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  • Nov
  • 2

PETA’s Secret Weapon: Philip Hirschkop

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Some people are born to make a difference. Virginia attorney Philip Hirschkop is one of those people.   A lifelong defender of social justice, he has worked with peace activists as well as civil rights, women’s rights, teachers’ rights, and animal rights organizations for more than 50 years. He represented Martin Luther King Jr., Norman […]


  • Oct
  • 5

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History

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We all know that cockroaches will be around long after we’re all gone, but so will coyotes. These keenly intelligent and adaptable animals have survived for millions of years. They’re exceedingly resilient—they thrive almost everywhere in North America, including metropolitan areas such as New York City. Coyotes are now the most common large wild predators […]


  • Sep
  • 22

Renaissance Fairs Should Bid Farewell to Elephant Rides

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What do elephants have to do with 16th century medieval reenactments? Not a thing. Yet, at Renaissance festivals across the country, they are forced to plod in endless circles, day after day, giving rides to paying customers. When used on the fair circuit, elephants are chained inside tractor trailers and hauled from one venue to […]


  • Jun
  • 9

Why Did Harambe Die?

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How did a 3-year-old boy end up face-to-face with a 400-pound gorilla? Harambe’s death was as preventable as it was tragic. Western lowland gorillas are gentle animals. They never attack unless provoked. Video of the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo shows Harambe appearing to stand guard over the boy and carefully picking him up by […]


  • May
  • 18

Listening to the Voices in the Ocean

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Anyone who has picked up a newspaper lately knows that times are a-changin’ for captive orcas. And while the public’s mindset is evolving about the place of sea life in our world, there’s no other way to say this: Dolphins are in a state of crisis. Wild dolphins are being slaughtered and captured by the […]


  • Mar
  • 14

The Iditarod is Truly March Madness

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Update: Tragedy struck the Iditarod when a snowmobiler killed a dog named Nash and injured three other dogs and a musher. Read more here.  Running a marathon is a physically grueling feat—one that most of us don’t even attempt. For those who do and finish, it’s considered a remarkable accomplishment. So try to imagine running four […]


  • Jan
  • 21

No Fairy-Tale Ending for Elephants

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In the face of growing public condemnation, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has finally conceded: It’s eliminating elephant acts this May instead of next year, bringing the lame and ailing animals some measure of relief from their days on end chained in stifling, reeking boxcars. But don’t pop the champagne corks just yet. […]


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