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Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

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Choosing the right pet for your child is key. By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM. Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet. Having pets at a young age instills kids with a sense of confidence that they can take care of an animal and help it to live a thriving life. More importantly I find pets can be great therapy for kids. Have you ever seen a kid talk to a pet and the animal responds by wagging its tail or purring?

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On "Compassion," "Nonviolence" and "Justice"

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Both animal rights groups and animal welfare groups use "compassion" frequently. Compassion" has been so diluted that most people don't bat an eyelash at the idea of " compassionate carnivores." Why all the quotation marks? Because I've been thinking about the evolution of my own thinking--and languaging--regarding animal rights. Then again, so do people who kill animals for a living.

On Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems

Animal Person

Next year's Mind and Life Conference is called "Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems: A Dialogue Between Economics, Neuroscience and Contemplative Sciences." This strongly suggests that other qualities, such as empathy, pro-social motivation, altruism and compassion may play an essential role in our increasingly competitive global economic system. As for altruism and compassion in economic systems, I'd rather see a basis in social justice.

Quantico Has No Compassion for Feral Cats

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Quantico Military Base is really behaving cruelly when it comes to the feral cats on its base. They've prohibited feeding and want the animals trapped. If they are not adoptable, oh well, kill them. Please. 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?)

Note to Those Wanting Promotion: Pay Attention

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And that's when I get e-mails like this: Dear Mary I’m Caroline and I’m one of the Supporter Services team members for Compassion in World Farming. Having read your blogs I thought you might like to hear about Compassion in World Farming’s Bake with Compassion fundraising week. Note to Compassion in World Farming: I want to see the end of farms that use sentient nonhumans. We bloggers often get e-mails from individuals and organizations in search of promotion.

Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home Coming to Orlando

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Please consider joining us in building the excitement for this celebration of transformation, community, non- violence and compassion. From the makers of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is finally here!

Nice Story for the Week

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but I hope it's the first step to a long life of love and compassion for all living things. A six-year donates his life savings to help sick sea turtles at the Florida Aquarium. It was only $53.50 (the kid's only six!),

The Conflict Between Animal Welfare and Agribusiness

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Compassion is perceived to hurt profits. This article pretty much sums up how the two agendas are simply at cross-purposes. It spotlights the Humane Society, but I think it's a pretty universal comparison.

Europe's Pig Industry Mad about Undercover Investigation

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Compassion in World Farming led an undercover investigation that showed illegal tail docking and poor attempts at pig enrichment on factory farms, in violation of EU law. Now the pig industry is mad and claiming bias ( scroll down in article.) Too bad! If you complied with the law, you wouldn't look like such jerks!

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On Why a Bunny Might Have Two Noses

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And it's not cute and sweet that the greed of humans and our obsession with profiting from every inanimate object and every living being on Planet Earth trumps compassion. ( AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Brian A. Pounds ) A pet store in Connecticut received a shipment of products last week.

On THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING

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This is why we aren't anthropomorphizing when we speak of the compassion or love or grief that dogs show. When I agreed to read and review Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING (Harper 2010), the regal Charles Hobson Booger, III was still with us.

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On The Goode Family and Infiltration

Animal Person

But they're already on a path of compassion and caring about those other than themselves, so in my experience they're the perfect people to gently nudge in the direction of concern for sentient nonhumans. Image via Wikipedia I found The Goode Family disappointing on the vegan side.

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On Fighting for "Animal Rights"

Animal Person

Fighting to maintain the integrity of the words humane, love, euthanasia or compassion, is also fighting for animals. Being featured on ARZone's worldwide Live Guest Chat has reinvigorated my thinking about a couple of topics ( here 's the transcript). And then I read the "OMG!!!!!OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" LOL!!!!!" in today's New York Times, and I couldn't resist posting.

Quote of the Week

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If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution - and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity. Jane Goodall.

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More Clarity About Family Farms

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The marketing of an operation of breeding and slaughtering sentient nonhumans as a family farm (here, Bell straddles the line) is supposed to trigger some kind of compassion for the humans. In " Move to Limit 'Factor Farms' Gains Momentum " in today's New York Times , we learn that farmers in Ohio have agreed to phase out gestation crates within 15 years and veal crates by 2017. I won't get into whether I find that to be a victory.

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Vick to Get Own Reality Show on BET

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That kind of lack of compassion and cruelty is just too cold blooded. Looks like BET will have a new reality show based around Michael Vick. Wonder if he'll talk about the dogs he helped hang and electrocute to death. He'll get paid to tell everyone what a wonderful person he is. Sorry, but I think someone who kills dogs like he did can't just change. Shame on BET.

Baby Gorilla Rescued from Smugglers

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How can you feel no frigging compassion? A baby lowland gorilla was rescued from smugglers on Sunday, April 24. There has unfortunately been an increase in smuggling attempts in the Congo.

Watch Video About Pig Farming in the UK

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Produced by Compassion in World Farming. It's a 5-minute film about conditions for pigs in the UK. As an aside, people who love to eat meat should also watch educational videos like these. They need to take responsibility and learn about the food they eat.

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Quote of the Week

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Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. "Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it." ~ Henri Nouwen.

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Quote of the Week

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This is action out of compassion. "It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved." ~ Dalai Lama.

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On Egypt's Pig Cull

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I received an e-mail from the well-meaning Wendy at Compassion in World Farming (which I find an odd combination of words) regarding Egypt's pig cull and asking me to send my protest to the Egyptian Government. The pigs are being buried alive, dumped in mass graves and "covered in what appears to be quicklime where, they endure a slow and agonising death." Yes, I sent the protest.

