Zoos, emphasising natural behaviour and conservation, remain more popular than ever.
With circuses on the wane, are our attitudes towards animals improving?
Dogs – and their owners – love 'walkies'. But who's walking who?
Riders don’t always obey the rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing.
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Despite strict rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing, some riders still breach them.
Pets suffer just as badly as their humans in the heat.
As the weather heats up, Australian households won’t just be cranking up the air conditioning for themselves. Some households will also be turning it on for their dogs or cats.
The rise in size of your festive bird hides a chemical concern.
Dog thefts have risen by a third – don't be a victim.
Your local supermarket offers a variety of hams.
Free range, sow stall free - you'll find a number of different types of ham on the market this Christmas. But what do they mean?
Harness racing in Brisbane.
Harness Racing Australia has announced it will ban the use of the whip. The decision is a world first for any horse sporting body, so what about the rest of the horse racing industry?
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.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
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?
Amanda Boyd, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Flickr
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.