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Wesley J. Smith Gets the Nonhuman Rights Project All Wrong

Wesley J. Smith published an (unintentionally) hilarious blog post, “Infanticide is Okay But Peter Singer Says Chimps Should Have Human Rights” in response to Peter Singer’s thoughtful opinion piece, “Chimpanzees Are People Too.” There’s a lot wrong with Smith’s article. Take the following: “Singer simply asserts that chimps are persons because of their intelligence and supposed … Continue reading

“Animals Matter” Chapter 4: Animal Sentience

For animals, do feelings matter?  Or, to put another way, are animals sentient? The answer is yes, they are: Animals are conscious and aware of pleasure and pain. In this brief but important chapter, Bekoff addresses animal emotions and their ability to suffer and experience pain. As usual, I will be summarizing and addressing his … Continue reading

Welcome to the new(ish) Paw Report!

Hi readers! Hopefully you noticed that the site address has changed slightly. You can now find me at! I’m very excited about this. Now that the site feels more official, I plan on blogging a lot more frequently. I have a lot of ideas for upcoming posts and can’t wait to get to writing! … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Plant Food, Not Corn; Eat Plants, Not Meat!

The above graphic was taken from a recently published article, “A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger.” As you can see, corn is not a “foodstuff,” but “industrial material.” And the majority of the crop becomes animal feed. In a world where 842 million people are malnourished, should we really be using … Continue reading

Video of the Day: “Is it Morally Permissible to Kill Animals For Food?”

  Tyler Dogget, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Vermont, made this fantastic video on the issue of killing animals for food. Please watch and let me know what you think in the comments!

RIP to ALL the birds killed at Foster Farms

Recently, almost 1,000 chickens at a Foster Farms processing plant were killed by someone with golf club. Foster Farms has condemned the act as an “unconscionable act of animal cruelty.” I guess it’s only an “unconscionable act of animal cruelty” when they don’t stand to make a profit. From the LA Times: Detectives are looking … Continue reading