New research showing clear similarities between pain receptors in human and horses' skin raises fresh questions about whether the widespread practice is ethical or even effective.
As the Melbourne Cup approaches, new research shows whipping horses really doesn't offer the benefits its proponents claim.
We enjoy and appreciate animals and are disturbed by violence against them. But we also perpetrate this violence, and that needs to change.
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.
The new legislation will give harsher punishment to people who incite others to trespass on farms.
Animal-rights protesters have grabbed headlines this week, but research shows antagonism is not always effective.
The cruel link between economics and animal welfare.
The humble carrier pigeon played a huge role in World War I and saved many lives. But despite huge technological advances, animals are still suffering and dying in modern wars.
Many shoppers choose free-range eggs because they think they are tastier and healthier, rather than being motivated purely by concerns for hens' welfare, a new study has found.
There is a history of mistreatment of animals in the name of art. But isn’t it about time artists made their point about human domination without themselves asserting dominance over beasts?
Two animal rights experts see little reason to cheer that a circus is closing, as long as humans keep eating meat and dairy products.
Human-animal hybrids - or 'chimeras' - might sound strange, but they offer great hope for new life saving therapies, as long as key ethical boundaries are respected.
With circuses on the wane, are our attitudes towards animals improving?
Despite strict rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing, some riders still breach them.
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 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?
A new SBS doco will spark more questions about if and how we should eat meat.
The huge numbers of unwanted dogs killed by the greyhound racing industry has led the New South Wales government to outlaw the sport.
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.
The grizzly bear of Yellowstone is expected to be delisted from the Endangered Species Act. But a survey of grizzly bear researchers finds flaws in how wildlife experts evaluate scientific data.