Photo Gallery: Precious Animals, A Project of Dutch Photographer and Filmmaker Jan van IJken

Precious Animals is a photo-project about the relationship between animals and humans, focusing on animals as manufactured consumer products on the one hand, with efficiency playing the leading role, and these very consumers and their habit of pampering their own pets and other cuddly two and four-legged creatures, on the other hand. Continue reading

Puppy on a Bun Campaign Sheds Light on Our Cognitive Dissonance between Pets and Food Animals

The animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals has taken their “Why Love One But Eat the Other?” campaign to a new level with a demonstration involving a 10-foot inflatable puppy inside of a giant hotdog bun in Alexandria, Virginia. This video is a local news coverage of the event. Many animals raised for food are still infants when they are killed for food. For example, chickens could be anywhere from four to seven weeks old when they reach “market weight” at which point they are sent immediately to slaughter. Continue reading

Kim Stallwood: Evolving Animal Advocacy beyond Moral Crusade to Social Justice Movement

In March animal rights scholar Kim Stallwood spoke at a conference organized by Critical Perspectives on Animals in Society at the University of Exeter. He shared the platform with Lee McConnell from Northumbria University School of Law. In this 20 minute talk, Stallwood makes an excellent case for why the animal advocacy / rights movement must move beyond what he calls a “moral crusade” to a more strategic and mobilized social justice movement. Continue reading

Government Statistics Show Decline in Animals Killed to Feed Americans in 2011

Noam Mohr is a researcher and developer who reports on annual statistics on animals killed for food in the U.S. from official government records he analyzes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Census Bureau. According to his findings, meat consumption has been declining consecutively since 2000 through 2011, though with a slight increase in chicken meat consumption in 2011. Continue reading

Video: Press Conference at Frankfurt Airport on Paul Watson’s Arrest

Captain Paul Watson, known to some as the “eco-hero of the oceans,” is being held in a German prison awaiting the German government’s decision on whether to extradite him to Costa Rica where he is wanted on alleged charges based on accusations from illegal fishing operations there. This video, recorded just the other day at the Frankfurt airport, features a spokesperson from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and their attorney making the case for why Watson should be set free. The first half is in English and the second half in German. Learn more about this story and what you can do at the Sea Shepherd website. Continue reading

Pay-per-View Video: The Next Frontier for Animal Advocacy

Farm Animal Rights Movement, one of the nation’s leading animal rights groups, has launched a new pay-per-view video campaign they are calling the 10 Billion Lives Tour. Mercy for Animals and Vegan Outreach have also pioneered similar strategies, going on the road with multimedia equipped vehicles and stopping in large cities where they attract a multitude of curious onlookers. Continue reading

Study of 2,068 Vegans Helps Debunk Six of the Most Common Myths

Vegan From the Inside is a A 2011 survey conducted by nutrition expert Janice Stanger Ph.D. that shatters six common myths about the vegan diet. 2,068 vegans from the United States and around the world candidly shared the joys, rewards, and challenges of their diet and lifestyle. If you are a vegan or considering veganism, let this study support you on your journey and give you the resolve you need to keep going strong! Continue reading

From the Animal’s Point of View: Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur’s Video Presentation

In this hour-long video, photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur takes us on a journey of her work which involves travel to amazing places and truly unique experiences with individual animals that she meets along the way. Her images leave an indelible impression on her viewers, capturing the experience of the animal in an attempt to transcend the conventional human prejudice that has for so long clouded our view of the animal’s true nature. Continue reading

Addicted to Cheese and Ice Cream? The Opiate Qualities of Dairy

“Casein, one of the proteins in milk, crosses the blood-brain barrier and becomes something called casomorphins. Yes’m, that sounds a lot like morphine—because casomorphin is also an opiod. Nature designed it that way so young mammals would enjoy nursing, come back for more, and live to reproduce themselves.” “Human milk has only 2.7 grams of casein per liter. Cow’s milk has 26. And because it takes, on average, ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese or ice cream, you’re looking at a lot of casein and resultant casomorphin.” The result is a major opiate addiction that can cause people to have serious withdrawal symptoms. Continue reading

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist Now on DVD

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist is a groundbreaking documentary feature film that takes viewers on an action packed voyage with the world’s most wanted environmental heroes: Captain Paul Watson and the crew of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The film features insider footage and insights into 30+ years of the most exciting, despairing, and triumphant environment campaigns of the century. Continue reading

Forcibly Removing Newborns from Mother Sows among Atrocities Exposed in Farm Investigation

Just released undercover video footage taken by HSUS at “Wyoming Premium Farms” revealing egregious cruelty and filthy conditions at a Wyoming pig breeding facility owned by a supplier for Tyson Foods. Among the atrocities exposed here, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS, described on a press call how one pig was forced to give birth on a set date. “The worker intended to stick his arm in the animal’s uterus to pull out the piglets, but instead went into her anus and caused the prolapse there. This animal lived another 11 days in this condition,” he said. Continue reading