What is a good life for an egg-laying hen?
Voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot measure that assumed so. But a philosopher of animal welfare suggests the ethical issues involved are trickier than a yes/no vote would suggest.
Australians are becoming more aware of where their meat comes from, but it’s still and ethical minefield.
A new SBS doco will spark more questions about if and how we should eat meat.
New South Wales’ greyhound industry is back on the tracks.
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New South Wales' U-turn on its greyhound ban says much about the calibre of politicians and their subjugation to the media.
The Scottish Fold is a lovely cat, but unfortunately suffers from health problems related to its breeding.
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Scottish Folds are adorable cats with folded ears and owl-like faces. But their cuteness also condemns them to a life of suffering.
A small but dedicated team is offering these abandoned apes a brighter future.
An engorged female tick on the forehead of a dog. To get this big, they need to suck blood for about four days. While this is happening, the tick is injecting neurotoxins into the bloodstream.
Tick paralysis affect 10,000 dogs each year in eastern Australia, and the treatment can be very expensive. Fortunately, a new drug available is available.
In countries where many if not most households have pets, ‘no pets’ rental policies are a serious obstacle to housing security.
Landlords and property agents often apply 'no pets' rules even though many households see them as part of the family. Their difficulty in finding rental housing then becomes a source of great stress.
Female dingo in Oxley Wild Rivers NP, New South Wales.
Dingoes are being used to kill feral goats in Queensland, but is this just another form of cruelty?
Greyhound racing needs a consistent approach, or trainers will move to jurisdictions where rules are more lax.
New South Wales' ban on greyhound racing is a response to the high rate of animal deaths in the industry. But what about other states, and other animal industries, where the problem is prevalent too?
Can greyhound racing be ethically justified?
The huge numbers of unwanted dogs killed by the greyhound racing industry has led the New South Wales government to outlaw the sport.
Researchers in Maine pose with terns after measuring, weighing and banding the birds. But what if they weren’t scientists?
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Why do so many people take safety risks or abuse wild animals for the sake of a photo with them? In one researcher's view, scientists may encourage this trend by sharing their own wildlife selfies.
Cattle at export yards in Darwin, Australia.
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Australian cattle may have been killed with sledgehammers in Vietnam.
What’s my password again?
It might sound strange but the world of animal-computer interaction could improve their welfare and help us understand them better.
The dairy industry faces a number of welfare and environmental issues.
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The dairy industry faces a number of welfare issues, and is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.
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There's a genetic side to animal welfare.
Horse wearing crank noseband.
With the 2016 Olympics in Rio on the horizon, the practice of clamping together the jaws of horses has still gone unchecked.
Virtual reality can trigger emotions that text can’t convey.
It can be hard to move people with just text or images. But virtual reality can let people experience others' lives, making it a potent tool for social change.
Neck and neck on the line.
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Has horse racing become too risky for the runners?
Eggs cartons will need to show stocking density on the carton.
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New standards for free-range eggs will limit stocking densities and mean hens must have access to outdoors.
No more breeding, but still on exhibit.
The history of displaying exotic animals seems to be one of evolving public expectations about what constitutes acceptable conditions. Is it a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same?