Animal rights

Bullfighting is still legal in the Colombian city of Manizales, which holds a major festival on the first week of January.

Colombia’s plan to ban bullfighting sparks debate on tradition, animal rights


Bullfighting has become less popular as views about animal rights change in Colombia. But in some parts of the country, it is still a highly esteemed tradition.

Ruthie sits next to the natural toilet her owner made for her during the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai, China

Pet owners in Shanghai struggle to care for their animals during COVID lockdowns

General view of the mink farm of Henrik Nordgaard Hansen and Ann-Mona Kulsoe Larsen near Naestved, Denmark, Nov. 6, 2020.

Denmark orders culling of minks to fight coronavirus 

Leandro Gutierrez, a 22-year-old Colombian, takes on a bull using the classic red cape.

Bullfighting has reached a crisis point in Spain

A scene from the movie "Okja," featuring the title creature — a humongous pet pig.

A Netflix animal rights movie came at a strange time for South Korea

Fania Lewando, a restaurant owner in Poland before World War II, wrote a Yiddish cookbook that reveals a vibrant Jewish vegetarian tradition.

Jewish vegetarians say you don’t have to make brisket for Passover — and they’ve got the recipes to prove it


There’s a vibrant tradition of Jewish vegetarian cooking that goes back decades, if not longer. But even if it drops brisket and roast chicken, it’s not about raw kale and juice cleanses. Think more butter and sour cream.

Festivities of Toro de la Vega. (Photo: Juanjo Toreador/Wikipedia)

Extreme Bullfighting in Spain – Activism vs Tradition

Arts, Culture & Media

In Spain there is a festival held every year called Toro de la Vega that involves a bull chased by many men, some on horseback, others on feet, all armed with spears.

Wildlife expert now in third year of trying to catch Tampa’s wild monkey

Global Politics

For three years now, Vernon Yates has been trying to catch a wild monkey that’s made the streets of Tampa, Fla., his home. Sure, Yates has captured and kept countless other mischievous or troubled animals in that time, but this silver macaque has somehow eluded him.

Despite court ruling, Islamic butcher in Germany faces hurdles to halal slaughter

Lifestyle & Belief

Rüstem Altinküpe, a practicing Muslim in Germany, has operated a butcher shop in Germany since 1988. He practiced halal slaughter, the form of animal slaughter required by observant Muslims. Germany banned halal slaughter in 1995, but Altinküpe challenged the ban and won in 2002. Still, his butcher shop is idled as Germany bureaucracy throws up more barriers.

In wake of Ohio tragedy, spotlight shines on weak exotic animal laws (with video)

Global Politics

With 48 animals, some of them extremely endangered, dead in Ohio, animal rights activists are agitating for stricter laws concerning people who keep big cats and other exotic animals as pets.