Trader Joe's Eggs NOT Humane

Critter News

Here's what they say about Trader Joe's eggs (definitely does not sound humane to me.) I decided to look online for some information regarding the "Organic Free Range Eggs" that Trader Joe's, my favorite store, sells. Here is what their web site says. A Note About Eggs At Trader Joe's we listen to what our customers tell us about the choices we give them. Thanks to their valued feedback, in 2005 we made an important change in our egg selection.

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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. It's not conducive to humane anything.).

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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.

On Stanley and Family Commitments

Animal Person

So when we adopted a human baby we knew we'd have to teach that human to avoid Violet. The growing little human in the house was basically taught to stay far away from dogs and respect their space. I have no idea how anyone has more than one human child.

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On Dogs and Unconditional Love

Animal Person

She has definitely slowed down, but she looks great and has perked up a bit now that it's regularly under 90 degrees and the humidity decreases by the week.

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On Fighting for "Animal Rights"

Animal Person

Francione has defined abolition in a certain way and if you don't adhere strictly to his definition, you are not a Francione-style abolitionist. They don't satisfy all of the requirements of Francione, but their goal is the abolition of the use of sentient nonhumans by humans. Fighting to maintain the integrity of the words humane, love, euthanasia or compassion, is also fighting for animals.

On The Respectful Emperor

Animal Person

We are not people who are interested in discussing animal rights, as in, the right of sentient nonhumans to not be used by humans for potential profit, for sport or for lunch. The stories we humans create for ourselves to justify--or even glorify--our behavior are fictions.

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

In the majority of cases, it is humans who are to blame for the plunging numbers of animals, and Corwin is very clear about the extent to which we have destroyed the world around us. When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent.

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Is Charles with Lars Axl Fokker?

Animal Person

Some people seem to think that animals' souls are different from those of humans, while others think they're the same. Charles is definitely with me in spirit, but I don't know if there is a spirit.

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Just Two Lessons Learned for Today

Animal Person

We humans can't even agree on what happened in the past. I guess this is more about definitive statements. Saying that only nonviolence of a certain definition will lead to your goal isn't accurate. I've decided that 20 lessons is a good number to stop at, and today I'll discuss what are probably the two most controversial ones, about the animal rights movement. Lesson #11.

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On "Discarded" Greyhounds

Animal Person

On Cat Killers and Mental Competency

Animal Person

We humans have decided that, for a combination of reasons that are important to us, cats are worthy of our respect. I can't think of another animal so hated by humans that they have actually created an industry to publicize their hatred and their wish to hurt and kill them. Pigs definitely don't get much respect from humans, but the evil (and I can't think of a better word and I don't mean it in a religious sense) I see around cat-haters is different.

Creature Update

Animal Person

If I told you what I spent last year doing work-wise, you probably wouldn't believe me and you'd definitely suggest I write a book about it. As many of you know, 2009 was chock full of creature-related drama for me.

10 Reasons Street Dogs Deserve to be Defended

4 The Love Of Animals

My human kept me in an enclosed porch because, let’s face it, I was crawling with fleas and pretty filthy. We dogs are wired by nature to be humans’ companions. After all, dogs have the longest history of co-habitation with humans of any animal.

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On "Home"

Animal Person

I watched Home earlier in the week and you can watch it on YouTube here , though a huge flat screen is definitely preferable. It's amazing to observe as someone learns about what we humans have done to this planet in such a short period of time, and how dire the situation really is. You get the idea at YouTube but the experience is vastly different on a great television. Home reminded me of Winged Migration in a couple of ways: the sweeping cinematography and the score.

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Ways to Promote Alliance Politics

Animal Person

Finally, when you read, I recommend not using your disagreement with someone about, say, the definition of violence, stop you from going out into your community and building alliances.

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On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

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. No one needs to eat sentient beings, so it's not as if these "farmers" are providing a valuable service to humanity.

Dogs as Smart as 2-yr-old Kids

Animal Person

Because when you compare two species, or rather a nonhuman animal species to the human animal, the humans almost always come out on top. And of course, the definition of whatever is being measured--in this case intelligence--is our version of intelligence. The social life of dogs is much more complex, much more like human teenagers at that stage, interested in who is moving up in the pack and who is sleeping with who and that sort of thing.

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. which animals and why, what characteristic/s and whose definition of them, just to name a few)? 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.

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

Animal Person

Being vegan because you want to live as nonviolently as possible and you don't want to contribute to violence and you don't want to respond to violence with violence is admirable to some, though refusing to support the defense of sentient nonhumans when you probably would if they were humans bothers me. My definition of violence would begin with the physical harm of living beings. Why all the quotation marks?

