Where do we draw the line in respect of the use of animals in entertainment? Bullfighting has attracted considerable criticism. Horse racing and greyhound racing are widely accepted although there is considerable attention and debate about the standards and collateral damage associated with these entertainment activities. And then there's the question about the use of animals in aquariums, zoos, and other similar activities which essentially put animals on display.
The greyhound decision in New South Australia - who got it right? who got it wrong?
All great mind reading begins with chocolate. That’s the basis for a classic experiment that tests whether children have something called theory of mind—the ability to attribute desires, intentions, and knowledge to others. When they see someone hide a chocolate bar in a box, then leave the room while a second person sneaks in and hides it elsewhere, they have to guess where the first person will look for the bar. If they guess “in the original box,” they pass the test, and show they understand what’s going on in the first person’s mind—even...more >>
The legal test for what is deemed acceptable animal treatment is the question of "Does the animal feel pain or distres that is either “un-reasonable” or “un-necessary”?
It’s important to note that it's not an "all pain is bad and unacceptable" test. The test recognises that some pain may be reasonable or necessary. For example, sliding a piece of metal into the back of a dog’s neck skin and injecting a foreign substance where the dog sometimes gives a yelp, may understandably sound disturbing for a lot of people...more >>
Theres an old proverb that says "for every thousand hacking at the leaves of a problem tree, there is only one working on the roots".
20,000 bites per year. The statistics on dog bites reportedly demonstrate that bite incidents are on the rise, and that children are over represented as victims. The number of dog bite patients discharged from hospital has apparently increased by 58 per cent since 2005, and the costs of treatment and rehabilitation of the most serious injuries can be more than $200,000 per patient.
In response, the New Zealand government is...more >>