Humane Society University to Offer Courses in Fall 2009

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Undergraduate degrees and graduate certificates in animal studies, animal policy and advocacy, and humane leadership will begin in fall of 2009. Very cool! I've been looking for something like this for a long time. From the Humane Society's press release.

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BOCA to Stop Using Eggs by End of 2009

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On March 19, 2009 a company representative emailed Compassion Over Killing: "…I am pleased to let you know the BOCA brand will be eliminating eggs in all of its products by the end of this year. Totally missed this story from about a month ago. We anticipate all BOCA products will be egg free in 2010." By removing eggs from their ingredient list, BOCA is withdrawing financial support for factory farms that use battery-cages. They are striking a blow against the cruel egg industry.

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2009 Animal Rights Conference Scheduled for July 16-20

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It's in Los Angeles this year.

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2009 is the Year of the Tiger

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With only 3,200 tigers left in the wild.

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New Podcast for Week Ending February 13, 2009

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In this week’s podcast ending February 13, 2010: **Britain’s Ministry of Defense defends its use of pigs as subjects in explosives testing; **an elephant expert argues for the closing of the elephant exhibit at the Toronto Zoo; **the State of Hawaii seeks to toughen penalties for dog fighting; **Animal rights groups protest the Canadian seal hunt in the shadow of the 2010 Olympics.

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

I immensely enjoyed "EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED" (even on the big screen) and eagerly anticipated "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer. His writing is beautiful, though I do have to admit that I haven't seen "shit" and its variations so frequently in one printed piece in quite a while. Ever, in fact. The good news is that if you know someone who needs to be schooled on all of the sordid details of factory farming, and appreciates good writing, this is a great book.

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Cute of the day: Rudolph

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Cute of the day: Rudolph originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on December 1, 2009.

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Vile Practices at Tulare County, CA Animal Shelter

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Michael Sargeant was originally charged with two felony bribery charges, but on May 13, 2009, he pled no contest to one misdemeanor count of engaging in anti-competitive practices. I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and am familiar with Tulare County. That's why this action alert from the Animal Legal Defense Fund strikes a cord with me. From the ALDF blog. Arrested in June 2007, Michael J. Sargeant, William R. Harmon, and Ron C.

On Atheism and Veganism

Animal Person

For me, atheism and veganism go hand-in-hand. Most of us were born to or adopted by people who eat animals and believe in a god, and that was all a mere accident of birth and/or geography. But something inside us (and perhaps prompted by something outside us) gradually (or quickly) questioned what was occurring. We questioned traditions and rituals surrounding food and clothing as well as worship and community.

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ALF Continues Campaign Against UC Irvine

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From Bite Back: On July 10, 2009 3 vehicles and the home of a UC Irvine vivisector were hit by the ALF. 1 of his cars (the fanciest of the 4 in front) was doused with paint stripper. 2 others had red paint poured all over them. More red paint was splattered across his driveway, and "KILLER" was spray painted in huge red letters across his garage door so that all his neighbors could see what a cruel, sick person they live near

Tiny Turtles

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The full story after the photo: SeaWorld Orlando Cares For Turtle Hatchlings – (August 24, 2009) – Aquarists at SeaWorld Orlando are providing round-the-clock care for three endangered loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings this week. Tiny Turtles originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 11, 2009. This is a little late, so I am sure they have grown by now, but just look at how adorable these little sea turtles are!

Little Fanaticos Soccer Dog Jerseys

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Little Fanaticos Soccer Dog Jerseys originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on October 6, 2009. Love soccer? Does your dog love it too? If so, then Little Fanaticos is the site for you! Just look at how adorable the soccer jersey for dogs looks on Baby the Maltese! This is such a fun item, very unique and something that looks great as well. It is very well made, and fit her perfectly.

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The Worst-Case Scenario Pocket Guide, Dogs!

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Leave a comment on this post before midnight on Tuesday September 1, 2009. originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on August 25, 2009. The Worst-Case Scenario Pocket Guide: Dogs (Worst-Case Scenario Pocket Guides) is an awesome resource for all dog owners. If you have a dog, you need this book! It’s small enough to keep with you if you wanted, but jam packed with great information. Everything from how to give your dog CPR, to how to puppy proof your home.

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The Happy Act

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The Happy Act originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 30, 2009. I wanted to share this email I received recently from the ASPCA. It concerns the Happy Act, which would be a great benefit for pet owners. Dear Animal Advocates, Introduced by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, H.R. 3501—known as the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (“HAPPY”) Act—is a federal bill that would reward responsible pet parents by allowing them to keep more money in their pockets come tax time.

