Senator Maria Cantwell Receives Award for Animal Welfare Work

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My husband worked for her years and years ago, when she was just a State representative. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) received the Humane Society’s Legislative Leader award for her leadership in protecting animals. She is a US Senator from our home state of Washington. The Humane Society of the United States cited Senator Cantwell’s efforts to improve marine mammal rescue capability, including such challenges as disentangling marine mammals from fishing nets.

Animal Welfare at Change.org

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Did you see that Change.org now has an Animal Welfare page? is clearly someone who advocates for animal rights. Ernst believes we don't have a right to use sentient nonhumans and all of her posts (and those of Alex Melonas, who also posts at animalrights.change.org) are unequivocal about animal use. Meanwhile, Feldstein's voice, as one would expect, is one that speaks of "humane" treatment and advocates for reform.

Mercy for Animals Exposes Cruelty at Iowa Select Farms

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Mercy for Animals is trying to convince Costco to do the same. mercy for animals Iowa pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farmSafeway and Kroger have announced they're halting all purchases of the farm's pork. News story is from the end of June. Almost let that one slip by!

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On Fighting for "Animal Rights"

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A couple of years ago I wrote about whether it's a good use of my time to be a purist about the term "animal rights" when most of the world doesn't have the same understanding of the term as I do. I'll look for the post and link to it later, but while Baby Sky's not up yet I want to at least post something.) Likewise for "abolitionist.". I spent several years writing, daily, and often with shock, about how, for instance, the NYT- -the New York Times (OMG!!!!!)--would

Alleged Abuse at Butterball Turkey Farm

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Once again, the wonderful Mercy for Animals provides footage of possible abuse of turkeys at a Butterball farm in North Carolina. meat mercy for animals turkeys North Carolina farm animal welfareThe full story is at CNN.

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Horrible Tail Docking Video Spurs Call for Ban

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More great undercover work though by Mercy for Animals. Tags: New York tail docking farm animal welfare Just awful.

Conklin Farm Owner Will Not Face Charges

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the tape {from an undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals,) Conklin is shown kicking a cow that is lying down. The Union County sheriff's office said it had four veterinarians with experience in large-animal care review the tape. "In Interestingly enough, AETA has been dragged into this whole mess even though it's a case where animal abuse was probably committed by another employee facing charges. From the Columbus Dispatch.

New Laws to Start in California

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New legislation in California increases the misdemeanor penalty for animal neglect and makes it a crime to sell a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, or carnival. The California law specifies that a person must hold a license in order to possess shark fins for scientific purposes. neglect california legislation shark fins shark animal welfare animal lawFrom Hometown Station AM 1220.

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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.

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Animals as Inputs in Accounting

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I'm studying for the CPA exam and am working through Becker's online course review for the business section. Here's an example of "joint costs" that says all you need to know about animals as nothing more than inputs in a manufacturing process. Each product must be assigned a cost including the different cuts of meat for human consumption, different food products for animal consumption (pet food) and basic ingredients for glue.".

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Animal Health Care is Part of the Bottom Line

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We've argued in previous posts that factory farming is simply not conducive to animal welfare. Better conditions for animals hurt the bottom line. Animal welfare is a cost of doing business, not a moral obligation. I'm not arguing about the methods as I'm not a veterinarian, but it's a good example of the clinical discussion of costs when it comes to managing farm animal health. Tags: economics pigs farm animal welfare agribusiness

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Doris Day Animal League is Part of the Humane Society?

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I just recently became a member of the Doris Day Animal League. I also learned that the Humane Society merged with the Fund for Animals in 2005. Tags: organizations animal welfare Checking out their website, I came across this page saying that they merged with the Humane Society in 2006. The live link takes me to an announcement in 2006 about the merger. So now I'm a contributor and member of all three.without even realizing they were related!

Walk for Farm Animals Scheduled for this Fall

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Meredith Turner, Farm Sanctuary, 646-369-6212, mturner@farmsanctuary.org 2011 Walk for Farm Animals Aims to Raise $1 Million for Abused and Neglected Farm Animals Thousands of People in More Than 35 Cities Across North America to Gather for Family-Friendly Event That Promotes Compassion for ALL Animals WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. For more information on the Walk and how to register, please visit walkforfarmanimals.org.

Radlo Foods Pledging Conversion to Cage-Free Eggs

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Good news following an investigation of farm animal abuses by Mercy for Animals. In a written statement the company said it was making the move after an investigation revealed that Radlo Foods violated the terms of an agreement by working with a farm that is not in compliance with its strict animal welfare standards. The group's findings have now triggered an investigation by the state's Animal Welfare Program.

Yale Animal Researchers Complain About Paperwork

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Yale animal researchers complain that all these darn regulations for animal welfare are creating too much paperwork. Tags: Yale animal research Oh waaaaa! insert crying baby here).

