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 >>
Last week, we told you the latest in the case of Bill Lee, an Idaho Springs rancher and mall Santa whose animals were seized in a cruelty investigation. Lee has agreed to plead guilty to one count of animal cruelty and has been granted a two-year deferred judgment -- meaning that if he complies with ... More >>
Reports of an Adams County deputy killing a dog after responding to the wrong address undoubtedly caused a case of déjà vu for locals, since it followed a dog shooting by a Commerce City cop that was captured on video in November; see it below. That officer was subsequently charged with animal cru ... More >>
Denver's continuing pit bull ban remains a controversy lightning rod, with lovers of the breed putting blame for problems on owners even as critics see this type of dog as inherently dangerous. Now, two biting incidents involving pit-bull mixes in Larimer County (one dog is seen here) have revved up ... More >>
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is seeking loving homes for more than sixty animals that were rescued from what Pueblo County authorities see as a terribly neglectful one. Their past owner, Valerie Harris, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals -- an accusation of the sort ... More >>
Shelby Grebenc wakes up at 6:15 each morning to give the chickens on her Broomfield farm food and water, and to collect and wash the hens' eggs. Shelby isn't a typical farmer whose work feeds and supports her family, though: She's a twelve-year-old who simply loves farming and chickens. And she's th ... More >>
More pics below.A year ago yesterday, Ichabod, a three-year-old pit-bull mix, found a new home after Nick Hooten and Jill Paros adopted him from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. For much of the time since then, though, he's been somewhere else. He vanished in August, only to resurface in ... More >>
IMHS.orgIntermountain Humane Society in Pine Junction is embroiled in a controversy sure to stir any animal lover. After an outbreak of ringworm, center personnel decided to euthanize six cats that came down with the ailment, as well as seventeen others, in an effort to halt the epidemic. But ... More >>
Christopher Blackstone's mug. Larger image below.Two days before Christmas, Christopher Blackstone of Colorado Springs got into an argument with his girlfriend, Talitha Peterson-Hooks. She ignored his subsequent calls and texts, and, according to the police report, that's when Blackstone tur ... More >>
Say what you will about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- better known and often reviled as PETA -- but there's no denying their methods are, ahem, eye-catching. Sex sells, as PETA well knows, and there's probably never been an activist organization quite as openly willing to use ... More >>
Wherefore art thou, PETA?Upset by our video of the live octopus hot pot, PETA member Belinda Heinikey-Williamson threatened to protest at the Westword offices today at 11 a.m. That hour has come and gone, though, with not a single protester in sight. What happened? Was the circus back in to ... More >>
Despite some readers' allegations that we're milking the video of the live octopus hot pot (something, by the way, we never condemned nor condoned but merely documented) to a cruel and unusual extent, the glorious comments keep pouring in-- and we're going to keep showcasing the best ones. A ... More >>
A Flickr photoFor years, the Bureau of Land Management has been aiming to remove substantial numbers of northwest Colorado's remaining wild horses -- despite a federal judge's ruling last year that the agency has failed to prove that the obscure herds are overpopulated. Now, a coalition of ac ... More >>
Walter Bond.We recently told you about alleged arsonist Walter Bond, who authorities believe was responsible for burning down Glendale's Sheepskin Factory and two businesses in Salt Lake City, including a restaurant that served foie gras. Turns out Bond's a hero to the animal liberation move ... More >>
Walter Bond.Walter Bond doesn't exactly hide his convictions when it comes to animal rights. Law-enforcement types note that he has "a prominent tattoo on his neck just below his chin that reads, 'VEGAN.'" However, Bond is accused of doing more than simply sticking to salads. He's been forma ... More >>
Elyse GardnerCopters and horses don't mix.Last week, we noted that a fragile truce between the Bureau of Land Management and activists protesting the agency's roundups of wild horses was on the verge of blowing up, with lawsuits pending over a proposed "gather" in the midsummer heat of northe ... More >>
PETA isn't chickening out on its push to put "McCruelty," a 250-pound, bloody and bandaged chicken sculpture, on the 16th Street Mall -- and today could be decision day for the City of Denver. PETA has filed all the required applications for the "temporary display of a sculpture...as part o ... More >>
You'll find plenty of veggie options inside those doors.Most vegetarians remember the days when attending a ball game meant subsisting on popcorn and peanuts -- not bad as snacks go, but let's be honest: Peanuts are no substitute for a ballpark dog. Since 2002, People for the Ethical Treatmen ... More >>
Vote for me, Marie!If you're one of those people who doesn't poison your body with pork, cow, fowl, things with fins or anything else that might be construed as meat by PETA, then we have just the contest for you. The animal-rights group is in the final throes of its annual Sexiest Vegetarian ... More >>
Guido got a heartfelt treat this holiday season. Meet Guido. He is quite possibly the luckiest dog in all of Adams County -- because of all the costly and peculiar gifts people lavish on their pets this time of year, Guido got the best one of all. A pacemaker.
The saga of Ferris the stolen dachshund has a happy ending -- for everyone except the trio who swiped him. Thanks to the Boulder Police Department's energetic efforts to locate the parties who spirited the pooch away from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, a good Samaritan who'd been asked to wa ... More >>
Another gift from PETA Yesterday I wrote about my favorite gift from PETA. This one's my second favorite. And yes, it is what it looks like: one of those little wind-up Easter chicks, only with its beak cut off, its eyes poked out and splashed in blood. Not real subtle, those PETA folks. ... More >>
Q: What's the highest rated television show in the history of everything? A: American Idol. Q: And who is the most high-profile judge on American Idol? A: Simon Cowell. That's right. And if there's one organization in the world that knows how to exploit celebrity (even if it happen ... More >>
Kiernan MaletskyPETA -- the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- is a lot of things. It is a political organization dedicated to saving all the cute critters on the planet. It is a finely-tuned donation-gathering machine that preys on weepy liberals who'd rather empty thei ... More >>
A Flickr photo"No golden ticket for you." The American Idol auditions that turned Invesco Field at Mile High into an ear-damage danger zone for three days earlier this week racked up at least one casualty. Quincy Vanderbilt, a 24-year-old North Dakotan was charged with animal cruelty and given an A ... More >>
There is almost nothing I can say about this that wouldn't get me picketed. Direct from the PETA website at www.peta.org: People don't seem to like fish. They're slithery and slimy, and they have eyes on either side of their pointy little heads--which is weird, to say the least. Plus, the smal ... More >>
Again with the animals? Poor Rover. Poor Fluffy. Why is it that we humans take out our aggressions on our pets. Why do we put them in the middle of battles over money and politics? Why? Okay, well, for one, they are annoying and they smell bad. Oh, and they are expensive and obnoxious and chew up e ... More >>
PETA gets to the meat of the problem at Frontier Airlines.
Hmm. Would you rather live in Commerce City or KentuckyFriedCruelty.com?
Activists arm for battle with cockers.
Rita Anderson has a message for the University of Colorado: Let my monkeys go.
Thursday, December 16, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.
Animal Planet reaches out to the furry
TV or not TV
Harp Seal Piñata
From shooters to lawmakers to developers to environmentalists, prairie dogs are wagging everyone.
Animal-rights activists want a CU scientist to stop the monkey business.
"SUE THE CREEP" IN THE DOG-POISONING CASE? IN COLORADO, YOU'RE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE.