Humane Society's National Conference Announced

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The conference is to be held from July 23-26 in Washington, DC. Someday, I hope to attend one of these conferences. Tags: humane society conferences I recently received this email announcement. It looks like they have some great workshops with people like Gene Bauer from Farm Sanctuary and Nicole Pollata from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF.).

2009 Animal Rights Conference Scheduled for July 16-20

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"No More Homeless Pets" Conference Scheduled for October

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Join Best Friends Animal Society for the annual No More Homeless Pets National Conference, October 23-25, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the conference for people who want to make a difference. Tags: Best Friends animal welfare conferences From a Best Friends email. Each year, five million healthy, adoptable homeless pets are still being put down. Three days of action oriented training, inspiration and, of course, fun with Best Friends.

No-Kill Conference Already Sold Out

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The National No-Kill Conference scheduled for May 2-3 in Washington, DC is ALREADY sold out. Amazing.

On "Animal Rights Conferences"

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" Two Animal Rights Conferences: Will you be there? " I haven't been to either conference, so I can say nothing from personal experience. by Drew Wilson at Care2's animal welfare blog has yet to have any comments about rights and welfare. I don't know how big the readership of that blog is, but it is international if that matters.

National Animal Rights Conference in LA Starts July 16

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You can sign up here. Some of the groups attending will be: FARM In Defense of Animals Sea Shepherd ACT Radio Anti-Fur Society E/Environmental Mag Eko Zone Healing Species League of Humane Voters Mercy For Animals Stop Animal Exploitation Now! Vegetarian Times VegNews Magazine The link came from ALF, but they aren't listed on the site. It sounds like they are participating in some form or another.

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Here is information about an upcoming conference

American Pets Alive! Creating a No Kill Nation

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is dedicated to making America No-Kill by hosting a yearly National Conference that shares Austin Pets Alive!’s Can you imagine America becoming a No Kill Nation? American Pets Alive! can and it is our mission.

“A blogger saved my life”

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This weekend I went to a blogging conference. As usual, it was filled with fun activities, one of which was a concert from Alex Boye. He is an amazing entertainer, engaging the audience the entire time, plus he is just plain talented!

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Global Animal

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My friend Mylan Engel spoke at a conference on human use of animals. Here is a report

Hello computer.

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Between making sure that Baby’s patella heals properly (and thank you all for the tips), to going to a conference, there hasn’t been much time for blogging. Hello dear readers! I have been away from the blog for a bit.

SCLC to Celebrate Michael Vick Day

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The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is sponsoring a Michael Vick celebration in Newport News. Whether you think he deserves a second chance or not in the NFL, I find it a little strange that they are sponsoring this. What exactly are they celebrating? His release from prison?

Asian Countries Score Another Victory Over Marine Animals

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Delegates to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) conference in Qatar voted down three of four proposals to protect sharks. This really sucks. According to the New York Times. China, by far the world’s largest consumer of the cartilaginous fish, for sharkfin soup, and Japan, which has battled to keep the convention from being extended to any marine species, led the opposition.

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. Plans will be unveiled at a news conference in Halifax in advance of the Olympic torch's arrival. Both groups will be protesting the seal hunt using the Olympic torch ceremony as the backdrop.

On Animal Abuse Registries and Anthropolatry

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I should be able to watch the press conference about the bill this afternoon if a conference call doesn't take too long, and I'll update if there's anything new and exciting. This morning I posted " On California's Animal Abuse Registry Proposal " over at Animal Rights & AntiOppression and welcome any discussion about it.

Europeans Continue to Search for Alternatives to Animal Research.Why Not Americans?

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At a conference in Brussels, Belgium on 6 November, European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, and Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik restated the EU's commitment to the reduction of animal testing. Industry representatives were also present at the conference, which was held as part of the European Partnership on Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA). I just don't understand it. Is there a different culture regarding animals in Europe?

