Animal Welfare

The fate of wild animals

Earlier this year, I interviewed Cameron Meyer Shorb, Acting Executive Director of the Wild Animal Initiative. Founded in 2019, WAI is dedicated to improving the lives of non-humans in nature. Animal Charity Evaluators recently named the nonprofit one of its main charities, noting that WAI was one of the few …

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Pigs on the move: autonomous pigsties

Does keeping pigs in mobile, self-contained animal facilities look futuristic to you? Not according to a recent Canadian initiative. Canadian farmer and technologist Daniel Badiou from Ukko Robotics designed an outdoor mobile unit for pig production. He and his partner Katrina Jean-Laflamme had already developed a “robotic barn” to house …

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The horse dies on the “Ponniyin Selvan” sets; Animal Care Council Seeks Investigation Based on PETA Complaint Against Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies

Poster by Ponniyin Selvan A complaint has been filed against the production company Madras Talkies of Mani Ratnam by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) following reports of the death of a horse on the sets of Ponniyin Selvan, the filmmaker’s next historical film. Based on this complaint, …

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The “hedonistic altruism” of plant-based meat

Not everyone is convinced that plant-based burgers are healthy. I mentioned the Beyond burgers the other day and someone started talking about all the chemicals. If you had to list the chemical makeup of organic Kobe beef, that would be a really long list of really long and complicated words …

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