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The French Equestrian Federation (FFE), the umbrella organization for all of the country’s leisure and competition horse and pony activities, has banned the practice of trimming horse whiskers. Is It Wrong to Trim Horse Whiskers? Vibrissae, the technical term for the long tactile hairs around a horse’s eyes, mouth, and nose, are sensory organs that […]
In a bid to improve animal welfare on farms, scientists are using facial recognition technology to help determine the emotional state of pigs. The project is taking place at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Pig Research Centre in Penicuik, Midlothian, the BBC reported. The experts hope to develop technology that could monitor individual faces of pigs, […]
Vegan meat brand The Fry Family Food Co. estimates that it saved over 3.5 million animals in 2018. The South Africa-based company says the number translates to saving the lives of 647,737 chickens, 11,354 cows, 10,055 pigs, and 3 million prawns. This is based on the number of plant-based products Fry’s sold last year. “We […]
High-end department store chain Selfridges has banned the sale of exotic animal skins. The retailer aims to phase out all items made from python, lizard, alligator, and crocodile skin by 2020. Selfridges will still sell leather sourced from livestock animals. “We are dedicated to being at the very forefront of future-thinking retail. For us, that’s […]
A full ban on fur farming in the Czech Republic is now in effect. The law, originally passed in June 2017, shuts down the nation’s handful of remaining fur farms. Nine fox and mink fur farms holding as many as 20,000 animals were in operation at the end of 2018. Many gradually reduced the use […]
The dog meat trade may soon come to an end in Seoul. Park Won-soon, the mayor of the capital, has vowed to eradicate the notorious business. The South China Morning Post reports that announcement followed a screening of “Underdog,” a 2018 South Korean animated film directed by Lee Chun-baek and Oh Sung-yoon. The film follows […]
The Hershey Company, one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world, has committed to ending animal testing. The decision follows conversations with international animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). The organization pointed out that Hershey’s co-authored a 2014 study on mice despite signing PETA’s Statement of Assurance against animal […]
Russia has passed new legislation in a bid to improve animal welfare across the nation. The Moscow Times reports that the bill, called “On Responsible Treatment of Animals and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation,” was signed into law by Vladimir Putin. It bans petting zoos in malls, animal cafes, animal […]