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Some Groups that Still Support Animal Research

Critter News

From PETA's Animal Times (I tore out the page and there's no date anymore.but it was 2009). The US Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association *March of Dimes *American Heart Association *Susan G. Komen Foundation *British Heart Foundation *World Cancer Research Fund I can't tell you all what I do for a living because it's kind of sensitive, but let's just say that my unit has had dealings with Susan G. Komen and they are a pretty arrogant, corporate bunch (just an FYI!).

Cute of the day: A bigger bed!

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originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on October 13, 2009. Yes, I do believe someone could use a bigger bed. Cute of the day: A bigger bed!

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Top 50 Blogs for Animal Lovers

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Top 50 Blogs for Animal Lovers originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on November 4, 2009 We got news recently that we were listed in the Top 50 Blogs for Animal Lovers !! In fact, we were number one! Go check out the list when you get a chance, there are a lot of great blogs on it.

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Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

Critter News

In April 2009, unseasonably cold weather froze two whopping crane eggs. And an incident in June 2009, while it didn’t involve death, certainly drew controversy. Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices. Look at all these incidents that have occurred there (listed in the Montreal Gazette article in the above link).I I don't track zoos, but this seems like an unusually high number of casualties.

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Russian President's Dogs Win It Big!!!

Critter News

Two of President Dmitry Medvedev's dogs won top prizes in the Eurasia 2009 dog show! Hooray! I thought he would be too busy writing best selling novels, composing award winning operas or ruling Russia to enter his dogs in contests and stuff. His third dog only got 2nd place, and will probably be assisting border guards near the Republic of Georgia or some other exciting place.

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Dogs Slaughtered in Yangxian Co. in China

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From China Smack (link has dead dogs picture): 2009 May 31, an indiscriminate massacre was carried out throughout the entire 3206 square kilometer county of Yangxian in Shaanxi province — the target of the massacre were dogs! No matter whether it has a license, whether it was vaccinated, whether it was leashed, whether it was owned, they were all given the death penalty on May 31.

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Giveaway: FlexPet

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Giveaway: FlexPet originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on August 17, 2009. You may remember our post awhile back about a great product called FlexPet. Well, if your dog suffers from arthritis or joint pain, this giveaway is for you! One lucky reader will get a 3 month supply of this amazing supplement.

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For Your Health, the Planet & the Animals: VBM

Animal Person

I recently watched Earthlings and cried the whole way through. There has to be something I can do to reduce all of the suffering of the animals we use as food, I thought. And then I read THE CHINA STUDY and was shocked to learn how unhealthy the Standard American Diet is--even cow's milk, which I thought I should be having three servings of per day! And you know how concerned I am about water on Planet Earth.

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Cute of the Day: the bilby!

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originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on November 6, 2009. Outside of Australia, the bilby is a little-known animal that occasionally draws comparisons to Star Wars’ Yoda character. In Australia, however, the endangered marsupial is making a comeback, due in large part to a recently launched “Save the Bilby&# fund.

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Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

Critter News

Andrew from Good Honest Dollar had an excellent question. He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. It's a thoughtful question I wish more people would ask. The meat industry will say yes, of course, all animals are treated and killed humanely. Here is my opinion. It's a deceptively simple question that could spawn a monster-long response. But I’ll try to keep my answer as short as possible.)

Carrot Cake for Dogs

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Carrot Cake for Dogs originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on November 2, 2009 I was happy to find this article in my inbox recently! Carrot cake, for dogs! Our dog LOVES carrots, and I think that this recipe sounds pretty tasty (I think that people might like it just as much as the dogs)! The recipe is part of an article on Guideposts, click here to read the whole thing. Doggie Carrot Cake. Ingredients. 1 cup whole wheat flour. 1 teaspoon soy flour.

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Lion Population Decreasing in Kenya

Critter News

Kenya's lion population has dropped from an estimated 2,749 in 2002 to 2,280 in 2004 and probably just 2000 individuals in 2009. I've been reading a lot about threatened elephants and primate populations in Africa and wondered about lions. One rarely hears about how they are doing. But, unfortunately, they are in trouble too. This article talks about the specific situation in Kenya. The storyline is all too familiar.

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Do Animals Laugh?

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There are researchers out there who say that they do. I certainly think they can laugh and have fun. I've seen it. And the link below takes you to an article with the cutest orangutan baby enjoying himself. From Cosmiclog at MSNBC. How do you graph the evolution of a laugh? Researchers tickled babies and six different kinds of apes, quantified their giggles, and found that the patterns fit a classic evolutionary tree.

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Good Idea: Bug Bam Dog Tags!

