German Court Bans PETA "Holocaust" Campaign

Critter News

PETA wants to run a campaign that compares factory farming to the Holocaust. The German constitutional court has ruled that animal rights organisation PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) must end its campaign in which it draws a comparison between the Holocaust and industrial farming. Touchy subject there in Germany.

Biomedical Foundation Launches Campaign to Show Animal Research is Grrrrrrreat!

Critter News

The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced today it has launched a one-year national animal research education campaign. Since 2004, public support for humane animal research to advance human and animal health has fallen 10 points. The ResearchSaves campaign is designed to counter this drop in public support for biomedical research. "As From their press release.such BS. Once again, they're just using their most effective weapon.guilt.

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

Critter News

He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. The meat industry will say yes, of course, all animals are treated and killed humanely. In my opinion, the crux of the question touches on what is “humane.” For other people, “humane” means it is okay to eat the animal as long as the following conditions are met: 1. Livestock don’t contribute to campaigns, but agribusiness does.

On Humane Societies and Calf-Roping

Animal Person

Angus directed me to a story about the Calgary Stampede (rodeo) and the Calgary and Vancouver Humane Societies which had me asking: Whose side are they on? The Vancouver Humane Society wanted to run the calf=baby/roper=bully ad in the Calgary Sun , which decided against the idea as the abuse of animals is part of their " very proud local institution." The Vancouver Humane Society wants to ban calf-roping. If so, campaign to ban the rodeo, for heaven's sake!

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

10,000 Birds

If you wrote to Tennessee in the 10,000 Birds campaign this winter, you can cut and paste your letter, changing “Tennessee&# to “Kentucky.&# March 14, 2011 Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Jon Gassett, Commissioner One Sportsman’s Lane Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 Dear Mr. Gassett, I am a writer, naturalist and artist with a special interest in human/bird interactions.

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Northwestern University NOT Signing HSUS Pledge to Prevent Pain in Lab Animals

Critter News

The Humane Society began a campaign in March 2008 to get 600 university presidents to sign a pledge to prevent severe pain and distress in animals used in research. Tags: university research animal experimentation humane society medical research animal resear So far only 37 presidents have signed it. HSUS is now attempting to reach students through Facebook. Here's a campus article about Northwestern University , one of the schools that have NOT signed.

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Who is Jennifer Fearing?

Critter News

I got curious today and googled "Jennifer Fearing," the woman who led the Yes on Proposition 2 campaign. It turns out that she was the former Humane Society Chief Economist. Tags: proposition 2 california humane society farm animal welfare Pretty impressive bio (please note that the bio is from her time at HSUS). She used to head United Animal Nations too. I couldn't find any information on her current activities. Probably taking a much needed break.

On a New Level of Absurdity in the Slaughter Business

Animal Person

Bea sent me a link to an article in Gourmet called " Humane Slaughterhouses ," by Rebecca Marx, that is absurd. They believe you can take a life that doesn't want to be taken in a humane way, and I don't agree. And when that happens, you know what direction you're headed: the justification of taking the lives of sentient nonhumans to please the palates of humans. It’s how we treat humans, too.

Prop 2 Opponents Accused of Laundering Money

Critter News

This news is from early September and is reported by Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society. on Prop 2 - Californians for Humane Farms - has uncovered an election scam and is charging the measure’s opponents with laundering money in violation of state campaign finance laws. In a complaint filed September 3 with California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, YES!

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Proposition 2 Poll

Critter News

It's from September 30, from the Humane Society. As the quarterly campaign finance period closed today, the YES! on Prop 2 campaign reports a tidal wave of voter and donor support from Californians backing the effort to stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals on industrial factory farms. The writer is Jennifer Fearing, the CHIEF ECONOMIST for the Humane Society. I've been trying to find polling data on Proposition 2, but this is all I could find.

SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer, Part Deux

Animal Person

The advocacy component of old speciesism isn't the campaign to end that exploitation, however. Instead, it is the campaign to modify it. Here are some of the my favorite quotes: In reality, species don't evolve toward greater humanness but toward greater adaptiveness in their ecological niche (105). No living group of nonhuman animals--no existing species of invertebrate, fish, amphibian, reptile, bird or nonhuman mammal--is ancestral to humans.

The Shelter Pet Project

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The Shelter Pet Project is a wonderful public service campaign from The Humane Society, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council! The campaign motto is “a person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet”! Write about the campaign on your own blog. You may have seen one of their ads on TV, like this one below. The project goal is to help the many great pets waiting in shelters.

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

Animal Person

The bottom line is that there are many reasons why human-animal interactions are so often inconsistent and paradoxical. Thousands of studies have demonstrated that human thinking about nearly everything is surprisingly irrational” (65). . He is an unabashed speciesist, putting humans on “a different moral plane from that of other animals” (11) due to various reasons, such as our “vastly greater capacity for symbolic language, culture, and ethical judgment” (11).

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Commissioned Study Shows Namibian Seals Worth More Alive than Dead

Critter News

These are the results of a study commissioned by Bont voor Dieren (BvD), Humane Society International (HSI), Respect for Animals (RFA) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), and produced by the Australia-based independent economics consultancy Economists at Large. Seal tourism brings in more revenue for the African country than the seal hunt.

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On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

And human psychology says that humans are far more social than rational creatures. And that means for the animal rights movement: Social entities like compassion, empathy and suffering are very important factors to motivate humans to change their behaviour. One of the most important aspects determining human behaviour is their social environment. Humans want to be well integrated into their society and live in harmony with it.

Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry! We humans, herbivores like ruminants, are fine with one stomach -- we don't eat the really tough stuff like grass. Achieving humane treatment of animals is inconceivable with our big, popular universities teaching the opposite!

Cesar Share a Story Share the Love: Therapy Dogs

4 The Love Of Animals

Through the Share a Story and Share the Love campaign it’s easy to get involved. division, The Good Dog Foundation and American Humane Association’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program. Dogs are more than man’s best friend. They’re capable of lowering stress, anxiety, even blood pressure. And they give their love to anyone who needs it. That’s why Cesar proudly supports the work of therapy dogs – special dogs that go above and beyond to help people in need.

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Hero Dog Awards

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Julianne Hough helped kick off the voting campaign for America’s first ever “ Hero Dog Awards ” at the VA Medical Center-Manhattan, where she visited with patients with therapy dogs from The Good Dog Foundation, and put on an acoustic performance. The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards presented by CESAR Canine Cuisine celebrates heroic dogs that truly transform lives.

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RPA interview--Take Two

Animal Person

Soltero's and WALO's interest in RPA's 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry, and I greatly look forward to Monday's interview! And it's a mediated human world, with billions of people each receiving thousands of messages per day, nearly 100 percent of them promoting human supremacy. From David Cantor. Responsible Policies for Animals Members and Friends!

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On Small Victories

Animal Person

Both, of course, were seen as victories, but the article's author, Richard Foot, asks: Do such successes mean the animal rights movement is winning its long, controversial campaigns to gain the same legal protections for animals as those ascribed to humans? I'm not sure why he thinks we "appear" to be effective, as I can't think of one campaign that I've supported, other than the banning of greyhound racing in individual states, that has actually succeeded.

Prop 2 Passes in California

Critter News

From the campaign website : (Nov. California voters have taken a stand for decency and compassion and said that the systemic mistreatment of animals on factory farms cannot continue," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, the primary back of the YES! on Prop 2 campaign. All animals deserve humane treatment, including animals raised for food.” Proposition 2 has been passed in California.

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On Surreal Lobster Advocacy

Animal Person

My self-appointed job in this blog is to think critically about how our human lives intersect with those of sentient nonhumans, in action and thought. I don't agree that the game is "no different than a lobster tank" (at least conceptually--I haven't seen it), but "animal rights activists" should be campaigning for the cessation of the slaughter and consumption of lobsters, shouldn't they? What do you think of this campaign?