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Quote of the Week

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Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Albert Schweitzer.

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On "Pets" and "Its"

Animal Person

And the reverse is true: If parents are unaware, it should be no surprise that whatever compassion or sense of justice a child has is not nurtured. I went back to New York to the areas where I grew up and went to college and graduate school for a five-day weekend. I'd been longing for NYC and, as usual, thinking about moving back. The Nor'easter cured me of that longing. I visited my three godchildren and a handful of friends, and all but one friend has at least one child.

On Food for the Soul

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His passion and compassion for humans is immense, but he appears to have some kind of mental block with nonhuman animals. The New York Times ' Nicholas D. Kristof frustrates me. He comes so close to grasping the concept of justice based on sentience, but his thinking is all muddled by tradition and culture. The result is that on one level he knows that hurting sentient nonhumans isn't right, but if it's done in a certain respectful way (oxymoron, anyone?) it's not so bad.

How Pets Can Improve Your Health

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Many also learn responsibility, compassion, and empathy from having pets. Expert cites scientifically-proven therapeutic, physical and emotional health benefits of loving and caring for a pet. Pet ownership runs far deeper than simply caring for a possession.

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On Not Eating Animals

Animal Person

Compassion, as most people define it, is virtuous, but it smacks of mercy, which screams subjection. Chris from Beijing wasn't able to comment (Animal Person is blocked in China) but he did write me to say he looks forward to Jonathan Safran Foer's sequel to Eating Animals. Not Eating Animals. Though I haven't been able to surf the Internet that much recently, I have found it difficult to avoid discussion of Foer's book. That has to be good, I tell myself. At least they're talking.

Seal Slaughter Stopped by Russia. Canada? Not So Much.

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Maybe Canada can learn something from the former KGB agent and avid hunter about compassion. Kudos for Russian leader Vladimir Putin for stopping the slaughter of seals. The ministry said: “This is a serious step forward to protect Russia’s biological diversity. This decision was made largely thanks to public environmental organisations which took an active position on this issue.” Conservation groups have staged protests in 20 Russian cities this week, demanding an end to the slaughter.

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Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

Animal Person

And is our Supreme Court, which as far as I know has shown no particular compassion for sentient nonhumans, equipped to decide what Free Speech is when they've been telling themselves the same stories our culture has been telling for hundreds of years regarding our relationship to sentient nonhumans?

On Atheism and Veganism, Part Deux

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When it comes to believers, I agree with Phelps that all religious traditions have some kind of basis for mercy or compassion or relieving suffering that we can use in our advocacy. " On Atheism and Veganism " created what was for the most part a respectful, interesting discussion that brought up a couple of items I'd like to clarify or explore. First off, I began the post with, "For me, atheism and veganism go hand-in-hand."

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On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

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. That means, political campaigns must incorporate the following aspects: Centre your campaign material on presenting suffering and stimulate compassion and empathy in people. There is a general consensus that vegetarianism and veganism are different philosophically.

On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

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There's no "compassion" in the process. Stephanie's post about " The Compassionate Hypocrite " on Saturday reminded me of what Catherine Friend and other " compassionate carnivores " are doing in addition to twisting the definition of compassionate beyond recognition. Their claim is that what has become the customary way to take sentient nonhumans from babyhood to untimely death is not humane. It's cruel. It's impersonal and hideously ugly and the animals suffer greatly. No argument here.

We Interrupt Regularly Scheduled.

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a sense of hope that the empire in the North would finally exhibit compassion toward its southern neighbors, that the unfair trade agreements, privatizations, draconian IMF Structural Adjustment Programs, and threats of military intervention would slow down and perhaps even fade away. 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.

Write to Your Congressional Representatives to Help the Almagordo Chimps

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This is a matter of human compassion to prevent the further suffering of animals that have already served this species in prior experiments. Here is the text we sent to Congressman Jim McDermott and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. It's based on the suggested text we saw on the web site for Physicians for Responsible Medicine. Dear Senator Murray, I have read articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times about the chimpanzees at Holloman Air Force Base.

Australian Fireman Honored by Animal Rights Activists

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Tree, 44, has been rewarded for his compassion by rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) which gave him its Hero to Animals Award. The compassion that David Tree showed in caring for Sam is an inspiration to others throughout the community and beyond,' said Peta Director Jason Baker. The fireman who saved Sam the Koala is now an international Youtube star. And getting recognition he deserves for his kindness.Mr

On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

Animal Person

The "problem with this view" that arises is that it is entirely logical to broaden one's circle of compassion beyond "pets" and to other sentient nonhumans, and Scott doesn't like that logic because it conflicts with his profit motive and his palate. Bea directed me to the Animal Welfare Special Report at TheHill.com , in which Rep.

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. From the Farm Sanctuary.

On Project Treadstone and Welfare, OED-Style

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I'm proud to say that Project Treadstone is a nearly-well-oiled machine thanks to the compassion and willingness to help that I have encountered by almost everyone I've encountered regarding the cats at the site.

Expedition Grizzly

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Driven by compassion, Casey and Brutus take a yearlong odyssey to shed light on Yellowstone’s “island” population of about 600 grizzlies, hemmed in on all sides by roads and human settlement.

BOCA to Stop Using Eggs by End of 2009

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On March 19, 2009 a company representative emailed Compassion Over Killing: "…I am pleased to let you know the BOCA brand will be eliminating eggs in all of its products by the end of this year. Totally missed this story from about a month ago. We anticipate all BOCA products will be egg free in 2010." By removing eggs from their ingredient list, BOCA is withdrawing financial support for factory farms that use battery-cages. They are striking a blow against the cruel egg industry.

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