Animal Hoarding is a Serious Issue

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Animal hoarding is a pretty serious act that causes untold suffering for animals. there are probably several factors that go into how a person develops into an animal hoarder, but “we think it may be related to obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.” Unfortunately, “just one hoarder can cause tremendous suffering to animals,” notes LaFarge. Tags: animal cruelty animal welfare hoarding

BOCA to Stop Using Eggs by End of 2009

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By removing eggs from their ingredient list, BOCA is withdrawing financial support for factory farms that use battery-cages. Whether or not you choose to eat eggs, this is a major victory for animals. Tags: battery hens eggs farm animal welfare Totally missed this story from about a month ago.

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Links/Products You Should Check Out

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The Recycled Retriever – Here you can find eco-friendly gear for your fur-kids. The Discerning Brute – “food, fashion & etiquette for the ethically handsome man&# ; a website that shows men they can still be fashionable and vegan! The Girlie Girl Army - “your guide to glamazon living&# ; a website featuring eco-friendly news, food & fashion for women. There are a few scents for which part of proceeds even benefit Farm Sanctuary.

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Air Canada Feeling Pressure to Stop Shipping Lab Monkeys

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Animal-rights activists are urging Air Canada to stop shipping live monkeys and other animals destined for experimentation, saying the airline can change its tariff rules if it wants. In our opinion, Air Canada is not legally obligated to accept monkeys as cargo," said the opinion written by Lawyers for Animal Welfare. canada animal research primatesI don't think it's likely that Air Canada is going to budge on this.

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Interpol Makes Arrests in Tiger Smuggling

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International collaboration in wildlife crime enforcement is critical to protecting species like tigers that are on the brink of extinction," said Fred O'Regan, President and Chief Executive Officer of IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare. From the PR Newswire. A coordinated international law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of tigers, one of the world's most endangered species.

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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

Animal Rescue Month

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The Volunteer Advantage ( www.TheVolunteerAdvantage.com ) has announced that August is the organization’s “Animal Rescue Month.&#. The Volunteer Advantage is a network of volunteers, non-profits and businesses in which volunteers earn points based on the number of hours they volunteer for non-profits and community organizations. These points are then redeemed for rewards, discounts and coupons from local and national businesses.

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Ebay Bans Ivory Sales

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The endangered animals are often hunted for their ivory tusks. The International Fund for Animal Welfare will say more than 4,000 ivory products have been listed on eBay. Hooray! EBay has announced a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory products on its auction websites from next year. An eBay spokesman said the move was the best way to help African and Asian elephants. The ban comes as a conservation group prepares to release a report critical of the auction site.

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University of Utah Cited by Dept. of Agriculture

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They received citations for animal welfare infractions, although apparently few of these infractions overlap with PETA claims from an undercover investigation. Tags: animal research utah university of utah undercover investigation PETA The Salt Lake Tribune claims the infractions are only minor (interesting how different publications will provide different spins). You decide. From the Deseret News.

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Ringling Brothers Wins Court Case Over Elephant Abuse

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FEI) at the outset of a nine-year-old suit brought by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that culminated in a six-week trial in March. The ASPCA, Born Free USA (Animal Protection Institute), Animal Welfare Institute, Fund for Animals along with former Ringling animal trainer Tom Rider had accused the circus of shackling, confining and striking elephants with bullhooks, which have a sharp steel hook at one end.

Research Animals Rescued from North Carolina Lab

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An enormous victory was achieved for animals this week when nearly 200 dogs and 54 cats were rescued from a North Carolina animal testing facility that closed its doors after an undercover investigation revealed apparent abuse of the animals by workers at the facility. Quick work on the part of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), in partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S.

PETA and IFAW Plan 24 City Tour of Canada

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PETA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are holding a joint news conference this week, and I would like to offer you an exclusive advance scoop on it. The inflatable mascot will bear a banner demanding an end to the commercial seal slaughter and will be accompanied by animal advocates who will enlist people to call on their representatives in Parliament to support legislation that would end the slaughter.

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Whales in danger.

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare ( IFAW ), is a non-profit organization working to save animals in crisis worldwide, to help protect our oceans’ whale population. IFAW advocates for the protection of wildlife in their habitats, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and rescues individual animals. It is up to us to lead the effort in protecting these animals. originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on May 11, 2010.

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Egg Companies Accused of Price Collusion

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By removing a small fraction of eggs that would have been bound for U.S. sales and arranging instead for their export, United Egg helped tighten domestic supply and drive up the price of eggs across the country, according to newsletters and other documents that United Egg sent to its members. Not only did they arrange for exports, they also are accused of colluding to limit production and to increase cage sizes so that fewer hens can be kept.

