Author Archives: Kathleen Stachowski

A (trophy animal) picture is worth a thousand (angry, violent) words

One woman (sporting a Safari Club International cap), one gun, one dead giraffe. One pump-my-ego photo posted and then shared hundreds of times on animal rights Facebook pages, generating thousands of sad or angry comments. Many–distressingly many–of the responses to these … Continue reading

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Someone else’s trash: Rez dogs saved; rez dogs lost

From tragic to jubilant in eight short words: ”Puppies left to die in garbage bin reunited.” The headline pulls you into the story–you already know it ends well–but still, you have to confront the fact that someone callously trashed a box … Continue reading

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A tar sands skirmish for human & animal rights

Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won’t back down. ~Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Nothing says gates of hell like Alberta, Canada’s tar sands, often … Continue reading

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Of bison and betrayal

Anyone who’s ever carried a wild bison’s heart into a governor’s office belongs to a small and select club. James St. Goddard, a Blackfeet spiritual leader from Montana, is the latest inductee, and–for all I know–the only member. Mr. St. Goddard … Continue reading

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My own private Idaho: Pursuing ag-gag secrecy

“My Own Private Idaho.” You might know it as a ’90s era movie, but its new identity is being forged in the Idaho legislature right now. “My Own Private Idaho” could soon be how factory farm owners refer to their … Continue reading

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King-size coyote fur comforter: Price vs. cost

From Killing Coyotes 101: “Don’t be squeamish about killing juvenile coyotes,” advises the text beneath a photo of a grown man grinning over a dead pup. “They will be practicing their hunting skills on your turkey poults, deer fawns, pigglets … Continue reading

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White tigers: Tragic–not magic

Kenny died in 2008. If you didn’t mark his passing (you probably didn’t even know about it), don’t feel bad. Kenny, you see, was not the beautiful white tiger on posters for glitzy magic acts. He wasn’t the star attraction … Continue reading

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Deer-feeding video draws praise, criticism

A man emerges onto his deck in a rural Colorado neighborhood. He whistles and calls, “Who’s hungry? Come on, who’s hungry? Single file!” Like a pack of trained dogs–Pavlov comes to mind–some 20 deer come running for the chow about to … Continue reading

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Vegan thank you notes: “Just thought you’d want to know”

One last hurrah is on the holiday season horizon–the New Year’s celebration. The holidays (regardless of which ones you celebrate) are a time fraught with pitfalls for ethical vegans in a speciesist world. Gifts…food…gifts of food…argh. Food. You can always … Continue reading

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Let slip the dogs of war: Wolf slaughter is afoot

Cry “Havoc!” There will be blood…and it will be wolf blood. Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) has hired a killer to slaughter two wolf packs within the federally-protected Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. This is congressionally-designated, captital-W wilderness, certainly … Continue reading

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