Manatees (aka sea cows) are gentle, endangered beasts who spend most of their time floating peacefully and munching sea grass. The Tea Party says that protecting them is “against the Bible and Bill of Rights”. Wait, what?
Republicans are searching for an alternative to Mitt Romney. We think they’ve found it. No, not Sarah Palin—that bear! Just look at that thing. Tall. Great hair. It’s got the toughness to stand up to aggressors. It doesn’t spend its time making speeches. And it’s certainly not looking for a handout (unless it’s in Yosemite).
Animal ethicists are calling for a new vocabulary about animals, shunning words such as “pets,” “wildlife,” and “vermin” as derogatory and even suggesting “animal” is a “term of abuse.”
Common language on fauna betrays an “anthropocentric bias” and impedes an understanding of our interaction with the non-human species sharing the planet, argue the editors of the first academic journal dedicated to animal ethics in their debut issue.