BOCA to Stop Using Eggs by End of 2009

Critter News

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. 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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Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

Creature Talk

Egg laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on today’s factory farms. There have been countless investigations of egg farms conducted by animals rights groups in the United States, and each time we see the same things: dead hens in cages with live ones, birds who have lost their feathers from stress, and egregious abuse of these beautiful birds by farm workers.

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. The eventual kill is quick, clean, and painless. And if you ever drive around an egg farm, hog farm, slaughterhouse, feeding lot, etc., Factory farming is not conducive to quick, clean, and painless kills.

Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Pelicans

10,000 Birds

Though he destroyed more than 1,000 nests worth of chicks and eggs of the American White Pelican nearly obliterating a colony on land he rented, a guilty plea by Minnesota farmer Craig Staloch means that he faces, at most, six months in jail. Justice? Asides

Altruism, Albatrosses, and Vicious Young Men

10,000 Birds

They emerged from their bloody rampage leaving fifteen adults dead, and fifteen destroyed nests with either smashed or missing eggs. There are eggs that are not viable, nestlings who fail to thrive, natural predators who snatch a chick for a meal, freak storms that blow through and destroy part of a population. But no one who has ever cared for another creature – be it bird, animal, or human – can comprehend, much less cope with, this kind of brutal, pointless killing.

Did humans kill off one of the last dinosaurs, er, giant birds?

10,000 Birds

The evidence consists of clusters of egg shells that are burned in a way the scientists suggest most likely done by humans. So, the idea is that by harvest the eggs of this giant bird, human contributed significantly to their extinction. Harvesting of their eggs by humans would have decreased Genyornis reproductive success, contributing to the bird’s extinction by ~47?ka. Genyornis newtoni , weighted about 500 pounds and stood seven feet tall.

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To My Friends at Thanksgiving

Animal Person

There will be no pies or cakes that were made with milk that was meant for calves, or eggs that represent dead male chicks , forced molting, debeaking and other mutilations and cruelties. When in the position of having the choice, which so far is always, I'd rather choose not to have someone killed for me. This is a tough one to even dignify as it's not a good reason for killing someone. But they always have their desire to not be killed.

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

For instance, dolphins don’t actually have the curative powers some claim they have (22); there’s no evidence that pet owners have different personalities than non pet owners (28); having to kill and cut up an animal does not stop one from eating meat (189); the majority of people who abused animals as children do not grow up to be violent (30); and 80% of serial killers do not have a known history of cruelty to animals (31).

2011 172

On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

Yet he spends time describing the miserable deaths of day-old male chicks and understands what happens in dairy production, and I assume he doesn't partake of anyone's eggs or milk. Of course, the problem here, as in the entire book, is that factory farming is clearly the enemy, while killing animals unnecessarily isn't given any more airtime than Foer's personal, philosophical moments that he doesn't require of anyone else.

2009 177

Everything in Moderation?

Animal Person

In fairness, I think that what the linguistically lazy are really trying to say is that a little bit of a bad thing isn't going to kill you. But it might kill someone else, as in the case of hot dogs, considering no creature gets out of the hot-dog making process alive. Or eggs. You may recall me writing about TD, my tax-resisting, raw-food eating, no-TV watching, parachuting-into-nuclear reactor(ing?) boyfriend of over 20 years ago.

2009 122

On Mixing Bowl and Vegan Education

Animal Person

But a recipe using applesauce and flax rather than eggs and butter, with a fabulous photo, might catch his or her eye. Mixing Bowl seems like a great place to raise awareness that perfectly delicious, healthy meals and desserts, including kids' birthday cakes and wedding cakes, can be made without killing anyone. I know that the average person doesn't look at it this way, but is a birthday cake really worth killing someone for?

Vegan 101

On Betrayal and Abolition

Animal Person

Trying to program kids to accept the killing of someone they love is cruel. I don't tell anyone it's okay to take the milk that was meant for someone's child, and I don't tell a hen I love her and want her to roam free as long as she produces eggs for me. If you want to teach kids to respect animals, you can't teach them that it's okay to use and kill them if you like the taste of their flesh.

