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Animal Ethics

This month the management posted announcements stating that as of January 2007 (3 months ago, even though announcements were only posted this month) their new policy was that all cats must be declawed on their front feet, or else cat owners will face eviction. Not only does she have no intention whatsoever of declawing her cats, she wants to stop the management from requiring this of its tenants.

Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

Critter News

A declawed, defanged bear is chained to a stake as hunting dogs bark and snap, trying to force the bear to stand on its hind legs. Ugh, this is barbaric and right out of the dark ages. From the AP. The training exercise called bear baying is intended to make the bears easier to shoot in the wild and it's only allowed in South Carolina.

On Helping Individuals and Utilitarianism

Animal Person

I've never met Bella , the orange tabby pictured above whose people abused her and tried to declaw her with pliers. I'm not a utilitarian.