on the Planet

Animal trafficking is considered to be one of the most profitable illegal activities in the world. Monkeys, tigers, and pangolins are all heavily trafficked.

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Sentient Media 2021 Year in Review: Wins, Losses, and the Road Ahead

This year, we continued our mission to create transparency around the use of animals in our daily lives⁠—from food to companionship to laboratory test subjects.

Animal Testing Isn’t Just Ineffective. It’s Holding Us Back.

The FDA believes that animal testing is necessary for medical research. But according to lawmakers, researchers, and scientists, that kind of thinking is holding us back.

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Many Cosmetics Are Tested on Animals. But That’s Finally Starting to Change.

Animal testing is an outdated method of testing the safety of cosmetics. While many companies still rely on it, consumers are demanding cruelty-free alternatives.

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Sentient Media Podcast: Dr. Aysha Akhtar on the End of Animal Testing

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Akhtar about her work building a world where animal testing is no longer the default.

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Veterinary Records Reveal Primate Research Centers’ Long History of Violence

Decades of welfare violations at the National Primate Research Centers have led many in the scientific community to question the purpose of experimenting on animals.

Animal Testing: What You Need to Know

More than 90 percent of drugs that pass clinical trials in animals fail to prove effective for use in humans. Yet, the FDA still spends millions on animal testing.

What Happens to Lab Rats After Testing?

Most laboratory research that uses animals relies on mice and rats as test subjects. Learn more about how these animals are treated and what happens to them after the experiment ends.

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Animal Rights Activists: Who They Are and What They Do

An animal rights activist is a person who seeks to reduce non-human animal suffering. Want to learn more about animal rights activism? We’ve got you covered.

Towards a Plant-Based Future: An Interview With Mark Pearson and Emma Hurst

Emma Hurst and Mark Pearson, members of Australia’s Animal Justice Party, sat down with Sentient Media to discuss their vision for a plant-based future.

HSI team member Sayara Thurston in a truck transporting animals to safety from a puppy mill.

Puppy Mills: What Are They and Why Are They Still Legal?

Puppy mills breed dogs that are twice as likely to be fearful of other people. This is one of the many reasons why advocates are calling for their closure.

Animal Abuse: How to Recognize and Report Animal Cruelty

Animal abuse often happens right before our eyes, but many people don’t know if what they’re seeing constitutes animal abuse or how to report it when they do.

An End to Animal Testing Is Within Reach

With public knowledge of what happens inside animal experimentation facilities at an all-time high, the cruel practice may finally be on its way out.

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These Big Brands Still Test Makeup on Animals

In the U.S., the FDA encourages nonanimal testing for cosmetic products. So why do so many companies still test makeup on animals?

Photographs of animal use from the Coulston Foundation, a former animal testing laboratory.

Why Do Humans Still Experiment on Animals?

Humans have long debated the ethics of animal testing. Many say that the practice is outdated, cruel to animals, dangerous, and unreliable.

Entry to The Museum of the History of Cattle

Museum Exhibition Raises Awareness About the Lives of Cattle

The exhibit at the Museum of the History of Cattle, currently on display in Barcelona, “introduces the shared history of cattle and humans as seen by the cattle.”

We Asked Gov. Newsom to Stop Expanding Factory Farms. He Didn’t Listen.

Activists arrived outside the home of California Governor Gavin Newsom with a simple ask: halt the expansion of factory farms. His response may surprise you.

COVID-19 Hit Slaughterhouse Workers Harder Than We Thought

A new Congressional report found that slaughterhouses owned by five major meatpacking companies accounted for at least 59,000 COVID-19 cases and 269 deaths.