Montana Passes Horse Slaughterhouse Protection Measure

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The last such facility in the US closed in 2007. Montana has passed a law making it difficult to challenge the building of a horse slaughtering facility in that state. This bill specifically makes for groups that might oppose it to use the court system to do so. From the bill, which you can read here : Section 2. Judicial review of equine slaughter or processing facilities -- surety bond -- attorney fees -- venue. (1)

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But one thing they all have in common is the strongest desire imaginable to love you, protect you and bond with you. June 12, 2007 To the Editor: It’s strange, I have started to do the same thing as Arthur Phillips—counting my years by my beloved whippet, Gracie. June 11, 2007 Note from KBJ: I concur To the Editor: “ My Dog Days ,” by Arthur Phillips (Op-Ed, June 10), gave me those warm, fuzzy feelings and made my eyes tear.

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The recent report by the New York City comptroller points out the absolute failure of city agencies to protect these indentured slaves. 16, 2007To the Editor: Re “ Drummer Denies He Intentionally Spooked Horse That Died ” (news article, Sept.

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March 27, 2007 To the Editor: Livestock producers raise their animals under humane standards and under the care of a veterinarian. In the United States pork industry, the vast majority of the more than 100 million pigs raised each year are housed in climate-controlled buildings that protect them from the elements, illness and disease and that allow for individual care. Judith Abeles San Diego, March 26, 2007

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To the Editor: Re “ Japan’s Whaling Obsession ” (editorial, April 1): Japan strongly supports the international protection of endangered whale species and advocates for the sustainable harvest of species in abundance only. Japan Information Center Consulate General of Japan New York, April 4, 2007

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The rooster watches over the flock protectively and often participates in a hen’s egg-laying ritual, an extremely important and private part of her life. 13, 2007To the Editor: Re “ Suddenly, the Hunt Is On for Cage-Free Eggs ” (front page, Aug. 12): While this is a step in the right direction toward reducing the animal abuse inherent in all factory farming (from the chicken’s point of view), it’s still a long way from what nature intended.

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Producers like me are ready to comply with tough new Environmental Protection Agency regulations that protect the nation’s water supply, by adopting a policy of zero discharge into rivers and streams. 1, 2007To the Editor: “ A Factory Farm Near You ” (editorial, July 31) is in a time warp. Yes, concentrated animal feeding operations, or “factory farms” as you call them, are a key feature of modern agriculture.

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March 14, 2007 To the Editor: Contrary to the assertions in Nicolette Hahn Niman’s attack on modern pork production, America’s 67,000 pork producers treat their animals humanely. March 14, 2007 Note from KBJ: Replace "animals" and "pigs" with "slaves" in the second letter and see what happens.

Julian H. Franklin on Animal Rights

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Nor have I dealt with advances in the legal protection of animals both in practice and in theory. I don't expect that many readers will be converted to the cause of animal rights by reading this book.

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From the Mailbag

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It is an animated website aimed at educating and inspiring children about endangered species, and all of our characters actually exist in a real-life camp in Tanzania which protects black rhino and wild African hunting dogs. Unfortunately we cannot link to your site since ours is a protected safe site for children, but we would love to be included as one of your links. Hello Keith, Mylan, and Jonathan We stumbled across your very worthy site and read some recent posts.

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You Might Be a Terrorist!

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For more on how the rhetoric of terror is being used to restrict the rights of animal advocates so as to protect the profits of animal abusers, see my earlier post here. When the government deems law-abiding citizens working to bring about justice for all "terrorists" in order to protect the profits of corporate animal abusers, we should all be afraid.

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From the Mailbag

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As you know, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is committed to protecting the lives of animals everywhere. Greetings, We need your help. But you may not know that we have filed a lawsuit against Mendes Calf Ranch for its violation of California animal cruelty laws. The ranch is a facility that dairy producers use to house and raise newborn calves while their mothers are milked.

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Dear Keith, I work with Wesleyan University Professor Scott Plous (founder of Social Psychology Network), and I'm writing to let you know of a new web site related to animal protection. The site uses a unique interactive technology to offer "human-like" interviews that probe the ethical dimensions of diet and lifestyle choices. This probing often leads people to examine their own practices and to better understand the choices made by others.

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From the Mailbag

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It takes a slightly different take on vegetarian advocacy—trying to quantify the effects of single meal decisions to protect the environment and improve animal welfare. Hello, We've recently launched a new website, the PB&J Campaign. At this point we're emailing websites and blogs that have related themes, our goal being to get the word out that the site exists. Please let me know if you have any questions about it. Cheers, Bernard Brown

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Julian H. Franklin on the Use of Animals in Research

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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. 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. This does not mean that animals may never be deliberately harmed or become subjects of research.

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A Good Day for Horses

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Other victories by animal protection advocates and their impacts are discussed here Horses destined for inhumane slaughter in the U.S. can now breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to a recent ruling in a federal appeals court. According to this story in the Northern Star, a federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that the USDA can no longer inspect horse meat for a fee.