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Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

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Egg laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on today’s factory farms. There have been countless investigations of egg farms conducted by animals rights groups in the United States, and each time we see the same things: dead hens in cages with live ones, birds who have lost their feathers from stress, and egregious abuse of these beautiful birds by farm workers. At any rate, kudos to Mercy for Animals for doing this investigation and bringing it to light.

Humane Society Cites Abuses at University of Minnesota

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I don't care if they're supposedly working for altruistic purposes (they're not, but that's another story), they are allowing animals to suffer through negligent care separate from the excruciating experiments they must still undergo. Media-Newswire.com) - The Humane Society of the United States has obtained government reports showing that the University of Minnesota has violated federal standards of care for animals in laboratories. All this stuff makes me sick.

Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart

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NYSE: KR) have teamed up to launch the second annual “ Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart ” campaign, celebrating the unique bond between people and their pets, while raising funds for animal welfare organizations nationwide. Together Purina and the Kroger family of stores will donate $150,000 to animal welfare organizations in 2009 and will recognize six exceptional pet lovers’ tales via a national television special this fall.

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Quash the Squash

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The RSPCA are trying to raise awareness of its urgent campaign to protect the welfare of UK meat chickens. If you live in the UK, please urge Jim Fitzpatrick, Minister for Animal Welfare, to make the right choice for UK chickens and quash the squash, by sending an email via our campaign website at Quash the Squash. Quash the Squash originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 28, 2009.

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Humane Society University to Offer Courses in Fall 2009

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I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Further advancing its leadership in human-animal studies, Humane Society University, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, announced today that it has received a license as a higher education degree-granting institution by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. The HSUS is the first animal welfare organization to receive such authority and distinction. Very cool!

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Huge Effort to Rescue 60 Elephants in Malawi

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Rescuers have started evacuating the first of around 60 elephants that have been suffering in an ongoing human-elephant conflict in the southern African country of Malawi, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW.IFAW has partnered with the government of Malawi to rescue the animals which are at the centre of fierce human-elephant conflict in an area populated mostly by subsistence farmers just south of Lake Malawi.

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Support Animals Asia

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I recently wrote my first check to Animals Asia. They are doing very important work on animal welfare in Asia. I especially appreciate the work they do on those horrific bear bile farms that are really just a form of torture for the animal. Our Mission "The mission of the Animals Asia Foundation is to improve the lives of all animals in Asia, end cruelty and restore respect for animals Asia-wide."

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Suit Against Circus Owners Goes to Trial

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Department of Agriculture investigator determined the use of the bull hook “precipitated in the physical harm and ultimate death” of Benjamin, said Tracy Silverman, general counsel for the Animal Welfare Institute.The suit, also filed by The Fund for Animals, of Maryland; the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, of Washington; The Animal Protection Institute of Sacramento; and Tom Rider, a former Ringling Bros.

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Humane Society Endorses Obama

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I’m proud to announce today that the HSLF board of directors—which is comprised of both Democrats and Republicans—has voted unanimously to endorse Barack Obama for President. 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.

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Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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For those who didn't read the five-part Slate series " Pepper, the stolen dog who changed American science " by Daniel Engber , I recommend it for the history, but also for the misconceptions and assumptions that you might want to discuss on the Facebook discussion about the series. You can buy some extra time by presoaking the animal in a basin of ice water.)" But that's neither here nor there -- I'm very supportive of animal research in principle.

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Fur Free Fashion Show Winners Announced

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Make Room Project Runway: Winners of 2nd Annual Fur Free Fashion Competition Announced by Born Free USA and Celebrity Judges August 9, 2010, Washington DC - - To shine a spotlight on talented emerging fashion designers who believe in the ethical and environmental benefits of shunning fur fashion, Born Free USA (BFUSA), the nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, created the Fur Free Fashion (fffashion) Competition, now in its second successful year.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: “ ForAnimal 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. be they medical, behavioral, placement or training and education so that, in the long run, the cycle of cruelty to animals is broken. The real story here is our tireless commitment to fighting animal cruelty.

IFAW rescuers have mobilized to Japan

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Rescuers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org ) have mobilized to Japan to conduct an assessment and assist with animal rescue efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. People were not able to bring their animals with them when they left the affected area so we anticipate that the evacuation centers may need help caring for and finding homes for those displaced animals, added Dr. Green. “We

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Dog Whisperer: Inside Puppy Mills

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Dog Whisperer: Inside Puppy Mills exposes inhumane conditions at these factory-like breeding operations, as Cesar joins an undercover mission with the animal welfare organization Last Chance for Animals (LCA). Add another voice to the growing choir of those speaking out against puppy mills! DOG WHISPERER: INSIDE PUPPY MILLS. Friday, May 8 at 9PM ET/PT.