Animal Rights

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Man Who Burned Dog to Death Over $50 Debt Sentenced to Four Years

    Zeus' killer is going to jail. Yesterday, Wesley Reid pleaded guilty to felony charges of animal abuse and knowingly burning for the death of the three-year-old pit bull back in August 2013. According to the circuit attorney's office, Reid believed Zeus' owner owed him $50, so he doused the dog w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Three Pet Owners Cited for Leaving Animals Outside in St. Louis Cold Snap

    So far, three people have been cited for keeping their pets outside in the subzero freeze gripping St. Louis. Temperatures are so cold that animals left outdoors could die, so St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson assigned extra officers to keep an eye out for neglected or injured pets.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    How to Keep Your Dog from Getting Eaten By a Coyote in St. Louis

    Nature can be cruel. Coyotes are attacking small dogs in the St. Louis metro area, and the Humane Society of Missouri issued a warning to owners Wednesday.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Stray Rescue Asks St. Louis for Help as Homeless Dogs, Cats Freeze to Death

    Stray Rescue put out an urgent letter asking for donations and volunteers to help homeless dogs and cats during this season's particularly biting cold weather. Sleet and snow have left strays with frostbitten paws, which makes scavenging for food painful and difficult, says Randy Grim, Stray Rescue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    6 Photos of Tony La Russa Cuddling with Puppies That Will Make You Happy Forever

    Baseball fans know Tony La Russa as the sunglasses-wearing, fiercely intense manager who led the St. Louis Cardinals to two World Series wins. But the Daily RFT found six impossibly cute photos of La Russa that could cheer up even a town of baseball fanatics right after a huge loss. (Know any of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Photos: 10 Adorable (And Adoptable) Kitties Celebrate National Cat Day!

    You can't hide it: You love cats. Can you really resist touching the soft, fine fur atop a tabby's head? Will you suppress your delight when Mr. Fatty McWhiskerbottom slides past your leg oh-so-causally? Don't fight it. You do love cats. Search your feelings, you know it to be true. So, in honor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    St. Louis Animal Rights Team to Protest Elephant Abuse at Ringling Bros. Circus

    The circus is in town this weekend, and St. Louis animal-rights activists are turning out to try to convince showgoers that the Greatest Show on Earth is actually the saddest. Christina Tenti, of south St. Louis County, and her volunteers with the St. Louis Animal Rights Team say they're protesting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Wesley Reid Arrested For Burning Pit Bull, Texted Owner Before Setting Dog On Fire

    The second case of a dog burned dead this past summer has, like the first, resulted in an arrest. 22-year-old Wesley Reid was taken into custody yesterday by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Reid is charged with one count of felony animal abuse and awaits a grand jury hearing schedule ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Kitten Murdered in North St. Louis, Suffered Blunt Trauma to Head, Rescuers Say

    A tiny black-and-white kitten, only eight-weeks-old, was found dead in north St. Louis yesterday and animal rescuers say it's very clear someone used a rock to kill the animal. "Every indicator shows that this was an intentional killing," Anne Vincent, an animal cruelty investigator with the Human ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    The Undercover Animal Cruelty Videos that Spurred Big Ag's Censorship Crusade

    This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Puppy Mills: Missouri, Worst State In U.S., Passes Bill To Block Anti-Cruelty Efforts?

    Missouri has the worst puppy mills in the nation -- and lawmakers in the state are working hard to make sure it stays that way! So says the Humane Society, which announced this week that Missouri ranks No. 1 for terrible puppy farms in the United States and is now going after a piece of legislation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    PETA Attacks Washington University's Use of Live Cats With "False Advertising" Complaint

    Last month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" inside one of Washington University's labs, which the group says reveals the school's mistreatment of live cats in one of its courses. Soon after, PETA made more of a splash with an announcement that The Price Is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Humane Society: Missouri Still Has Nation's Worst Puppy Mills

    Three years after Missourians voted to crack down on disreputable dog breeding operations, the Show-Me State continues to lead the nation in the number of dangerous and unsanitary puppy mills. So says the Humane Society of the United States, which last week issued a report highlighting the nation' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Washington University: PETA Goes Undercover to Expose the "Cruel Cat Lab" (VIDEO)

