New Iberia Inspection Documents Available

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What the documents show # A USDA inspection on Feb. I found them here. 18 focusing on allegations by Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) found the center in compliance. # A routine USDA inspection in September 2008 found the center in compliance. # A May 23, 2007, USDA inspection revealed several problems with drainage and waste disposal operations, and peeling paint in primate housing areas. # A 2006 inspection found no problems. USDA inspections dated July 19, 2005 and Dec.

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PETA Suing Utah County

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They're trying to get documentation regarding the 100 dogs and cats sold to the University of Utah for medical experiments.

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Greenpeace Appropriates Martha's Vineyard Times to Deliver Message to Obama

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Greenpeace issued a document in Martha's Vineyard calling itself the "Martha's Vineyard Future Times" and distributed it on the streets there. It was made to look like the real Martha Vineyard Times, which was not too happy about it. You can read about their reaction here. And, here are photos of them handing the flyers out (via Greenpeace I might add).

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Investigation Demanded for Southwest Lab

Critter News

Documents show discrepancies in reporting to two different regulatory agencies, suggesting fraud within the lab, SAEN claims. Stop Animal Exploitation Now! SAEN) is calling for an investigation of Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, TX.

Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

Creature Talk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document that a chained dog is 2.8 I get frustrated when people suggest that all Pit bulls are a danger to society. I work with someone, in fact, who is so prejudiced against these beautiful dogs, that she will leave a dog park with her dogs if a pit bull arrives. While Pit bulls are incredibly strong and can therefore inflict a dangerous wound if they do attack, they are by no means the only breed that bites.

Another Research Company Accused of Animal Mistreatment

Critter News

Animal welfare watchdog group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), has released documents which, it claims, provide evidence that CRO MPI Research has been operating in violation of the US Animal Welfare Act. The documents, disclosed to by Executive Director of SAEN, Michael Budkie, are said to have been released anonymously from a past or present employee. For the full story, go here to

Psychiatrist Arrested for Trafficking in Gall Bladders

Critter News

In charging documents filed in King County Superior Court, prosecutors contend Dr. Tohru Shigemura made repeated trips to Washington to hunt bear, taking animals out of season and on tribal lands. So, it's not just rednecks in Washington State who are doing this. From the Seattle P-I: A Japanese psychiatrist with a home in Seattle is facing poaching and gun-possession charges following allegations that he poached several black bears and tried to smuggle gallbladders back to Japan.

FBI Discussed Ways to Discredit Animal Rights Activists

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The FBI and a previously-unknown informant in the animal rights movement discussed, among other topics, how to disrupt political activism, according to FBI documents. This from the blog Green is the New Red. Read the full post here. The topics discussed echo COINTELPRO-era tactics of the 1960s, including the possibility of discrediting activists through planting rumors.

Man Kills Goldfish in Domestic Violence Attack, Gets Probation

Critter News

Court documents say Donald Earl Fite III wanted to reunite with the woman in July, but she wasn’t willing. Court documents said Fite told an officer, “If she can’t have me, then she can’t have the fish.” I'm posting the whole article because it's so short. Another example of how animals (even goldfish!) become victims of domestic violence.

Internet Exploits Cameroon's Primates

Critter News

Their ads claim that the primate comes with "veterinary health documents, a "permit" from CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and a year's health care guarantee. Illegal wildlife traffickers provide fake credentials to establish that primates are being legitimately offered for sale.

Group Pursues Investigation of US Labs

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researchers for allegedly filing fraudulent documents and performing nearly identical experimentation in violation of federal regulations, the organization said in a news release. I predict they'll get nowhere. From UPI. Stop Animal Exploitation Now filed the complaint with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging a probe of 50 U.S.

Cheetah sets new world speed record!

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Learn more about National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, which helped fund the documentation of the run by visiting ! Sarah the cheetah broke her own world record! © Ken Geiger/National Geographic Magazine. Sarah, an 11-year-old cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo, broke her own world record by running 100m in 5.95 seconds on June 20, 2012. She was clocked at 61mph.

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Why Justice for Animals Is the Social Movement of Our Time

Animal Ethics

In a study first published in 2011, my colleagues and I showed how chimpanzees used in the biomedical and entertainment industries suffered from PTSD and other mental disorders – much like the psychiatric conditions I’ve documented in human torture survivors." "There is no longer dispute among serious scientists that humans aren’t the only animals who have the capacity to suffer physically and mentally.

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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.

Military Used Pigs in Brain Injury Research

Critter News

For an 11-month period that ended in December, researchers subjected pigs and rats to about 200 blasts, according to Pentagon documents and interviews. Lovely. Military researchers have dressed live pigs in body armor and strapped them into Humvee simulators that were then blown up with explosives to study the link between roadside bomb blasts and brain injury.

