A Humane Future: Moral, judicial, and legislative approaches to a world of compassion for animals

LARRY WEISS—A word I’m going to use a lot today is “connectivity.” Connectivity is crucial when you’re talking about the corridors, because two parks that comprise ten thousand acres [combined] next to each other are much more valuable to animals than two parks comprising five thousand acres [each] separated by twenty miles. So what we’re trying to do in the movement is create connectivity between the safe areas. To get the connectivity is hard though. Right now there’s no will in the federal government.


The New York Times’ Animal Cruelty Fetish

MICHAEL HOWARD—Like the overrated novelist Ernest Hemingway (“What other culture,” Gore Vidal once asked, “could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?”), the NYT has a particular fascination with the exploitation, torture and murder of bulls. Indeed, it is on the subject of “bullfighting,” as we like to euphemize it, that the Times’ contempt for nonhuman animals takes definitive shape. The depravity of this gruesome spectacle, pandering as it does to the basest human instincts, is impossible to overstate.


Basket of Deplorables Revisited: Grizzly Bears at the Mercy of Wyoming

DAVID MATTSON—As I concluded in my earlier piece, “The states of Wyoming and Idaho are not worthy of, nor capable of fulfilling the national public trust, especially in management of an iconic beloved animal such as Yellowstone’s grizzly bears. Perhaps as much to the point, the citizens of these two states, expressed as an aggregate modality, apparently do not have the kind of civic virtue and democratic character needed to foster the institutions required to implement national trust responsibilities.”