    Is it necessary for Washington University to use live cats as part of a medical training program? That question was raised again last week when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" that gives viewers a look inside the medical school's practice of intubating anes ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Two Dog-Owners Charged for Nasty Dog-Neglect

    It's becoming clearer every month: If you don't take care of your dog, the city's new Animal Cruelty Task Force will "take care" of you. (In a misdemeanor-charge kind of way.) A couple of gentleman have just learned that lesson. Gary Miller, a 59-year-old from the 3100 block of Fair, has been arrest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Animal Rights Activists Want You to Know About No-Good, Very Bad Things Wash. U. Does to Kittens

    Should med students practice tracheal intubation by sticking a plastic tube down a kitten's windpipe? Washington University's School of Medicine is one of the last pediatrics programs in the country that says "yes." This morning animal rights activists -- in town for a national convention -- stood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Burger King Goes Cage-Free, Man Makes McDonald's Mummy

    Oh, Burger King. For many years Gut Check called you the perpetual fast-food bridesmaid because your Jan Brady burgers could never catch up to McDonald's Marcia. Then earlier this year Wendy's passed you to become the No. 2 fast-food chain. What to do, BK? What to do? Own the animal-welfare issue. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Missouri House Passes "Ag Gag" Bill Designed to Stop Factory-Farm Investigations

    The Missouri House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill designed to thwart undercover investigations into big agriculture. The legislation (HB 1860) mirrors a similar bill signed into law this year in Iowa and creates the crime of "Agricultural Production Facility Fraud" for anyone who obtains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Gary Montgomery Charged with Animal Neglect; Stray Rescue Instrumental in Developing Case

    The office of City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce recently trained Stray Rescue of St. Louis personnel  in the intricacies of legally documenting the appalling cases of animal abuse that Stray Rescue staff encounter on a daily basis. The goal of this late-March meeting was to expe ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    City Approves Funding for New Animal Shelter on North Side

    City leaders are taking steps to curb St. Louis' stray dog problem.​The city's Estimates and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved yesterday a proposal to use $170,000 from last year's budget surplus to build a new animal shelter in north St. Louis. The plan is to lease and renovate a va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Tiger Trouble: County Investigating PETA Complaint Over Circus at Jamestown Mall

    PETA's video shows a tiger with his paw trapped under the bars of his cage at the UniverSoul Circus.​ UPDATED at 4:45 p.m. with comments from UniverSoul Circus. Yesterday, the UniverSoul Circus opened a five-day run at the Jamestown Mall -- bringing its dancing dogs, amazing acrobats and terr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Humane Society's Wayne Pacelle Fires Back Over Puppy Mill Compromise

    Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States​Governor Jay Nixon yesterday announced new measures (and $1.1 million in funding) to monitor dog-breeding operations here, in light of the "Missouri Compromise" that he signed into law earlier this year. The compromise gutted key parts of Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Joplin Tornado: 600 Animals Still in Limbo

    Toto's not the only dog whose life was upended by a tornado -- rescue workers in Joplin have helped 900 animals.​You can see their faces on the web site for the Joplin Humane Society: eager, sad, hopeful.They are the animals of Joplin, Missouri, displaced by the tornado that tore through town two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Nixon Signs "Missouri Compromise Solution" Version of Prop. B

    Jennifer SilverbergGovernor, how could you resist those puppy-dog eyes?​Just as he said he would last week, Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 113 this morning. The bill tweaks Proposition B, the initiative to put limits on dog breeding facilities (the nice term for "puppy mills") that vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Humane Society Not Liable for Dog Bite, Court Finds

    via www.zifflaw.comIt's not the humane society's fault if your adopted pup turns into a vicious attack dog, the Missouri Court of Appeals says.​When a St. Louis girl was bit by a dog, she and her family filed suit against the dog's owner, alleging the attack was a result of the owner's "negligence ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Florissant Woman Honored for Saving Dog's Life

