Humane Society Likes Obama's Animal Welfare Picks

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And, in general, the Humane Society and its Legislative Fund likes them. Tags: Obama humane society USDA us I bet you didn't realize that Obama had any animal welfare picks, but he did. 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.

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Humane Society Endorses Obama

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The Obama-Biden ticket is the better choice on animal protection, and we urge all voters who care about the humane treatment of animals, no matter what their party affiliation, to vote for them. As an Illinois state senator, he backed at least a dozen animal protection laws, including those to strengthen the penalties for animal cruelty, to help animal shelters, to promote spaying and neutering, and to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

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Humane Society Exposes Petland Practices

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The Humane Society has another great investigation into the shady practices of a corporate giant. Not so, says the Humane Society. This news story slipped by in November. This time it's Petland, who I'm glad to say has no stores in my area (that I know of.) It has about 140 stores nationwide that sell puppies that supposedly come from "good" breeders (are any breeders good? but that's another post.) Among the investigation findings.

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Study Claims Islamic Slaughtering More Humane

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The study: 'Attempts to Objectify Pain and Consciousness in Conventional (captive bolt pistol stunning) and Ritual (halal, knife) Methods of Slaughtering Sheep and Calves' concludes that Islamic slaughtering is the most humane method of slaughter and that captive bolt stunning, practised in the West, causes severe pain to the animal.

Humane Society and Changes in DC

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Here is a good article on the HSUS

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Rescued Chimp Bonds with Human Caregiver

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Sweet pictures of the baby chimp rescued from the Congolese military. So much like any child.

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"Human Beings Love Beef"

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Here is a review of two new books about the consumption of cow flesh

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Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on "Humane Slaughter"

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The plea that animals might be killed painlessly is a very common one with flesh-eaters, but it must be pointed out that what-might-be can afford no exemption from moral responsibility for what-is.

Debate Over Injured Dog Video

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I think that such haters can't bear a non-human being heroic. It begs the question of the uniqueness of humanity and, of course, themselves. Not other humans in general, but themselves. I've only been able to watch this video, and read the comments, once. It's too much for me.

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Send Obama a Message About Factory Farming

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The Humane Society makes it easy right here

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. California voters have taken a stand for decency and compassion and said that the systemic mistreatment of animals on factory farms cannot continue," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, the primary back of the YES! Proposition 2 has been passed in California.

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NY Times Profile of Wayne Pacelle

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The NY Times has a long bio on Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society

Using Animals as Mere Means to Human Ends

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How many of you think this experiment is justified? If you think it's justified, would it be justified if the experimental subjects were orphaned children

Global Warming Is Good for Animals (Including Humans)

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See here. Sorry, Mylan

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Quote of the Week

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If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution - and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity. Jane Goodall.

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Situation Critical for Zimbabwe Wildlife

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War and chaos is bad for everyone, human and non-human. In Zimbabwe, activists claim impoverished Zimbabweans are killing elephants and eating them. Out-of-control poaching is apparently wiping out all sort of wildlife, including hippos.

Quote of the Week

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True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Albert Schweitzer.

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How Much Animal Testing in Australia?

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Australian Association for Humane Research says that Australia experiments on more animals per capita than the European Union, the UK and New Zealand. They are trying to get figures for the Northern Territory.

Seattle Considers Ban on Pit Bulls

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It's the humans, not the animals. I am totally opposed to this. Instead of banning the breed, why don't we we crack down on mistreatment of these animals and on unlicensed owners? Stupid people.

Retailer Pulls Vick Jerseys After Complaint.Wait, What?

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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., 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.

Kill the Sea Lions Before They Kill Again!

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All driven by humans. But we can't get rid of humans, of course, and we need to punish someone who can't fight back. Mosman denied an attempt by the Humane Society of the United States to stop the killings. This is pretty frustrating. The major threats to salmon are the 4 'H's: habitat, hatcheries, hydro(power) and harvest. Let's pick the sea lions! Portland judge said Wednesday the Northwest states can kill hungry sea lions on the Columbia River.

Will Obama Rescue a Dog?

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LA Unleashed has a good roundup of reaction from the Humane Society and PETA. Hey, if it's important enough to mention in his speech that he was getting a puppy, it's important enough for us to talk about it. He did say in the past that he would adopt a dog. Let's hope he sends a progressive message by giving a shelter dog a new home. Maybe he could get two.

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Proposition 2 Poll

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It's from September 30, from the Humane Society. The writer is Jennifer Fearing, the CHIEF ECONOMIST for the Humane Society. I've been trying to find polling data on Proposition 2, but this is all I could find. As the quarterly campaign finance period closed today, the YES! on Prop 2 campaign reports a tidal wave of voter and donor support from Californians backing the effort to stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals on industrial factory farms.

Quantico Has No Compassion for Feral Cats

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Of course, this is the military, so why should they be any better than humanity in general?) It is their belief, he said, that rendering most of the feral cats sexually inactive will humanely decrease their numbers. ‘‘The Feral cats may be an animal problem, but there is a human solution. 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.

Atheists or Believers?

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Atheist podcasts I listen to still seem to value humans over animals, just for different reasons. Humans and animals are not the same, but it's not a matter of soul, but of superior intellect. I'm an atheist. I have no problem using the term. I used to be Catholic though and still have a great deal of loyalty to the Church. Probably because it is so much a part of my culture.

