Grieg Ragen says he was just putting Molly, an eleven-year-old calico cat, out of her misery after she got hit by a car. But the judge didn't by that story and sentenced him to four years in prison. The cat killing happened on May 8, 2012, the Post-Dispatch reports. According to a probable-cause st ... More >>
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 >>
John Bradford, 62, worked as a zookeeper for more than 30 years at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri. On Friday morning, "Patience," a female, 41-year-old, 6,000-pound Asian elephant crushed him against the ground, killing him instantly. The incident only took seconds. Zoo officials ... More >>
Most people who meet me learn within about thirty minutes that I'm in a state of constant agony. Not because of some sort of tragic childhood or traumatic physical ailment, but because I have television commercials circa 1987 to 2000 stuck in my head at all times. The word "bucket" triggers the song ... More >>
It has recently come to Daily RFT's attention that while Missouri has, among many other symbols, a state bird (bluebird), state game bird (bobwhite quail), state invertebrate (crayfish), state animal (the Missouri mule), state American folk dance (the square dance) and will soon, pending approval by ... More >>
When Newt Gingrich lashed out at Fox News the other day, accusing it of unfairly slanting its coverage toward GOP primary rival Mitt Romney, you might say the candidate was biting the hand that fed him over the past decade. Last Friday in St. Louis the former speaker of the House received his own ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>
Image viaTrainer Ed Nelson stands accused of abusing this yellow labTrainer Ed Nelson of Lincoln County openly admits it: Teaching hunting dogs how to fetch ducks and geese safely and effectively requires the use of force -- at least sometimes. The legal question is this: Where's the line between ... More >>
Madeleine Smith, the cutest vegetarian in all the land, according to peta2.Peta2, the young adult version of the often-controversial animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, announced Monday the two cutest vegetarians in the country. And the cutest vegetarian girl in all t ... More >>
The guys at Epic Meal Time are, well, epic. And a little scary, unhinged and possibly quite douchey. But bless their hearts, they're creative. And carnivorous. Last winter their meat-centric creations pushed PETA to the point of retaliation. In a spoof-on-a-farce, the animal rights organization ma ... More >>
Hardee's/Carl's Jr. Brace yourself - Hardee's is getting hardcore with their new ad campaign. No, they're not going to air XXX girl-on-girl ads. Because that's only a slight change. Instead, they're offering a new campaign titled, "Anthem", featuring the tag line, "Just the way it is". In ... More >>
Peter Young has been called a terrorist. He's been called a hero. And, for two years, from 2005 to 2007, he was called a guest of the federal prison system for his guilty plea in the covert, illegal release of thousands of mink from fur farms in Wisconsin, which caused almost a quarter-million do ... More >>
November was all about Thanksgiving -- though not in the traditional sense. No, our Thanksgiving was all about booze. (Or maybe that is traditional.) Anyway: The Beertender told you what beers to drink with Thanksgiving dinner, the Noble Writ discussed how to pair wines with your feast, and we ... More >>
Vick gives a "Philly Hello" to his new teammates.Personally I was hoping Michael Vick would be picked up by the Cleveland Browns. Can you imagine anything better than the a man convicted of operating a dog-fighting ring jumping into the Brown's "Dawg Pound" after a touch down? The scene would&nbs ... More >>
The other day we noted how the Saint Louis Zoo's last polar bear, Hope, died this week from cancer at the age of 23. Now today...wait for it...that's it...just a second...more...okay, here it comes...PETA announced that it is urging the zoo to permanently close its polar bear exhibit. The animal-rig ... More >>
Match Meats, a St. Louis-based company specializing in vegan meat alternatives, received national kudos this week. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) named Match Meats "Best Food-Service Innovation" in its sixth annual Proggy Awards. The Proggies honor businesses, products and indivi ... More >>
Nothing says Christmas like a pair of plastinated camels from Kazakhstan -- the St. Louis Science Center’s gift to the region this year! www.franticstamper.com The mama and baby -- dromedaries, to be precise -- were unveiled last week at the science center’s Body Worlds 3 exhibit. We haven ... More >>
The fact that the Morning Brew is late today has absolutely nothing to do with yesterday's release of the Best of St. Louis 2007 and any drinks that may have been consumed in celebration and/or relief thereof. health.uri.edu Whole Foods has announced that the Wild Oats in Ladue will close ... More >>
Ron Jeremy and the Hustler Honeys.Ron Jeremy may be best known for his monstrous penis (officially recorded at nine and three-quarters inches). But the first thing one notices when meeting the famous porn star in person are his fingernails. He could grow weeds under those nails they’re that ... More >>
Misty wants your affection (um, not that kind). Plus, one St. Louis man teaches us how to come back from vacation alive, while another reveals our dishonesty.
A local music fan starts Broke & Hungry Records, Matador Records gets its videogame on and the debut of "Yo! RFT Raps"
Revealed! The diary of a traumatized Shih Tzu, a local blogger's bedroom confessions and the wherefores of wearing human hair! Plus, the triumphant (and drunken) return of Charles Bearkowski.
Nintendogs' charm will win over the most jaded of gamers.
Sometimes Mother Nature can use a little human intervention
Lose your appetite for flesh with Cattle Decapitation
Missourians have a healthy appetite for wild game meat. Some say raccoon tastes better than roast beef.
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Mark Ritter knows he'll never get rid of all the rats in St. Louis -- but as long as he gets the ones he's after, that's all right with him
Against all odds -- and several plot implausibilities -- director William Friedkin stages a comeback
Kevin isn't the only thing Spacey in this overlong death-penalty drama
If we don't eat meat, the terrorists win
Grant Morrison's the best writer in comics -- and maybe the oddest
When a frisky retriever paid an unexpected visit to the neighbors, he wasn't welcomed -- he was shot. And such killings are anything but uncommon.
St. Louis turns out to greet John Paul II