March 30, 2016
igor purlantov, more protections needed for majestic animals, james west, mother jones magazine, DEW haven, audience, investigative article, animals
When I was first contacted by reporter James West from Mother Jones magazine in November 2015, I was thrilled. After trying to bring attention to the deficits, violations, and rampant breeding at DEW Haven for over a year, I was hopeful there was a source now that could bring this issue to a higher audience than I could never reach. Thankfully an investigative article came to fruition.
March 29, 2016
igor purlantov, do animals have legal rights, gandhi, the greatness of a nation, its moral progress, animals are treated, western civilization, precious creatures, non human life, legal
Gandhi taught that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way its animals are treated.” The way in which Western Civilization has neglected its duty to care for some of its most precious creatures reflects a callous attitude towards non-human life. This is especially true in legal settings.
March 28, 2016
igor purlantov, escape artist animals find new life, woodstock animal sanctuary, long island, prosthetic limb, magnus, new york city, critters, barnyard, vegan staff, animal lovers
One resident was maced by Long Island cops. Another was so brutalized that he needed a prosthetic limb. And then there’s Magnus, who almost lost his life in a religious rite. They’re just a few of the escape-artist animals that found salvation in Woodstock Animal Sanctuary — the premiere destination for New York City critters that flee slaughterhouses and make headlines. Now, the traumatized barnyard bandits are bombarded with affection from the almost-entirely vegan staff of animal lovers.
March 25, 2016
igor purlantov, boaty mcboatface, inspires internet to rename animals, britains natural environment research council, rss henry worsley. closest competition
We can’t stop laughing — and it’s all Boaty McBoatface’s fault. That ridiculous moniker has been making headlines thanks to a public plea from Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council to come up with a name for its new $288 million polar research vessel. The Internet suggested such fine candidates the RRS Henry Worsley, after the British explorer who passed away earlier this year, as well as the RRS David Attenborough, after the famed naturalist. And then came the entry of the RRS Boaty McBoatface which, as of this morning, has amassed an Internet-approved 77,936 votes, 10 times more than its closest competition.
March 24, 2016
igor purlantov, funding for endangered animals unevenly arizona state university, leah gerber, pnas, us funding, protecting animals
In the world of conservation, it appears some animals are more equal than others. That’s according to a new study by Arizona State University researcher Leah Gerber, which claims there’s an uneven distribution of funds for endangered animals. The study, published in PNAS, looked at US funding for endangered species and found a lack of balance when it comes to protecting animals.
March 23, 2016
igor purlantov, do animals get the monikers they deserve, boaty mcboatface, british polar vessel, twitter, internet, followers, animals, aesthetic
Over the past several days, a massive wave of online support propelled the unlikely name “Boaty McBoatface” to the top of a poll proposing monikers for a British polar research vessel. And because just enough of a good thing is never quite enough for the Internet, Twitter users followed up by asking the perfectly reasonable question: What if the Boaty McBoatface naming aesthetic were applied to animals?
March 18, 2016
igor purlantov, female animals may be less colorful to avoid harassment, scientists, explanation, females, avoid sexual harassment, animal species, sexual attention, males, offspring
Scientists have come up with a new explanation for why female animals are usually less colorful and decorated than their male counterparts — they could be seeking to avoid sexual harassment. The reason for the relative drabness of many female animal species has long been a source of puzzlement, with various theories posited over the years. Males compete for the sexual attention of females, which need to be picky about their mates because in the animal kingdom they generally look after any resulting offspring.