Ten Years Gone

Animal Ethics

Here are the posts from December 2003

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Animal Ethics

Here is the first post, on 28 November 2003 I started this blog 13 years ago today. There have been 310,008 visits, which is an average of 23,846.7 visits per year, 457.0 visits per week, and 65.2 visits per day (taking leap years into account).

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Ten Years Gone

Animal Ethics

Here are the posts from November 2003. I began this blog 10 years ago today. The time has gone fast. Although I rarely post anything substantive, I did so for many years, so the blog still serves a useful purpose. On the first day of each month, from now on, I will link to the posts for that month 10 years earlier. I hope you enjoy the flashback

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Mad Cow Disease Appears in California

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But the disease has dealt a crippling blow to the industry in the past, especially when foreign countries refused to import American beef when mad cow was first uncovered in 2003. 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.

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Controversial Elephant Death at San Diego Zoo

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Umoya was one of seven elephants brought to the Safari Park -- then known as the Wild Animal Park -- in 2003 from the African nation of Swaziland. Here's the full article from the Los Angeles Times. An animal rights group has called for a federal investigation into the death of an elephant at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Umoya, a 21-year-old African elephant, died Thursday, possibly due to injuries suffered during an attack by another elephant.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes a baby white rhinoceros!

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Since its inception in 2003, The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has granted $7 million USD to more than 500 projects in the U.S. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes its seventh baby white rhino since 2004. The adorable baby, a female, will join other rhinos in the 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain. The baby is the second calf born to mother Kisiri and the seventh calf born to father Tambo.

Ringling Brothers Circus Faces Lawsuit Over Elephants

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Four animal welfare groups brought suit against the circus back in 2003. A decision will soon come in a DC courtroom. The charges state that “Ringling Bros. engages in these unlawful activities by routinely beating elephants to ‘train’ them, ‘discipline’ them, and keep them under control” and that the elephants are chained in place for long periods of time and frequently hit with bullhooks, a wooden pole about two feet long that has a sharp metal hook at one end.

Seventh Anniversary

Animal Ethics

I started this blog seven years ago today: on 28 November 2003. There have been 179,090 visits during that time, which is an average of 25,584.2 visits per year (70.0 per day). The past year has been quite successful, with 34,463 visits (an average of 94.4 per day). I post only rarely, but the blog should be useful as an archive. Please use the search box in the upper left corner to locate posts on various topics

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Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

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Today is the launch of. I'm excited to be a blogger for Animal Rights Zone because its target market is people who don't usually subscribe to blogs. Also, it has the added bonus of organizing my content better than I have. The goal is to provide blogospheric content that is easy to find, and from a variety of sources. On the left, you'll see this: Concepts. Project Treadstone. Responsible Policies. Rabbits. More >> Animals. Goats. Horses. Mammals. Buffalo. More >> Category. Ethics.

Sri Lanka Attempts to Establish Animal Research Guidelines

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The need for such guidelines was felt acutely when the National Bioethics Committee (NBC) of the National Science Foundation realized in 2003 that there was no legislation or nationally applicable codes of practice to ensure the humane treatment of animals used in research, states well-known animal lover, Dr. Malik Fernando in his ‘Background’ note. From the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka.

Why Is the Federal Government Awarding Contracts to a Company That Was Involved in Smuggling Primates?

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They were denied contracts by HHS back in 2003 due to what the government said was an insufficient response for their RFP. Worldwide Primates Inc. was started by Mathew Block to import primates into the US for animal experimentation. In 1993, he went to prison for smuggling baby orangutans. Despite this, it looks like this has been no barrier to his company getting federal contracts.

Hard for Russian Veterinarians to Use Anesthesia Due to Russian Drug Laws

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Ketamine has long been used for operating on animals throughout the world, but when it came in vogue as a party drug in the late 1990s, Russia's response was to ban the substance entirely in 2003. leaving them to sometimes do procedures with nothing to numb the animals' pain. Read the full article in The Moscow Times.

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Vick May Be Allowed Back Into NFL

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In or about March 2003, PEACE, after consulting with VICK about the losing female pit bull's condition, executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal. According to the Post, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering letting him in with a whopping four game suspension. This is just speculative at this point, but it sounds like he is leaning towards letting him play again. Of course, I wonder which NFL team will want him.

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Demand for Wildlife Products on the Rise in China

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The consumption of wild animals, which slowed amid the SARS epidemic in 2003, has once again gained popularity, a WWF survey has found. The Chinese want them for exotic foods and for medicine. From the China Daily.

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Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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RPA launched its 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry in 2003. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends! On March 11th, RPA sent the governors of all 50 states a letter and two factsheets urging them to help get their land-grant universities (LGUs) out of the meat industry. Below is a press release about the mailing. It was sent to about 1,200 environmental journalists this afternoon. Another went out last Friday.

Sixth Anniversary

Animal Ethics

I started this blog six years ago today, on 28 November 2003. Where has the time gone? Three years ago on this date , there had been 42,820 visits, which is an average of 39.0 visits per day. During the past three years, there have been 101,807 visits, which is an average of 92.8 visits per day. Overall, in six years, there have been 144,627 visits, which is an average of 65.9 visits per day. As you may have noticed, I recently changed the blog's appearance. I hope you like it.

