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University of Arizona Gets Grant for Animal Lab

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Another Arizona story! From the Arizona Daily Star. The University of Arizona College of Medicine won a $15 million federal stimulus grant to build a facility for research animals in downtown Phoenix. Tags: animal research university of arizona National Institutes of Health arizona They are certainly on the animal research kick.

Will Arizona Exempt Animal Testing from Cruelty Laws?

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Grey2K Video Exposes Cruelty at Tucson Greyhound Park

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greyhounds tucson arizonaGrey2K is a greyhound advocacy group. Here is the link to the video showing kennel conditions. They had professional investigators there last summer.

Election Victories for Animals

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Also, Proposition 109 failed in Arizona. Tags: legislation elections Missouri arizona politics Two victories. Proposition 8 passed in Missouri. It stops puppy mill abuses by establishing responsible standards for the proper care of dogs. This proposition would have given the legislature exclusive authority over wildlife issues.

Phoenix Restaurant Serves Lion Burgers

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Mylan

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Mylan Engel and I were graduate students at the University of Arizona in the mid-1980s. We have stayed in touch all these years. Mylan is a good philosopher, a good teacher , and, most importantly, a good person. I am proud to have him as a friend

DMX is Pretty in Prison Pink

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Looks like Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has come up with the cure for DMX's addiction to jail. Rap singer DMX is currently serving a jail sentence for animal cruelty, drugs and fraud. And things are even worse for him because his prison wardrobe is (gasp!) The hip-hop star and repeat offender, like all of Arpaio's other inmates in the Maricopa county jail, must wear pink t-shirts, underwear and socks. The girlie wardrobe colors caught DMX by surprise.

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From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Hero Dog From Afghan Base Is Killed by Mistake in Arizona ” (front page, Nov. 19): The story of Target, the Afghan hero dog, is truly heartbreaking. The important lesson, however, one that would add to Target’s legacy, is that all of us who love our dogs need to make sure that they have a tag and, even better, a microchip. This misadventure could have been avoided! Sandy Brenner Elkins, N.H., 19, 2010

Henry Rollins to Host Weird New Show on National Geographic

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He visits Arizona's Road Kill Cafe, where the menu features not-so-exotic fare. This sounds to me like it's glorifying the use and misuse of exotic animals. I'm not particularly thrilled about it, even though they are claiming that they are not into encouraging the activities. Anything for ratings I guess. Excerpted from Reuters. Rollins will host "Animal Underworld," which features people who own exotic animals as well as those who eat them.

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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Similar limits were approved last year in Michigan and less sweeping restrictions have been adopted in Florida, Arizona and other states. Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go. Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs. This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2.

Beneful Unleashed the 2014 Dream Dog Park!

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Christmas came early for the dog-loving community of Prescott, Arizona, today as Beneful® unleashed the $500,000 Dream Dog Park renovation of Willow Creek Dog Park.

Update on Proposition 2 in CA

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Efforts for such a ballot initiative in Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Vermont have failed but efforts are currently underway to establish similar legislation in Colorado and Washington. Again, thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this update on California's proposition 2.

Mylan

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We went to graduate school together at the University of Arizona. Here is a profile of my friend and co-blogger Mylan Engel Jr. I didn't like Mylan at the time, and I'm sure he didn't like me. Mylan worked in epistemology. I worked in ethics. Years later, after he had gone off to teach at Northern Illinois University and I had gone off to teach at the University of Texas at Arlington, we discovered that we had a shared interest in animal rights.

Twenty Years Ago

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Someone entered the premises of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum , cut the lock on the bighorn sheep exhibit, and shot the male bighorn to death. 12-8-87. There was a senseless killing last night. Then—and here's the grisly part—the assailant cut the sheep's head off. It has not been found. Police officers speculate that the killing was cult related. Tucson, like other communities in the southwest, has satanistic, witch, and other occult groups.

Twenty Years Ago

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After arriving at the University of Arizona to attend graduate school [in August 1983], my interests expanded even further, into other branches of philosophy. 10-21-87 Wednesday. I had a nice discussion with Clark Wolf this afternoon. It ranged over music, politics, and philosophy, but the most interesting subject was how each of us came to discover and fall in love with philosophy. As I explained to Clark, I came at philosophy in an odd way. My original interest was narrow: animal rights.

Jean Kazez

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Here is a blog by one of my fellow graduate students at the University of Arizona. (I I will add it to the blogroll.) Jean and I overlapped by one year: August 1987 (when she arrived in Tucson) to August 1988 (when I departed for College Station, Texas). Jean teaches philosophy just down the road from me at Southern Methodist University. Want to hear something weird? I mentioned Jean in my journal 20 years and four days ago (on 24 August 1987).

On Wipeout and Lion Burgers

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Finally, in my e-mailbox this morning, and probably in yours, was the Care2 newsletter, including a link to a column about a restaurant in Arizona that will soon serve burgers made from lion meat. Have you seen the ridiculous television show, Wipeout ? There's something hilarious about people intentionally putting themselves in a position to be beaten up like Wile E. Coyote. It's all in fun, with much of the humor coming from the commentators and the special sound effects.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

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The proposition outlaws raising pregnant sows in gestation crates and raising calves in veal crates , making Arizona the first state in the Union to ban veal crates. To learn more about Arizona's precedent-setting victory for farm animals, see here. A column entitled "Ag Industry Threatened by Animal Rights" appeared in today's High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal [ HPMAJ ].