The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Many animals also display wide-ranging emotions, including joy, happiness, empathy, compassion, grief, and even resentment and embarrassment. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors. Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience.

Emotion vs. Reason

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There's always a dilemma in debating any issue as to whether one should rely on emotion or reason to advance one's argument. Many people say that PETA relies too heavily on emotion to argue its position. Others say that emotion is the only way to move humans to care about anything other than themselves. I can pack an emotional punch as well. You'll find this dilemma surrounding issues such as the death penalty, abortion and gay marriage.

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Animal Researchers' Emotional Blackmail

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Here's a succinct letter to the editor that summarizes the emotional blackmail propogated by animal researchers. From the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, WA. The million dollar ad campaign by the Foundation for Biomedical Research (“Critical research,” Nov. 10) is public relations at its worst. It is designed to prey on our fears. It is all about convincing us that a cure for everything is just around the corner as long as we keep funding their animal research gravy train.

Managing Emotional Problems in Rescue Dogs

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Many dogs are rescued out of abusive or traumatic situations, causing them to exhibit a wide variety of emotional and behavioral problems. Only after we got them in good health and eating on a regular schedule did we begin working on their respective emotional problems.

Getting Emotional

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Sometimes being an animal rights advocate is emotionally exhausting. What immediately hit me after getting so emotional about this is how nature is kind in comparison to the horrible cruelties humans impose on non-human animals, especially “food&# animals. Today is one of those days. Last night I was watching Animal Planet, as I often do, and the show was about polar bears in the wild. There was a mama polar bear and her 2 cubs who were not yet full grown, but also not tiny.

11 Amazing Animal Drain Rescues

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PROJECT: Pet Slim Down (giveaway)

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Studies have shown that there are benefits of regular exercise/play for pets, with the most important ones being emotional. Project: Pet Slim Down is a free online program designed to help your pet lose weight.

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Unlikely Animal Friends

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These friends show us the emotional power of animals to bond with other species. Are you ready for hours of the cutest animal video ever? Then be sure to tune in to Unlikely Animal Friends over this Thanksgiving break. NAT GEO WILD is sharing some of the most unlikely of animal friendships! From dolphins and dogs who are swimming buddies, playful cheetahs and puppies who are best friends, owls and kitties playing leapfrog and much more!

How Pets Can Improve Your Health

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Expert cites scientifically-proven therapeutic, physical and emotional health benefits of loving and caring for a pet. For children, pets provide many emotional and physical benefits, including: Children who grow up with pets not only have less risk of allergies and asthma.

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Plea to Help Downed Farm Animals

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Hard to read emotionally, but short and informative. Written by Gene Bauer and appearing in the Huffington Post. downed animals USDA gene bauer farm animal welfare farm sanctuary

Nothing Funny About Cat Cruelty

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Not only do these poor cats suffer physical damage at the hands of their owners, but often they end up emotionally scarred as well. What is it about cats and the internet?

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Join America’s Pet Debate!

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veterans by providing the mental, physical and emotional support of cats and dogs through animal-assisted therapy. To help end the age-old debate of whether America is a nation of cat or dog people, Purina® is calling all pet owners and lovers to join in the “America’s Pet Debate.”

Choosing the Right Breed for your Personality

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Creative and Emotional. Bringing a dog into the family is no small decision. It’s a long-term commitment that involves an additional member of your household. Dogs come with many different temperaments from mellow to feisty, all of which may suit different personalities.

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You and Your Pets Can Stress Less This Holiday Season!

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The end of the year can be emotional for people who remember and miss departed loved ones. You and Your Pets Can Stress Less This Holiday Season! By Faye Pietrokowsky, owner of Inner Design-Applying Intuition. www.inner-deisgn.net. email. I subscribe to the notion that Halloween marks the beginning of THE holiday season. Here is my reasoning. Less than 30 days after Halloween, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Within another 30 days Hanukah and Christmas follow.

Are you ready to get a dog?

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But, putting emotions aside, owning a dog is a massive responsibility and requires considerable thought before you make the commitment. Before emotions take over, you need to dig deep into the rational part of your brain. The idea of owning a dog is alluring for many of us.

