2009 Animal Rights Conference Scheduled for July 16-20

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Tags: animal law conferences It's in Los Angeles this year.

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Oh those dramatic animals!

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Oh those dramatic animals! originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on November 4, 2009. Tags: animal funnies cute video Two funny videos to make you giggle! First up, the original “Dramatic Chipmunk&#.

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Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

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They are loving and loyal animals. Tags: Animal Welfare animal advocacy companion animals dogs pictures I get frustrated when people suggest that all Pit bulls are a danger to society.

What Matters to Animals…

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The weekend of June 13th and 14th I went to an animal rights conference in the Twin Cities called Their Lives, Our Voices. It was called “In Defense of Actual Animals&# , and it was fantastic. I know that animals will still be dying for food every day.

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Let’s Catch Up!

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Alec Baldwin wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post about the vilification of Michael Vick, and how in a lot of ways it’s hypocritical of a lot of people – specifically, if you are a meat eater, a leather-wearer, and an animal user.

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Egypt Kills Thousands of Pigs for No Reason

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Tags: Animal Cruelty Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal suffering international news pictures pigs swine flu Source: NY Times online. The pig you see here being dangled by the leg is still just a baby, and by now he is already dead and thrown away for absolutely no reason, as are the rest of the 300,000 pigs in Egypt.

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Animal Rights is a Social Justice Issue

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Tags: animal rights social justice Thanks to Provoked for posting this video. It states our case eloquently.

A Victory for Turkeys

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All too often even the most egregious cases of animal abuse go without any substantial punishment. This seems even more true when the victim is a “food&# animal. They are sweet, kind animals, and I am so happy I got to meet some of them.

Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

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Travis, like all other chimps, no matter how many amazing “human-like&# behaviors they exhibit, are still wild animals who do not belong to anybody else, and who will undoubtedly revert back to their instincts eventually.

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Poet Laureate of California Questions Animal Testing

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Tags: animal research medical research Here's her piece in the Huffington Post.

Getting Emotional

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Sometimes being an animal rights advocate is emotionally exhausting. Last night I was watching Animal Planet, as I often do, and the show was about polar bears in the wild. What immediately hit me after getting so emotional about this is how nature is kind in comparison to the horrible cruelties humans impose on non-human animals, especially “food&# animals. Chickens, turkeys, pigs and other farmed animals get nothing of the sort.

Gymnast Shawn Johnson Put To Sleep After Breaking Leg | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

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Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Rights Animal Welfare horses videos euthanasia This video nicely highlights the insanity in killing “racing&# horses when they become injured.

Some Groups that Still Support Animal Research

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From PETA's Animal Times (I tore out the page and there's no date anymore.but it was 2009). Tags: animal research medical research 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.

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HBO Special on Factory Farming

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Viewer discretion advised on the clip below… Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Rights Animal Welfare Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal suffering gestation crates pigs videos Last night HBO premiered a show called Death on a Factory Farm. This is a small segment. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, and am not sure if I’ll be able to stomach it, but I do have a friend recording it for me. Has anyone else seen it? What were your thoughts?

PETA Leads Anti-Animal Research Protest at University of Utah

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This protest comes after an undercover PETA investigator collected evidence of alleged animal abuse in the University laboratories. Tags: animal research utah medical research PETA

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“You Want Farm Animals to Go Extinct!”

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This is one of my favorite responses from omnivores when they find out that I would love it if the whole world stopped eating animals. “But what would we do with all the animals that are currently on farms? You want all the farm animals to just die ?&#. Yes, that is why I’m vegan - because I’d like all the farm animals to DIE! Secondly, the fact of the matter is that many farmed animals could likely survive if they were left to their own devices.

Romain Rolland on Animal Suffering

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To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. Tags: Animal Rights Animal Cruelty animal suffering famous quotes For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal.

Links/Products You Should Check Out

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Sanctuary Tails – This is a blog written by some of the people who care for animals at Farm Sanctuary. They talk about animal cruelty issues, but also profile rescued animals – my favorite part. There are some very touching stories, and it’s so nice to read about animals being well cared for when it seems like all you ever hear are horror stories.

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Kathy Bauck: The Face of Puppy Mill Cruelty

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Kathy Bauck, owner of Pick of the Litter Kennels in New York Mills, MN, was recently found guilty of four misdemeanors: one count of animal cruelty, and 3 counts of animal torture. An officer of the ASPCA reported her to the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act back in 1998 and no action was taken. Apparently animal TORTURE only ranks as a “misdemeanor&#. This monster tortured innocent animals, and will likely see no more than 20 days inside a jail cell.

World Week for Animals in Laboratories is April 16-26

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Tags: animal experimentation animal research medical research I like this short opinion letter that gets right to the point.

Vile Practices at Tulare County, CA Animal Shelter

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That's why this action alert from the Animal Legal Defense Fund strikes a cord with me. Sargeant, doing business as Sargeant’s Wholesale Biologicals, buys carcasses from animal shelters and sells them to research facilities such as UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. 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’m Vegan, and No, I’m Not a Freak

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The Romain Rolland quote I posted last week has been on my mind a lot lately: To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. I looked around and saw people take big helpings of animal flesh without once giving a thought to the fact that it had been a living, breathing, feeling being not long ago.

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Meat with No Feet!?

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A while back PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered $1 million to any company or person who could come up with a cost effective way to produce cloned meat on a large scale, the goal being that people could still satisfy their meat cravings, but that animals wouldn’t have to be slaughtered for that purpose. In this country alone, we raise about 10 billion animals each year for food.

