Why Freeing Elephant Performers Is Not Nearly Enough

The costumes are coming off, the shackles are being unlocked, and the boxcars are opening. After more than 130 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will retire its elephants. It's an important step — but animals need legal rights, and not just laws that treat them like things. »3/18/15 11:20am3/18/15 11:20am

Pigs are being strung-up and shot to train army medics in Denmark

Just a week after a "surplus" giraffe was killed at a Danish zoo, Denmark is once again embroiled in an animal cruelty controversy. According to PETA's British and German affiliates, the Danish military is using live pigs for target practice and medical training. [Warning, the following images are disturbing.] »2/18/14 10:20am2/18/14 10:20am

​What will happen after animals are legally recognized as persons?

The first real attempt to see chimps legally recognized as persons may have failed, but it's an historic case that undoubtedly represents the first of many to come. It'll only be a matter of time before chimps and other animals are no longer seen as mere property, but rather as subjects worthy of legal protections.… »12/16/13 4:16pm12/16/13 4:16pm

Scientists are getting better at engineering monkeys to have human health problems, like autism, sch

Scientists are getting better at engineering monkeys to have human health problems, like autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease. As SciAm's Hellen Shen writes, precision gene editing is paving the way for transgenic monkeys — and they could become better disease models than mice. But given what we know about… »11/07/13 6:50pm11/07/13 6:50pm

Government Scientists in the U.S. Are Set to End Most Research Done On Chimps

It has been a long time coming, but it looks like the vast majority of medical research performed on chimps in the United States is about to come to an end. A report from an internal working group was approved yesterday by the National Institutes of Health — and pending a final review by NIH director Francis Collins,… »1/23/13 6:00pm1/23/13 6:00pm