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.
Yolanda Güse protesting outside a McDonald’s branch in Cape Town.
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.
Even within our homes dogs can be perceived as a nuisance.
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.
A makeshift shrine to Harambe, the zoo gorilla whose death has raised some uncomfortable moral questions.
We tend instinctively to value human lives over non-human ones. But is there a point where the scales might tip the other way?
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.
Dogs rescued from an Asian farm.
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.
The use of live animals in the visual arts provokes important ethic questions. Pictured: Pierre Huyghe Untilled (2011-2012).
Courtesy the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
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.
How an animal is treated can actually affect research results.
Understanding Animal Research/Flickr
Varying animal standards across the globe is leading to unnecessary suffering as well as conflicting research results.
Friend or food?
The morality of which animals we can and can't eat doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans?
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
The story of Johnny Depp’s dogs and their potential fate attracted global media attention.
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.
Soon to be retired – after more than 150 years in service of elephants in the circus.
The decision to phase out elephants from Ringling Brothers Circus reflects a shift in public opinion regarding captive wild animals.
Get with the programme, humans.
A US appeals court is currently hearing the case of a chimpanzee named Tommy and is to decide if he has the right to bodily integrity and liberty, just like a person. The case, brought by the Nonhuman…
Looking out for each other.
EPA/Zoological Society of London
More than 20 years ago, the university department where I was doing my PhD was fire bombed by animal rights activists. At the time, I was conducting research into animal welfare, as were many of the staff…
Ban Live Exports: Melbourne Rally, Saturday, 6 October 2012.
More than a year has passed since Animals Australia and the RSPCA, in conjunction with ABC’s Four Corners revealed that Australian cattle were being routinely slaughtered in Indonesian abattoirs while…