Author Archives: Kathleen Stachowski

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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Stop a depraved ‘predator derby’ on your public land

The Environmental Assessment has been issued; comment deadline is Oct. 16, 2014. Details at end of post. Q: What do coyotes, skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons, starlings, and grey wolves in Idaho have in common? A: An arsenal of bullets heading their … Continue reading

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Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?

“It’s farming. It is just a different type of farming.” So said Larry Schultz in a bid to move his bobcat fur farm from North Dakota–away from the hustle and bustle of booming Bakken shale oil production–to Fergus County, Montana. … Continue reading

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Sheep dressing, pig wrestling, chicken scrambling: Bullies are made, not born

For weeks now, our local newspaper has been running a full-page ad for the PIGGEST. RAFFLE. EVER. It exhorts me to kick-off my summer “the right way, by winning the ultimate BBQ package.” A pink pig, arms akimbo, grins sardonically. … Continue reading

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Reproductive rights, civil rights…and animal rights

Supreme Court decisions and national anniversaries can put one in an expansive mood, though applying social justice issues to nonhuman animals is always the logical next step for some of us. After all, slavery, commodification, discrimination–the evils we’ve visited upon … Continue reading

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“Extreme Huntress” and hunting’s flimsy facade

How extreme does one have to be to earn the title of “Extreme Huntress”? Don’t let the diminutive -ess suffix trick you into thinking this title is a shoddy substitute for the real (male) deal. These women will get up off … Continue reading

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How now, cannulated cow?

Think back to when you first read or heard about debeaking. Remember how shocked, horrified, and disgusted you were? You had to adjust your schema–the cognitive framework that helps you make intellectual sense of the human animal/nonhuman animal relationship–to accommodate … Continue reading

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Speciesism: If you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention

If you aren’t angry, it’s possible that you aren’t concerned about speciesism. If you are concerned about speciesism but you’re not angry, you probably aren’t paying attention. Because lordy, speciesism is everywhere and so thoroughly normalized that it’s invisible in plain … Continue reading

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