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.

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.

Video of the Week

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

Debate Over Injured Dog Video

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I've only been able to watch this video, and read the comments, once. It's too much for me. The video is in Spanish. Essentially, a little dog gets hit on a busy street and no one stops to help it. Suddenly another dog comes into the street and drags the injured one to safety.

Pugs!

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Palin's Turkey Makes Letterman's Top 10

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Now, I'm no fan of Sarah Palin's. I think she is an evil George Wallace in a dress. But I will say that this attention on her turkey slaughter interview is a bit hypocritical. Sure, there was a turkey being ground up behind her, but, come on.

Killer Whale Vs. Penguin

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This is one kick ass little penguin. H/t to Andrew Sullivan

Rangers Return to Virunga

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The gorilla rangers have returned to Virunga after more than a year's exile. You can see how happy they are in this video.

Palin Pardons Turkey, Gives Interview With Turkeys Being Slaughtered Behind Her

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This woman is a complete dumbass. And yes, you will be hearing more about her here. We've been following her destructive policies since before she brought her trailer trash values down to the lower 48, and we'll keep following her until she leaves office.

Happy Friday

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Nuff said

Petition Drive Launched Asking Obama to Adopt Shelter Dog

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You can sign it here.

Helping Feral Cats in Your Neighborhood

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Cory Williams, of the famed "Mean Kitty" YouTube videos (which are really funny), has a good how-to video about doing a trap, spay/neuter, and release of feral cats in your neighborhood. The video was done on behalf of the Stray Cat Alliance.

The Vet Who Did Not Vet

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OK, it doesn't have a lot to do with "critters" per se, other then the fact that it deals with That One that approves of killing wolves and polar bears. And it's really really funny. And hey, the title also uses the word vet in TWO different ways that don't mean veterinarian.

Palin Bad For Polar Bears

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An ad from Defenders of Wildlife. Yet another reason to make sure this moron never gets to be one 72 year old heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Did Sarah Palin Allow Wolf Cubs to be Slaughtered?

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That is the allegation in this Defenders to Wildlife video. If true, that's another reason not to vote for this backwoods goofball hick.

Charlotte Is Going to Get You!

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The old cat with the collapsed lung is as ornery as ever! What is she planning now

Faith and Animal Welfare Issues

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Here is a good article about trying to link religion with animal welfare. As far as Christianity, I still don't see how at least American Christianity can be coupled with helping animals. Not that I want to lump all Christians into one monolithic group.

Dog Town USA

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Here is a good National Geographic video on the rehabilitation of dog victims of Katrina.

Art Auction for Cheetah Conservation Fund

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Video has the details: Tags: cheetah

I Got Nothing

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Weiner dog races

The Gustine Festa

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Here is a picture I took at the Our Lady of Miracles parade in Gustine. I have video of it too, that I'll be posting at some point. The picture doesn't do it justice, but that's all I have right now

Defenders of Wildlife Blast Palin in New Ad

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Nice and effective. Let's hope we see more of this from environmental groups.

Goodbye to Pilar and Blanco

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Two hammies checked out on me in the past week, both due to old age. Sweet dreams to Pilar and Blanco the white dwarf

Paul Watson on Sharks

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Happy Monday

Norway Knights Penguin, Ostrich Denied Again

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Nils Olav, a king penguin on the Norwegian King's Guard , was bestowed a knighthood for simultaneously defusing an IED while taking out a machine gun in Iraq. I kid. The IED was already defused. OK, I don't think Norway even has troops in Iraq.

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ABOUT SOULPANCAKE: Founded in 2008 by actor Rainn Wilson (The Office), SoulPancake develops thought-provoking. This video is sure to make your day! What happens when you take some stressed out humans and offer them a bit of relaxing therapy?

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sea Shepherd Goes After Japanese Whalers Again

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I guess I haven't been paying attention, as I didn't know this was going on again. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin closed in on one of the vessels of the Japanese whaling fleet at 0730 Hours GMT (1930 Hours Sydney Time) on December 26th off the coast of the Australian Antarctic Territory north of the Mawson Peninsula. The Kaiko Maru emerged from dense fog in front of the Steve Irwin.

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