A Chance for Bliss

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We are set up to completely cater to their needs and wants, and focus on healing them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. A Chance for Bliss takes in and provides lifetime care for senior and special needs animals, as well as those others who are facing end of life circumstances.

Unlikely Healer Walks on Three Paws

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Ever tech-savvy and always looking for new ways to reach those in need, Henry recently pioneered the development of the world’s first emotional bandage, an Apple iPad app entitled, “Ouch! Emotional bandage,” which conveys some of his lessons.

San Antonio Zoo Accused of Elephant Mistreatment

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In Defense of Animals has taken up the cause of Lucky the elephant, the only elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, alleging poor conditions and emotional distress. What amazes me is Lucky's age.49 years old. She has been at the San Antonio Zoo for 47 years. Is this right?

Quote of the Week

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To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures. -- Eleanor Roosevelt. It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped.

According Animals Dignity

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In this New York Times op-ed column , Frank Bruni predicts that our understanding of and concern for animals is only going to grow as scientific advances help us to understand the rich psychological and emotional lives of animals. Tom Regan was right: Many of the animals we routinely exploit are experiencing subjects of a life just like us

Animal Research Scientists Sponsor Billboards

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Well, you know how they are.going for the emotion and oversimplifying the issue. Certainly not showing what they do, how they are funded and how the licensing of their "altruistic" work nets them a tidy sum. This billboard poses the issue as an either/or.save the child or the rat. Bullshit. It's not that simple. How many of these experiments are even necessary? How many of them are of the quality of checking to see whether junk food makes someone fat? Please. animal research

Catalonia is First Region to Ban Bullfighting

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Lawmakers in Catalonia's regional parliament approved the controversial ban, 68-55, with nine abstentions, after emotional speeches that mixed expressions of support for preserving tradition with denunciations of bullfighting as institutionalized cruelty. I hope it withstands any challenges. This is really big news.

Alistair Darling Refuses to Eat Seal Meat at G7 Meeting

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Real emotional blackmail on the part of the Canadians. Alistair Darling, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, is in Canada for a G-7 meeting. He refused to eat the seal meat that the local Inuit community offered to the meeting participants, instead eating Arctic char. Good for him! They're basically making participants choose between eating seal meat or pissing off the Inuits and risk being called racists. The Canadian are just using its native peoples as a guilt rod. Stay classy Canada!

Roger Scruton on the Duty to Eat Meat

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Piety is the remedy for religious guilt, and to this emotion we are all witting or unwitting heirs. A great number of animals owe their lives to our intention to eat them.

Deadline Approaching for Animal Essays

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" Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays about the bonds--emotional, ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise--between humans and animals. We're looking for stories from a variety of viewpoints. For the past 16 years, Creative Nonfiction has devoted itself to publishing vividly-written literary nonfiction on a variety of topics. The postmark deadline is April 2, 2010." Submission guidelines are here : PASS IT ON.

Are Women More Compassionate Than Men?

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And I find that in conversations, women are more likely to listen and think about what I say than men, who often brush me off as an emotional female. It's an intriguing question that would probably get quite a response at any dinner party. Frankly, I don't know. All I know is that the majority of vegetarians, ex-vegetarians, animal rights supporters, animal rescuers, animal shelter volunteers, and feral cat colony stewards that I know are women. Not all, but the majority.

Sneeze Prone? Top 5 Dogs for Allergy Suffers

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There is nothing worse that realizing your newly adopted family member makes you ill until you get home—bouncing back from home-to-home will damage the dog emotionally. When I was 12-years-old, my 6 pound Chihuahua was involved in a tragic fatal accident.

Australian Scientists to Study Animal Feelings

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Advertisement: Story continues below "Ultimately, the outcomes of this research will expand on our understanding of emotional and cognitive functions of livestock and the impacts of farming practices on animal welfare." The purpose is to make them happier as livestock. I guess you have to decide for yourselves what you think about that. The excerpt below is from the Sydney Morning Herald. Go here for the full article.