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Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

Animal Ethics

Rowan, Public Policy Series [Washington, DC: Humane Society Press, 2003], 99-105, at 103 [endnotes omitted The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways. Most agree that the least likely will be through the re-interpretation or amendment of state or federal constitutions, or through international treaties.

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Cute of the day: Baby White Rhino!

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The Fund was created in 2003 by the Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to supporting environmental and wildlife conservation initiatives. TAMPA, Fla. November 12, 2008) – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby white rhinoceros on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. The female rhino was born in the night quarters adjacent to their 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain.

Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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Davis and Martin Renner in 2003, appropriately titled Penguin s (Yale Univ. Penguins! Penguins here! <pause> <pause> Do I have your attention now? There are few bird names that will elicit great big smiles and Penguin is one of them.

Black-faced Spoonbill

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This happened in 2003 when 73 birds died from Avian Botulism. The story of the Black-faced Spoonbill is one of recovery. Hurray! From a global low of less than 300 birds in the late 80’s, the species has recovered to 2726, according to a survey in early 2014. Despite this recent comeback, it is still the rarest of the spoonbills as well as being the smallest ( Platelea minor ) and the most range-restricted.

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Star-Powered Auction for Animals!

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Since 2003, Precious Paws has been rescuing unwanted companion cats and dogs in Southern California from both the streets and local shelters. Pet lovers will be seeing stars November 5 – 15 at the Celebrity Experience and Entertainment Memorabilia Auction , launched online to support Precious Paws , a non-profit animal rescue organization based in Encino, Calif.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

In 2003, I was in the sanctuary described in your article and collected samples from those dead animals. To the Editor: Re “ Ebola Imperils Gorilla Species in Congo Republic ” (news article, Dec. 8): Increasingly, we are observing that our efforts to reach sustainable balances for wildlife populations are being confounded by the spread of infectious disease. Historically, these diseases have been studied only when they affect human populations or domestic animals.

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Sibley Birds East & Sibley Birds West: A Review

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I purchased my first Sibley— The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America —in 2003. Here’s a look at Sibley Birds East and Sibley Birds West (the books’ cover titles), feature by feature: Size & Cover: The new field guides are the roughly the same size as the 2003 editions, a bit higher, wider, and heavier. And, a huge improvement over the 2003 edition, in my librarian eyes: the table of contents lists each identification information box!

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Heronry at Sultanpur

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A study conducted at Sultanpur (Abdul Jamil Urfi, Thangarasu Meganathan and Abdul Kalam) between 2003 and 2005 noted that the the clutch size was bigger in early nests. Sultanpur National Park is situated approximately 30km to the west of Indhira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi , India. It is in Haryana State and comprises over 300 acres of lake, woodland and scrub.

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The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind

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In 2003, Hare traveled to Novosibirsk and ran his pointing test on baby foxes. The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind. By Carl Zimmer { source }. Brian Hare, assistant professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, holds out a dog biscuit. “Henry!&# he says. Henry is a big black schnauzer-poodle mix–a schnoodle, in the words of his owner, Tracy Kivell, another Duke anthropologist. Kivell holds on to Henry’s collar so that he can only gaze at the biscuit.

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The Crocodile Safari (Botswana)

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Published in the Canoeist, UK, July 2003. What happens when you put a naturalist in a kayak, adrift in Africa? There are no crocs around here,’ said a smiling bartender. I think the warlord Mzilikazi must have had a similar smile while raiding the Bahurutshe, not far from where I dropped my paddle into the river.

Subscribe to the New 10,000 Birds Newsletter

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Since I first started hand-coding 10,000 Birds using Microsoft Frontpage in 2003 , we’ve seen all manner of technology (e.g., In case you hadn’t noticed, blogging, both publishing and perusing , has transformed dramatically over the years. rss ) and trends (e.g., blog carnivals ) come and go. 10,000 Birds has ridden the waves of blog proliferation, consolidation, and gradual decimation by social media, but we’re still going strong.

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How Many Birders Are There, Really? (Updated)

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There were similar FWS studies using similar methodologies with similar findings in 2003 , 2007 , and 2013. How many birders are there in America? For such a simple question, it turns out there are very few solid estimates. Indeed, there appears to be just one and it is cited repeatedly. Every few years, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) releases a survey called “ Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis.”.

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Good news for the Wood Stork

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Since 2004, the three-year averages (2003 to 2012) for nesting pairs ranged from 7,086 to 10,147, all above the 6,000 three-year average identified in the 1997 recovery plan as the threshold to consider reclassifying the species to threatened status. I was happy to read that the wood stork ( Mycteria Americana ), a bird near and dear to me, was down-sited from the status of endangered to threatened species. On June 25, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the U.S.