On Different Results of Direct Action

Animal Person

There is a profound difference between what Sea Shepherd does and what the Animal Liberation Front does, but there are also similarities, and those similarities increase in number if a direct action by the ALF (or anyone else) is an open rescue and therefore a direct defense of sentient nonhumans being attacked by humans. Here are some highlights: Mantle: "How do you respond to: Yeah, you may find something that benefits humans, but it's not worth it and it's not ethically right?"

On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

Animal Person

The veracity of this statement hinges on Scott's definition of "inhumane," and that definition must be very, very restricted, and clearly unrelated to the realities of our modern factory farm system. We give them human names and provide them with the same amenities we enjoy as humans. Bea directed me to the Animal Welfare Special Report at TheHill.com , in which Rep.

Do Animals Laugh?

Critter News

Those patterns hint at the ancient origins of human hilarity and suggest that other social species - including apes, dogs and rats - really, truly laugh as well. A prominent researcher in the specialized field of animal laughter, Jaak Panksepp of Washington State University, said it definitely goes farther back than that. "I There are researchers out there who say that they do. I certainly think they can laugh and have fun. I've seen it.

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7 Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

4 The Love Of Animals

Although dog ownership may pose some challenges in the quest to achieve garden greatness, it’s definitely not a hopeless cause. Having a pet does not mean you have to give up hopes of having a lush, well-manicured yard.

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Organizations Putting Animals First

4 The Love Of Animals

Formed in 2007, this organization seeks to promote the humane treatment of animals by promoting effective animal sanctuary management. Led by professionals who have experience with organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, the group is definitely not new to the issues surrounding animals worldwide. 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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Rescue Spotlight: Rabbit Meadows

4 The Love Of Animals

Today, Rabbit Meadows shows definite signs of age, wear and tear from weather and badly needs an upgrade. Rabbit Meadows is a rescue group out of Seattle. As the name suggests, they rescue rabbits, but they also rescue other small animals like ferrets, and other small rodents.

Read an Analysis of Slate's Animal Research Series

Critter News

I think that people who are pro-animal research would come away with something to ponder, definitely the sense that this is not a pretty or sanitized practice. 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.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

Animal Ethics

Lemuel Shaw, the nineteenth century chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, provided this good definition: it “consists of a few broad and comprehensive principles, founded on reason, natural justice, and enlightened public policy, modified and adapted to all the circumstances of all the particular cases that fall within it.” Rowan, Public Policy Series [Washington, DC: Humane Society Press, 2003], 99-105, at 103 [endnotes omitted

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Since using animals is cultural, not part of our biological nature or in any way necessary, animal use is by definition inhumane—unkind where we could as a society choose kind. It is inhumane to humans as well, E. To the Editor: Thank you for Nicholas D. Kristof’s plea for food-policy reform (“ Lettuce From the Garden, With Worms ,” column, June 21). Though factory-style production worsens it, the root problem is animal use.

Guest Post: Understanding Pet Food Labels

4 The Love Of Animals

De-mystify the labeling on a lot of pet food – “natural,&# “raw,&# “human grade,&# “FDA approved&#. Human Grade” is far superior to the “feed grade” found in most pet food. For example, restaurants often sell used grease and oils to pet food companies as “human grade” – technically correct but not what we are led to believe. Human grade” ingredients may include leftovers after the “restaurant grade” portions have been removed.

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John Passmore (1914-2004) on the History of Animal Cruelty

Animal Ethics

Once a definite social movement got under way in the West with its objective the restricting of man's treatment of animals, it moved with relative rapidity. The degree of restriction placed on human behavior, furthermore, is relatively slight. Whereas it once used to be argued, as by Newman , that the least human good compensates for any possible amount of animal suffering, the current doctrine is that it requires a considerable good to compensate for such suffering.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

4 The Love Of Animals

Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors. Consider a collie named Tinker and his human companion, Paul Jackson, who has Type 2 diabetes.

M. P. Golding on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

Some philosophers admit rights only for beings who are capable of choice, and this is reflected in definitions of 'rights' as 'ranges of action' or 'spheres of autonomy'. It may also be the case that their rights (if they have any) are, because of the nature of their interests, so insignificant in comparison with those of humans that they hardly deserve the appellation. ( One aspect of the question of whether animals have rights may now be treated.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 4 of 13

Animal Ethics

Or suppose that by genetic engineering we could develop a milk-producing animal that became sick when it had the milk removed by members of other species, e.g., human beings. On the above definitions the wool and the milk of such animals would not be animal products. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. What Is an Animal Part?

The True Costs of the Rhetoric of Terror Continue to Mount – Part 1

Animal Ethics

It is chilling in its scope because it now expands the the definition of ‘animal enterprise terrorism’ to include acts that result in neither fear nor economic damages nor bodily injury. The rhetoric of terror has been used to “justify” human rights abuses in Guantanamo. With surprisingly little fanfare, President George W. Bush signed the “ Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act ” into law this past Monday (November 27, 2006).

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