#JusticeForBoga: The Growing Awareness of Animal Rights in Star Wars

The idea of animal rights as a social cause is nothing new; the ASPCA was founded in 1866. But when you take a broader look at the history of the animal rights movement, the ethical treatment of animals wasn’t considered a hot-button issue until the early 1980’s, and has continually gained in popularity since then. As … Continue reading #JusticeForBoga: The Growing Awareness of Animal Rights in Star Wars

Galactic Threat? An Evaluation of Porgs as Invasive Species

Porgs, a recently identified species of avian-like creature nesting on the rocky shores of Ahch-To, have become a cause for alarm in the galactic ecologist community. After seeing how porgs have taken over the landscape on Ahch-To, the speed at which they colonize visiting spacecraft, and public interest in porgs as pets (Bibbiani, 2017; Whalen, … Continue reading Galactic Threat? An Evaluation of Porgs as Invasive Species

What’s in a porg?

The real-life counterparts of our favourite galactic fluffball. While porgs tragically do not exist outside of the fictional Star Wars universe (and the Pinewood props department), they do have some real-life counterparts. You might not find any porgs on our planet, but you will see echoes of them in many of our native fauna, and … Continue reading What’s in a porg?