Animal Cruelty at Texas Horse Farm

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The Humane Society of the United States, SPCA of East Texas and Humane Society of North Texas worked with the Smith County District Attorney's Office to rescue 50 horses from a Lindale property. animal cruelty horses Texas50 surviving horses were rescued. For the full story, go here to KLTV.com.

Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

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Armed with new undercover video of four such events, the Humane Society of the United States is pressuring state officials to explicitly outlaw the practice, which the organization says is effectively banned in every other state. Animal rights advocates say it's cruel to the nearly defenseless bears and harms them psychologically. Statutes banning animal fighting have a specific exemption for dog training. Ugh, this is barbaric and right out of the dark ages. From the AP.

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Why I Have a Hard Time with Human Beings

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Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way. animal abuse animal cruelty california legislation humane society us

John Passmore (1914-2004) on the History of Animal Cruelty

Animal Ethics

Once a definite social movement got under way in the West with its objective the restricting of man's treatment of animals, it moved with relative rapidity. Moral philosophers began to regard it as an obvious truth that it is wrong to treat animals cruelly. The degree of restriction placed on human behavior, furthermore, is relatively slight. There is far from being a precise analogy, however, between the importance attached to animal and to human suffering.

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. has been a solid supporter of animal protection at both the state and federal levels. Not a big surprise considering McCain's VP choice.

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Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Kentucky Derby

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And yet very little is said about the cruelty of it all. Many of these beautiful animals are quite literally raced to death. According to In Defense of Animals , roughly 800 race horses die from their injuries on race tracks each year in the US alone.

Patriots and Steelers Eye "Sick Vick" for Signing

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What do you all think about his upcoming work for the Humane Society? Tags: animal cruelty blood sport humane society Michael Vick sick Well, I know two teams I may not be rooting for next season. (Of Of course, I've disliked the Patriots ever since their coach was caught with filming other teams. And the Steelers? Not since they were handed the Super Bowl over the Seahawks. Worst officiating EVER!) Plus, I personally have no room for forgiveness for Sick Vick.

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Study Claims Islamic Slaughtering More Humane

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I came across this strange article about German research on which slaughter method creates more pain for the animal: the Western method of stunning or the Islamic method of a cut to the neck. The Islamic practice of slaughtering animals by means of a sharp cut to the front of the neck has frequently come under attack by some animal rights activists as being a form of animal cruelty, the claim being that it is a painful inhumane method of killing animals.

Egypt Kills Thousands of Pigs for No Reason

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How typical that we humans blame this epidemic on pigs, and kill them without a second thought! This virus was created by HUMANS when we put thousands and thousands of pigs into small quarters (breeding grounds for disease), it is spreading human to human , and we are killing pigs? All I know is that if humans don’t wake up soon and smell the tempeh-bacon, we’re all going to be dead, and we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

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Arkansas Out of the Dark Ages with Cruelty Law

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It's not perfect, but it's progress in one of the more animal welfare-challenged parts of the US. Mike Beebe has signed into law new animal-cruelty restrictions that make aggravated cruelty to cats, dogs and horses a felony on the first offense. Arkansas becomes the 46th state to make cruelty to animals a felony, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Tags: animal cruelty legislation Arkansas us

Another Excuse for Michael Vick

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But everything humans do to animals really sucks anyway. In that case, why do we punish humans for crimes against other humans? Tags: pit bull animal cruelty blood sport Michael Vick sick Sigh. I see a lot of these rationales. Essentially, it goes like this. What Michael Vick did really sucked. So, let's cut him some slack and forgive the guy. We are a pretty cruel society that cares little for children, the poor and the elderly.

Mexican Border Town Offers Tax Exemption for Euthanizing Dogs

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But there are animal rights activists in Mexico that will hopefully take notice and try to establish some kind of long-term and humane solution. That move prompted an uproar in northern Mexico after animal rights groups argued the government was barking up the wrong tree, and they demanded the town stop what they called unnecessary “dog killings.” Activists said what the government was doing qualified as “animal torture,” and they called for legislative reform.

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Graphic Photos of Baby Elephant "Taming"

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This is a new blog I came across called Paws4Life, The Reality of What Humans do. Tags: animal cruelty entertainment elephants This post has three graphic pictures of a baby elephant allegedly being "trained" for the entertainment industry. I'm thinking it's India?

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. Yes, I cried at the cruelty of nature. 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.