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Pam Anderson Urges End to India's Animal Testing

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It broke my heart to see the suffering that is documented in the enclosed video", wrote Anderson, in a letter sent on behalf of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). I don't always know how I personally feel about Pamela Anderson, but I can't argue with her (non-acting) work. Her letter to the Indian research facility is pretty distressing. Sounds like she watched a harsh video. For the full story, g o here to the Vancouver Sun.

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Egg Companies Accused of Price Collusion

Critter News

sales and arranging instead for their export, United Egg helped tighten domestic supply and drive up the price of eggs across the country, according to newsletters and other documents that United Egg sent to its members. The Justice Department has opened investigations. It's in the Wall Street Journal.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld writes about the horrors of a kosher slaughterhouse where “news reports and government documents have described abusive practices.” But he says almost nothing about reports of how badly the animals were treated there. Religious slaughter is still slaughter. Gretchen Berger New York, Aug. 6, 2008

On Food/Lifestyle Disputes At Home

Animal Person

While no study has documented how frequent these clashes have become, therapists agree that the green issue can quickly become poisonous because it is so morally charged. In " Therapists Report Increase in Green Disputes " in the Environment section of today's New York Times, Leslie Kaufman reports that American households have become a battleground for beliefs about the environment.

Is Shelter Appreciation Week a Sham?

Critter News

The article documents a number of recent abuses nationwide, as well as the difficulties reformers have faced in trying to stop abuse at shelters. Nathan Winograd has an interesting piece in the Examiner about the recent HSUS Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. It's not that he's unappreciative of people that work with animals, but rather the state of many of the shelters that are being appreciated.

Big Cat Week!

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Big Cat Odyssey chronicles their meticulous work over three decades of filming, photographing and documenting the behavior of big cat species in Botswana. Big Cat Week starts tonight on Nat Geo WILD! Are you ready? The seven-night television event features visually stunning and powerfully resonant stories of nature’s fiercest felines! Tonight’s premiere episode, Big Cat Odyssey , follows lions and leopards through Africa’s harshest climatic extremes.

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Humane Society Cites Abuses at University of Minnesota

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Department of Agriculture's online inspection reports and documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Institutes of Health's Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. All this stuff makes me sick. Don't give me that slop about universities being better than corporations.

Animal Research Grants a Waste of Taxpayer Money

Critter News

Recent published studies document that an old boys network in the federal grant award process keeps “aging cash cows” afloat while leaving younger, innovative investigators struggling. I like this letter which appeared in the Brandenton Herald (FL). President Obama promised to eliminate wasteful government spending; funding for animal research is one area that is overdue for reform. As billions flow into this waste, 44 million Americans lack adequate health care coverage.

Calgary Zoo Set for External Review

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To continue their support for this institution, our community needs answers — no more accusations, no more allegations, no more irresponsible criticisms, but documented facts that will give them good reason to maintain their confidence in us,” Lanthier said.I Bowing under pressure, they are allowing an outside group of experts review their operations. But, of course, this is really all because of some extremists who want to close down all zoos.

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

Critter News

The Humane Society of the United States released the video scenes Wednesday, saying that’s only part of the documentation of what it claimed were 338 violations of federal law and policy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Laboratory. Actually, it's more then allegations. They have video. The video footage shows monkeys biting themselves and slamming against the bars of small cages.

Humane Society Exposes Petland Practices

Critter News

Documented USDA violations at some of Petland's breeders and suppliers included dirty, unkempt enclosures; inadequate shelter from the cold; dogs kept in too small cages; and inadequate veterinary care. This news story slipped by in November. The Humane Society has another great investigation into the shady practices of a corporate giant. This time it's Petland, who I'm glad to say has no stores in my area (that I know of.)

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On Coping Mechanisms

Animal Person

And I know that, for instance, I simply don't have the skill set to be an undercover person who documents abuse. Yesterday , Abby wrote: Off topic, but I was wondering if you have any advice for those of us who are highly emotionally sensitive and also interested in animal welfare issues? I get so sad when I hear about the mistreatment of animals that it really affects me, but at the same time I want to be able to create change in the world.

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Lessons Learned, The Finale

Animal Person

Otherwise you'd create a word document on your computer and enter your posts in that instead of on a platform designed for anyone in the world who has access to the Internet to see. After all this time it seems that. the Island's sideways world was a purgatory of sorts where the Oceanic 815 survivors were supposed to learn more lessons or go one way or the other (good or bad), but Desmond intervened to bring them all together and move forward to the light.

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Nat Geo WILD!

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Future episodes of Expedition Wild will focus on the wild wolves of Yellowstone; a journey with Casey trekking through Yellowstone during two key seasons — winter and spring — documenting every living thing he encounters; and a one-hour special with the complete history of his relationship with Brutus. Are you excited for the brand new channel from National Geographic? It’s called WILD and launches on Monday, March 29th, with some seriously cool new shows!