Sen. Franken to Introduce Bill to Increase Use of Service Dogs for Vets

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My bill will help train a statistically significant number of dogs to measure the benefits to veterans with physical and emotional wounds. Al Franken (suck on that Bill O'Reilly) has introduced a bill to increase the number of service dogs for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The program would be monitored and refined over a three-year period to optimize its effectiveness. Frankly, I believe it is enough simply to improve the lives of those of whom we asked so much.

Ringling Brother Accused of Violating ESA

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Welfare Institute and other activist groups say they will prove that Asian elephants are injured physically and emotionally by their treatment in the circu. Good. I don't care what anyone says, I can't stand circuses. And they certainly have no right to use endangered species as performers. These are ENDANGERED species.

Welcome Home Mama & Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldiers Beloved Dogs

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He was drawn to their innocence, and their pure emotions. If you are looking for a heartwarming, uplifting story, then you really need to add Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs to your reading list.

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Odd Friendships

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This one-hour special will take a heartwarming look at these curious bonds and explore the emotional complexities behind unlikely animal friends. Is there any better story than that of animals becoming friends? Animals that wouldn’t normally hang out together?

5 Vital Questions When Adopting A Rescue Dog

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Rarely do shelters know anything about the dog’s history when they first come in and the longer a dog lives at the shelter the more impact it will have on their emotional well-being. The longer a dog is at the shelter the more it will impact their emotional state. Either way it’s best to consider other dogs if you’re not experienced in handling dogs with emotional traumas. The decision to add a canine companion to your family is certainly a big one.

Ringling Brothers Wins Court Case Over Elephant Abuse

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Mr Rider's self-serving testimony at trial about his personal and emotional attachment to these elephants also is not credible because he did not begin to make complaints about how FEI treated its elephants until after he began accepting money from animal activists.". Pretty heavy blow. US District Judge Emmet Sullivan signed the December 30 ruling in favor of Ringling's owner, Virginia-based Feld Entertainment Inc.

Dogtown: So Far So Good

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In many ways, they are probably easier to change because they don't have the same emotional baggage. I just watched episode 1, season 1, of Dogtown , the National Geographic Channel TV show about Dogtown at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. We really enjoyed it.

Meditation on the Cheap

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You can learn yoga, Pilates and meditation , and after having meditated for nearly two decades I can say that, for instance, the " Meditation on Emotions " is a perfect introduction to meditation and is actually very much like what I do at least a couple of times a week. We vegans have a lot of feelings associated with why we do what we do and I, for one, find it necessary to do a lot of work around my emotions.

PETA Busts University of Utah Research Lab

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Failed to provide minimal enrichment for animals -- companionship for monkeys, balls for pigs, paper towels for mice -- to reduce emotional stress. An undercover PETA investigator shot hours of footage of alleged mistreatment of animals. A University representative denied any mistreatment: "None of the things she alleges are substantive," said Tom Parks, the U.'s s vice president for research. It's a remarkably banal list of ordinary events in an animal-care facility."

Puppy Mills Exposed on Animal Planet

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Hundreds of these animals never survive, and the ones who do are permanently scarred, emotionally and physically. A Special Episode of Animal Cops: Philadelphia Premieres Monday, April 27, at 10 PM (ET/PT). Boney legs poke out from between harsh metal wires. Food and water dishes remain empty for days. Ailments go untreated as puppies bide their time among the dying and the dead.

Adopt A Turkey!

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Here at Farm Sanctuary, we live with turkeys, so we know they are interesting and intelligent and have complex emotional lives like dogs, cats and other animals. Funny lady Ellen DeGeneres and rescue group Farm Sanctuary both want you to Adopt-A-Turkey this Thanksgiving!

Hero Dog Tries To Help Wounded Dog

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The whole idea that so many people hold that says somehow humans have a monopoly on emotions kind of gets tossed out the window when you see something like this. This video just melts my heart. It is a great example of how loving and selfless non-human animals can be. We could all learn a little something from this Hero Dog! more about “ Hero Dog Tries To Help Wounded Dog - … “, posted with vodpod.