There is a new bill to ban horse slaughter in the U.S. This article argues it’s arbitrary and based on a special-interest lobby.

This raises the question: Who gets to decide which animals are cute, noble, and worthy of protection? Or is there a better way? An actual defensible set of ethical, scientific, and reasonable criteria we can use to determine the protection specific animals should be afforded? In earlier pieces I have tried to lay out the beginning of such a method, and overall this has not been well-received by environmentalists here at Grist. So to the next poll question:

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