Op/Ed Den

Global Animal's Op/Ed Den is where writers roar on behalf of animals. Here you'll find progressive op-ed articles on animal rights and animal welfare issues. Animal news opinion and current affairs.

Livestock and their waste account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide each year. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Save The Planet One Meal At A Time

(VEGAN/ACTIVISM/ANIMAL WELFARE) Ever wonder what you can do to help save and protect the earth's ecosystems? The animal agriculture industry is a critical factor in species extinction, habitat destruction, and pollution. By going vegan, you can refuse to contribute to the cruelty of the meat industry that destroys the earth's ecosystems. Increased greenhouse gas emissions and degradation of natural resources are among the many consequences of the agriculture industry. The future of the earth's ecosystems, however, does not have to be so bleak. Individuals can make food choices that not only promote their own health, but the health of the planet as well. Read on to learn more about the harmful effects of the agriculture industry and what you can do to help support smarter agricultural choices. —Global Animal

Hair-Raising Question: Who Is Trump’s Doggie Doppelganger?

(PETS/HUMOR) Donald Trump has a big mouth in a salesy "there's a sucker born every minute" kind of way. With many calling him the weakest presidential frontrunner in Republican history, it's safe to say his arrogant approach may be better-suited for his roles as a big name real estate tycoon and producer of The Apprentice. And while comedians have a field day poking fun at the big wig, we thought we'd join in on the fun, too. Pets can often look like people, and in the case of The Donald, it's all about the hair. Here are a few photos we found of Trump-esque doggie-do imaginings. Check out the doggie doppelgangers below and share which is your favorite in the comments below. -- Global Animal

Cruel & Unusual: The Sick Business Of Eating Live Animals

(OP-ED/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Several years ago, the New York Times reported on a disturbing Chinese food trend that gave worry to the country’s public safety officials: rat meat. Unfortunately, the rat controversy didn’t end there. In a brand new YouTube video that could even make Hannibal Lecter feel a bit queasy, a man is seen using chopsticks to pick up and eat what appears to be a live baby mouse, wriggling in sauce with other baby mice. In another highly graphic, disturbing, and inhumane video, a man picks up a squealing rodent and eats it alive. This is the new terrifying trend that will make any vegetarian’s head spin. -- Global Animal

Cruelty Trumps Compassion For Big Game Bros.

(HUNTING/OP-ED) Photos of 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, picture the two men posing with numerous dead animals. In 2011, the Trumps went on a hunting spree in Africa. The animals killed included an elephant, a kudu, a civet cat, a crocodile, and a waterbuck. -- Global Animal

Global Animal’s Hall Of Shame

(GLOBAL ANIMAL'S HALL OF SHAME) Cruelty to animals comes in many forms—from imprisoning wildlife, sport hunting, factory farming, or using fur products as a fashion accessory. Too many rich companies and individuals think they can get away with killing or exploiting animals without any ramifications. What to do with these cretins? Put them in an Animal Cruelty Hall Of Shame! In the past few years, we've encountered and written about some truly heinous characters. But to end up in our ‘Hall of Shame’ you have to have a combination of egotistical pride, general cluelessness, entitled greed, and a complete lack of empathy. We hope mass exposure of these people's actions will help put an end to their reprehensible treatment of animals. Or maybe activate a sense of shame in them, although because its often about money or publicity, they probably won’t be stopped without pressure—your pressure.  Here's a list of the 10 worst offenders. Spread the word! — Global Animal

Good Dog, Bad Bill: Pet Care On A Budget

(PET CARE/OP-ED) As an animal lover and pet parent, many times over, I’m privy to many stories about trips to see the veterinarian--some planned and others unexpected, some good, others not so much. -- Global Animal

John Oliver: Exposing The Meat Industry

(FACTORY FARMING/OP-ED) There aren’t many notable figures who attack America’s systems and bring light to important issues that many turn a blind eye to. John Oliver is one of few who doesn’t soften the blow and tells us exactly how harmful many of our actions as humans are to ourselves and to the world. Already, his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, has publicized multiple problems--from net neutrality, income inequality, and child labor to the obsoleteness of Daylight Savings Time in this modern day and age. It's no surprise, then, that Oliver has brought attention to the abuse and inequality within the practices of chicken farming. -- Global Animal

Pit Bull Discrimination – A People Problem?

(DOGS/DOG BREED DISCRIMINATION) Pit bulls have been the target of breed-specific legislation for years despite evidence claiming such laws do not diminish the number of overall dog attacks. Support for these laws is based on the misconception that pit bulls are more dangerous and prone to aggression than other dog breeds. However, the seemingly high numbers of pit bull attacks are, in fact, a result of the high population of pit bulls in the United States. When considering the frequency of attacks by percentage, the number is actually low. Due to inaccurate perceptions of the pit bull, many shelters around the country even put down the animals before giving anyone the opportunity to adopt them. With more and more evidence proving pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other dog breed, education for the public is needed to ensure these animals are not treated unfairly. Read the full article below for more information on the treatment of "America's dog." — Global Animal
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Scars Of Valor: How One Young Man Saved His Dog’s Life

(DOG RESCUE/OP-ED/TOUCHING TALES) In the article below, a young man tells the story of how he saved his best friend, a dog named Cow. Valor's story is a sad one, with a very important message. Continue reading this heroic story as Valor tells about the day that changed his life—the day he risked his own life to save his beloved companion. — Global Animal

Death Sentence For California Coyotes

(ANIMAL WELFARE/PETS/OP-ED) A California community approves the trapping and killing of coyotes. This statement would normally enrage me, but today I’m torn. The aforementioned area is my current home town of Seal Beach, and the reason the city council has approved such a desperate measure is because the coyotes are killing the residents’ pets. — Global Animal

Book Review: Be A Friend To Felines With “Cat Sense”

(CATS/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR/BOOK REVIEW) John Bradshaw's latest book Cat Sense: How The New Feline Science Can Make You A Better Friend To Your Pet delivers a go-to cat guide in one easy read. Cat Sense is a synthesis of several fields of scientific research on cats. It covers a vast array of subjects, from the history of feline domestication to feline biology and how cats perceive the world. — Global Animal

Capturing The Secret Lives Of Street Cats

(STRAY CATS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM/OP-ED) Photographers for Animals husband and wife team Jason and Elizabeth Putsche document the mysterious lives of a commonly misunderstood and scrutinized animal, the feral cat. The Community Cat Project's "glamour shots" offer a new view of community cats, showing them thriving in their natural environments. Read Elizabeth's story on how she and her husband began photographing community cats all across the globe in the article below. — Global Animal

Putin On A Show: Vladimir Putin’s Animal Misfires (GALLERY)

(OP-ED/ANIMAL WELFARE) UKRAINE — At the center of the current crisis in Crimea stands Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former KGB man is no stranger to conflict and controversy in the foreign policy arena, and it should come as no surprise that he is certainly no friend to animals either—though his PR campaigns attempt to say otherwise. From attempting to lead a flock of endangered Siberian cranes, to his unwarranted dislike of small dogs, here are some reasons President Putin was inducted into our Animal Cruelty Hall of Shame. — Global Animal
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Why It’s Important That We “Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover”

(CATS AND DOGS/PET ADOPTION) Author Denise Fleck’s children’s book Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover embraces pet adoption while teaching its readers there's always more than meets the eye. Like humans, all pets have something special about them that makes them unique. So if you're interested in adopting a pet, remember that cats and dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities, and it's important to first consider your own lifestyle. Read Fleck's full article below for more on pet adoption, and make sure to check out our exclusive book review on Don't Judge a Book by its Cover. — Global Animal

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