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- Is breeding bulldogs cruel? Animal groups debate how to make them healthierby Lauren Sommer on March 15, 2022 at 10:08 pm
With smushed-in faces and compact bodies, bulldogs are prone to health problems. A court in Norway recently banned breeding them, sparking an international debate.
- Germany's Proposed Dog Walking Law Stirs Consternation Among Pet Ownersby Laurel Wamsley on August 20, 2020 at 6:12 pm
"Two hours of walking will soon be mandatory?" asks one headline in the German press. "Is the paternalism going too far?" demands another.
- Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Better For The Planet? Here's The Scienceby Nancy Matsumoto on August 13, 2019 at 11:00 am
There are many elements to consider: climate, animal welfare, greenhouse gas emissions, land use. And with so many factors at play, sometimes the answer gets complicated.
- Maine Asks Restaurant To Stop Giving Lobsters Cannabis Before Boiling Themby Susan Sharon on September 25, 2018 at 7:53 pm
The owner of the eatery says she's giving compassionate cannabis to the crustaceans so that they don't feel pain. But the state isn't sure the practice is in line with health regulations.
- French Butchers Ask For Protection After Threats From Militant Vegansby Eleanor Beardsley on July 18, 2018 at 9:27 am
Butchers are an integral part of French life, and are known for carefully sourcing their meat. But now some are being targeted by extreme vegans who use vandalism to draw attention to their cause.
- USDA Defies Advisers, Allows Carrageenan To Keep Organic Labelby Dan Charles on April 4, 2018 at 11:00 pm
The Department of Agriculture says organic-food makers can keep using carrageenan, a thickener made from seaweed. It's the second time this year that it has reversed an organic board's recommendation.
- Do Backyard Chickens Need More Rules?by Menaka Wilhelm on March 12, 2018 at 4:10 pm
Drawn in by fresh eggs, or the possibility of feathered friends, people continue to flock toward backyard chickens. One researcher wonders if local laws are doing enough to keep people and birds safe.
- Philadelphia Horse-Drawn Carriage Company Shuts Down After Abuse Allegationsby Camila Domonoske on December 21, 2017 at 11:15 pm
City inspectors found violations of building codes and animal welfare laws. The horses will be sent to a sanctuary. A second company still offers carriage rides.
- Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Shouldby Clare Leschin-Hoar on October 20, 2017 at 11:00 am
Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in recent years in how livestock are raised. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.
- Dogs And Pigs Get Bored, Tooby Barbara J. King on August 10, 2017 at 10:01 am
Being miserably bored is no fun. It's a feeling animals can develop, too, including in zoos, labs and our own homes, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.
- Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolutionby Dan Charles on July 27, 2017 at 7:06 pm
The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.
- Will Fish Get A Humanely Harvested Label? These Brothers Bet $40 Million On Itby Clare Leschin-Hoar on June 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm
Beef and poultry get labels designating humane treatment; seafood doesn't. Two fishermen want to change that. Their state-of-the-art ship makes fishing safer for crew and minimizes pain for fish.
- Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roamby Dan Charles on January 19, 2017 at 12:20 am
New rules for organic farming will require farmers to give chickens more pasture. Some of the biggest organic egg producers will have to change their practices, or stop calling their eggs organic.
- Donkeys Are Finally Getting More Respectby Amy Yee on November 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm
Ethiopia has 7 million donkeys — more than any other country. They have a pretty tough life, but changes are afoot.
- Technology May Rescue Male Baby Chicks From The Grinderby Dan Charles on October 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm
The egg industry may soon eliminate a wasteful — and to some, horrifying — practice: slaughtering male chicks. New technology can identify male embryos in eggs before they enter incubation chambers.