This in-depth online survey asked non-activist vegans, vegetarians, low-meat consumers, and frequent meat-consumers about their eating habits and values. The results provide insights about influences and motivations for meat-eating choices, obstacles to meat reduction, and the types of resources and support needed by those wishing to reduce meat consumption. Extensive demographic data will help advocates pinpoint potentially receptive audiences and design targeted messages. READ MORE
This report describes HSUS's Pets for Life program, which provides animal care support services to companion animal guardians in under-served communities. The program emphasizes ongoing, in-depth contact, and building genuine relationships with clients and credibility in the community, to improve animal health and increase spay/neuter rates in areas with minimal veterinary access and very low alter rates. Barriers, solutions, and auxiliary benefits are discussed. READ MORE
Following a 2013 nationwide free adoption event sponsored by Maddie's Fund, participating animal rescue organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area surveyed adopters. They were asked what search resources they used and how they selected them, how they rated the adoption experience, and how things were going with their new companion. Most adopters visited only one location, were happy with the adoption experience, felt attached to their new companion, and said that the animal had adjusted to their new home. READ MORE
This literature review calculated extinction risk trends since the 1970s for carnivores and land ungulates (wild horses & cattle, giraffes, camels, deer, hippopotamuses, and elephants) using International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List data. Overall, extinction risk increased, with 114 (22.89%) species declining and only 14 (2.81%) improving in status from 1975 to 2008. Ungulates and large-bodied species showed the highest declines. Causes and regional trends are also discussed. READ MORE
Guest blogger Ivy Collier introduces us to the growing network of companion animal rescue transport. The mission of these groups is to move animals from saturated, high-euthanasia localities to other areas where the odds for adoption may seem to be more promising. But documentation of impacts on either end is scanty. Many questions are raised, and in the absence of research on the effectiveness of these efforts, most remain unanswered.