The Shelter Pet Project

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This new campaign, sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council, hopes to reverse this trend and find homes for these homeless, lovable pets. The campaign has one unified goal, to increase pet adoption. Did you know that every year, of the 8 million dogs and cats that enter animal shelters, 3 million of these healthy and treatable pets are euthanized? It is such a sad statistic. Luckily, The Shelter Pet Project hopes to change this!

How to Confront Cruelty

Critter News

Why and how do people campaign on behalf of a species that is not their own? The norm of moderate concern for animals - that animals matter albeit less than humans - permits the (ab)use of animals in vivisection, factory farming, bloodsports and other contexts where animals suffer. I came across this 2005 book from the Society & Animals Journal titled Confronting Cruelty Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement. Sounds interesting.

On Dolphins as a Gateway to Animal Rights

Animal Person

I did tweet about " Scientists Say Dolphins Should Be Treated As 'Non-human Persons' " yesterday, as I think this is a Gray Matter for a lot of people and might be interesting to explore. Would you actually actively campaign against rights for some species? Dolphins are so smart that scientists think they should be treated as "non-human persons" and as such it is "morally unacceptable" to use or kill them. My life-as-a-tweeter is less and less significant these days.

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Cause an Uproar

4 The Love Of Animals

They are disappearing quickly due to habitat loss as well as conflict with humans. To address this critical situation, the National Geographic Society and Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, have launched the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program that supports on-the-ground conservation projects, education, and economic incentive efforts and a global public-awareness campaign. Like so many of you, we love the majestic big cats in the world.

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Best Welcome Home Ever

4 The Love Of Animals

Adopt-a-Pet.com launched the “Best Welcome Home Ever,” public service campaign intended to increase pet adoptions that will showcase all the silly, crazy and hilarious ways that pets greet their owners, and you can be a part of it! About Adopt-a-Pet.com: Adopt-a-Pet.com is North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, helping over 11,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to adopters.

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Organizations Putting Animals First

4 The Love Of Animals

Through heart-wrenching rescues, informative awareness campaigns and much more, they are striving to make a difference in the world for those that don’t have a voice. Formed in 2007, this organization seeks to promote the humane treatment of animals by promoting effective animal sanctuary management. Restoring some faith in the route of humanity, these organizations are great examples of people using their knowledge and skills for good.

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On "Animal Activism"

Animal Person

The most telling part of Krupp's post, which addresses and questions the way women are used in PeTA campaigns has nothing to do with that controversial concept at all. With more than 2 million members across the globe, PETA is the largest animal advocacy group and comparable in size to the human rights organization, Amnesty International. So there are more vegans and fewer animals used by humans, right? I've used the term "animal activism" lately as an experiment.

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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. Many states exempt routine practices from their cruelty code, and the precedent-setting ruling will be used in the nationwide campaign against controversial practices.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

In addition to heaps of information at www.RPAforAll.org about RPA's 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry, there is now a current list of all 50 governors with address and their state's LGU. But, says Cantor, “’animal science’ rejects scientific knowledge: that humans are natural herbivores and did not evolve as hunters as formerly believed; eating from animals is linked to the most widespread and devastating chronic diseases; and more.”

On Google, HSUS and Fur

Animal Person

Better yet, HSUS could start a campaign targeting at Google's DOG AND CAT SKIN Trade. I'm not easily stunned by the behavior of humans, particularly when they are motivated by economic concerns, but I'm stunned by the reluctance of powerful people backed by a lot of money to advocate for. Many bloggers who are pro-animal rights have either not used Google's AdSense or stopped because they discovered that, for instance, their anti-fur post was surrounded by ads for fur.

