Animal Welfare News

This page posts news on animal care and animal welfare issues worldwide. It serves as an educational medium for both laboratory animal users and animal care takers to enhance understanding on animal welfare.

Unilever is calling for a global ban on all animal testing in cosmetics

Unilever is calling for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics as part of a collaboration with animal protection group Humane Society International (HSI). Read more… (By , The Independent, Oct. 13, 2018)

pet mouse (photograph: by By Kirill Kurashov)


Do Dogs Ever Simply Want to Die to End the Pain?

In early November I spoke with no-kill advocate Nathan Winograd about the possibility that nonhuman animals (animals) can experience irremediable psychological suffering. And, I just discovered an essay he recently published on this topic called “Irremediable Psychological Suffering? There’s No Such Thing.” Here, I simply want to write a brief response because while I laud his and many others’ efforts in the no-kill movement, there is another way to look at the question, “Can animals ever suffer such deep psychological trauma that they want to die?” Read more… (By Marc Bekoff, in Psychology Today, 17Dec2015)

Are We Loving Shelter Dogs to Death?

(Source: New York Times)

Since the late 1990s, reducing animal shelter populations through adoption has been a prime piece in the “no kill” strategy. Shelter hours have been extended to accommodate working people in the hopes they’ll visit and find a pet…

All of this is a good thing. The problem is that while regions like New England and the Pacific Northwest report shortages of shelter animals, nationwide it’s a different story. Because of the continued high intake volume in many states, the United States still euthanizes up to two million dogs and cats a year…

Adoption promotion and events like low-price giveaways address none of these issues and can create problems of their own by enabling abusers and, far more commonly, impulse buyers. Adoption becomes a feel-good “numbers” game, in which we carefully and proudly track only how many animals have left the shelter. No one notes how many of them end up back in the system. Read more…(By Carol Mithers, in New York Times, 18Aug2018)


What Does It Mean to Be Human?

 (Source: New York Times)

The question, “What is it to be human?” is not just narcissistic, it involves a culpable obtuseness. It is rather like asking, “What is it to be white?” It connotes unearned privileges that have been used to dominate and exploit. But we usually don’t recognize this because our narcissism is so complete…

Domesticated animals occupy a privileged sphere, but even they are often treated cruelly (think of puppy mills, or abandoned feral cats). The factory farming of pigs, chickens and other animals is a relatively new form of hideous brutality. As for the creatures in the “wild,” we can see that our human crimes are having a devastating effect on them: the damages that come from lab research using animals; the manifold harms endemic to the confinement of apes and elephants in zoos; the depletion of whale stocks by harpooning; the confinement of orcas and dolphins in marine theme parks; the poaching of elephants and rhinoceroses to benefit the international black market; the illicit trafficking of African elephants to American zoos; the devastation of habitat for many large mammals that is resulting from climate change. It is now estimated that human activity has contributed to the extinction of more than 80 mammalian species. Read more… (By Martha C. Nussbaum, in The New York Time, 20AUg2018)


Baboon Worked Together to Escape from Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, USA

Four baboons overcame the wall of the outdoor enclosure with a 55-gallon barrel on 14Aril. One of them ran down the road. A footage in YouTube shows facility staff chasing him on a road. All of them were caught eventually. The barrels serve as enrichment items for foraging behavior expression. See more about the center, the enclosure and the barrel here. Read more about the news here.

This short adventure of the laboratory animals highlights their desire for freedom, their intelligence and the potential hazards for animal carer. (By Siva Tsang, 19Apr2018)