Animal Rights

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) maintain that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way. Whether you embrace their philosphy or some version of it, the articles, opinion pieces, and investigative reports on humans' treatment of animals on this page offer a view into the many ways we can improve in the treatment of the non-human beings with whom we share the planet.

Petting Zoo Animal Abuse

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Marcy Winograd: Petting zoo animal abuse. Ultimately, it is the city’s responsibility to end this decade-long animal cruelty disguised as children’s entertainment but you can help persuade the city to offer an alternative.

Ponies Suffering at Santa Monica Farmers Market

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Marcy Winograd: On behalf of the suffering ponies, on behalf of taxpayers reeling from city government branding Santa Monica as unkind to animals, I have asked the city to shut down the pony ride and petting zoo at the Main Street farmers market.

Breeding Immorality

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JP Sotille: Once again this year, millions of discarded and unwanted dogs will be executed in overcrowded shelters, far away from the glaring lights of cable television.

Olympians Medal in London; NRA Meddles in Harrisburg

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Walter Brasch: While 11,000 athletes from 205 countries continue to excel at the Olympics in London, 75 pretend hunters and faux sportsmen are at the Wing Pointe club near Hamburg, Pennsylvania, this weekend where they are shooting more than 10 times the number of pigeons killed at the 1900 Olympics.

Second Chance for Michael Vick and Other Ex-Felons

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But there are thousands, no, millions, of everyday people who have served their time and paid their debt to society, yet they can’t get a minimum wage job flipping burgers. They need a second chance just to survive.

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