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Trader Joe's Eggs NOT Humane

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I decided to look online for some information regarding the "Organic Free Range Eggs" that Trader Joe's, my favorite store, sells. Here is what their web site says. A Note About Eggs At Trader Joe's we listen to what our customers tell us about the choices we give them. Thanks to their valued feedback, in 2005 we made an important change in our egg selection. As of this time, all Trader Joe's brand eggs come only from cage-free hens.

University of Iowa Animal Lab Goes Underground

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From the Des Moines Register. The Iowa Board of Regents approved $11.2 million for an underground vivarium that will house University of Iowa animal research laboratories. The 35,000-square-foot facility would connect the Medical Education Research Facility and Carver Biomedical Research Building on the west side of campus. The links would mean researchers would never have to transport animals above ground, said Jordan Cohen, interim U of I vice president for research. Advertisement. A Nov.

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Siku the Danish Polar Bear

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I don't usually post anything cute, but I have to do this at least once. cute denmark polar bear

Pale Male Has New Chicks

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I've been following Pale Male (the red-tailed hawk that lives in Central Park) since over 5 years ago when his nest was destroyed by ritzy apartment dwellers and it created a major international outcry. The nest was rebuilt, but Pale Male and his mate Lola never had another successful nesting.

Iranian Monkey into Space

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Reportedly, the monkey returned safely from its flight into space. Of course, this was reported by the Iranian State media so who knows what is true. iran primates space program

Horror in Africa

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African elephants being poached in unprecedented numbers. They are disappearing from the continent as the poachers become increasingly militarized. Full story here at the New York Times. ivory africa military poaching elephants endangered species

Portuguese Anti-Bullfighting City Forced to Host Bullfight

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As a Portuguese-American, I find this just revolting. For the whole story, go to Portugal News On-Line. Prótoiro, the Portuguese Federation of Bullfighting Associations, placed an injunction again Viana do Castelo Town Hall this month after their refusal to allow the event to go ahead on municipal land.

Bullfighting to Appear on Spanish TV Again

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From the Telegraph. State-financed broadcaster RTVE said it would screen a bullfight from the city of Valladolid on September 5, overturning a ban imposed under the previous socialist government. In 2006, guidelines prohibited the showing of live bullfights because the "violent images" were unsuitable to be broadcast between 6 and 8 pm, during hours when children were most likely to be watching.

Mexican Town Opposes Bullfighting

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From Latino Fox News. Mexico's first "anti-bullfighting" town has signed a petition calling on the United Nations to approve a universal declaration on animal welfare. More than 220 organizations, headed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, are collecting signatures worldwide to petition the United Nations to adopt the proposed Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

Canada's Marineland Under Scrutiny for Poor Animal Care

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Allegations are that sea animals are not being well-cared for at this Niagara Falls resort. canada animal abuse marine life marine animals entertainment Orcas

Spaniards Are Giving Up their Horses Due to Economic Conditions

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and they are ending up in slaughterhouses or are being abandoned. animal abandonment economics spain horses poverty horse slaughter

Buenos Aires Zoo Not Doing Well

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Unexpected article on the aging zoo in Buenos Aires. Sounds like it needs some dire help. argentina zoo buenos aires

Economic Troubles in Portugal Lead to More Abandoned Animals

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From the Portugal News Online.sad stuff. Thousands of pets are being abandoned across Portugal, either being dumped at the gates of charitable associations or simply taken far from home and left behind, as owners struggle to make ends meet due to the continuing financial crisis.

World Wildlife Fund Removes King Juan Carlos for Elephant Hunting

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Good for them! What a hypocrite! It's not like Spain has enough problems now, it has to have an idiot king. From EcoRazzi. King Juan Carlos may be the King of Spain, but he is no longer the honorary president of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Spain due to his hunting and killing of elephants in Botswana, Treehugger reports. spain blood sport Stupid hunting elephants

Horse Deaths at Calgary Stampede

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From Reuters. The debate between cowboy tradition and animal rights at the Calgary Stampede was reignited late Thursday when three horses were killed and a fourth seriously injured during a chuckwagon race at the huge annual rodeo and exhibition of Western Canadian culture. calgary animal cruelty horses dead animals

South Korea to Become 4th Nation to Hunt Whales

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This announcement is considered a major blow to the campaign to end global whaling. It sucks big time. whales South Korea Japan hunting

Humboldt Penguins in Chile Face Extinction

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From the Huffington Post. Invading rats with bodies up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long have begun eating eggs and chicks, and some experts fear that unless the rats are eradicated, they could tip the Humboldt penguin toward extinction. rats chile extinction penguins endangered species

Funny BP "Commercial"

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I thought this was kind of funny. From "Barely Political".

Four Paws Urges an End to Pamplona Bull Run

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Unfortunately, though, it brings in the tourists. spain blood sport bulls bullfighting

Cat Being Fed by Chopsticks

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Summer Hiatus!

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We'll be taking a summer hiatus to retool and rethink the site. Thank you for your visits! We're not going away! Please keep coming back! Sincerely, The Critter News Team

Goodbye to Lost. I Won't Miss You Because I Thought it was Stupid After Season 2

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Orphaned Baby Bear Possible Endangered by Early Release into Wild

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Canadian authorities want to release an orphaned baby bear into the wild at 6 months when mother bears usually push their children out at 18 months. Animal right groups are very angry and fear the baby might die by itself. I can't blame the activists. This decision makes little sense to me. canada bear wildlife wild orphans

The Link Between Animal Welfare and Human Welfare

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This is an interesting opinion piece about the link between animal welfare and human welfare in nations. From the Huffington Post. human rights human behavior animal welfare

Hey, This Does Have a Hamster in it

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Warning! Sad Story Ahead

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This is such a sad story. A beagle rescued from a laboratory in Spain and brought to the Los Angeles has run off and his humans are trying to find him. :-(. sad story animal research spain california dogs animal laboratories beagles

Horse Slaughterhouse Proposed in New Mexico

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This article reaffirms my belief that it's more humane to slaughter horses in the US than to ship them for slaughter to Canada or Mexico. I don't like it either way, but one is better than the other for sure. mexico meat horses horse slaughter Slaughterhouse farm animal welfare united states

Fur Stores in Vancouver Canada Vandalized

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Four fur stories in the Vancouver, Canada, area were vandalized by animal rights activists who sprayed red paint on the windows and doors. The four stores were Capilano Furs, Speiser Furs, Snowflake Canada and Pappas Furs. Credit is being taken by ALF. Read the full story here at the Vancouver Sun. canada activism fur ALF animal rights

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Could California's Ban on Foie Gras Have a Domino Effect in the US?

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Pro-foie gras chefs seem to think so. Here's hoping that they are right! Read about it here

China to Accept Non-Animal Testing Methods for Cosmetic Ingredients

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From CosmeticsDesign.com.good news! Click on the link for the full story. PETA has been successful in pressing Chinese officials to adopt non animal testing methods as it announces the country is in the final stages of approving the use of its very first non-animal test method for cosmetic ingredients. animal testing cosmetics research alternatives china PETA

German Artist Wants to Kill Puppies to Protest Dog Killings

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I had to read this twice before it sunk in. I wonder if he was just threatening to do this for the publicity. Bizarre. An unidentified German actor has been stopped by Berlin’s administrative court, following his announcement that he planned to strangle two puppies with cable wires on stage to protest against the slaughter of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain, with their death being accompanied by a funeral march music and loud gong.

Bob Barker Funds Space for HIV-Infected Chimps

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As I've often said, Bob Barker is a good man. From The Washington Post. Retired game-show host and animal rights advocate Bob Barker is opening a new area for five HIV-infected chimpanzees at a sanctuary in northwestern Louisiana. The former host of “The Price Is Right” donated $380,000 to create space at the Chimp Haven near Shreveport. louisiana chimpanzees Bob Barker chimp haven animal sanctuary primates medical research

SAEN Files Complaints Against University of Washington Again

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From the normantranscript.com. An animal-rights group that watchdogs research facilities across the country has filed a federal complaint against the University of Washington, citing multiple incidents in which animals were injured, escaped from their cages or were found dead. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates the care of research animals, will look into the complaint, said agency spokesman David Sacks.

Swedish King Wants to Cull Country's Wolf Population

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Unfortunately, he's also one of the presidents of the World Wildlife Fund whose Swedish chapter supports the maintenance of the wolf population. From Wildlife Extra. Wolves kill elk - But King Gustaf wants to kill the elk so he wants to get rid of wolves And why does he want to do that? Because every year the good king runs an elk hunt in Sweden, along with his son Prince Carl Philip.

Dead Whale in Washington State Had Golf Ball in Stomach

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It's just another sign of the garbage we throw into the oceans. There was also some plastic and pieces of rope, but there's no determination of what may have actually killed it. It was not emaciated so it's still a mystery as to whether what it consumed played a factor in its death. Full story here in Washington Post. oceans whale State of Washington marine life marine animals pollution

Mad Cow Disease Appears in California

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Potentially bad news for California Agriculture. Read the full story here at the LA Times. The reemergence of mad cow disease, discovered in a California dairy cow, could have major implications for the state’s meat industry, even though officials have said that the human food supply is unaffected. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy hasn’t been found in U.S. since 2006 and was discovered in only three instances before then.

Fallout Continues Over Juan Carlos' Elephant Hunting Trip

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What an idiot. Read the full story on this NPR page. As Spaniards grapple with severe austerity measures and 24 percent unemployment, their king is dealing with a different kind of pain — extreme embarrassment over public outrage upon his return from an elephant hunt in Africa that cost nearly $60,000, or more than twice the average salary in Spain. And the Spanish public only found out about the trip because he broke his hip — hence the recent surgery — and had to be airlifted home.

"Bold Native" is Film About Animal Rights

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We received an email from Open Road Films with a link to the Bold Native website and trailer. The film looks really interesting to us and we are definitely going to check it out upon its re-release this summer. They will also be making the DVD available from their website. Here's the trailer.

King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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From the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt. Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). Whilst not illegal, it shows a complete disregard for his 'subjects' and total contempt for his role as 'Honorary President of WWF Spain'.

Coast Guard Defends Medical Practice on Animals

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I knew the military in general used animals for combat medical practice.hadn't thought of the Coast Guard though. PETA leads the charge against the Coast Guard. For the full story, go here to the Washington Post. The Coast Guard is defending its practice of using live animals in its combat medical training after an activist group released a video on Wednesday of a goat’s legs being removed with tree trimmers during what it said was training for agency personnel.