In Our View







Staying resilient as advocates in challenging times
by Priscilla Feral

As we sew up 2017, I think the question most asked of Friends of Animals this year is how we stay devoted to knowing and making news while sustaining enthusiasm for intense animal advocacy campaigns. Read more.









Fragmenting forests imperils thousands of species

New science shows how human infrastructure is fragmenting tropical forest landscapes, and degrading native animals’ diverse capabilities. The Wildlife Law Program examines the issue here.









Hunters should take a hike
by Fran Silverman

One recent weekend, anxious to get in a hike before daylight saving time and the coming autumn sun dipped below the horizon at earlier hours, a friend and I headed to the Trout Brook Valley preserve in Easton, Connecticut for an afternoon hike. The 1009-acre preserve on ten square miles in Fairfield County features 20 trails for hikers, dog walkers and horseback riders. Read more.









What to expect when you’re expecting to adopt
by Dustin Rhodes

If you’re reading this, I am going to assume we’re on the same page about buying animals from breeders. Specifically, that doing so is evil and that it is part of a massive problem: Between 2 and 3 million animals are still killed in shelters (just in the United States alone). That means if we really love cats and dogs—which of course we do—we must adopt, not shop. Read more. 










Hunters make the great outdoors war zones
by Nicole Rivard

Tis the season for putting your life at risk if you want to go outdoors to walk a dog, ride a bike or hike on public or private land. That’s because trigger happy hunters are out trying to kill any wildlife in their crosshairs, and no amount of orange clothing is going to make human animals safe.  In recent weeks, a woman out walking dog near her home was killed by a hunter who was shooting into the dark at anything that moved. Read more here.