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Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

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The column, which you can read here , is a call to arms to factory farmers to fight back against those individuals and organizations working to protect farm animals from the abuses inherent in factory farms. Recent victories by animal protection advocates have an increasing number of pro-factory-farming lobbyists worried about the future of animal agriculture. A column entitled "Ag Industry Threatened by Animal Rights" appeared in today's High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal [ HPMAJ ].

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McKee Project Expands Work into Guatemala and Other Latin American Countries

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At the end of 2007, the World Society for the Protection of Animals selected the McKee Project to work on spay/neuter programs in Guatemala. This is a great group that I've spotlighted before. Although they are best known for their work in Costa Rica, they also work in Mexico and Panama. I recently subscribed to their newsletter which comes out in both Spanish and English versions.

Extraordinary Growth in Mountain Gorilla Population

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In contrast, the 2007 murders of 10 gorillas occurred under the Congolese government's control. The population—made famous by a series of murders in 2007—has grown by nearly 13 percent in the last 16 months, despite having no protection from civil war or poaching for 15 months, park rangers said Monday. Surprisingly, the mountain gorillas have prospered under the rule of the Congo rebels.

Palin Now Going After Endangered Whales

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At issue is the population of {the Cook Inlet beluga) whales, which were put under the protections of the Marine Mammal Protection Act eight years ago, which scientists argue hasn't sped their recovery: Palin begs to differ. Her administration argues that that the belugas are faring just fine under the protections in place, and the population is even beginning to show signs of recovering. First wolves, then polar bears, now beluga whales.

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President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder had been a Covington partner and a defender of Chiquita when the company was accused of hiring “assassination squads” in Colombia (Chiquita was found guilty, admitting that it had paid organizations listed by the US government as terrorist groups “for protection” and agreeing in 2004 to a $25 million fine). (3)

Charity Navigator Gives People for Puget Sound "Three Stars"

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Yesterday, I contributed to People for Puget Sound , a local organization that works on protection of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits. Here is a snapshot of their 2007 budget breakdown. I recently signed up with Charity Navigator, an online service that provides financial information about and ratings for specific charities. I'm starting a new mini-feature in which I'm posting about the results of my research into some of the groups I support.

Gorilla Rangers Return to Virunga

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Since September 2007, it has been occupied by rebels who had driven the rangers out. "It It is a huge step that all sides have agreed that the protection of Virunga as a World Heritage Site and its mountain gorillas is of sufficient priority to transcend political differences," said Virunga Park Director Emmanuel de Merode.

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4 The Love Of Animals

Formed in 2007, this organization seeks to promote the humane treatment of animals by promoting effective animal sanctuary management. Understanding that threats to animals can range from illegal trafficking to utter exploitation, these leaders strive to promote the safety and protection sanctuaries offer our fury, feathered, four-legged friends. In the fast-paced world of today, it seems people are always on the go.

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Puerto Rico Plans Huge Primate Breeding Facility to Supply Researchers

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Less than one year ago, Puerto Rico enacted a landmark animal protection law, based in part on a set of model laws drafted by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. states and jurisdictions with regards to the strength of their laws protecting animals. I'm behind on my email and only just read this action alert from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Another crass attempt at primate slavery for money wrapped in "we put people first" robes." From the ALDF action alert page.

Former Virunga Park Officials In Prison

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Four senior Wildlife Officers have been arrested and imprisoned after the state Congolese Wildlife Agency (ICCN) pressed charges for complicity in the destruction of the protected forests of Virunga National Park in the east of DR Congo. The imprisonment of the Rangers comes after a lengthy trial in the North Kivu province courts initiated after the July 2007 massacre of 5 mountain gorillas that was met with outrage around the globe. And these particular guys deserve it.

Book Chronicles History of Animal Rights

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The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA by Norm Phelps came out in 2007. At once an accessible history of animal protection thought and a revealing narrative of campaigns for animal rights, The Longest Struggle is must read material for everyone who wants to understand the most radical social justice movement of our time. Worth a look.

Agriculture Fears Possible "Cow Tax"

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4, 2008 by the Environmental Protection Agency to charge a fee for air-polluting cows and hogs. The proposal was one of several drafted after a 2007 Supreme Court ruling found that greenhouse gases the animals emit through flatulence or belching amounts to air pollution. I don't know how seriously to take this, or if it's just the ag industry pulling an NRA stunt (ie. knee-jerk reaction to anything and everything.) There was} a proposal Thursday, Dec.

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Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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The number of carnivores killed has also increased since 2005, which is of particular concern to conservation biologists, since these animals play vital roles in ecosystems; • Dangerous - Between 2002 and 2006, Wildlife Services failed several federal audits to safely inventory, store, and control access to chemical weapons, and in 2007 the agency itself admitted that it had experienced a “wake of accidents.” Environmental groups have called on Obama to get rid of the USDA's Dept.

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

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At the time of slaughter, these frightened animals are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and shipped long distances to the slaughterhouse without food or water or protection from the elements. The study was published in the December 2007 issue of the Public Library of Science’s journal PLOS Medicine. Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available.