Industrial animal agriculture in our own backyard could very well be the cause of the next pandemic.
Animal suffering not only harms other species, it endangers our own. Here's how we can do better.
Roaming pet cats kill 390 million animals per year in Australia. But keeping cats inside (or contained outside) 24/7 can actually be in their best interest.
Backyard chickens may seem free and happy, but are at increased risk of contracting diseases from wild birds.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some critics say livestock farms promote diseases that spread from animals to humans. An animal scientist explains how well-run farms work to keep that from happening.
Sheep exported live for slaughter in the Middle East are routinely exposed to high temperatures.
Stressed animals are more likely to harbour new diseases because their immune systems are compromised.
The overwhelming majority of us say we care about animal welfare. But when it comes to shopping, our actions often take a different turn.
Garbage in New York’s subway system offers easy meals for rats.
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
Climate change, globalization and concerns about rat poison soon could drive rat infestations to levels not seen in centuries. One way to curb them is getting humans to stop wasting food.
Compulsory microchipping has the potential to improve the identification and reunification of missing and stolen pets, but this potential can only be met if the current system is fixed.
If harm to native wildlife is the main concern then there are much bigger targets for control than grey squirrels.
Federal organic regulations require outdoor access for livestock – but don’t specify how much.
US Dept. of Agriculture/flickr
US federal regulations say little about how animals on organic farms should be treated. So if you're planning to serve an ethical holiday dinner, you'll have to do some research.
Can virtual reality reality improve a dairy cow’s life?
Moscow Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Russian experiments with VR for cows are unlikely to achieve much, going by past research on how animals interact with computers
Cats can be happy in apartments, but the space needs features that enable their natural desire to climb, jump, hide and scratch.
Animals don't just need enough space to live – they need the right kind of space, too. An animal welfare lawyer defends our pets' 'right of place.'
A dairy cow grazes on the lawns in front of Parliament House in Canberra in 2015, as part of an industry event.
Pressure is mounting on Australia's dairy farmers, from farm gate prices to animal welfare concerns, and technology that could produce milk without cows.
Elephants destined for Wirths’ circus on a ship’s deck circa 1925. Early last century, Frances Levvy asked school students to write an essay on whether the exhibition of wild animals in travelling menageries was consistent with humanity.
By Sam Hood ca. 1925-ca. 1945, State Library of NSW
Born in 1831, at a time when animals were widely regarded as property, Frances Levvy used the power of the press and the passion of children to advocate for their welfare.
Sometimes slaughtering an ex-racehorse humanely is the best option if a good home cannot be found.
Our reaction to the horse-slaughter scandal show a double standard, and suggest we care more about what racehorses mean to us than what's best for the animal.
Mature horses can still pull in the crowds: Winx was a seven-year-old when she won in the Cox Plate in 2018.
AAP Image/Julian Smith
Race horses should be bred for both speed and durability so owners have an incentive to keep them racing fit and away from the abattoirs.
Animal activists stage a protest during Caulfield Cup day at Caulfield Race Course in Melbourne, following shocking hidden-camera footage revealing the slaughtering of former racehorses.
AAP Image/James Ross
An investigation by ABC journalists has revealed hundreds of former racehorses are slaughtered after retiring.
An easy target under current laws.
Pet theft can devastate families and cause animals significant distress – the law needs to change.
Animal protein only: Meat producers want to keep the m-word off of alternative meat products.
Meat producers are lobbying in many states to keep the word 'meat' off labels of plant-based products like the Impossible Burger. But this may not clarify shoppers' choices.
The ACT is the first Australian jurisdiction to recognise animal sentience, but many other countries have already done so.
The new law is largely symbolic so the ACT can boast animal welfare credentials without putting animal-related industries offside. Still, it could create positive change.