Group Seeks to Ban Chinese Fur Trade with Australia

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Humane Society International (HSI) called on Wednesday for a ban on the fur trade to Australia. The call was issued after the animal rights group discovered that the fur were sourced from the raccoon dog in China, ABC Radio Australia reports. About 10 million dogs in China are killed for their fur, prompting an animal rights group to seek a ban on fur trade to Australia. australia animal cruelty trade fur exotic skins chinaGRUESOME!

"Zoo from Hell" Owner Convicted in New York

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And people wonder why I'm so disappointed by humans. A farm-animal breeder who ran what a prosecutor called "the zoo from hell" was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty. A jury in West Haverstraw deliberated less than two hours before convicting Robert Everle of all 13 charges of torturing, injuring and starving animals. The animals included ducks, chickens, guinea hens, rabbits, sheep, dogs and cats.

Idiot Smokes Bong with Cat Inside

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Shadow was timid but in good condition Monday at the Capital Humane Society, executive director Bob Downey said. Schomaker, who was released from jail after paying a $400 fine on the arrest warrant, faces drug and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. Tags: animal cruelty Stupid In the WTF department. He wanted to mellow out his hyper cat Shadow. Schomaker told deputies 6-month-old Shadow was hyper and he was trying to calm her down.

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Student Researcher Says "Hooray for Animal Research"

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Freeman says that the most difficult thing he has encountered so far in his research comes not from the lab, but from people’s attitudes about animal testing. He said this research, along with other research that could vastly improve human quality of life, could absolutely not be done without animal testing, and wishes more people understood that “animal research is not cruel or inhumane, it benefits us all.” Does it benefit the animals?

How to Confront Cruelty

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I came across this 2005 book from the Society & Animals Journal titled Confronting Cruelty Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement. Responses to this question provide important insights into the much misunderstood animal rights movement and the people in it who challenge the moral orthodoxy that underpins our attitudes towards nonhuman animals. Tags: animal cruelty books

Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

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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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"Earthlings" Available as Audio Book

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"Earthlings" is a film about animal abuse narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Earthlings is a feature-length documentary about how dependent human beings are on animals, primarily in five key areas: pets, food, clothing, entertainment and science. Tags: animal abuse animal cruelty I've never watched it, but heard it talked about on a vegan podcast. It's supposed to be so intense, it turns people into vegans (Ellen DeGeneres for one.)

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

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The Pork Board has planned delegate meetings at the {annual Pork Industry} forum to discuss quality assurance rules including animal handling, and how much money to allocate to promote animal welfare. Our Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance Programs are designed to demonstrate the care we are giving to our animals everyday on our farms," Cunningham said. It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm."

PETA Petition to Stop Animal Torture at Defense Department

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But it certainly raised my awareness that animals are used in military trauma-training exercises. Days after President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning torture during military interrogations, PETA wrote to the president calling for the ban of another form of military torture: trauma and chemical-casualty training exercises conducted on animals. PETA is asking President Obama to issue an executive order requiring the DoD to replace animals with non-animal methods.

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Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there. Humane treatment runs counter to the entire industry when the point is to make money by processing these animals as fast as possible. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “farm animals are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) only when used in biomedical research, testing, teaching and exhibition.

Are We Much Better than Michael Vick?

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Is what he did consciously to his pitbulls that much worse than what we do unconsciously to animals every day? Some of us forget that dogs are mere animals, and that animal mistreatment is as American as Apple iPods. Like Vick, most of us shamelessly abuse and kill animals. Hunters shoot down animals in cold blood for mere sport. So why is one type of animal cruelty (dogfighting) more reprehensible than another (lobster-boiling)?

Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act Passed House Judiciary

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Especially animal business. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 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.” Tags: horse animal cruelty legislation Slaughterhouse us

Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists. Well, as it turns out neither a trip to a slaughterhouse nor killing an animal yourself is powerful enough to make people go vegan.

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Pam Anderson Urges End to India's Animal Testing

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Former Baywatch star and model Pamela Anderson has accused one of India's most prestigious research centres of animal cruelty, urging it to retire decades-old test monkeys and adopt humane practices. Deka, director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after watching a video allegedly exposing animal cruelty at the New Delhi centre. "It But the animals suffering behind closed doors at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day."

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On Cat Killers and Mental Competency

Animal Person

There have been inquiries as to the possible relationship between his dissection of cats in school and the 19 counts of cruelty he is being charged with. Felony animal cruelty is the cruel killing of an animal, and he is also being charges with 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body.) The four counts of burglary he is being charged with carry a heftier sentence than the animal killing.