2009 100

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

Environmentalists recognize the meat industry as extremely ecodestructive – including fish, dairy, eggs, feed crops with their massive use of water & topsoil and toxic runoff killing rivers and oceans, and the killing of billions of free-living animals to protect farmed animals and feed crops. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

On "The Age of Stupid"

Animal Person

There was no meaningful discussion about our inefficient use of resources (grain and water) in the feeding of animals to kill to feed people. And the wife says that one thing the family does is eat less meat and eggs (and they raise the animals on their land), but even that is glossed over. Did you ever wonder why people become subjects in a documentary when they know that they're going to look like fools? Or maybe they don't know that, and that's why they participate.

2009 100

Angry Birds, What’s Black and White and Hungry All Over, and a Little Something for the Ladies: This Week in Bird News

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Scientists ponder the feasibility of genetically engineering chickens to lay the eggs of endangered bird species. The law of unintended consequences has tragic effects at a zoo in England, as rat poison ends up killing the Rainbow Lorikeets it was intended to protect. If there’s one common theme to this week’s bird news items, it’s their collective bizarreness: The eagle has landed—on the drone, as France trains birds to take out drones that stray into restricted airspace.

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Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

Critter News

In April 2009, unseasonably cold weather froze two whopping crane eggs. In November 2008, a virus killed a 15-month-old Asian elephant calf named Malti. Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices. Look at all these incidents that have occurred there (listed in the Montreal Gazette article in the above link).I I don't track zoos, but this seems like an unusually high number of casualties.

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Shearwater Success: Seabirds Return to Rat-Free Islands

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Achieving it involved £750,000, full commitment from the islanders, and more than 1000 poison-filled boxes to kill off the islands’ rats, which predated on chicks and eggs. Score one for the good guys. After invasive rats had effectively extirpated Manx Shearwaters from two of the Isles of Scilly—British islands off the southwestern coast of Cornwall—Prince Charles and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) sprang into action.

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Are We Much Better than Michael Vick?

Critter News

Like Vick, most of us shamelessly abuse and kill animals. Americans systematically exploit and kill animals - sometimes for scientific progress; sometimes for leather jackets, ham sandwiches, or horse-racing. But the rest of us rat-killing, horse-racing, lobster-boiling, deer-hunting carnivores should take the planks out of our eyes before trying to remove the speck from Vick's. This is an excellent opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Philip E. Devine on Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

There are two approaches a vegetarian might take in arguing that rearing and killing animals for food is morally offensive. He might argue that eating animals is morally bad because of the pain inflicted on animals in rearing and killing them to be eaten. Or he could object to the killing itself. Nor could he object to the painless killing of wild animals. He will also object to the eating of eggs laid by hens which did not have scope for normal activity. (He

Tricolored Blackbird in Trouble in California

10,000 Birds

This change in nesting habitat has had serious consequences: first, annually all of the eggs and nestlings in entire colonies are lost when the grain fields serving as nesting substrates are harvested as part of normal agricultural operations, and second, grains do not provide the nutrition required for breeding, so even conserved colonies are often unproductive, with few fledglings produced.” Therefore the actual numbers of birds killed are grossly underestimated.

Come@Me: Don’t Mourn for Extinct Birds

10,000 Birds

The Zoo episode focuses on two Pink Pigeon couples: The Stud and Serendipity, a male and female that the zoo people hope will mate and produce a viable egg, and Thelma and Louise, a same-sex pair-bonded couple who the zoo people hope will incubate the egg and nurture the chick. This description appears to be an overstatement though, because we learn by the end of the episode that The Stud and Serendipity have not produced one viable egg.

