It’s time to put an end to mink farming

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY) has just introduced a bill that responds to growing concerns about the public health threat posed by mink fur factory farms. The Mink: Vectors for Infection Risk in the United States Act (‘‘Mink VIRUS Act”) seeks to prohibit the farming of mink in the […]

Find time this summer to volunteer at a local animal shelter | Entertainment/Life

As the volunteer manager for Animal Rescue New Orleans, just last week I was getting dozens of emails a day from students trying to get those last-minute service hours in. This week, my inbox sits empty. The dog days of summer are upon us, but the animals still need care every day. With the school […]

It’s Time for Disney to Build a ‘Lion King’ Land in Animal Kingdom

Ask anyone to name a Disney movie about animals, and we’re willing to bet their answer is The Lion King (1994). Thanks to a combo of catchy tunes, a soaring Hans Zimmer score, and a gut-wrenching death scene burnt in the memories of millions of children, The Lion King is one of Disney’s most iconic movies – […]

Time, Space, Choices, and an Online Chat about Purr

How my book Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy can help shelter cats. Zazie Todd’s cat Melina was adopted from the BC SPCA. She’s pictured in front of the book she helped inspire, and in which she features. Photo: Zazie Todd. By Zazie Todd PhD This page contains affiliate links which means I […]

For the first time, birds receive protection under the Animal Welfare Act

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block In a monumental step forward for birds who are often exploited in the pet trade, exhibitions and breeding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has just enacted federal protections for birds used in commerce. This win is the result of a decades-long legal effort by animal organizations. Now these birds […]

This is no time to strip endangered species protections from grizzly bears

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block After teetering on the brink of extinction, the grizzly bear population in the United States finally began to recover, thanks to the Endangered Species Act. Currently, grizzly bears are classified as “threatened” with extinction. But now that could change for some of them. This week, the U.S. Fish and […]

Dog walkers needed. Animals, shelter both benefit from volunteers willing to spend time with pooches

As the New Year quickly approaches, new resolutions are in order. If doing more volunteer work, walking, or spending more quality time with family are on your list, consider adding a visit to the Daviess County Animal Shelter.  The shelter is constantly looking for volunteers to walk their dogs, as it is an extremely helpful […]

Woman gets prison time in animal cruelty case

Nov. 18—HENDERSON — A Vance County woman is heading to state prison for six to 17 months after pleading guilty to two counts of animal cruelty, prosecutors and animal-welfare advocates say. Areecia Haywood, 35, was charged in connection with a 2018 incident that led to Vance County Animal Services taking custody of two dogs and […]

As the House votes to stop soring of horses, it’s PAST time

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block On the House floor Monday night, the House of Representatives voted 304 to 111 to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act into law. With just a few weeks remaining in the 117th Congress, getting a vote in the Senate will take some effort. But with this resounding […]

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