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.

Gun Control Politics of Virtue

Pennsylvania Bans Pigeon Shoots

Walter Brasch: The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots.

The Politics of Animal Cruelty

Pennsylvania Bans Pigeon Shoots

Walter Brasch: Pennsylvanians can still butcher, braise, and broil their pet cats and dogs because a murky mixture of politics has left a critical bill on the table in the state senate.

Santa Monica City Council to Decide Whether to Free the Ponies

Santa Monica Ponies

Marcy Winograd: The Santa Monica City Council will decide whether to replace the exploitative animal exhibits — tethered pony rides and cramped petting zoo — at the Main Street Farmers Market with life-affirming children’s activities: painting, arts and crafts, poetry, and drama.

Compassion for the Wild Horses of North Dakota

North Dakota Wild Horses

Georgianne Nienaber: The bottom line is that horses are social animals with a very complicated hierarchical network that is especially susceptible to disruption. Sudden culling is an immediate and profound assault on social cohesion.

Admitting That Pigeon Shoots Are Animal Cruelty

Pigeon Shoots Cruelty

Walter Brasch: The NRA leadership, as opposed to most of the membership, wrongly believes that banning animal cruelty by guns is a “slippery slope” that not only violates the Second Amendment but will lead to gun control bans.

Petting Zoo Animal Abuse

Alpaca Santa Monica 590

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


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.

Pets Are Property Like Kitchen Chairs

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Animal Abuse — Every year, about 2.7 million healthy and adoptable pets in the United States are killed by the staff of animal shelters.

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