Polar Bears Keep "Threatened" Status

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A federal judge on Thursday upheld a 2008 decision to protect polar bears throughout their range as a “threatened” species under the U.S. The listing was the result of a 2005 petition and litigation filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace. This is good news. For the full story, here's the link to the Environmental News Network.

Dogs of Courage

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From wildlife protection and conservation, as service canines for inmates, during search and rescue missions, in fires, as therapists, and for medical-detection purposes, and more, dogs are working hard for us all the time.

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Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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Animals killed also include threatened and endangered species, a number which has steadily increased since 2005. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency charged Wildlife Services for its illegal placement of a sodium cyanide M-44 (a highly lethal booby trap) on public land, which harmed a U.S. Environmental groups have called on Obama to get rid of the USDA's Dept. of Wildlife Services , which is involved in mainly predator control programs (coyotes are a big target).

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

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The International Primate Protection League was active in exposing and urging prosecution of this case. 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.

Julian H. Franklin on the Use of Animals in Research

Animal Ethics

They may be killed in order to protect the health of humans (and other animals) if they are infected with a serious disease and cannot be quarantined. Franklin, Animal Rights and Moral Philosophy [New York: Columbia University Press, 2005], 125 To inflict death or pain on animals for scientific or medical research is wrong morally, and ought to be prohibited. This follows from everything said in the text about the rights of animals.

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Julian H. Franklin on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

Nor have I dealt with advances in the legal protection of animals both in practice and in theory. Franklin, Animal Rights and Moral Philosophy [New York: Columbia University Press, 2005], xvii-xviii I don't expect that many readers will be converted to the cause of animal rights by reading this book.

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Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

Animal Ethics

The numbers are high and rising: From 1996 to 2005, MRSA-related hospitalizations increased nearly tenfold. The Bottom Line: The government cares more about protecting agribusiness profits than it does about protecting the health of consumers. Meanwhile, protect yourself and your family from such germs by refusing to purchase or consume any meat produced on factory farms.