Author Archives: Kathleen Stachowski

Bear 399: Delisting the grizzly you know

We humans don’t relate well to nonhuman animals at the population level–so goes the theory. But give us the particulars about a specific individual–tell us his or her story–and we get it: this is someone who has an interest in living. … Continue reading

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Vaquejada: Abuse of bulls and horses in Brazil

A special post to the Other Nations blog, written by lisa kemmerer, Francisco Matos, Eloah Vieira, and Tiago Barreto; photos and video by lisa kemmerer A little bull, perhaps no more than 600 pounds (272 kg), was herded between two horses … Continue reading

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Save a hog, eat a teacher: Challenging animal agriculture

What happens when you criticize animal agriculture? I’ll tell you. You’re called a “complete moron.” A “libtard.” An “idiot” and an “a**hole.” You’re told to “shut the f up.” Oh, and look, here’s Yoda in an Internet meme: “The retard … Continue reading

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Cecil and Obie: owning animals, dead or alive

Cecil the lion is dead, long live Cecil. Obie the tiger lives–and dies–in successive purgatories for 45 years running. Cecil, a unique individual and beloved personality, was slain by a small and hollow man for no reason other than ego. … Continue reading

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A human-bear tragedy in Yellowstone

  A 63-year-old male hiker is dead, killed and partially consumed by a grizzly bear while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.  A 259-pound mother grizzly, who was at least 15 years old, is also dead, killed by the caretakers of her … Continue reading

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Swimming against the current on National Go Fishing Day

Today is National Go Fishing Day, a day (like any other) to pretend that fish aren’t sentient beings who feel pain, possess innate intelligence, express social behavior, have memories…and who, like us, just want to live their lives. Instead, our species is … Continue reading

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Win a few, lose a few: Animal fighting, commercial breeding get another pass

Seventy percent of U.S. adults have a favorable opinion of the animal protection movement–so says recent research–which leads me to think that the other 30% serve in the Montana legislature. Animals lost what should have been a couple of slam-dunks during the … Continue reading

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Shrine Circus 2015: “Turn and stand” for animals

“F—ing dopers!” This invective was snarled in our direction as we stood outside the Adams Center on the University of Montana campus in Missoula one recent April weekend. Inside the Adams Center, the Shrine Circus (produced by the Jordan World Circus) was putting … Continue reading

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“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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