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Daily Visits with Pale Male

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Lincoln can be histrionic at times, and is no fan of humanity, but I basically agree with his sentiments so I overlook the melodrama. I have visited this site almost every day for at least three years. The photographer tracks the animals of Central Park, particularly the famous red-tailed hawks Pale Male and his mate Lola. GORGEOUS photography and a very talented man.

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Another Mass Extinction on the Way?

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Of course, as Ron my coworker and John Ashcroft groupie says, clearly if they can't compete with humans, then they should go extinct! I can't believe we are still debating this. In an article published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, UC Berkeley researchers argue that substantial die-offs of amphibians and other plant and animal species add up to a new mass extinction facing the planet.

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ALF Activists Glue Locks of U Cal Primate Researcher

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We will increase our level of tactics as long as non-human primates and other animals are tortured to death at the hands of those driven by profit and as long as the University of California shows a complete disregard for the suffering of the non-human prisoners. From the website : Just after sunrise on Halloween, a sole trick or treater descended on the home of University of California-San Francisco primate vivisector Stephen Lisberger.

Sick Prank with Dead Bear Cub

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I am so proud of being human. This is not just stupid, but sick. And don't forget that a bear cub was shot, not by the kids, but by some other monster. Authorities said Tuesday that a student prank, not a political statement, was the motivation for dumping a dead bear cub draped in Barack Obama signs on a North Carolina campus earlier this week.

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Documentary Spotlights Plight of Mexican Dogs

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The hourlong film is an unflinching commentary on the overpopulation of stray dogs in Mexico, who even outnumber us humans in some regions. This sounds like it would be very difficult to watch. It's called "Companions to None (Companeros de Nadie)." Macho culture, argues {Dallas-based director Bill} Buchanan, goes some way to explaining why Mexicans are so reluctant to sterilize their male dogs.

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Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

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In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected a broad challenge by animal protection advocates to the state’s rules on the care of farmed animals) but struck down regulations that regard husbandry practices as being “humane” merely because they are routine. Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8.

Court Overrules Federal Government on Wolf ESA Decision

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It's in response to a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups, including The Humane Society of the United States. Good news for wolves in the Great Lakes area. TRAVERSE CITY - State officials say they're not pleased with a federal court's ruling overturning the government's decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list for the Great Lakes region. The ruling today affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Ban on Ape Testing Proposed in EU

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Today's draft legislation does include a great ape test ban, but as no apes are used in EU research at the moment, this is considered by many animal advocates as something of a token gesture," said the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, a British-based charity which opposes using animals in experiments. Their is a proposal to ban testing on apes in the EU. Is this a solution to a problem that doesn't exist?

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Gordon Ramsey Disappoints Me

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He's more human and sensitive on the show. I know, I know, I shouldn't be surprised. The guy is a real jerk on Hell's Kitchen, but we watch him on the British show Kitchen Nightmares and I've learned a lot from the guy. And he has such a sense and love of food. But, according to my husband, the guy hates vegetarians and won't allow his daughter to marry one. What the f^&^! What is so threatening to chefs like Ramsey and David Chang?

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Stray Dog Rescued in Mumbai

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Some may ask why a dog is being saved when so many human lives were lost," said J.C. 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.

How to Confront Cruelty

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The norm of moderate concern for animals - that animals matter albeit less than humans - permits the (ab)use of animals in vivisection, factory farming, bloodsports and other contexts where animals suffer. I came across this 2005 book from the Society & Animals Journal titled Confronting Cruelty Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement. Sounds interesting. Why and how do people campaign on behalf of a species that is not their own?

Prop 2 Opponents Accused of Laundering Money

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This news is from early September and is reported by Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society. on Prop 2 - Californians for Humane Farms - has uncovered an election scam and is charging the measure’s opponents with laundering money in violation of state campaign finance laws. In a complaint filed September 3 with California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, YES!

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Don't Eat Camel - Eat Schmeat!

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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. 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."

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Wolves & Eagles No Longer Endangered in Michigan?

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Killing would be permitted only if a wolf posed a direct threat to humans. That's what Michigan's State Department of Natural Resources says. Michigan's removal of the bald eagle and gray wolf from the list will be the most significant change in species protection the state has seen in years.

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Activists Continue to Target UC Animal Researchers

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Ralph Freeman has killed cats and kittens in his laboratory at UC Berkeley with no benefit for humans for over twenty years. California recently passed a law protecting animal researchers from animal activists. In the short term at least, it's not working. The communiqués read, in part: We were inspired by the recent passage of the 2296 bill and the raid of an anarchist infoshop in Oakland. As the vivisectors revel in their false safety, know this. This law changes NOTHING.

Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act Passed House Judiciary

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This bill would severely limit the rights of owners to manage their private property and subject horse owners to criminal prosecution should they sell or transport their horses for processing for human consumption, even if that is not their intention.” It amazes me that legislative business is still being conducted in DC these days, what with the US economic sky falling. Especially animal business. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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This woman said that those scenes didn't really bother her that much, it was the ghost and sexual implications in the story that disturbed her (latter relating to the human characters of course.) 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.

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Virgina Creates Wildlife Crime Watch Program

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Through community meetings, neighbors will learn more about each other and how to protect wildlife, the environment, personal property and human life. Sounds intriguing. I was particularly interested in the list of program sponsors. They were all hunting associations AND the National Rifle Association. Wildlife Crime Watch" is a new program implemented by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.