Casting Call!

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Though we might spot a pet-owner’s arm or leg on camera or perhaps hear some cooing over their cuteness, this program is all about the animals and documenting the milestone moments in their young lives. Animal Planet is creating an all new show that is all about the early lives of puppies and kittens! There is a casting call, and I wanted to share the information with you in case any of my dear readers fit the bill!

Rescue Ink Unleashed

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Check out this video from the premier episode: RESCUE INK UNLEASHED is a new weekly series that documents this unlikely group of animal activists on their crusade to save helpless, abandoned and abused animals. Did you happen to catch the premier of Rescue Ink Unleashed on Friday night? If not, be sure to set your DVR for Friday and watch, it’s a great show about an unlikely group of animal heroes.

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Soup kitchen for pets

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Claudia says, “People have to show us official documents to show they are on welfare or have very low wages before we help them. Germany has been one of Europe’s strong economies, but things are changing for everyone. It began with the saddest story, as great ideas often do. Claudia Hollm saw a TV show about a family who had to relinquish their dog because of economic hardship.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

With controlled-atmosphere killing, chickens aren’t dumped from their transport crates and do not suffer broken wings and legs while being shackled upside down, they’re never scalded to death in defeathering tanks, and there is no opportunity for workers to further abuse birds at the slaughterhouse, as PETA has documented in undercover investigations. To the Editor: Re “ New Way to Help Chickens Cross to Other Side ” (front page, Oct.

"The Cove" Continues to Disturb

Critter News

The affecting cloak-and-dagger documentary “The Cove,” which documents a brutal dolphin hunt off the Japanese town of Taiji, is putting would-be amusement park visitors in an ethical bind and park owners on the defensive. We posted about this film a while ago, but it is still inspiring news coverage. Clearly, it is disturbing enough to provoke some real discussions about the ethics of dolphins in amusement parks.

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Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover Premiere Jan 7, 2012

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Just moments after they document a critical meeting between the suspect and a known dog breeder, a neighborhood “scout” marks their vehicle, forcing them to quickly flee the scene. Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover have their season premieres tomorrow, January 7, 2012 on NatGeo Wild! Once again, Cesar Millan works with dogs and their owners to help dogs suffering from phobias and obsessions!

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40 Ways to Help Lab Animals

Critter News

FOIA allows you access to information on federally funded animal research projects and to documents of various departments of the federal government, including the U.S. Thanks to Patty at Animal Rights-Do Whatever is Necessary for reposting this list of 40 ways to help lab animals. I especially like these suggestions. 9.Read The better informed you are, the greater the impact you can make, so read everything you can.

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The True Costs of Eating Meat

Animal Ethics

McWilliams’s column reminds us of the scientific findings documented out in Livestock’s Long Shadow , the Food and Agricultural Organization’s 390 page report on the environmental impact of meat production. In this Washington Post column, James E.

Tails of Aloha

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We send Animal Therapy teams to hospitals, nursing homes, Hospices and even private homes for Animal assisted Therapy (where we have animals go to individuals or groups) or Animal Assisted Activities (Where we have an animal involved with the actual therapy of an individual that is observed and documented by a Health/Human service professional.)

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It's Back! The Horror of Horse Slaughter in DeKalb

Animal Ethics

An 8-minute film documenting the horror of perfectly healthy horses being slaughtered for no good reason can be viewed here. Think of your favorite horror film: A brutal ruthless killer is on the loose, slashing hapless innocent victims to death right and left. After witnessing hours if not days of senseless killing, someone finally musters the courage to take on the killer and delivers what has to be a devastating blow. The vicious villain has finally been destroyed, once and for all.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

Animal Ethics

Not only are they killed in cruel ways, but it is well documented that they are raised in ways that cause them great discomfort and agony. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. The Argument from Actual Practice Still, it may be objected that this is to overlook actual practice. In fact, animals used for food do suffer a great deal.

Are You Wearing Man's Best Friend? That Trim on the Hood of Your Jacket Might Be Dog Fur!

Animal Ethics

For a detailed and photo-documented description of how these highly intelligent, highly sensitive dogs are killed, see here. To see an undercover video documenting how these innocent dogs are inhumanely killed, see here. According to this Associated Press story, if you are wearing a Sean John jacket with fur trim purchased from Macy's, that trim might have come from a dog indigenous to Asia known as a "raccoon dog."

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Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

Dr. Dean Ornish has also documented the heart-protective effects of plant-based diets, as has Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic. Jonathan Hubbell, a philosophy major at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the newest member of the Animal Ethics blog, and once again, I would like to welcome him aboard.

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