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George Hamilton, Meeting natives on the Campaspi plains, Victoria, June 1836. National Library of Australia

Noble horses and ‘black monsters’: the politics of colonial compassion

George Hamilton published An Appeal for the Horse in 1866, a defence of animal welfare well ahead of its time. However, his compassion for Aboriginal people was conspicuously lacking.
Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp rescues two dogs after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey reached the grounds of a shelter in Vidor, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017. Christopher LIndahl/U.S. Navy

In cities and on ranches, planning is key to protect animals during disasters

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some people died rather than evacuating without their pets. Now emergency managers are required to include animals in their response plans.
Free-range egg producers trade heavily on their implied ethical and nutritional value. But what are you really getting? REUTERS/Jason Lee

How to know what you’re getting when you buy free-range eggs

After Snowdale Holdings was penalised A$1 million for lying about their eggs being free-range, here are some tips on getting what you pay for in the supermarket.
Most of the money Americans give to animal welfare charities helps causes that aid companion animals. www.shutterstock.com

Want to help animals? Don’t forget the chickens

A growing number of animal advocates want Americans to do more to aid animals raised in farms for food, rather than supporting groups that help cats, dogs and other human companions.
Coyote at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado. USFWS/Flickr

Why killing coyotes doesn’t make livestock safer

The US Department of Agriculture kills thousands of predators yearly, mainly for attacking livestock. A conservation biologist explains why this policy is ineffective and ecologically harmful.
My footprint is how big? Freshita Maluven/Flickr

A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food

Pet food is a multi-billion-dollar industry that consumes huge amounts of animal protein. A veterinary nutrition specialist explains how to feed dogs and cats healthily and sustainably.
The world’s first lab-grown beef burger, the result of years of research by Dutch scientist Mark Post at the University of Maastricht. Reuters/David Parry/pool

No animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?

We might be able to grow artificial meat but are people really prepared to eat such produce over meat from farmed animals?

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