animal rights

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As the New York State Senate and Assembly deliberate in the final weeks of the legislative session, several lawmakers, their pets, and advocates gathered for Animal Advocacy Day at the state capitol this week.


New York is requiring universities using cats and dogs for research to offer them for adoption through animal shelters, humane societies or private placements.

The "Report Animal Abuse, Stop Domestic Abuse" initiative of the Albany County DA's "ACT" Animal Cruelty Taskforce aims to shine a light on domestic violence, by encouraging more residents to dial 9-1-1 when they suspect animal abuse.
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares has rolled out a new public service campaign with a dual purpose.

A group of lawmakers are calling on the New York State Assembly to vote on a bill that would strengthen animal cruelty laws after the killing of two dogs in an alleged burglary .

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A New York City judge has heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees that advocates hope to free from a state university where they're kept.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced the formation of an Animal Abuse Taskforce.

      Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars?

Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals, from ants to elephants to wolves, and from sharp-shooting archerfish to pods of dolphins that rumble like rival street gangs. With 30 years of experience covering the sciences, Virginia Morell uses her formidable gifts as a story-teller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to pioneering animal-cognition researchers and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects.

We welcome Jenny Brown from the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary back to the show and talk about her new book, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals.