EXCLUSIVE Guinea rail builders blast in chimp habitat, no plan to protect apes | Reuters

A Chinese-backed consortium building infrastructure for a massive iron ore mine in Guinea started blasting a railway tunnel in a habitat for a critically endangered chimpanzee species with no plan in place to manage the impact on the animals, company and government statements and satellite imagery show.
— Read on www.reuters.com/world/africa/exclusive-guinea-rail-builders-blast-chimp-habitat-no-plan-protect-apes-2021-08-17/

New vegan chicken tenders called ‘almost identical’ to real thing — Quartz

Making plant-based chicken taste and feel authentic was a bigger challenge that replicating ground beef for Beyond Meat. Apparently, its scientists have learned from past mistakes.
— Read on qz.com/2031813/new-vegan-chicken-tenders-called-almost-identical-to-real-thing/

What Separates Humans From Other Animals? – No Stupid Questions – Omny.fm

Also: why do people pace while talking on the phone?
— Read on omny.fm/shows/no-stupid-questions/what-separates-humans-from-other-animals

Animal rights groups call for end to greyhound racing as Govt announces review |New Zealand

The time has come, they say.
— Read on www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2021/04/animal-rights-groups-call-for-end-to-greyhound-racing-as-govt-announces-review.html

Can animals think and feel in the way humans do? | Comment | The Times

Can animals think and feel in the way humans do?
From crows to dolphins, there is evidence that many creatures are capable of complex behaviour that should force us to rethink the way we see ourselves as a species apart, says Tom Whipple
— Read on www.thetimes.co.uk/article/can-animals-think-and-feel-in-the-way-humans-do-939zh066f

Activists applaud government promise to shift away from animal toxicity testing – RCI | English

Animal rights activists are applauding a proposed overhaul of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, or CEPA, that includes a promise to shift away from toxicity tests on animals as well as increase government support for developing alternatives to animal testing.
— Read on www.rcinet.ca/en/2021/04/16/animal-applauding-government-promise-to-shift-away-from-toxicity-testing/

What exactly do we want animals to be?

We like other species to show that their lives are more than just about eating and reproduction
— Read on www.livemint.com/opinion/columns/what-is-it-exactly-that-we-humans-want-animals-to-be-11618160022222.html