Grab your baseball bats and pitchforks: Tennessee is releasing an animal abusers registry

BY: ROB HOFFMAN If there’s anything more cowardly than an animal abuser, it’s an animal abuser forced to face an angry mob of baseball bat-wielding, pitchfork-flailing, gasoline-pouring activists thirsty for revenge. It’s a vision that will hopefully come to life…

Photos show that zoos are more like animal prisons than a conservation effort

BY: CONNOR BRIAN Photos: Gaston Lacombe The last time I visited a zoo, I got this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach. Between visions of children gawking, and snotty teens smacking the helpless animals’ glass enclosures it felt…

Chernobyl’s evacuation zone has unintentionally created a human-free oasis for countless rare animals

BY: ROB HOFFMAN  Recent surveys of the thriving animal population within Chernobyl’s disaster zone rekindles the awkward truth that if humans were to disappear from the face of the planet, it would likely be the greatest turn of events that…

Weed-laced dog biscuits are relieving extreme pain in sick animals

BY: SWIKAR OLI While the thought of giving Rover a hit of something should make any pet owner scream blue murder (and rightfully so), there may be medical reasons to get some of our furry friends properly lit — well,…

This artist stitches human faces to animal bodies to prove a disturbing point about animal rights

BY: SHAY ANSARI These chilling sculptures of human faces on real animal corpses are artist, Kate Clark’s, way of uniting mankind with the wild. When you think taxidermy, you probably aren’t thinking ‘what a great way to connect with our…

Ex-Wall Street banker wants to show you why factory farms will be remembered as genocide

BY: KAROUN CHAHINIAN The once mysterious murder kingdoms more commonly known as factory farms are now under a magnifying glass firmly held in front of the critical eye of the public. From growth hormones, to claustrophobic cages, to never seeing…

Here are 5 things you can do about Earth’s sixth mass extinction (being afraid isn’t one)

BY: JESSICA BEUKER Recently my newsfeed and computer screen have been attempting to scare me. I’ve been flooded by headlines and stories that read, “Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun and it’s all our faults.” Some read “Humans under threat,”…

New Zealand just made cosmetic testing on animals illegal, punishable by 6 months in prison or a $125,000 fine

BY: ZOE MELNYK New Zealand recently passed a bill banning animal testing and other types of animal cruelty. Talk of banning animal testing around the world has posed as a controversial debate for decades between two different interpretations of the words…

The couple from Idaho who changed the way we think about wild wolves (Photos)

As a child, Jim Dutcher had a fascination with nature—particularly the backcountry of the mountains and the animals that lived within them. Once, while exploring the woods, he encountered a curious grey wolf for the first time. It seemed unafraid…

This filmmaker goes BASE-jumping with his dog in a wing suit (Video)

Scrolling past the caption “skydiving dog” on your newsfeed likely conjures expectations of a video ripe with campy-dog close ups, jump-cuts and a cartoon soundtrack more relevant to a TVO Kids show than a BASE-jumping short. And yet, Dean Potter…

Urbanization is scientifically proven to be speeding up evolution in animals

BY: LAURA ROJAS Evolution is something we’ve been graciously able to observe in countless species, allowing us to trace their origins back to when they were nearly unrecognizable. For some time, we’ve also been aware that humans can trigger ‘micro-evolutionary’…

Since 3-years old, this girl has had an extraordinary connection with animals (Photos)

Since she was 3 years old, Amelia has exhibited an extraordinary connection to nature. Her mother, Robin Schwartz, has photographed the candid moments and compiled them in a book called Amelia and the Animals. Schwartz writes about the natural manner…

Asia’s illegal animal trade is estimated to be worth $10 billion per year

BY: PATRICK BROWN Every year, it is estimated that up to 30,000 primates, 5 million birds, 10 million reptile skins and 500 million tropical fish are traded in illegal markets. I have been photographing the illegal trade of endangered animals…

The Gadhimai Festival is a bloody sacrificial ritual where 200,000 animals died in 2 days

BY: LAURA ROJAS Every five years, the sacrificial Gadhimai Festival takes place in the village of Bariyapur, a community located in southern Nepal near the Indian border. The festival claims the lives of thousands of animals in the name of…