Mexican Senators Look at Banning Bullfights

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Bullfights seem really thoughtless and savage to me," the senator said in a press conference on Monday. I'm very, very surprised. And not very optimistic. Mexico is notorious for its bullfights and lack of animal rights. But, still, I can't dismiss it. From Fox News (blech). Senators from the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, are working on legislation to ban bullfights and guarantee animal rights in Mexico, a lawmaker said.

California's Ag Industry Worried that State Committee will Focus on "Emotion"

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The panel is now known as the Food and Agriculture Committee, and the new chairman is Dean Florez, Steinberg revealed at a news conference Jan. Several environmental groups were represented at the news conference, during which Steinberg said the changes would usher in a new era in California agriculture policy. “My Basically, it sounds like the ag committee will be including food safety and animal welfare concerns in their discussions. The ag industry does NOT like this.

South Dakota Governor Wants Livestock Research Facility

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He asked industry experts at the conference to give their input on how the center should be developed. This looks like its for farming of livestock, not medical research, but that's bad too. Research on animals is research on animals. From the High Plains Journal. Mike Rounds wants a biotech animal research facility built in South Dakota. The Argus Leader reports that Rounds announced Sept.

Finless Shark Found in the Phillipines

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Ironically, this was just after a conference on saving sharks held in the Phillipines. The shark's fins had been cut and he was still alive when found, but sadly died. From Inquirer.net. Last week, representatives of some 50 countries attended the third meeting of the International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks (SHARKS III) hosted by the Philippines in Manila. Eleven of them signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pledging to protect the whale sharks.

On Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems

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Next year's Mind and Life Conference is called "Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems: A Dialogue Between Economics, Neuroscience and Contemplative Sciences." Here's a quote from the homepage of the conference's site, CompassionEconomics.org : "The ongoing global financial crisis shows clearly just how vulnerable economic systems are to human behavior, particularly to corruption and greed.

Christian Science Monitor Calls for Endangered Species Hour

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It's in response to the pathetic CITES conference which basically screwed marine animal protection. "Earth Hour" was held yesterday. People were supposed to turn their lights off for an hour. I like this opinion piece from the Christian Science Monitor which calls for an "Endangered Species Hour."

Scottish Judge Implies Wildlife Crime Not That Important

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Sheriff Kevin Drummond is claimed to have told a police conference on wildlife crime last month that offences against animals were not even “on the second page” after serious crimes such as robbery and assault. Lots of jerks in the news lately. One of Scotland’s top sheriffs is under pressure to quit his leading role in combating wildlife crime after allegedly telling a former police officer concerned about the soft sentences given to those convicted to “get a life”.

Unlikely Healer Walks on Three Paws

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School children in Sacramento and conference attendees in San Diego who met the dog quickly got the message, and the excitement, that no one needs to be defined by their circumstances when Tink raced toward them.

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RSPCA Collects 68,000 Signatures Supporting an End to Animal Research

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The conference] began on the 30th of August and runs until the 3rd of September, two members of the RSPCA’s Research Animals Department are attending the event together with worldwide representatives of NGOs, industry and science as well as authorities and decision-makers. That's an even larger number if you realize that each signature probably represents a few non-signers who feel the same way.

Growing Number of Scientists Question Animal Research

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Indeed, it often isn't even the best science: New drugs that show great promise in mice, for example, often confer zero benefit to humans, or even prove harmful. They're not necessarily questioning the ethics, but the efficacy. This is an excellent article that appeared in the Boston Globe last week. The feud between animal rights activists and researchers is among the bitterest in science.

USHS Alleges Animal Abuse at the University of Louisiana New Iberia Research Laboratory

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This is a story of inhumane treatment and a story of psychological torment for these animals,” Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based animal rights group, said at a news conference Wednesday. Actually, it's more then allegations. They have video. The video footage shows monkeys biting themselves and slamming against the bars of small cages.

