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  • 2013 Game Changers

    Two events share top prize as game changers for the year just ending: The Nonhuman Rights Project's lawsuits have started a whole new conversation about how we relate to other…

    2013 Game Changers

    Two events share top prize as game changers for the year just ending:

    The Nonhuman Rights Project’s lawsuits have started a whole new conversation about how we relate to other animals.

    And Blackfish, the movie that explores why killer whales go berserk and kill their trainers, has upended how millions of people think of animals being used as entertainment at SeaWorld and other circuses.

    Weekly Recap, August 18 2012

    Top trainer blows whistle on Marineland … Paul Ryan the bow hunter … Las Vegas chimp escapes – again! … World’s most endangered – may surprise…

    Weekly Recap, August 11 2012

    It’s the ecology, stupid … The movie shooter’s animal connection … parrots know which box has the food … Are cats wiping out birds? … India’s…

    Weekly Recap, Aug 4 2012

    The super-trendy sponge club … Surprise! Humans are not the only conscious animals … the great Italian beagle rescue … the worst congressman … the cat who found his way home … seal flu … the coming alternative to vivisection … and lots more.

    Weekly Recap, July 28 2012

    Stunning verdict in elephant case … SeaWorld video released … Brits argue over kitten experiment … best book on climate change … Rick Warren’s weird remark … how to have faith when the world is going to hell … what’s happening to the ice in Greenland … what’s under the ice in Antarctica … and lots more.

    Seals on Trial

    Scientists plan to glue submersible cameras onto the seals’ backs, using the footage to prove to fishermen the animals are not harming their way of life.…

    Bonobo Genome Revelation

    Scientists have completed the mapping of the bonobo genome. This means that all five great ape species – chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and humans – have now had their genomes mapped.

    Do Plants Think?

    In his new book, What a Plant Knows, Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University, says they can see, smell and feel – not in the same way as animals, obviously, but certainly their own way.

    Farewell to Oliver the ‘Humanzee’

    Oliver was captured in Africa as a two-year-old in the 1960s and sold to animal trainers in the U.S. For the next few years he was exploited for the fact that he had a flatter face than most chimpanzees and tended to walk upright like a human. Perhaps, his owners suggested, he was a hybrid or a “missing link.”

    Chimps, Orangutans Have Human-Like Personalities

    Do chimpanzees, orangutans and other nonhuman great apes have distinct personalities like us? It’s been a longstanding debate within the scientific community, and those who seek to exploit these animals have long argued that “personality” is a distinctly human attribute, not shared by any other species.