    PETA loves Donna Oelze!​Donna Oelze might have good reason to be sick and tired of dogs. She works as a groomer, after all, and (take it from this dog owner!) not every pup is delighted to get his hair cut or his toenails clipped.But when Oelze saw a dog walk into the traffic on I-270 and get stru ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Meet Your Meat With Jonathan Safran Foer

    ​Gut Check recently caught up with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who decided to investigate the factory farming industry in America. He recently published his findings in "Eating Animals," his first work of nonfiction. While the book isn't exactly an anti-meat screed, it presents factory farming ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Where Are All of St. Louis' Self-Righteous Animal Lovers?

    Everyone loves adorable pets, right?​C'mon, we know you're out there -- crazy animal lovers. You gotta be. Why else would television stations always bait their newscasts with sob stories about injured puppies and wet kittens? It's because you're a sucker for those heart-wrenching tails tales. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Down on the Farm: Multimedia

    ​This week's feature story, "Down on the Farm," chronicles an increasingly heated national battle over "factory-farmed" food. On one side: a phalanx of corporation- and family-owned farms across the country. On the other: the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States.Caught in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.8

    The government thinks the FDA needs to step up food inspections. Despite a rash of recalls in the past six years, the FDA has inspected less than half of the organizations it regulates with the number dropping annually. The food safety legislation currently in Congress would provide more resources ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Imagine If You Will a Robotic Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day

    For the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, every day is Groundhog Day. This of course means that every day is a new day to summon yet another spasm of outrage and cite a further example of man's inhumanity -- to animals. On this particular Groundhog Day, PETA has outdone them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    This Week In St. Louis Elephant-Related News

    Contributed by Kim BarksThis poor Elephant doesn't have a name, but anybody can suggest one for a $7.00 donation going to BackStoppers. ​What do an auto body shop, the St. Louis Zoo, an animal rights group, Mardi Gras and the Caribbean have in common?They're all part of this week's Elephant relate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Vegans Who Aren't Morrissey Also Love the Pageant

    Todd Owyoung​Morrissey's concert rider bans meat from whatever venue he happens to be playing that night, due to his staunch vegan status. (When he played the Pageant last year, the hot dog cart even had to take the night off!) We're not sure if that has anything to do with the following item, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    The Price is Right: Bob Barker Donates $1 Million to Establish Animal Rights Professorship at Drury University​C'mon down! Bob Barker, the erstwhile host of The Price is Right and longtime animal rights activist, has just donated $1 million to his alma mater, Drury University in Springfield, MO, to establish a professorship in animal rights. Barker hopes it will be the beginn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Don't Stalk George Clooney. EAT HIM.

    OK. We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are as guilty as anyone of obsessing over George Clooney's presence in our fair city. However, today brings news that makes even us blanch. PETA wants to sell tofu that tastes like the actor.Yeah. You read that right.From the always reputable E! (v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    PETA Supporters Bare Beliefs Downtown

    Those familiar with animal rights organization PETA know the group puts out risque advertisements in order to draw attention to their cause. It's not often though, that they take to the streets of the Gateway City.After the jump, two PETA protests spotted today at 9th and Olive streets downtown.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008
  • Calendar

    April 2, 2008
  • News

    December 22, 2004

    Hot Air

    Unreal sees what all the inflatable fuss is about, learns why kitties are bad presents and talks to a man who loves hotties-but-smarties; plus, the second installment of Local Blog o' the Week!

  • News

    September 1, 2004


    Week of September 1, 2004

  • News

    August 21, 2002

    Best in Show

    Nobody denies Debi Baker's talent with animals. Too bad she doesn't have the same gift with people.

  • Dining

    January 30, 2002

    Pet Project

    Party for a good cause at the Humane Society's "Bone Appétit" party

  • News

    May 23, 2001


    Week of May 23, 2001

  • Calendar

    April 11, 2001

    Dog Day Afternoon

    "Adopt a Stray on Bunny Day" seeks families for homeless pets

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Community-Service Program

    Humane Society of Missouri's Docents

  • News

    April 5, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of April 5

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