Pet Love Closes its Doors in Beverly Hills

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Best Friends made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday. This is awesome. Pet Love is a business that sells animals from puppy mills.) The Beverly Center, an upscale shopping mall in Beverly Hills, California, has announced it will terminate Pet Love’s lease sometime in the next few months. Our work here in Los Angeles sends the strongest possible message everywhere that pet shops are supplied by puppy millers,” said Paul Berry, Best Friends chief executive officer. “If

Consolidation of Egg Industry

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egg industry is planning a strategic conference after the presidential election to plan for the future. Don't think banks are the only ones gobbling each other up nowadays. So are egg corporations. Thanks to an email from Farmed Animal Net for this information. These are not farming families, folks, but corporations as powerful and ruthless as anything on Wall Street. The U.S. egg industry continues to consolidate.

From Today's New York Times

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic catechism affirm that compassion for animals is a matter of human dignity. The Central Conference of American Rabbis “advocates the strengthening of humane legislation,” and the list goes on.

From the Mailbag

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Also, I don't know if you attended the Future of Animal Law conference last weekend in Boston, but it had a panel on valuable alliances for the animal movement, including religious and ethical alliances, that I thought you might be interested in. Dear Keith, Your blog is great! I'm always excited to find new internet sources for animal theory. I thought you might be interested in the new AnimalBlawg , an animal law blog by law students.

Happy 50th Anniversary Jane Goodall Institute

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Hundreds of lecture tours and conferences. Today is a milestone for the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and its founder, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE. Fifty years ago, on July 14, 1960, a then 26-year-old Jane Goodall arrived in Gombe.

On Quieting the Mind

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This Friday, at noon, thanks to David Lynch's foundation (he's a long-time meditator), you can watch a conference with Lynch, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Russell Simmons (also long-time meditators, with Simmons being the newest) who are "coming together to teach one million at-risk youth to meditate." You have to register to watch the conference. I've been using Transcendental Meditation (TM) as my meditation technique for over a decade.

From the Mailbag

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Philadelphia, PA Find out how you can become an active participant in national efforts to protect farm animals from abuse at this one-day conference. Hi Keith, Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Forum will be here before we know it! Would you be interested in helping us promote this event by posting the notice below? Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Earth Day Lecture

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Professor Jenni made her debut appearance in DeKalb in September 2002 when she presented her paper “The Power of the Visual” at the Northern Illinois Ethic Consortium’s inaugural conference Ethics in Contemporary Life. Since a number of "Animal Ethics" readers reside in the northern Illinois area, I thought I would call your attention to an exciting lecture that is taking place on Northern Illinois University's campus. This Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m., Kathie L. Jenni, Ph.D.

From Today's New York Times

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At the yearly Meat Marketing conference this summer in Nashville, the industry representatives seemed most worried about negative press concerning animal welfare; the words “global warming” were never even uttered. To the Editor: Re “ From Hoof to Dinner Table, a New Bid to Cut Emissions ” (front page, Dec. 4): There is a solution to at least some of the beef industry’s sustainability woes, and that is to raise cows in a pasture-based system.

What Matters to Animals…

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The weekend of June 13th and 14th I went to an animal rights conference in the Twin Cities called Their Lives, Our Voices. Much like last year, it was awesome. I took notes and hope to write a few entries on what I learned there.

J. Baird Callicott on Value

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Objective value inheres in the world outside of subjects and would exist without them; subjective value is conferred by subjects (such as human beings) and would not exist without them. Some suspicion may arise at this point that the land ethic is ultimately grounded in human interests, not in those of nonhuman natural entities.

Animal Companions

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By focusing our human attitudes on animals, we are playing at God, standing always apart from and above our victims, smiling down on their innocent ways, removed from the possibility of judgment ourselves, and, in our exaltation, imagining that we confer the greatest benefit on those whom we patronize. Here are three paragraphs from a recent essay by Roger Scruton : As I suggested, science provides authority for this weird morality only when clothed in moral doctrine.