A Tourette’s-afflicted woman is suing her brother for kicking her out of a shiva service in 2007, but her brother claims she had to be ejected after saying “F–k the rabbi.” Karen Feld filed a $110 million federal lawsuit against her brother—Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus boss Kenneth Feld—after her sibling allegedly had… Read More


It was the sight of a diminutive Diana monkey attacking a giant crowned eagle in the treetops of the Tai forest in Ivory Coast, west Africa, that gave Klaus Zuberbühler his great insight into the language of monkeys. […] It means that humans, used to regarding ourselves as unique in our ability to think and… Read More


Swiss voters soundly rejected a plan to appoint special lawyers for animals that are abused by humans, dealing a blow to advocates who say Switzerland’s animal rights laws are not being enforced. Results showed that 70.5% of voters cast their ballot against the proposal to extend nationwide a system that has been in place in… Read More


What is “Change” about Cameron when he’s for preserving hunting, inheritance and hereditaries, while abolishing the 50p tax rate as soon as possible? Unlike Ashcroft, the horror of Tory cuts will stay hidden by The Guardian‘s Polly Toynbee… Read More


Spanish philosopher Jesus Mosterín compares bullfights to female circumcision. Jesus Mosterín called bullfighting a “primitive and abominable custom” comparable to female circumcision, gender violence and stoning. Spanish philosopher Jesus Mosterín compares bullfighting to female circumcision… Read More


Very interesting article in The Guardianabout Antoine Goetschel, who is the attorney engaged by the Swiss canton of Zurich to represent animals in court as the “animal advocate.” This position has been in place since 1991. Tomorrow, there is a referendum in Switzerland to approve a measure enabling animal advocates to be engaged in every… Read More


If there is a moment in the history of the animal rights movement I wish I could take myself back to it would be to a public meeting of the London Vegetarian Society on November 20 1931. Looking at the photograph which records the historic event, my eye is drawn to the recognizable figure of… Read More


The only act of force I know I condone without hesitation is self-defense. So, if I were under attack I will defend myself. Similarly, if someone else near me were under attack I will defend them too. With the golden rule in mind, there is a moral obligation to defend others from attack as I… Read More


ASI’s Margo de Mello makes a persuasive case. California’s animals may have even more protection soon, if a proposed state law creating a criminal registry for animal abusers passes the state legislature. Last week, state Senator Dean Florez (D-Shafter) proposed the bill, which would be the first of its kind in the nation, and would… Read More


March 1 is the anniversary of Chunee’s murder by soldiers at the Exeter Exchange on the Strand in London in 1826. He was an Indian elephant who was imported into Britain in 1809 or 1810. Like many wild-caught elephants who are forced into slavery, he rebelled against his captivity not least because of musth–the periodic condition… Read More


Jonathan Safran Foer said this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week that his book, Eating Animals, was not a book in support of vegetarianism but a book against factory farming. Then, why is its thesis about whether he should raise his son a vegetarian?… Read More


Shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert was applauded as he told the [annual National Farmers’ Union] conference that a Conservative government would introduce “carefully-managed control of badgers in high TB areas”, because the country could not wait to see if the vaccine worked. UK needs a badger cull, NFU tells Government at Birmingham conference… Read More