Author Archives: Kathleen Stachowski

“Rabbit, rabbit” or “Night of the Lepus”–it’s your choice

Soon it will be April 1st, and for those of you with superstitious or folklorish proclivities, remember to say “rabbit, rabbit!” (or “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!”) first thing upon waking–before speaking any other words. You might even go so far as to perambulate through the … Continue reading

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Two animal rescues: 33 happy homecomings & one heartbreaker

Anyone who works in the animal rights arena knows that a single day–nay, a single minute–can feature the most jubilant high and the utmost despairing low. One emotion follows on the heels of the other as news randomly enters your world: humans … Continue reading

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Happy Year of the Sheep! (Domestic or wild, it’s no party)

The Chinese lunar new year arrived recently, and regardless of whether you’re in the sheep or the goat camp, for the purpose of this post I wish you a Happy Year of the Sheep! Of course, there’s nothing happy about … Continue reading

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Eating Earth: an ethics-based guide for enviros & animal activists

They’re eating me out of house and home! Idioms, as you know, are shorthand codes for more complex ideas. As I read Lisa Kemmerer’s latest offering, “Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics & Dietary Choice,” I kept returning to that idiomatic gluttonous … Continue reading

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Yellowstone wildlife sent to slaughter; calling all buffalo warriors

Dear Americans: You’re busy, I know. You’re busy working and playing and doing a million crazy, diverse things that Americans do in our big, crazy, diverse country. That’s just who we are, and that’s what makes us awesome. But right … Continue reading

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Pony rides: Service…or servitude?

ex-ploi-ta-tion (noun): the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work. Animal exploitation comes in many shapes and sizes and often involves soul-crushing cruelty–think factory farming, circus slavery, vivisection.  But is exploitation always cruel? What constitutes cruelty, … Continue reading

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Love it…list it…stuff it? African lion listing open for public comment

Tuesday, 1/27/15 at 11:59pm EST: LAST DAY TO COMMENT! Link to comment is below. From the Have Your Cake & Eat It Too Department: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced that it intends to list the African lion … Continue reading

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Cosmetics testing on animals: Do you know as much as an 8th grader?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  ~The Lorax The students were looking forward to my visit, the teacher revealed before their arrival in the classroom. They’d been studying the … Continue reading

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No country for old bears

“Grizzly bear euthanized due to history of conflicts.” “Montana wildlife officials euthanize problem grizzly bear.” “Old grizzly euthanized, tried to get into building.” “Intrusive grizzly euthanized.” “28-year-old grizzly euthanized.” Those Montana headlines greeted us a few days ago. This must … Continue reading

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Wilderness is an animal rights issue

“I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness…I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization… what I have been preparing to say … Continue reading

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