Leather isn't just a by-product of the meat industry, and raises serious moral questions for anyone who cares about animal rights.
Kangaroo skins are exported for use in football boots, motorcycle suits, fashion footwear and haute couture.
Pressure is mounting on fashion producers to stop using skins from Australian native animals. But Indigenous people are reviving traditions and there are ethical ways for trade to continue.
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At the heart of the debate is that most fundamental question: what does it mean to be human?
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.'
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.
Why do rodeo events like the Calgary Stampede continue to host deadly events?
Rodeo's loyalty to the dangerous sport of chuckwagon racing has a lot to do with its history.
Activists may have to be more careful about distributing evidence of animal cruelty online to encourage people to take action against the meat industry.
The new legislation will give harsher punishment to people who incite others to trespass on farms.
The author in his vegetable patch.
For poet John Kinsella, veganism is an ethics of commitment. Living as a vegan, he writes, is not a holier-than-thou situation, but a move towards being more respectful of life.
The institution of pet-keeping is fundamentally unjust as it involves the manipulation of animals’ bodies, behaviours and emotional lives.
The Melbourne vegan protests prompted a social media backlash.
Animal-rights protesters have grabbed headlines this week, but research shows antagonism is not always effective.
Police move in on animal rights protesters who blocked the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets in Melbourne on Monday.
When the government claims that only non-disruptive protests are "civil", it risks censoring those who seek to go beyond mere symbolic actions and have some impact on others through their protest.
Happiness is a warm puppy.
Recognising animals as sentient means welfare laws must consider animals' feelings as well as their physical conditions.
The law is ambivalent when it comes to trespassing, and photographing or filming the property owners.
Aussie Farms' have map showing locations where farms or producers treat animal cruelly has caused outrage with many claiming it is illegal. So, what does the law actually say about this?
Studies show that living with a pet has positive outcomes when pets are considered family members and not property.
Catnip induces changes in cat behavior.
Catnip can induce changes in cat behavior. An expert argues that giving it to cats raises questions about human power and animal autonomy.
A Thanksgiving feast.
A behavioral scientist explains why people become vegans, why some meat-eaters find them so irksome and how scientists may be nudging us all toward a more plant-centric existence.
Pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to have exceeded US$72 billion.
American spending on pets is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world. What if even a small percentage of this spending was allocated to reducing suffering, asks a philosopher.
Is it ethical to eat meat?
The coworking company, WeWork, has banned meat, citing an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. For centuries, philosophers have made a moral case against meat-eating.
Victoria’s ban on pet shop sales of kittens and puppies is replicated around the world.
Victoria's puppy farms and pet shop laws are being rolled out, sparking controversy. The state is the first in the world to limit the number of fertile females allowed by commercial breeders.
How cosmetic store Lush went from making bath bombs to campaigning against police corruption.