The male cardinal tenderly feeding his mate is just one example of the hard work wild animals undertake in springtime. That work often benefits humans.
Wild animals are hard at work this spring. Here's how their hard labour benefits humans, and why we should be more appreciative.
Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon said farmers could actually benefit from the end of live sheep exports.
The undertaking represents another stage in the toughening of Labor policy on the issue. The opposition had a bipartisan approach a few weeks ago.
Golden retriever puppies, among Australia’s favourite pet dogs.
Giving male dogs the snip is a common practice in Australia and elsewhere to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs. But it can also lead to some unwanted behavioural problems.
Michelle Grattan speaks to University of Canberra's Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Ranging free in the yard.
From Brooklyn to Los Angeles, thousands of Americans are raising chickens in their backyards. But without stricter regulation, urban poultry farming is risky for both humans and birds.
Horses graze on a ranch as the sun rises near Smithers, B.C., in September 2017.
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Horses have played a major role in our culture and have worked hard for human beings for eons. But there's high turnover and pressing labour issues in horse stables. It's time to figure out why.
A Polish cow who escaped while on her way to the slaughterhouse is seen here with her new companions, a herd of wild bison. It’s time to treat the animals who work so hard for us with humanity and compassion.
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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 use of the whip on Australian horse racing is still legal, but is it necessary?
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Banning the whip in Australian horse racing would only deter a minority of race enthusiasts from gambling or watching any events.
New research explains that dogs may have evolved to eat faeces as a way to prevent the spread of disease.
War for the Planet of the Apes used no real primates.
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Using real apes and monkeys as actors in film and TV encourages people to see them as pets.
There are concerns that the new draft poultry standards don’t truly have chickens’ welfare at heart.
The current review of standards for egg and poultry farming does little to assuage fears that the industry wields too much influence. Only an independent regulator can restore public confidence.
Much of the world is moving away from battery cages for chickens.
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Proposed national standards for chicken farming argue that battery cages are not a significant detriment to hens' health.
The mane attraction.
Computer models have produced some very worrying results.
There's plenty of evidence that even fish have feelings.
The Trump administration is considering requests from hunters to import wildlife trophies (body parts) on a case-by-case basis. Does this approach promote conservation or threaten endangered species?
At least in Connecticut, legal advocates can now represent the interests of abused animals.
When lawyers represent the interests of abused animals in the courtroom, they help human victims too.
Horse racing is enjoyed by many people, employs thousands of people but there are some concerns over the welfare of the horses.
Horse racing is enjoyed by millions of people but there are others who have concerns over animal welfare. A social license to operate may help keep all sides happy.
Consumers need to educate themselves on costs of eating beef and start thinking about choosing low-carbon foods instead.
What are you staring at?
The animals can see you as a threat, so make them feel at home.
George Hamilton, Meeting natives on the Campaspi plains, Victoria, June 1836.
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George Hamilton published An Appeal for the Horse in 1866, a defence of animal welfare well ahead of its time. However, his compassion for Aboriginal people was conspicuously lacking.