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Unlocking the Cage Directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker Opens May 25 at Film Forum Even the staunchest vegan can see the potential for humor in Unlocking the Cage, a documentary portrait of animal rights lawyer Steven Wise, his Nonhuman Rights Project team and his fights on behalf of chimpanzee clients. However, directors Chris Hegedus and D.A Pennebaker play it very straight. Unlocking the Cage isn’t entirely humorless, but it requires the spectator to agree with the...
Last week, a dolphin swam into Coney Island Creek and got stuck, and then it died. Police had removed a floating barrier at the mouth of the creek to help the dolphin escape, but instead it just swam around the other end; they also stayed at the scene to prevent people from trying to commune with the lost animal. Officials suspect it may have been unwell when it entered the waterway, and said the best...
The horse-drawn carriages in Central Park have been targeted for some time now by animal rights activists, who have long wanted to ban the tourist-driven business because they believe that the horses suffer from living and working in conditions that are inherently inhumane. While carriage drivers and owners have countered these claims by saying that New York City carriage horses are among the most well-treated work horses and operate under the most stringent guidelines...
An update, if you wanted one, on the sheep that briefly escaped eventual sacrifice this week after breaking out of its slaughterhouse in Sunset Park: it is, without question, going to die. If it isn't already dead. What happened was, after reading about the sheep's plight on Tuesday, animal rights activist Mike Stura decided to drive all the way from Jersey to the Al Noor Halal Meat Market in hopes of rescuing the sheep (he...

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