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Regarding Other Species’ Suffering, Rabbi Says Jews Can Unburden Their Consciences

A smug rabbi named Eliezer Simcha Weisz has taken to the pages of Haaretz to make the arrogant claim that the self-appointed Chosen People can unburden their consciences when it comes to the suffering of other species. I should point out, to calm the nerves of folks at the Anti-Defamation League, that I was raised […]

“Hitler Prize” Established to Reward Perseverance in Face of Animal-Rights Activism

The Daily Mail (London) is reporting that “an Italian trade union has been slammed by Jewish groups for offering a spoof ‘Hitler Prize’ to people who work with animals, who have been targeted by extremists.” The report explains that “Feder Fauna, a union for people working with animals such as breeders and farmers, named the […]

Animal Rights and General Semantics: Debating the Drooling Class

In response to my previously published commentary, Restaurateurs Offer Seal and Foie Gras Burger, Whine About “Animal-Rights ‘Extremists,’” a thoughtful acquaintance asked, rhetorically, “Why are people so ignorant?” Coincidentally, I’d just come across a useful way of thinking about that question, which so many animal-rights advocates ask themselves, in one way, shape, or form, each […]

Animal-Rights Activists Who Defaced Iowa State Fair Butter Cow Inspire Song

The Daily Maul presents Monty Gelstein and his Badass Band of Brutes performing “The Butter Cow,” an irreverent bluegrass waltz inspired by animal-rights activists’ defacement of the sacred “butter cow” sculpture at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. For your singing-along pleasure, here are the lyrics to “The Butter Cow”: So sacred is the cow made […]

Gelstein to Commission Fire-Breathing Tofu Dragon to Melt Butter Cow

SOMEWHERE IN IOWA, IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE — Wealthy philanthropist and animal-rights advocate Monty Gelstein has announced his intention to commission an interactive art installation “to be deployed at the Iowa State Fair” next summer. “The goal, here,” Gelstein said, “is to finish what Iowans for Animal Liberation started.” That group claimed responsibility earlier this […]

Call for Submissions Open to Vegan Musicians

The Daily Maul’s David Brensilver wants to hear from musicians whose original work reflects a commitment to animal advocacy and champions the vegan lifestyle. Brensilver (left), a classically trained percussionist who has music degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (BM, 1992) and The Juilliard School (MM, 1994) and has worked with […]

Nellie McKay on Animal Rights and Activism

I’m listening, as I write this, to Frank Zappa’s Broadway the Hard Way, a live recording made during a 1988 concert tour that remains as powerful a musical uppercut as has ever been delivered to the Republican Party’s drooling maw in the run-up to a presidential election. I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about social […]

Rhode Island Senate Approves Animal-Advocate Bill

The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that would “help protect the interest of pets that become part of a court proceeding,” according to a press release issued by the Rhode Island General Assembly on May 9. Rhode Island state Sen. John Tassoni Jr., the bill’s primary sponsor, was quoted in the press release as […]

Exotic-Animal “Owners” in Ohio Blast Proposed Law

It’s been nearly six months since the streets of Zanesville, Ohio, ran red with the blood of dozens of so-called “exotic animals,” after Terry Thompson released them from his state-sanctioned concentration camp and into policemen’s gun sights. In the hours and days that followed the October 18, 2011, Zanesville Massacre, we heard a great deal […]

Monday Maul: New Anti-Fur Attack on Kim Kardashian Follows Flour Bomb

SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD, IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE — Even the paparazzi lining the red carpet at a launch event for Kim Kardashian’s new shampoo line were horrified when the reality TV star was fatally mauled on Monday by the fox stole she was wearing. “I thought maybe some lunatic animal-rights activist might try to flour-bomb […]