Activists Again Target UCLA Over Animal Research

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As today began (oct 6 2008) we caught up with a couple of your currently popular vanpools. This time, they've slipped unfired shotgun shells into the tailpipes of some UCLA vans. In two different locales, using small wooden rods we slipped unfired shotgun shells into the mufflers by way of the tailpipes of two of your vans. We also phoned into your media relations desk to let them know about it. On a long enough drive or a hot enough day the mufflers will be blown off.

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Farm Animals Help Alleviate Mental Illness

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The study was released in April 2008, but I think it is still worth noting. It's not just cats and dogs! A new study, published online in Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, suggests that animal assisted therapy for people with mental disorders can be effective with farm animals. The study was carried out with 90 patients with a variety of mental disorders: schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and personality disorders.

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Year of the Gorilla Begins

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On Monday, December 2, 2008, the Year of the Gorilla was launched by the UN and Monaco's Prince Albert. Officials for the U.N.-backed backed Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals said they hoped to raise half a million euros ($630,000) for projects aimed at fighting the animals' biggest threats.

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. 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. 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.

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Prop 2 Passes in California

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4, 2008) – Voters in California approved an historic ballot measure to halt the inhumane confinement of animals on factory farms by an overwhelming margin. Proposition 2 has been passed in California. From the campaign website : (Nov. As of 11 PM PST, Prop 2 was leading 62% to 38%.

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Bring Palin a Wolf Leg, Get $150.00

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In addition to killing wolves from airplanes, Palin supports paying cash to those that cut off their left leg and bring it in for a cash prize. How's that for state socialism?

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Five Baby Mountain Gorillas Found at Start of Congo Census

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Now, don't get too excited, because this is not an indication of how the Virunga population is doing as a whole. BUT, the rangers are shocked because these five babies were all born and survived during the war period. Things are not all peaceful yet either. Despite a ceasefire in the months-long fighting, tracer from a heavy machine gun streaked across the sky close to the rangers headquarters late Thursday.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Many wishes for a joyful, successful and animal-friendly 2009! From, THE CRITTER NEWS TEAM (aka Anna, Patrick, Charlotte, Sonia, Jennie, Cleo, Chay, Doris, Heidi, and Lou

Animal Cruelty Database at Pet-Abuse.com

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There are 14,436 cases in the animal abuse database. You can search for all kinds of crimes against animals in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Spain. Great research tool. Amazing work.

US Fish and Wildlife Offers Ivory Identification Guide

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Wonder if something is made from illegal ivory? US Fish and Wildlife has a guide for identification. From the web page. This is a web version of the Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes by Edgard O. Espinoza and Mary-Jacque Mann, published in cooperation with the CITES Secretariat, and was developed to give information about a nondestructive and visual means of tentatively distinguishing clearly legal ivory from suspected illegal ivory at ports of entry.

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Weird Things Pets Eat

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I used to have a dog that ate rocks thrown at him (and he was as fast with the jaws as a cobra). Here is a list of strange items eaten by pets from a British charity

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Video of the Week

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This is why the internet was invented. So you could watch important stuff like this

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Attempt to Recover Sumatran Rhino Species

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A breeding program in Malaysia will attempt to breed a rescued Borneo Sumatran rhino in order to save the endangered species. Tam, whose species is known for its solitary nature, has been resettled in a wildlife reserve in Malaysia's Sabah state, the last preserve of the Borneo Sumatran rhino _ a subspecies of the bristly, snub-nosed Sumatran rhino.

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Elephants Missing in Chad, Presumed Poached

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This situation sounds a lot like the the mountain gorillas, the Congo and Virunga National Park. Elephants in Zakouma National Park, the last stronghold for the savannah elephants of Central Africa's Sahel region, have crashed to just 1,000 animals from an estimated 3,000 in 2006. Ivory poachers using automatic weapons have decimated elephant populations - particularly when herds migrate seasonally outside of the park. Civil unrest in has made conservation exceedingly difficult in Chad.

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How To Care for Wild Babies

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If you find any out there during these cold winter months, or at any time of the year, read this before you act.

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Stray Dog Rescued in Mumbai

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An old stray dog was wounded in the Mumbai attacks and rescued. He is now recovering and will hopefully find a home. Sadly, he is the lucky one in a city filled with starving strays. But still. Sheru was a stray dog hit by an errant bullet when two gunmen opened fire in a crowded railway station during the first night of the assault.

Pet Love Closes its Doors in Beverly Hills

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This is awesome. Pet Love is a business that sells animals from puppy mills.) The Beverly Center, an upscale shopping mall in Beverly Hills, California, has announced it will terminate Pet Love’s lease sometime in the next few months. Best Friends made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday. Our work here in Los Angeles sends the strongest possible message everywhere that pet shops are supplied by puppy millers,” said Paul Berry, Best Friends chief executive officer. “If

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UK Animal Rights Activists Profiled

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Here is n article in the Guardian about several activists involved in SHAC (Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon. And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site.

Efforts Being Made to End Eating Cats in China

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Disgusting to read about , but there are people in China who are just as outraged at cat eating. Kudos to the many people in China that do care

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British Student Attacked by Portuguese Fur Shop Owner

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The post in the ANIMAL blog is in Portuguese , but here's the gist of it. A British student studying in Porto, Portugal, was handing out leaflets in front of "Beigel," a fur shop. She was volunteering for ANIMAL. She had already been threatened by the owner on Wednesday for trespassing on her premises. On Friday, the owner really lost it and attacked her, leaving marks on the student's arms.

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Should the Military Force Protect the Environment?

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Thought-provoking article in the Boston Globe.some green thinkers are now coming to a surprising conclusion: In exceptional circumstances, they say, the only effective way to protect the environment may be at the barrel of a gun. In some cases, notably in Africa, biodiversity is threatened by military conflict, or by well-armed gangs of poachers.