2018 40

Dark Deeds

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Longer story shorter (which I wrote about here ), I found it and was startled to find out that the Ravens ( Corvus corax ) had not only chased it, but they had caught it, killed it, and were in the process of eating the adult King Eider ( Somateria spectabilis ) when I came along. King Eider are good sized birds, and powerful fliers So some Ravens here hunt and kill at least some of their food. The day before it was an Arctic Hare they saw killed an eaten.

2011 61

What is the State Bird of South Carolina?

10,000 Birds

In fact, the legislation further stipulated that “Any one (sic) intentionally killing the Carolina Wren or the Mocking Bird in the state of South Carolina shall, upon conviction, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars or be imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) days.”

Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

There are moral reasons to go vegetarian: recognition that it is wrong to contribute to unnecessary animal suffering the injustice of exploiting animals and killing them for no good reason If human have rights, then many nonhuman animals also have rights, and confining and killing these animals for food violates these rights. This precept is variably stated as follows: Avoid killing or harming any living being.

The Great Bustard Search is On (1)

10,000 Birds

In breeding season grazing cattle may walk through the nest, breaking the eggs, while wild and domestic pigs may eat both eggs and chicks. Beside natural grasslands, they breed in arable fields (primarily alfalfa) where there is no grazing, but they risk being killed by combine harvesters. I am preparing for the new census of one of the rarest birds of Serbia, the globally threatened Great Bustard , taking place two days from now.

2018 41

Baby It’s Hot Outside!

10,000 Birds

Fried-egg-on-a-sidewalk hot. from “Baby it is cold outside&# by Clare Kines from “Superbowl of Birding 2011″ from “Birding After the Snow&# by Sharon Stiteler from “The Snow Bunting That Almost Killed Me, or, Hyperbole In Bird Blog Post Titles Is Fun&# I hope this attempt to keep you cool paid off, at least a little bit. It’s hot. Really hot. Sticky hot. Painfully hot. Hate-the-sun hot. Disgustingly hot.

2011 59

An Osprey Nest and The Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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Are there so many birds that cats don’t matter?

10,000 Birds

For instance, assume (and I will NOT stand by this number, it is just one I’ve heard here and there) that kitty cats in America kill 50,000,000 birds a year. Hardly any Sandhill Cranes are killed by domestic (including ferrel domestic) cats. In fact, there are certainly a few cats killed by hawks every year. to 2% range, if the individuals killed are almost always the same as each other in having some trait that makes them more likely to be killed.

2012 63

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

The animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing has created a new website to bring attention to the fact that Morningstar Farms continues to use "battery eggs" from caged birds in their products. The site specifically names Gardenburger as a company that does not used caged chickens to get the eggs for their products and links to Gardenburger's statement on the practice. Hey Keith, I wanted to drop you a line on this because I thought it would be up your alley.

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The Effects of Wildfires on Wildlife

10,000 Birds

Some animals are injured and killed by wildfires. Birds are able to fly away, but their nests and eggs can be destroyed. A fire might kill weak birds or, depending on the time of year, claim nestlings. Vicki states that fire benefits several bird species, like the Black-backed Woodpecker which feeds off the bark and wood-boring beetles that lay eggs in the charred trees.

2018 40

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Nest Boxes

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If you don’t kill the adult wasp, she will soon return and rebuild. You can see the two distinct flattened nests stacked on top of each other bringing any new nesting attempt closer to the entrance hole and therefore easier for a predator to reach eggs or nestlings. Birds can be attracted to your home simply by offering food, water and shelter. Trees and shrubs that yield fruit, berries, seeds, nuts and cones will provide food.

2018 66

Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

10,000 Birds

This is approximated by the size of the animal, but really, this has to be adjusted for depending on modality of killing. The number of birds, and other animals, killed by feral Cats is probably large , but it either varies a great deal from place to place, or the estimates are so inaccurate that they, the estimates themselves, vary a great deal from place to place. We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.4–3.7

African Penguins in Peril

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The early threats of guano harvesting and egg collecting have been replaced by the more ominous threats of oil pollution and overfishing of their favorite food source – pilchards. On the mainland they face predation from domestic cats, dogs, genets, mongoose and Cape Gulls which steal their chicks and eggs. In recent years on two subsequent December nights, this single leopard killed 65 penguins, only feasting on a small percentage of the carcasses.

