SeaWorld Succeeds In Delaying Orca Welfare Bill "For Further Study"

Last month, we reported on a bill introduced to the California State Legislature by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, which would end killer whale performances in the state and begin to phase out their captivity more generally. Today, Bloom's office announced that the vote was delayed for further study. » 4/09/14 6:12pm 4/09/14 6:12pm

New Law Could End Killer Whale Shows in California

New legislation being proposed in California would begin to phase out the keeping of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in captive environments in the state. Democratic Assemblymember Richard Bloom of the state's fiftieth district announced the bill this morning at a press conference on the Santa Monica Pier. The bill, AB… » 3/07/14 6:34pm 3/07/14 6:34pm

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 7:20am 2/18/14 7:20am

Bioengineered monkeys with human genetic diseases have almost arrived

Looking to create more accurate experimental models for human diseases, biologists have created transgenic monkeys with "customized" mutations. It's considered a breakthrough in the effort to produce more human-like monkeys — but the ethics of all this are dubious at best. » 1/31/14 2:00pm 1/31/14 2:00pm

​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 1:16pm 12/16/13 1:16pm

​Experts Gather at Yale to Discuss Whether Animals Are People

This past weekend, the IEET hosted the world's first conference dedicated to the topic of nonhuman animal personhood. Energized by the NhRP's recent initiative to have captive chimpanzees legally recognized as persons and not property, the event brought together legal experts, scientists, philosophers, and futurists… » 12/10/13 3:40pm 12/10/13 3:40pm

Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children

By specially training dogs to lie motionless in an fMRI scanner, neuroscientists have finally taken a look inside the mind of our favorite companion animal. And to no dog lover’s surprise, they exhibit a level of awareness that will force us to reconsider the ways in which they’re treated. » 10/07/13 9:20am 10/07/13 9:20am

This upsetting timelapse shows how we're making life hell for manatees

During the winter, Florida's manatees come to Crystal River Springs to keep warm, but that exposes them to curious tourists who just won't leave them alone. Watch this video to see just how bad they have it. » 10/03/13 6:20am 10/03/13 6:20am

No, India did not just grant dolphins the status of humans

Contrary to widespread reports, the Indian government did not recently grant legal personhood status to dolphins. But it did abolish the use of dolphins in aquatic theme parks — an important precedent that could eventually inspire other countries to do the same. » 8/15/13 1:24pm 8/15/13 1:24pm

Advocacy Group to Name Captive Chimp as Plaintiff in Historic Case

The Nonhuman Rights Project plans to file a case on behalf of its first animal client, an unnamed captive chimpanzee. Sometime in the next few months, it will file a writ of habeas corpus asking a state court judge to grant the chimp its liberty. It could go down as the first true step towards animal personhood. » 7/17/13 12:20pm 7/17/13 12:20pm

Watch as retired lab chimps see the sky for the very first time

In January we reported on the successful initiative by government scientists in the U.S. to end most research done on chimps. In all, about 450 chimps currently held in government research facilities will be retired from active duty and relocated to federal sanctuaries, including Chimp Haven in Louisiana. It's going… » 3/08/13 7:10am 3/08/13 7:10am

Ex-Lab Chimps Show Remarkable Improvement After Treatment With…

One can only imagine the psychological and emotional states of research chimpanzees who have been poked, prodded, and confined for a good portion of their lives. No doubt, once relieved from the burdens of medical testing, many chimpanzees have a difficult time adapting to "normal" life. But as a recent small-scale… » 2/19/13 3:39pm 2/19/13 3:39pm