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  • Turning Down the Ocean: Human-created Noise
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Aine Dillon Many think of the ocean as a place with peaceful sounds. Some even use the sounds of waves to fall asleep. However, not everyone knows that the ocean, under the surface, is actually very loud. Today, the ocean is almost deafening for marine animals. Marine wildlife use their sense of sound as much

  • Child Custody Approach Used to Resolve Dispute over Ownership of Elephant in India
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Megan Edwards Animals inhabit a peculiar position in the world, particularly with respect to their relationship with people.  On one hand, people have responsibilities and obligations to animals—this is evident from the almost 120 countries worldwide that have some form of basic animal cruelty laws.  On the other hand, animals are considered peoples’ legal property,

  • Vegetarianism As A Tool For Environmental Health
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Michael Schwartz In most cases, when people tell their stories of how they become a vegetarian or a vegan, it comes from the idea of moral vegetarianism. The meaning behind the phrase moral vegetarianism can be interpreted with a plain meaning because its definition is exactly what the expression sounds like. The basis behind the

  • Keystone Species: The Key to a Healthy Environment
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Madison Roberts             What is an ecosystem? According to National Geographic, “An ecosystem is a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms…. work together to form a bubble of life.” While every part of the ecosystem is important, certain species are more integral than others. Without these integral species the ecosystem they reside in

  • Title: The Duality of Environmental Concerns and Animal Welfare
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Marissa O’Connor             While both environmental concerns and animal welfare concerns seem to encompass one another, groups respective of the two interests often clash due to competing values and different prioritization. Generally, groups concerned with animal welfare and ethics place the well-being and interests of sentient individuals at the center of their concerns. Conversely, groups

  • U.S. District Court Upholds Constitutionality of San Francisco Fur Ban
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Nicolette Merino In March 2021, The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed The International Fur Trade Federation’s constitutional challenge to San Francisco’s ban on the sale of fur products without leave to file an amended complaint. The City’s fur ban legislation is an example of the growing opposition towards animal fur

  • Baiting Sharks: How Shark Fishing Devastates Dolphin Populations
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Emily Lively Globally, humans slaughter approximately one hundred thousand dolphins annually. Humans kill dolphins for a variety of reasons, including cultural purposes, human consumption, and to eliminate competition for fish. However, a far lesser-known use of dolphin meat accounts for the largest killing of dolphins worldwide. Currently, seventeen countries slaughter dolphins for use as shark

  • Fur Farming: An Unnecessary and Cruel Industry
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Danielle Maffei Around one hundred million animals are killed annually in the fur trading industry, and they are slaughtered in horribly cruel ways. Animals such as beavers, chinchillas, foxes, minks, rabbits, raccoons and even dogs and cats are purposely bred and slaughtered for their fur in this trading system, and they are confined in small

  • The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty
    by animalblawg on April 27, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Gabrielle Scibetta             With families forced to stay home as the pandemic shut down the nation last March, pet sales and adoptions reached new heights. One month into the stay-at-home order, pet sales increased 34% than the year prior (Shelter Animals Count: The National Database). While many have used this unprecedented time to welcome animals

  • Is Cruelty Free makeup really Cruelty Free?
    by animalblawg on April 26, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Madelin Pereira Is Cruelty-Free makeup really Cruelty-Free? Makeup is a billion-dollar business. However, some consumers want to make sure that the products that they use are not tested on animals. Worldwide, there are four organizations that give out licenses to brands so that the consumer market can be guaranteed that the products they are using

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