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Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

Animal Person

Latimer refers to his previous two posts where he has "documented the ethical and moral shallowness of the 'animal rights' credo itself, which is based more on an anti-human self hatred, taking the form of a 'moral' squeamishness concerned more with stamping out human 'cruelty,' no matter what the social or economic costs might be. I think he's the anti-human person full of self hatred, and this is a case of projection.

On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

Animal Person

Through all of the damage control and message-neutralizing I have to do due to PeTA campaigns or someone lumping me with PeTA--or the HSUS, for that matter--I always remember that the real enemy of my cause is someone who wants to convince the world that there is nothing wrong with using animals when we have no need to and who profits from the "production" and slaughter of sentient nonhumans. The Humane Society of the United States is the big bully on this strange playground.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

For Engber, who dispassionately describes procedures most of the time, the "advances" in the medical care of humans are all well worth what he and other vivisectionists do to dogs and other sentient nonhumans. By the end of my time as researcher, I was performing behavioral experiments on humans. I'm sure we could do a much better job of ensuring the humane treatment of our laboratory animals--but at this point it's very difficult even to start the discussion.

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We Interrupt Regularly Scheduled.

Animal Person

One is Lanny Davis, an influential lobbyist who was a personal lawyer for President Bill Clinton and also campaigned for Hillary. The school is best known for producing Latin American officers who have committed major human rights abuses, including military coups. (5) We interrupt regularly scheduled deconstructing, editorializing, commenting and ranting to bring you a letter from John Perkins : Dear Friends Speaking of Democracy, Honduras, and President Obama.

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Service Members Get a Second Chance with Service Dogs

4 The Love Of Animals

FSD) for their second annual philanthropic campaign. FSD’s custom trained service dogs assist their partners in day-to-day activities providing their human companions with a greater degree of independence. We were so impressed with Freedom Service Dogs full circle approach of fostering the partnership between humans and their canine counterparts,” said Jason Watson, CEO and Founder of Dublin Dog Company and Foundation. “It

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From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

The horrific practice in China of skinning cats and dogs alive for their fur must go down as one of the worst cases of sustained mass cruelty to animals in human history. The Animal Saviors Awareness Campaign is taking the fight to the Chinese government. Sentiment + Action = Results Peter Steele Campaign Director Animal Saviors Awareness Campaign

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Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart

4 The Love Of Animals

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. The campaign invites pet lovers to share their favorite pet tales with Purina and Kroger online at www.TalesForThePetLoversHeart.com. Nestlé Purina is committed to promoting responsible pet care, humane education and community involvement.

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Dublin Dog Foundation Update

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which helps foster the therapeutic and service roles of dogs in the development, support, and inspiration they provide to their human companions, successfully completed the 2009 Let Freedom Bark Ride fundraising initiative and exceeded the fundraising goal of $20,000 in an effort to sponsor the life of a service dog for an individual in need. kicked off on the 4th of July and covered over 400miles of side roads in an effort to raise awareness and support for the campaign.

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10,000 Birds Launches Alley Rat Allies

10,000 Birds

Like cats, the rat was introduced over much of the world by humans. Like cats, the rat has been the victim of campaigns to make it the bad guy in terms of disease and damage wildlife. As for the former, diseases are spread by fleas, which also plague rats, which makes rats as much a victim as humans, and as for the latter, rats are clearly wildlife and how can wildlife be blamed for hurting wildlife?

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

There, a conservation campaign led by Naga conservation activist Bano Haralu, based on community education and the promise of economic retooling, has successfully halted the massive slaughter of the hundreds of thousands of Amur Falcons who gather at the Doyang Reservoir.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

4 The Love Of Animals

Through its campaign, www.ExposeAnimalAbusers.org , the animal protection organization is promoting model legislation that state legislatures could enact. But it’s not just about how animal abusers end up also hurting or killing humans,” said Wells. “It Through its campaign website, ExposeAnimalAbusers.org , ALDF allows the public to urge their state lawmakers to propose legislation for state registries. I recently got an email from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.