Up to now, both government and opposition were anxious to stay in step.
Most Americans identify as animal lovers and support either full or partial legal rights for animals.
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 current trend is to dispense with meat and even any animal products. What does science say about these new diets?
Digital and animal cultures pose a profound challenge to the law’s recognition of human uniqueness.
Two animal rights experts see little reason to cheer that a circus is closing, as long as humans keep eating meat and dairy products.
While hugely popular for a time, the advent of the three ring circus invited animal cruelty complaints and led to the demise of more skilled circus artistry.
It doesn't happen often that a multinational will blink when taken on by an individual. But a passionate campaigner's successful crusade has shown how it can be done.
Understanding animal management and making it work better for our interspecies society will benefit humans and dogs alike.
A small but dedicated team is offering these abandoned apes a brighter future.
We tend instinctively to value human lives over non-human ones. But is there a point where the scales might tip the other way?
With the 2016 Olympics in Rio on the horizon, the practice of clamping together the jaws of horses has still gone unchecked.
Eating cats and dogs which have been violently dispatched remains a key element of South Korean cuisine.
New research shows fish are more similar to complex animals like humans and other mammals than we previously thought.
An exhibition of works by contemporary French artist Pierre Huyghe raises questions around the ethical treatment of animals by artists - and whether live animals have a place in the visual arts.
Varying animal standards across the globe is leading to unnecessary suffering as well as conflicting research results.
The morality of which animals we can and can't eat doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
Behind the uproar over Johnny Depp's dogs lies a serious and evolving idea: our animal companions have an important place in our lives that entitles them to rights akin to a sort of citizenship.
The decision to phase out elephants from Ringling Brothers Circus reflects a shift in public opinion regarding captive wild animals.