As our collective human impact on the world increases, the number of situations in which the belief that ‘humans should not intervene’ in the ‘natural’ order retains its integrity will shrink.Read More
While immediate effects of a fire are strongly negative, the change in the ecosystem may be for better or worse and may have a more significant impact on animal welfare than the fire itself.
The goal of wildlife documentaries is to understand animals we might never see in person, but rarely is the actual life of a wild animal a series of graceful transitions.Read More
Here’s the big question: does eating insects ethically and sustainably solve any of the issues facing our growing, global population? Or should we be planning to opt for plant-based diets?
Permitting lethal measures against reintroduced gray wolves may accordingly be little more than a reassignment of penalties for government missteps.Read More
Gene drives have been attempted in the past, with mixed success, but recent development of CRISPR gene editing technology has increased optimism. This new technology is fast, accurate, and scarily powerful.Read More
While a zapper in the corner of the restaurant or daycare center might seem harmless and innocent, it is really delivering diseases and bug parts to the air every time you hear that zap!
If a cat parent does not enrich the life of their animal through play, the cat parent is solely responsible for that animal’s boredom and any behavioral consequences that arise from that deficiency. Cats can have just as fulfilling a life indoors as they do outdoors, but it takes more work on behalf of the owner.Read More
While our dogs and cats might not lie awake at night worrying about climate change and the fate of billions of factory-farmed animals, nor are they responsible for purchasing the food that funds these problems. That burden lies with us, their owners, and, happily, it’s never been easier to buy out of unethical pet food production.Read More
Ultimately, we don’t know for sure that invertebrates suffer in a comparative way to other animals, but given that at any moment the earth contains a billion billion insects, it seems prudent to take the precautionary principle. The potential for these insects to consciously experience some kind of suffering must have an impact on how we interact with them, and our crop fields are a very good place to start.Read More
Deeming something bad/unacceptable simply because it is unnatural, or something good/acceptable simply because it is natural, is known as an appeal to nature. It is the justification of some negative responses to the notion of wild animal welfare stewardship.Read More
For species diversity, TNR (or any feral cat management method) appears only effective in specific situations. For the welfare of the individual cat, TNR seems to produce better outcomes than being baited, shot or left in the wild without vaccination. For the welfare of all the individuals within an environment, the impact of TNR is currently unknown.Read More
A wager for the suffering of bugs would turn insecticide use and silk clothing into animal welfare issues. It would make us think twice about how we dispose of food and how we maintain our outdoor spaces. However, since the vast majority of insect suffering is likely not human-caused, the main implication would be that we ought to research, advocate for, and eventually implement effective and sustainable large-scale interventions to reduce it.Read More
If it is ethical to be concerned about the welfare of animals within both human societies and natural ecosystems, why would such a concern not be part of a discussion about reintroducing predators?Read More
Wildlife rehabilitation centers take injured or otherwise unwell animals, treat and rehabilitate them with the appropriate veterinary care, and then release them if it is suitable to do so. Working in harmony with and benefiting the natural world, they currently have widespread public support. What does this mean for our nature ethics?Read More
Not only does it cause a significant amount of suffering for infected animals, disease is also extremely widespread across all species and populations. As such, reducing, controlling, and eliminating diseases impacting wild animals has a huge potential to alleviate suffering and improve lives.Read More