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Creature Talk

Most are abandoned or euthanized, or sometimes sold into slaughter. As for our human animal counterparts, one of the stories that really got my attention this summer was about the pervasiveness and brutality of rape in Congo.

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Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

Critter News

To me, it's another example of the Humane Society's growing savvy and clout in the US. Animal welfare groups led by the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to abandon a fall ballot issue against animal cruelty as part of a deal with state farm groups brokered by Gov. Tags: ohio humane society farm animal welfare I know many will disagree with me and say it's a cop-out, but I'll take what I can get. From the Associated Press.

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On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

Animal Person

" Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses " in today's New York Times begs a lot of questions that I wonder how you would answer. Abandoned horses tied to telephone poles. As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.".

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Minus that role, the term implies, such an animal has no place; if they aren't some human's companion, or their companionship fails to please, they can be abandoned or killed" (8). With equal validity, we could say that a human locked inside a room has 'freedom' from muggers" (75).

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On Discounts on Adoptions

Animal Person

Here's a Gray Matter for you (or maybe not): A humane society near me is doing a cat- and dog-adoption promotion this month. With record numbers of animals being abandoned due to foreclosures and the economy, and let's face it, adopting a dog or cats isn't going to save you any money, do you think it is irresponsible to offer discounts? You can adopt a dog for $75 rather than $100, and if you adopt a cat for $50 you can get a second one for half the price.

Tom Regan on Utilitarianism

Animal Ethics

Especially because animals are made to suffer in the pursuit of human purposes—in the name of "efficient" factory farming, for example, or in pursuit of scientific knowledge—the utilitarian injunction to count their suffering and to count it equitably must strike a responsive moral chord.

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On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

Their claim is that what has become the customary way to take sentient nonhumans from babyhood to untimely death is not humane. No one needs to eat sentient beings, so it's not as if these "farmers" are providing a valuable service to humanity. It allows you to swoop in with an alternative to the disgraceful human behavior that is factory farming and provide a kindler, gentler way to partake of the flesh of others.

Second Annual National Family Pack Walk

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The Cesar Millan Foundation is dedicated to promoting animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused and abandoned dogs and by delivering community humane education programs, including the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum.

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Is fostering the answer? We think it is.

4 The Love Of Animals

But perhaps their human passed away, or maybe they fell on hard times and just couldn’t afford pet care any longer. Sure, there are some shelter pets who sadly have never felt love, or the affection of a human before.

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Roger Scruton on the Duty to Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

And I suspect that people become vegetarians for precisely that reason: that by doing so they overcome the residue of guilt that attaches to every form of hubris, and in particular to the hubris of human freedom. A great number of animals owe their lives to our intention to eat them.

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Scientist Advocacy Group Oppose Some Animal Testing

Critter News

Our primary concern is the advancement of investigative methodologies that lead to effective cures and treatments for human diseases. As such, AFMA is opposed to research modalities that have been shown to be scientifically invalid—specifically, the use of animals as predictive models (also known as causal analogical models) for humans relative to drug and disease response. Here's a group I've never heard of.

Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

Critter News

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. The plaintiffs plan to pressure the NJDA to abandon them when the regulations are revised. Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8.

Is Dolphin Therapy Cruel to Dolphins?

Critter News

These critics charge that it is no more effective and considerably more expensive than skillful conventional treatment, while potentially harmful to the humans and the animals. Smith, who was originally inspired by watching a dolphin interact with her mentally disabled brother in the 1970s, offered the therapy free of charge for more than a decade, before abandoning the work out of ethical concerns in the 1990s.

Guest Post: Foreclosures Threaten Pets As Well As People

4 The Love Of Animals

The culprit for this surge in animal homelessness is a testimonial to these trying times: human homelessness. While there are no exact numbers on how many animals are coming in from foreclosed homes (since many people don’t give an accurate reason), shelters have noted a dramatic increase in the number of homeless pets they take in, either from owners dropping them off, or from pets that are simply abandoned outdoors or in empty houses. Foreclosures Threaten Pets As Well As People.

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Philip E. Devine on the Vegetarian's Dilemma

Animal Ethics

In the first case, there is no way around the suggestion, which many people appear to believe, that animal experience is so lacking in intensity that the pains of animals are overridden by the pleasures experienced by human beings. The sum of the matter is as follows.

Joy for Orphan Elephants

4 The Love Of Animals

The plight of elephants has become so dire that their greatest enemy—humans—is also their only hope, a topsy-turvy reality that moved a woman named Daphne Sheldrick to establish the nursery back in 1987.

Quantico Has No Compassion for Feral Cats

Critter News

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?) 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.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Many hunters compound their cruelty by abandoning their dogs when they are no longer of use. It is an exhibition of human nature at its worst. To the Editor: “ Getting Bacon the Hard Way: Hog-Tying 400 Pounds of Fury ” (front page, June 21), about Texas hog hunters, illustrated the barbarity of hunting with dogs.

Make sure you look after your pet with insurance

4 The Love Of Animals

According to the RSPCA, in 2008 there was a 57% increase in the number of animals abandoned by their owners in the UK. A similar problem is also occurring in the United States, where the Humane society of the United states claims that up to 8 million animals enter animal shelters each year, showing that this is an international problem. If more pet owners had pet insurance, it is likely that far fewer animals would be abandoned.

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John Passmore (1914-2004) on Bentham's Treatment of Animals

Animal Ethics

"The French have already discovered," Bentham wrote, "that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same plight." As so often, the Benthamites could join hands with the evangelicals.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Sadly, the situation in Puerto Rico is replicated in countries around the world where hundreds of millions of dogs live as strays, abandoned by the humans they have come to depend on for food, shelter and companionship. Change will take place only when governments work with local and international animal welfare groups and concerned individuals to address the root of the problem through education and humane methods of population control, such as spaying and neutering.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors. Sometimes a chimpanzee, usually an adult male, will dance at a waterfall with total abandon.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Mr. Puck’s Good Idea ” (editorial, March 26): Thank you for writing about the restaurateur Wolfgang Puck and his desire to buy meat raised humanely. If we are to live in a more peaceful world, we must abandon the cruelty on our plates. March 27, 2007 To the Editor: Livestock producers raise their animals under humane standards and under the care of a veterinarian. That is never humane.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

4 The Love Of Animals

But it’s not just about how animal abusers end up also hurting or killing humans,” said Wells. “It We operate shelters in the hopes of giving abandoned pets a second chance at a loving home, not subjecting them to lives of continued abuse and neglect,” Florez said. “A I recently got an email from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. They are pioneering legislation in California to make public animal abuse registries.

Race for the Rescues

4 The Love Of Animals

Each year these groups combined, rescue and find homes for over 2,000 abandoned Southland dogs and cats, animals that most likely would otherwise have lost their lives. Pet Adoption Event & Fashion Show – After showing off their fashion-forward best, the pets from the Pasadena Humane Society/SPCA and Los Angeles Animal Services will be available for adoption! 4th ANNUAL “RACE FOR THE RESCUES” FUNDRASIER. 5K Run/Walk, Kid’s Fun Run and Adoption Celebration.

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