Animal Rights

The Takeaway

Should Animals Have The Same Rights As People?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One advocate argues that science proves that apes, alongside elephants, dolphins and whales, are among a class of nonhuman animals that exhibit high cognitive ability.

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Studio 360

How Pop Music Helped Save the Whales

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The scientist who discovered whale song knew it was something special. When he won over singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the result jump-started an environmentalist movement.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Daly Tells the Story of Topsy

Monday, July 08, 2013

In 1903, on Coney Island, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted, and over the past century, this bizarre, ghoulish execution has reverberated through popular culture. But it really happened, and many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Thomas Edison, and those 6600 volts of alternating current together that day. Michael Daly tells the story of this astonishing tale in Topsy The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast Item #4: NIH Phasing out Research Chimpanzees

Friday, June 28, 2013

Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy at National Institutes of Health discusses the NIH's announcement that they will greatly reduce the number of chimpanzees used in bio-medical research, and where the chimps will go now.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Outcry Over Bear Bile Farming in China

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

There's an article in today's New York Times about anger over bear bile farming in China and the growing animal rights movement in that country. Bear bile is an ingredient in some Chinese medicine, and the methods for collecting it from bears held in captive is seen by many as animal cruelty. Listen to Leonard's 2012 interview with Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, discussing bear bile farming and bear rescue efforts and the documentary "Cages of Shame."


The Brian Lehrer Show

Horse Carriages and the Mayor's Race

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Kate Taylor, New York Times City Hall reporter, discusses last night's mayoral forum on animal rights and why whether to ban horse carriages has become an issue in the Mayor's race.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Death at SeaWorld

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

David Kirby exposes the dark side of SeaWorld. His book Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity tells the story of the two-decade fight against SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 and the groundbreaking OSHA case that challenges the safety of keeping killer whales in captivity.

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Carriage Horse Death Brings Renewed Scrutiny to Industry

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The sudden death of a carriage horse on its way to Central Park Sunday morning has drawn renewed attention to the industry.

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The Takeaway

PETA Launches Pornographic Website

Thursday, September 22, 2011

In the coming months, the domain ".xxx" will become available to pornographic websites — and PETA wants in. Many companies are planning to buy the domain in order to stop X-rated sites from using their brand name with the new .xxx domain. But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, no stranger to provocative methods of gaining attention, is going to do so with the full intent of making its .xxx domain name deliver nothing less than what those three letters imply — all in the name of animal rights, of course.

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