The Gap Between Wildlife and the Animal Rights Movement

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Nonnative species have huge impacts on wildlife species everywhere… mice kill seabird chicks in their burrows, rats eat endangered bird eggs, overpopulated deer clear the understory of forests, pigs root out native plants and terrestrial animals, cats kill anything they can get their paws on. Rats had previously preyed on eggs and young of practically every defenseless seabird on the island, and had taken to even attacking adult albatross as they sat on their nests.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

He doesn’t recognize the public health and ecological harms caused by industrial food animal production methods, including increased antibiotic resistance, polluted drinking water, huge fish kills and impaired air quality leading to respiratory illness. The idea that eggs from free-range chickens are somehow morally superior to other eggs is, frankly, weird. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

If human beings were confined, mutilated and killed, would we call it “humane” if the cages were a few inches bigger, the knife sharper, the death faster? Egg production, including on free-range farms, entails the mass killing of newborn male chicks, a point made in Nicholas D. Hens in all forms of egg production endure an equally cruel execution once their profitability has declined. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D.

The Brown and Peruvian Pelicans

10,000 Birds

Some pesticides killed pelicans directly, while DDT contamination led to thin-shelled eggs that broke under the weight of the parents. The Brown Pelican and the Peruvian Pelican are closely related and once were considered the same species. They are indeed very similar in all plumage stages, but the Peruvian Pelican is nearly twice as big as its northern counterpart.

Some thoughts on scientific collecting

10,000 Birds

What wasn’t publicised at the time, but the scientist later both admitted and owned, is that the kingfisher was then killed and collected for scientific reasons. Box after box of egg. A few weeks ago a colleague of mine at work expressed delight as he looked over my shoulder at work and saw a large photo, the first such photo ever, of a Moustached Kingfisher.

Cliff Swallows and Pest Management

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It is illegal for any person to take, possess, transport, sell, or purchase them or their parts, such as feathers, nests, or eggs, without a permit. Some people consider Cliff Swallows ( Petrochelidon pyrrhonota ) pests! I know it sounds strange, especially when the folks at Mission San Juan Capistrano are trying to coax them back by playing recordings of the bird’s mating calls.

2012 57

Is The Hooded Grebe About To Go Extinct?

10,000 Birds

From Birdlife International, “In 2010-2011 an American Mink Neovison vison, a new arrival on the Buenos Aires plateau, killed more than half the adults in a breeding colony of two dozen nests (Roesler et al. Nearly 90% of the nests failed during egg stage, mainly due to strong winds and depredation by American mink Neovison vison. Podicipediformes, aka Grebes, are freshwater diving duckish birds that are not ducks. For an order they are neither diverse nor disparate.

2013 68

Happy Mother’s Day

10,000 Birds

Watching the female patiently incubate her eggs reminds me of how special mothers of every species are. What, it would kill you to call every once in a while? Cardinals have built a nest in the forsythia outside my living room window. Happy Mother’s Day!! Birds cardinals holiday nests

2011 58

Birding the Great Vly, Saugerties, New York

10,000 Birds

I spent this past weekend in Saugerties at my folks’ house in order to look for Easter eggs, let Desi enjoy time with his cousins, and generally have a good ol’ time with family. Should you ever find yourself in Saugerties with some time to kill you could do far worse than to visit the Great Vly. The Great Vly is wonderful wetland that straddles the border of Ulster and Green Counties in New York State’s Hudson Valley.

2014 60

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 1 of 13

Animal Ethics

On the lactovo variety, eating animal products, e.g., milk and eggs, would not be considered morally wrong, although eating certain animals would be; on the vegan variety, eating animal products would be morally forbidden as well. You should survive as best you can, and killing the birds and eating them is the only way, given the situation as described. Would it be morally permissible for you to kill some people and eat them?