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Yes, Animals Have Feelings

A baby goat nuzzles its mama. Credit: © Brian Squibb Jonathan Balcombe is director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy. He contributed this article to Live Science’s Live Science Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. On Saturday mornings I drive 15 miles to a sanctuary in rural Maryland where I join a small team of volunteers tending to farm animals
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What’s the Average Lifespan of a Chicken?

The backyard chicken movement really seemed to gain some serious steam around 2008-2009, meaning that many of you (hopefully!) now have flocks consisting of chickens that are getting on in years. I’m in that boat. My oldest hen, our Australorp Charlotte, is our matriarch – and celebrated her sixth birthday this past February. Lately, I’ve been asked quite often by readers how long chickens
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Animal Cruelty Must Stop

Every day in the United States animals are beaten, neglected, or forced to struggle for survival. Left in unsanitary conditions with no food or water, they have little hope as they live out their days without the compassion they deserve. Some are found and rescued, given the chance to experience how great life and humans can be; others aren’t so lucky. To grow as
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