Dogs Seized at Kennewick Puppy Mill

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The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Benton County Sheriff's Office today with the seizure of hundreds of dogs from a puppy mill here. Prosecutors are considering charges in connection with today's seizure against Ella Stewart, owner and operator of Sun Valley Kennel, who was recently charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Dogs were seized at a Kennewick puppy mill with the help of the HSUS. H/t to HelpAnimals on Twitter.

On Coping Mechanisms

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Yesterday , Abby wrote: Off topic, but I was wondering if you have any advice for those of us who are highly emotionally sensitive and also interested in animal welfare issues? I get so sad when I hear about the mistreatment of animals that it really affects me, but at the same time I want to be able to create change in the world. Abby, I too get very upset by stories and images of what occurs every second of every day to nonhumans and humans alike.

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When Is a Dog Unadoptable?

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I rejoined my local animal shelter's volunteer program a few months ago (long story as to why I quit in the first place). Very sweet and gentle animal (I have a soft spot for pits.and pugs!) Someone had called in an animal cruelty report. There are also many "feral" and "food-aggressive" personality types in humans, but we don't put them down.) Tags: animal shelter management euthanization animal shelters dogs

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Her business, Happy Tails Books , collects stories from people who have fostered and adopted dogs and compiles them into books that inspire others to get involved in the fight against animal cruelty.

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Brooklyn Woman Assaults Two ASPCA Agents

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Responding to an anonymous tip about a neglected cat, the Humane Law Enforcement agents arrived at Stewart’s residence to find a seven-week-old, one-pound orange tabby with his whiskers cut off and a serious injury to his right front paw. Says Joseph Pentangelo, Assistant Director of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement, “In response to the agents’ decision to seize the kitten, Stewart choked and knocked down one of the ASPCA uniformed officers and punched the other.&#.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: “ For ‘Animal Precinct,’ Reality Subject to Dispute ” (news article, July 23) missed the entire point of comprehensive animal welfare: that effective animal welfare requires both response and prevention. Response is what our humane law enforcement officers do; the prevention aspect is then taken care of by the other resources of the A.S.P.C.A., The real story here is our tireless commitment to fighting animal cruelty.

From Today's New York Times

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19): The Supreme Court should reinstate a crucial 1999 federal law banning the commercial sale of videos depicting animal cruelty. Its greatest effect, however, has been to dry up the supply of “animal crush” videos, where women, often in high-heeled shoes, would impale and crush to death puppies, kittens and other small animals, catering to those with a fetish for this behavior.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ With More News of Abuse, a Harder Search for Homes for Pit Bulls ” (Westchester and the Region, March 16): As a member of the League of Humane Voters of Westchester, I thank you for covering the efforts by the police and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to stop the dog fighting and animal cruelty in Westchester County.

Beefsteak

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As for charity fundraisers, they don't have to support animal cruelty on a massive scale to be effective. that don't involve the callous disregard of animal interests. If you care about animals, refuse to support charities that support animal cruelty. A list of humane charities can be found here In this New York Times story, author Paul Lukas glorifies a New Jersey custom known among the locals as a "beefsteak."

Make This the Year You Do Right by Animals

Animal Ethics

Stop supporting unnecessary animal cruelty in all of its forms. Now that 2008 has arrived, I'd like once again to encourage new and old readers alike to make this the year that they stop supporting animal cruelty in all of its forms. If you currently eat meat, make a commitment to reduce your consumption of animals in January and stop eating them altogether in February. Stop supporting unnecessary animal cruelty in all of its forms.

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Resolve to Do Right by Animals in 2007!

Animal Ethics

Stop supporting unnecessary animal cruelty in all of its forms. Stop supporting unnecessary animal cruelty in all of its forms. What can I do to stop supporting unnecessary animal cruelty, and is it difficult to do so? Here are some surprisingly simple things you can do to stop supporting unnecessary animal cruelty: (a) Stop eating animals. (b) b) Stop eating animal products. (c) A list of Humane Charities is available here.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

9): Thank you for encouraging California voters to support the state’s Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, or Proposition 2, on the November ballot. Recent investigations by nonprofit groups in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania have revealed the atrocious living conditions of egg-laying hens, though their owners said they were humanely cared for. To protect the welfare of the animals as well as the safety of America’s food supply, the A.V.M.A.

From Today's New York Times

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But there is a net loss in all meat production, not just of farmed fish or feeding fish to land animals being raised for food. Feeding grain to chickens, pigs and cows is even more inefficient, with 70 percent of grain grown in the United States going to animals raised for food. It also takes 10 times the fossil fuels to produce a calorie of animal food as it does a calorie of plant food. In 1950, each American consumed, on average, 144 pounds of animal flesh a year.