Personhood For Dogs? Rethinking Animal Rights

We live in a world that neglects the most fundamental rights — and sometimes even basic decency — to animals.

Cecilia, my family's St. Bernard, passed away last week. She was a sweet, kind and gentle animal, and had been with us since she was a puppy. She suddenly became very ill and was taken to the one and only veterinarian’s office in the small Minnesota city where my family lives. After a few tests she was sent home, as the vet wasn’t sure what the


USDA Closes Loophole That Allowed Puppy Mills

A loophole in the Animal Welfare Act had allowed certain commercial dog breeders to avoid the law’s minimum care requirements.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the agency had closed a loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act that exempted Internet dog breeders from being licensed and inspected. Under the new rules, sellers will either have to let buyers see the animals in person before they purchase them or obtain a license and be