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originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 13, 2009. Even though it’s turning to fall in our neck of the woods, I have still noticed the ever annoying mosquito out and about. That is why I think that these are such a good idea! An easy way to protect your furry friend from mosquitoes. Bug Bam has launched a new mosquito-repelling dog tag to coincide with Heartworm Awareness Month in April.

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Oh those dramatic animals!

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originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on November 4, 2009. Two funny videos to make you giggle! First up, the original “Dramatic Chipmunk&#. Second, the Geico Gecko’s take, a “Dramatic Gecko&#. Is your pet dramatic? Oh those dramatic animals!

The Cookie and Coco Caper

Critter News

If you get an email that someone has been evicted from their home and desperately has to find homes for their beloved labs Cookie and Coco, don't hop on your computer and contact everyone you know. It's a hoax. How do I know? Let me tell you my short tale. Yesterday my boss told me that he'd forwarded an email to me about an evicted couple that was trying to find a home for their two labs Cookie and Coco who were totally attached to each other.

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IFAW in the Philippines

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IFAW in the Philippines originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on October 18, 2009.

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

Critter News

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.

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"No More Homeless Pets" Conference Scheduled for October

Critter News

Join Best Friends Animal Society for the annual No More Homeless Pets National Conference, October 23-25, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. From a Best Friends email. Each year, five million healthy, adoptable homeless pets are still being put down. This is the conference for people who want to make a difference. Three days of action oriented training, inspiration and, of course, fun with Best Friends. Make valuable new connections to make your work for homeless pets even more effective!

PETA Criticizes University of Kansas

Critter News

We recently posted about the University of Kansas which, in response to USDA-cited lab violations, is spending about $1 million on lab renovations (although now I'm hearing it's more like $700,000.) Now PETA is saying that the NIH (National Institutes of Health) should take back the grant money it gave the university. Sorry for the cynicism, but.HAH! Good luck with that argument! The NIH doesn't take back grant money.

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Washington Man Sentenced for Gall Bladder Trafficking

Critter News

This man is a meat-cutter from our home state of Washington. I'm not sure the sentencing is strict enough to keep him from doing it again. I hope he serves out his whole sentence though. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says Wednesday that William A. Page, a meat cutter from Curlew, was sentenced to a year jail in Ferry County Superior Court after being convicted on six counts of unlawful trafficking in wildlife. Page, 63, was sentenced Dec. 18 and was also fined $3,000.

Talking Animals

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Talking Animals originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 29, 2009. There is a really fun post about the 7 Greatest Talking Animals of All Time ! Check out the post to see all of them, but this was my favorite of the 7.

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Applications for Humane Research Funding on the Rise

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The Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research is the UK’s largest charity funder of non-animal replacement research. It has just received a record number of applications for grants. That is a very good thing. At least there is some interest out there. And it's fueled by one thing.research dollars. Research dollars are what keep animal research alive in the US.and control of those research dollars may be the only way to eventually kill it too.

Twick or Tweet

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Twick or Tweet originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 24, 2009 There is a cute, Halloween themed way to help the World Wildlife Fund via Twitter. It’s called Twick or Tweet, and all it takes is sending a “tweet&# to your friends! You can check out the website here , and start “twick or tweeting&# for animals.

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Profile of Peter Young, Animal Rights Activist

Critter News

From the San Jose Mercury News. Fascinating spotlight on an activist known for freeing imprisoned animals. He was himself eventually imprisoned for two years as a result.

Nesting Eagle Killed in Portugal, Another Brilliant Move

Critter News

March 2009. I come from a Portuguese family and I have no problem dumping on the Portuguese. This makes me angry. It has nothing to do with poverty, just stupidity. Portuguese environmental groups - including SOS Lynx, A Nossa Terra and Almargem - have denounced the deliberate shooting of the country's only nesting male Iberian Imperial Eagle.

How to Open a Banana

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How to Open a Banana originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on August 29, 2009. Want to know the most effective way to open a banana? Watch the “pros&# ! The primates know what their doing!

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"Educate, Investigate, Liberate"

Animal Person

You may know Jose Valle of the International Organization for the Abolition of Animal Slavery, AnimalEquality. He recently wrote me: We are an abolitionist group and our approach is "Educate, Investigate & Liberate". We are currently doing an investigation on pig farms in Spain, including intensive and extensive/free-range farms (tho extensive ones are scarce since intensive ones are the majority in the industry).

Baby the Maltese turns 6!

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originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on December 4, 2009. We want to know, do you celebrate you pets birthdays? We celebrated the birthday of Baby the Maltese. She turned 6! Of course we had treats, socks, and lots of cuddles. Cutest moment of the day? Her cute head tilts as I told her that she was having a birthday. Enjoy the cute below: Baby the Maltese turns 6!

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