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Little Barrier Island and the New Zealand Storm-petrel

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The species was lost for over a hundred years before being rediscovered in 2003. Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland was already one of the most important offshore reserves in New Zealand. The island was mostly forested through its history and never had introduced browsing mammals, meaning it had an intact flora.

India’s Raptor Rescuers

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When Nadeem and Mohammed first began in 2003, few veterinarians would suture the wounds of birds, saying they were too small. “It is next to impossible to persuade people in India to donate money for injured raptors,” says Nadeem Shehzad, co-founder of Wildlife Rescue , a registered non-profit in the Chawri Bazar area of Old Delhi. They are considered unlucky, so no one has a kind heart for them.”.

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Why Hawkwatching is So Awesome

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Originally from London, England, Luke Tiller transplanted to Connecticut in 2003. Newly surrounded by wildlife, he found his love of birds reignited. A professional hawkwatcher for many seasons, his passion and knowledge saw him invited to join the board of the Hawk Migration Association of North America in 2013. He now lives in Los Angeles, California where he is employed as a natural history tour guide and as a member of the Leica Birding Team.

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The return of the Long-tailed Finch

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In 2003 we rarely saw Long-tailed Finches at all in our garden and in 2004 we only saw them once in October. So, it is now officially winter! After several weeks of temperatures dropping to 10c (50f) we really feel like we are experiencing Winter here in the Tropics! A true Dry Season brings us these chilly nights and there has even been frost further north in the Kimberley, so be prepared if you are heading north!

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The ABA’s 50th Anniversary and Information: From Scarce to Abundant

10,000 Birds

The rise of the Cornell Lab is reflected in its budget, which was approximately $10 million in 2003 and $30 million in 2018. The American Birding Association celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year and one aspect of its celebration was a reprint of the first issue of the publication now known as Birding.

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Winter Finch Forecast for 2012-2013

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Note: The notion of a “biennial periodicity” that redpolls irrupt south every second winter is not supported by records in Atlantic Canada (Erskine and McManus 2003). Ron Pittaway has published his winter finch forecast for the winter of 2012-2013. Though Ron is based in Ontario his reports are eagerly anticipated by birders across the northeastern United States and eastern Canada because it takes into account a vast array of data to figure out which irruptive species might show up where.

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Do Birds Feel Love?

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In 2003, I raised three orphaned ruby-throats from the early pinfeather stage to release at around 30 days of age. My three orphans had left for Central America in September 2003. It’s clear that birds copulate, procreate, and promote their genes with alacrity. But love? Do birds feel love? Can they? To explore this question, it’s probably best to first define love. Love includes elements of need, but primarily those of affection.

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Birds of Prey of the East & Birds of Prey of the West: Review of Two Field Guides

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These guides are sequels, updates, and complements to Wheeler’s previous classic books, Raptors of Eastern North America and Raptors of Western North America (PUP, 2003), now out-of-print and fetching prices in three figures on used-book sites.

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Week 21: Our last week in Scotland

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Re-introduction of the Red Kites in southern Scotland was started in 2003 with 40 birds released, for the most part in secret. It is Tuesday night, and I am sitting in a historic hotel, just a kilometer or so north of the Scotland/England border. It seemed a fitting way to end our time here in Scotland. We are at the very farthest south in Scotland that we will travel, when just a week ago we were at Dunnet Head, the northern most part of the mainland Scotland.

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove Explosion: Coming to a Town Near You!

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This first map is data from 2002 through 2003. The Eurasian Collared-Dove ( Streptopelia decaocto ) was first released in the New World on the island of New Providence, in the Bahamas. In the mid-1970s, a local breeder was burglarized and a few of his birds escaped, after which the breeder released his remaining stock of about 50 birds 1. Since its introduction, this dove has spread quickly across the North American continent.

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Nature Blog Network: A Eulogy

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Other bloggers were writing about birds and nature back in 2003, some even before then, and many of us found a communal spirit sparked by comments and crosslinks that carried into the world we wrote about. Can you remember the world before blogs? I’m tempted to say I’ve been blogging for all of my adult life, but if you’ve seen the gray in my hair, you recognize that statement as, at best, exaggeration.

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Faithful Loons and Human Lunacy

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2003). Every year there manage to be two Loons out in front of the cabin, up in Minnesota’s lake country. They nest on the same, ever-expanding semi-floating but occasionally shrinking nest over behind the point, so we can’t see the nest without going across the marsh in a canoe. It is a great place to nest, but for one small detail.

2015 82

It’s time for a new understanding of tanagers

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Writing in the Journal of Avian Biology in 2003, Van Remsen theorized: [T]he bill may exert more influence on our cognitive perception because of its proximity to the bird’s face. The word “ tanager ” conjures certain images for most of us birder types. Maybe words like “colorful,” “beautiful,” “fruit,” and “tree.” ” But the tanager brand is changing.

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Do Snowy Owls really belong in genus Bubo?

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2003 , PDF). Over the past two weeks, an incursion of Snowy Owls ( Bubo scandiacus ) has spread rapidly across the Great Lakes region and down the Atlantic Coast, as far south as North Carolina. The haunting image above is from another year, by Kate Ter Haar.).

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