Quote of the Week

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"Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it." ~ Henri Nouwen.

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Investigation Reveals Cruel Treatment of Pigs in Europe

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It really sucks to be a factory farm pig in Europe. Investigators from Compassion in World Farming found 80 per cent of farms across five European countries engaging in illegal practices such as barren pens and routine tail-docking. In one of the biggest undercover inquiries into pig-farming, CIWF visited 60 farms across five big pork-producing states, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Britain.

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Critters in our yard

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Our yard is pretty animal friendly. We get cats, mice, birds, squirrels and raccoons. Here is a picture of some mice feeding on bird seed we threw out for the birds

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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So, I belong to this book group of 5 to 7 women. I've been with the group for a while and it's not bad. I do enjoy reading books and discussing them, but I have a quandary that I'm going to post about. There is one member of this group who works for a pharmaceutical company. She is the "science" one and likes to call herself an "independent" on the political landscape. She is a practicing Catholic. That's all fine, except for one thing. She supports medical research on animals.

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Are Thai Temple Tigers Drugged?

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Some conservationists worry that the tigers living at a Buddhist Temple in Thailand are drugged, but the monks deny it. There's a big article at the ABC News site. Read it and tell us what you think. Tourists visiting the Tiger Temple pay big money: anything from $15 just for entry, up to $50 for the very special photograph of a tiger with its head in your lap.

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Bush Proposes Penguin Protection, Hell Freezes Over

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Not perfect, but still, wow. The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list six species of penguin as threatened species and one _ the African penguin _ as an endangered species. But it has denied protection under the 1973 Endangered Species Act for three others _ including the emperor and northern rockhopper penguins, the stars of such popular movies as "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet.".Environmentalists

Humane Society Likes Obama's Animal Welfare Picks

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I bet you didn't realize that Obama had any animal welfare picks, but he did. And, in general, the Humane Society and its Legislative Fund likes them. They are very enthusiastic about Tom Vilsack, the proposed Secretary of Agriculture. In fact, he was their top choice. They're not so sure about Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior, but they see some promise. He has a strong environmental record and he has supported some animal issues in the past.

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Compassionate Cooks Worth Visiting

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I really like this website for vegan cooking. Compassionate Cooks also has a podcast I used to subscribe to, but it was a bit overwrought for me. Still, they have a great website and they do important work.

Arctic Ice Melting at Stunning Rate

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Bad news for those Arctic species.

Activists Allegedly Use Computer Virus Against UC Berkeley Researchers

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This according to a communique received at the ALF Press office. UC Berkeley vivisector Ralph Freeman and all of the current lab members in Freeman's Visual Neuroscience Lab were sent a trojan horse virus embedded into email. This virus is designed to completely wreck their computers while leeching all vital personal information they've ever entered into their systems. Interesting. I've never heard of them using this tactic before.

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Monkeys Beat Cruel Trainer in China

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If only they could have escaped to a better life.

Retailer Pulls Vick Jerseys After Complaint.Wait, What?

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Who would be dumb enough to still be selling Vick jerseys? Why that would be Bealls Outlet Stores. No doubt going after the coveted football loving animal abuser fan base. Hannah Tostensen, director of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, and Lisa Norton, president of Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment in Brunswick, complained to Bealls' corporate office in Bradenton, Fla., earlier this month after finding replicas of Vick's No.

Alleged Police Spy Found in NZ

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According to this post , a police spy in New Zealand who infiltrated animal rights groups as well as other activist organizations

Quote of the Week

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We now have scientific evidence that vegetarianism is good for the body. The greatest spiritual teachers have always know that it is good for the soul. Reverend Alvin Van Pelt Hart Episcopal Priest Chaplin St. Luke's Hospital.

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Save the Planet - Eat a Camel!

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First, Aussies were told they should start eating kangaroos to save the environment. Now, they are are being encouraged to eat camel because there are just too many of them. Camel-eating advocates should talk to British chef Gordon Ramsey. That clown will eat anything.

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Don't Eat Camel - Eat Schmeat!

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I'd rather not any meat at all, thank you, but for those meat addicts like my husband, this could help. This article on Gristmill (excerpt below) goes into detail on pros and cons of "schmeat." Earlier this year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced that it will offer a $1 million X Prize for the creation of affordable, humane, and "commercially viable" test-tube meat by 2012. Shmeat is grown from a cell culture (hence the in vitro or cultured prefixes), not from a live animal.

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So Far, Mountain Gorilla Deaths Only from Natural Causes

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Pretty amazing that the 7 mountain gorilla deaths recorded thus far in Virunga have all been due to natural causes. Remember that Virunga National Park has been under Congolese rebel control since 2007 and the park rangers have only just been allowed back in. Two of the deaths were newborns killed by a silverback. The rest were adults that died from illness or age.

Quantico Has No Compassion for Feral Cats

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Quantico Military Base is really behaving cruelly when it comes to the feral cats on its base. They've prohibited feeding and want the animals trapped. If they are not adoptable, oh well, kill them. Please. It is NOT the animals' fault that they have been abandoned to miserable lives. (Of Of course, this is the military, so why should they be any better than humanity in general?)

Goin' to Portland

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Light posting this weekend, as we are going to Portland to take in the waters. Or whatever it is they have down there

Da Bears

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Got this page from pandarazzi on Twitter. This is a page about Moon Bears. It's supposed to be for kids, but it's actually pretty good for just about anyone that doesn't know much about Moon bears (and other species).

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Obama to Get Dog From Shelter, Biden Gets One From Breeder

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PETA takes Biden to task for buying a dog from a breeder.