Dolphins Talk to Each Other – and So Do Farm Animals!

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A recent study found that dolphins communicate with each other in “complex chains of words and sentences in a language,” much like humans do, as Tech Times reports. This find is further evidence of the intelligence of these remarkable marine animals. Dolphins are far from being alone here. They’re joined by many other intelligent animals who communicate in complex ways similar to that of humans. …

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Farm Animal Abuse – When is Animal Abuse Not a Crime?

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Earlier this week, the New York Times featured an article highlighting the increasing number and strength of criminal prosecutions for animal abuse. Conspicuously absent, however, was any discussion of the criminal categorization, or lack thereof, of farm animal abuse. Only two federal laws – the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the so-called 28 Hour Law – minimally protect animals raised …

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Give A Cluck: It’s National Chicken Month!

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Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? At least that’s what the chicken industry has declared. So we’ve decided to join in on the celebration — with our own compassionate spin, of course! Like all birds, chickens are smart animals with unique personalities as well as complex and meaningful social relationships. In fact, their intelligence is so advanced …


Study: Kids with Pets More Likely to Avoid Meat as Adults

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Did you grow up with a dog or cat and, looking back now as an adult, attribute that relationship to having played some kind of role in your interest in becoming a vegetarian or vegan? If so, you’re definitely on to something. And you’re in good company. According to a new study published in the journal Appetite, children who develop …


New Study Reveals Fish Can Multitask. Yes, Multitask.

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Fish are incredible animals. Sure, they may look and act differently than our cats and dogs at home, but new research continues to reveal that they are complex, intelligent animals. We’ve already confirmed that these sea creatures are fully capable of feeling pain. And we know they use tools. But who would have guessed these animals can multitask, too? According …

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Vegan Cuts Deal: Buy a Necklace, Spread Compassion, Benefit COK!

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NecklacesOur friends at Vegan Cuts have launched a new line of super cute necklaces featuring three different maple wood pendants – a rabbit, a lamb, and a fox. These necklaces aren’t just adorable and stylish — they also support Compassion Over Killing’s work to protect animals! How?

When you buy your necklace (necklaces) on Vegan Cuts, simply select Compassion Over Killing from the non-profit drop down menu and 10% of your purchase will be automatically donated to support our live-saving campaigns.

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“Are You Smarter than a Chicken?” Toddler Edition

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When my adorable niece was just a toddler, I was blown away by her intellectual capabilities. When she mastered a new concept, such as spatial reasoning, enough to match a shaped block to a corresponding hole on a toy, a silence filled the room and jaws hit the floor. She was so smart, and we were thrilled to watch her develop.

Yet as smart as she was, it turns out she may have been no match for a chicken.