Pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to have exceeded US$72 billion.
American spending on pets is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world. What if even a small percentage of this spending was allocated to reducing suffering, asks a philosopher.
The commitment of vegan businesses to animal welfare is laudable, but are they being sheep in their labour practices by doing things the old way? Researchers are asking questions about their labour standards and commitment to social justice.
While the commitment of vegan businesses to animal well-being is laudable, is that where their ethical commitments stop? Are they reproducing bare-minimum labour standards, or aiming higher?
Tongue-ties are used to tie horses’ tongues to their lower jaw.
Horses & People Magazine
Tongue-ties are used in Australian horse racing but are banned in most other horse sports.
The Earth is losing more and more biodiversity every day, and we should all be worried
The Al Shuwaikh.
is one of the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading ships that has its standards grandfathered.
The government has extended by a year the time it is giving exporters with old ships to continue with sub-standard conditions for sheep carried to the Middle East.
But attention will be on whether Sussan Ley votes for the Labor amendment.
Labor on Thursday will move an amendment to phase out live sheep exports, mirroring the private member's bill put up by Liberal MP Sussan Ley.
Many people feel conflicted about the use of animals in scientific research. But what is actually involved?
Victorian Russell Broadbent said he had recently been with a group of very conservative women from farming families, among whom the topic was white hot.
Broadbent didn't use the term "doctors' wives", but these are the people he meant – Liberal supporters whose vote can be moved by particular causes.
Falinski said it was more efficient to have the sheep processed in Australia.
He told The Conversation that even when he finished his degree in the 1990s "the economic rationale for continuing the trade wasn't strong".
A protester holds a placard at an Adelaide rally against live export.
In choosing not to ban the live export trade even in the hottest northern months, the federal government is allowing animals to be put in conditions where they cannot possibly escape suffering.
In Israel, a petition against live sheep shipments has been signed by 60 leading rabbis.
The submission recommends an increase in the space allocation for each animal of at least 30% for sheep weighing 40-60 kilograms – the weight range of the typical sheep sent to the Middle East.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
The male cardinal tenderly feeding his mate is just one example of the hard work wild animals undertake in springtime. That work often benefits humans.
Wild animals are hard at work this spring. Here's how their hard labour benefits humans, and why we should be more appreciative.
Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon said farmers could actually benefit from the end of live sheep exports.
The undertaking represents another stage in the toughening of Labor policy on the issue. The opposition had a bipartisan approach a few weeks ago.
Golden retriever puppies, among Australia’s favourite pet dogs.
Giving male dogs the snip is a common practice in Australia and elsewhere to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs. But it can also lead to some unwanted behavioural problems.
Michelle Grattan speaks to University of Canberra's Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Ranging free in the yard.
From Brooklyn to Los Angeles, thousands of Americans are raising chickens in their backyards. But without stricter regulation, urban poultry farming is risky for both humans and birds.
Horses graze on a ranch as the sun rises near Smithers, B.C., in September 2017.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Horses have played a major role in our culture and have worked hard for human beings for eons. But there's high turnover and pressing labour issues in horse stables. It's time to figure out why.
A Polish cow who escaped while on her way to the slaughterhouse is seen here with her new companions, a herd of wild bison. It’s time to treat the animals who work so hard for us with humanity and compassion.
(Rafal Kowalczyk via AP)
Animals do so much work for humans, from farm animals who die to feed us to service animals helping veterans with PTSD. It's time we gave back by providing humane living and working conditions.
The use of the whip on Australian horse racing is still legal, but is it necessary?
AAP Image/Mal Fairclough
Banning the whip in Australian horse racing would only deter a minority of race enthusiasts from gambling or watching any events.