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Profile of "Pro-Test"

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Here's a scathing overview in Primate Freedom of the new organization "Pro-Test," an organization of animal researchers who want to advocate for their work. Tags: animal research medical ethics medical research Long and impressive expose.

Kansas University Tries to Correct Welfare Violations

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Kansas University Medical Center was nailed by USDA inspectors for violations including improper treatment for sick animals, aging facilities and failing to provide appropriate enrichment opportunities for animals who appear to be under psychological stress. Tags: animal research

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Protest To Stop Pointless Radiation Experiments

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Tags: animal research Stupid primates NASA PETA organized protests to stop these stupid radiation experiments on spider monkeys. The purpose is to determine how astronauts would fare on the way to Mars. To Mars? We can't even get out of Afghanistan and we're going to Mars. Next year? Give me an effing break.

Rescue Ink Gets Its Own TV Show

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They are a group of big tattoed guys that go around rescuing animals. Tags: animal rescue I first read about Rescue Ink in Best Friends Magazine. Now they have their own show on National Geographic Channel. NGC must be having success with Dogtown in order to bring on another rescue show. I just love the picture of these guys.

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PETA Criticizes University of Kansas

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Tags: animal research Kansas PETA 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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Baby Chicks Ground Up

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Thanks to Mercy for Animals for their undercover work exposing this egg industry practice. Tags: animal cruelty eggs farm animal welfare factory farm What a subject line, but it's true. This is the second time this year that I've heard of this group capturing headlines. I'd never heard of them before. I'm very impressed by their courage and tenacity.

Animal Cruelty and Richard Russo

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I've googled this and can't find a single critique of the book that mentions that he is making a joke out of animal cruelty. Tags: animal cruelty books Has anyone ever read Richard Russo's book "Straight Man?" He uses geese killing at a fictional university as a comedic subplot. It's not funny at all. Why wasn't it noted by someone somewhere?

Biggest Dogfighting Raid in US History

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Tags: animal cruelty law enforcement blood sport dog fighting It happened about a week ago with up to 350 dogs seized in 5 states. About 30 people were arrested.

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What's the Difference Between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights?

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Tags: animal rights animal welfare Here's one perspective. See if you can figure out when the author starts talking about PETA. She doesn't mention it by name, but who else could it be?).

Identify Signs of Animal Cruelty

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Here is a link to a PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society) web page with signs of what to look for. Tags: animal cruelty It's a Washington State organization, but the information is still useful anywhere.

Japan Hesitant to Move Away from Animal Testing

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Interesting article on animal testing and cosmetics in Japan. Tags: animal testing europe cosmetics Japan They still have a lot of work to do in the pursuit of alternatives. They also need the will to change.

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Do Animals Laugh?

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A prominent researcher in the specialized field of animal laughter, Jaak Panksepp of Washington State University, said it definitely goes farther back than that. "I Tags: animal behavior primates 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?

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The State of the Animal Rights Dialogue

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Tags: animal rights This opinion piece is from the Christian Science Monitor in 2002. It may be almost 7 years old, but I think it is as relevant now as it was then. Worth reading and, I think, some reflection.

The Internet and Kenny Glenn

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Tags: animal abuse animal cruelty kenny glenn internet Good article in the Irish Times analyzing the role of the Internet in the the crime and capture of Kenny Glenn, cat torturer.

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Activist Indicted on Contempt Charges

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A federal grand jury has indicted an animal rights activist who refused to testify about the release of thousands of mink from Utah ranches. Tags: animal enterprise terrorism act activism animal rights I'm late on this one. The article is from October 5. Fox 13 Now reported. Jordan Halliday, 22, served several months in jail for contempt of court after he said he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.

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PETA Uncovers Horrible Conditions at Land O'Lakes Supplier

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And the disturbing video: Tags: animal cruelty PETA Not a pretty picture. From PETA's site: A new PETA undercover investigation inside a Land O'Lakes supplier facility in Pennsylvania has revealed routine neglect and cruelty to cows who are milked for the Fortune 250 company's products.

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Oklahoma Editorial About "Rising Animal Rights Terrorism"

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This editorial in the web version of the Oklahoman denounces animal rights terrorism; however, it finishes off by supporting medical research on animals. Tags: animal rights medical research What about the terror and violence involved in that? But they do try to cover themselves by pointing out they oppose cosmetics research.).

PETA Protests Military's Testing on Pigs

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Tags: animal testing animal cruelty military pigs medical research PETA I'm late on this one. The protest happened on Wednesday. But it's worth noting that someone out there took some action on this gruesome story. And that's what I like about PETA and why I recently became a member for the first time. They are fast, organized, committed and they get attention.

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Marines Still Using Pigs for Medical Training

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They claim the animals are asleep during the procedures and feel no pain. Tags: animal research military pigs The Marines also claim that using live pigs and inflicting wounds on them is the only way to approximate real-life situations in combat. It's the best way to train medical personnel. Read and decide for yourself.

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Cutting Duplicative Research Could Save Millions

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I recently attended a presentation on animals and toxicity testing in which I was stunned to hear the speaker estimate that by merely requiring researchers to share their research results with other scientists to decrease duplicate testing, and by harmonizing chemical testing standards, several million animals would be immediately spared from use in unnecessary research. Tags: animal research Just read an August update from an ALDF lawyer about medical research.