Alan Yuhas: “Representatives for two chimpanzees argued before a New York judge on Wednesday, in the first hearing of its kind over their “personhood” rights and freedom from a research institution. Steven Wise, the lead attorney for the Nonhuman Rights Project, the group arguing on behalf of the chimps, said that the apes are unlawfully imprisoned and that the court should relieve them. They are “autonomous and self-determining beings”, he argued, and therefore deserve the right to bodily liberty….
James C. McKinley Jr.: “A state judge heard arguments on Wednesday on whether chimpanzees can be considered persons with some legal rights, as advocates seeking to free two chimps in captivity on Long Island asserted they were “autonomous beings” and compared their plight to that of human slaves. “They are the kinds of beings who can remember the past and plan ahead for the future,” Steven M. Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project told the court, “which is one of the reasons imprisoning a chimp is at least as bad and maybe worse than imprisoning a person.”….
Jo Cartmell: “I have recently discovered that our native wildflowers and plants support an extraordinary diversity of pollinators, birds and mammals. A much loved flower I mentioned in my first blog, Birdsfoot Trefoil, supports a staggering 132 invertebrates, such as the Small Blue butterfly and Burnet moths… I am delighted that these plants are in both my mini meadow and my orchard. No wonder the air dances with insects so vital for our own survival….
Alan Yuhas: “Nearly a third of Americans believe animals should have the same rights and protections as humans, according to a new poll published Tuesday. Of the 1,024 of American adults polled by Gallup, 32% asserted that animals deserve the same rights as people “to be free from harm and exploitation”, up from 25% in 2008… Americans were most worried for animals in the circus, with 69% saying they were concerned and 31% of those saying they were very concerned. Following circus animals, Americans said they were most concerned for animals used in sports (68%) and for research (67%)….
Frank L. Hoffman: “Rapture, ascension, and Godly living all tie together in the Bible…. We constantly think about the fact that most animals seem to be a lot more Godly than most human beings, for they don’t do the evil things that most humans do, for only a small percentage of humans truly live in the heavenly will of God and do no harm to His creation, which includes the animals that He lovingly created to be our companions….
PETA: “PETA Germany went undercover over a period of several months to investigate Dutch animal breeders who supply guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds and other small animals to major European pet shops. Neglect. Sick, terrified animals. Rotting corpses. Cannibalism. They found horrors worse than they could ever have expected….
Maher Zagha: “The purpose of the petition is to stop animal abuse and suffering around the world, especially for dogs and cats. I am specifying dogs and cats because they are the most common animals to interact with human population… I have seen firsthand the abuse of dogs in Jordan and Egypt on a groundless religious misconception that dogs are filthy… The argument that a practice is a part of a culture does not make it acceptable, slavery was once a part of many cultures… unless people are informed about the inherent worth of animals, the rampant abuse will not be stopped….
Earhjustice: “When one of the leaders in charge of setting our nation’s environmental policy boasts about wearing boots made from the skins of endangered species, it is a dark day for anyone who supports the continued protection of creatures great and small… The Endangered Species Act, supported by nearly 85 percent of Americans and remarkably successful in recovering some of the nation’s most beloved and iconic creatures—including the bald eagle, American alligator and gray whale—is under threat of being dismantled piece by piece, and critter by critter, through legislative fiat….
Wayne Pacelle: “Walmart, one of the world’s biggest companies – and the nation’s biggest food seller by a long shot – announced it has adopted the “five freedoms” principles for farm animals, effectively renouncing the use of extreme confinement and other abusive practices in animal agriculture, and signaling an extraordinary change in agriculture in America. Precisely because it’s Walmart, this is the most definitive statement yet that the era of confining farm animals in cages will come to an end….
Kate Good: “Combine the resilience and fighting spirit of animals with the power of technology and advanced vet care and it seems that there is no hardship that can’t be overcome! Just take the story of this sea turtle, for example. This poor turtle was struck by a boat’s propeller and lost the part of its upper and lower jaw. Left for dead, the turtle would not have survived this ordeal if not for a group of Turkish animal rescuers who spotted his lifeless body and set out to help….