Animal Rights

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Animal Help Now app designed to find aid for animals in Colorado and Texas

    An animal advocate for more than two decades and the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, David Crawford knew how to help injured and distressed animals he encountered in Boulder -- but was often at a loss for the right resources outside the area. "We were constantly getting calls from peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Reader: Rachel Weisz is possibly sexy enough to turn me vegan

    Just in time for Earth Day, PETA has released the finalists in its PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door 2014 contest, and Jeb Brovsky, a 25-year-old Lakewood resident -- when he's not playing soccer for the Montréal Impact of Major League Soccer -- is one of ten male finalists. "I am a fun-loving optimis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    The undercover animal cruelty videos that spurred Big Ag's censorship crusade

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Animal cruelty case: Shelter upset at deal that returned animals to part-time Santa Bill Lee

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Pit bull mix bites don't convince Larimer Humane Society to target breeds

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Valerie Harris, accused serial animal abuser: Homes sought for rescued survivors

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012
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    January 20, 2012

    Meet the country's youngest Animal Welfare Approved farmer: 12-year-old Shelby

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Dog gone: Ichabod the pit bull's mysterious journey from Colorado to Missouri and back

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Intermountain Humane Society euthanizes 23 cats after ringworm outbreak​Intermountain 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Girls gone vegan: "Naked activist" Ashley Bryne on her cold European tour

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    PETA member a no-show for Westword protest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Comment of the day: Hate turns to threat of PETA protest of Westword!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Wild horses in Colorado: ASPCA, other groups file suit to block roundups of two herds

    A Flickr photo​For 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Walter Bond: Alleged sheepskin factory arsonist inspiration for song by straight-edge band

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Walter Bond allegedly torched sheepskin factory for animal rights cause (and wants to do it again)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Mustang deaths trigger more calls to suspend BLM roundups

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    PETA to City of Denver: Pluck you

    ​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 part o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Coors Field ranks fifth on PETA's annual list of best ballpark food

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    PETA is hunting down the country's sexiest vegetarian

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Pooch pacemaker = Merry Xmas

    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.

  • News

    September 24, 2009
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    August 31, 2009

    Lesson to puppy thieves: Never steal anything adorable

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Mysteries of Sheehan's Desk: Day 10

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Another spot of genius from PETA

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    PETA's ten worst -- actually, make that best -- publicity stunts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    An American Idol audition that killed a dog

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Shmuck: Roll over and play dead

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Halloween can be scary for black cats

    Meow, meow, meow. Black cats are mysterious, alluring and surrounded in superstition. But they can also be targets during October, which is why local animal shelters limit or even prohibit their adoption during the season of ghastly ghouls, creepy crawlers and trick-or-treaters. "Cats are often t ... More >>

  • News

    May 8, 2008

    Snack Down

    PETA gets to the meat of the problem at Frontier Airlines.

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Pluck You

    Hmm. Would you rather live in Commerce City or

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    Capitol Hill Billys

    Today, just before lunch, Bill Ritter was sworn in as the 41st Governor of the Colorful State of Colorado. As el jefe nuevo of our square state, Ritter would do well to take a cue from the behavior of his predecessor, the illustrious Bill Owens, during his last days in office. Last week, a few da ... More >>

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Them's Fighting Words

    Activists arm for battle with cockers.

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    Primate Directive

    Rita Anderson has a message for the University of Colorado: Let my monkeys go.

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Remembering Never

    Thursday, December 16, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.

  • Dining

    October 16, 2003

    Bite Me

    So Foie, So Good

  • Dining

    September 11, 2003

    Bite Me

    Going, Going...

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2003

    Pet Heaven

    Animal Planet reaches out to the furry

  • News

    September 26, 2002

    Off Limits

    TV or not TV

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Off Limits

    Iced out

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Off Limits

    Animal instincts

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000
  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Dog Eat Dog

    From shooters to lawmakers to developers to environmentalists, prairie dogs are wagging everyone.

  • News

    October 17, 1996
  • News

    September 26, 1996

    Going Ape

    Animal-rights activists want a CU scientist to stop the monkey business.

  • News

    November 15, 1995



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