Online Survey on Ethics and Animals

Animal Person

A new survey is getting the attention of many within the global animal protection community. Covering both moral and strategic issues, the "Ethics and Animals" survey will provide a snapshot of our movement as of the present moment. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language Everyone is invited to participate and share their views on what's best for animals.

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An Animal Rights-Protection-Abolitionist Organization

Animal Person

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages calls itself "an animal rights-protection-abolitionist organization," which I find interesting. The well being of the horses should be the ideal of every organization whose mandate is to put animal protection ideals first - especially when they ask for donations based on that mandate. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Greyhound Matters Language

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The Discerning Brute – “food, fashion & etiquette for the ethically handsome man&# ; a website that shows men they can still be fashionable and vegan! Tags: Animal Rights Animal Welfare Environmental Concerns Farmed Animals Veganism animal agriculture and the environment Animal Protection Organizations farm sanctuary vegan food Barnivore - This website can help you determine which beers/wines/alcohols are vegan and which aren’t.

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available. The case for ethical vegetarianism starts with several uncontroversial premises. At the time of slaughter, these frightened animals are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and shipped long distances to the slaughterhouse without food or water or protection from the elements. And there are ethical reasons for becoming vegetarian.

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

Animal Person

He is an unabashed speciesist, putting humans on “a different moral plane from that of other animals” (11) due to various reasons, such as our “vastly greater capacity for symbolic language, culture, and ethical judgment” (11).

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On Killing Cows to Save Elephants

Animal Person

In other words, it's so tragic that elephants are in mortal danger that you should kill cows to help protect the imperiled elephants? Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

For only $450,000, we could buy almost all of the habitat neded to protect Ecuador's remaining frogs. Tags: Activism Books Current Affairs Ethics Language 100 Heartbeats animal rights Jeff Corwin veganism

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Slate on Pepper: Stolen for Research

Animal Person

Her death on an operating table in the Bronx would help animal welfare advocates break a long-standing stalemate in Congress and push through the most significant animal-protection bill in American history. Was what followed animal protection or pet protection, as pets are the animals who really matter? Tags: Economics Ethics Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate , has posted the first of a five-part series about animals used for research.

"Creature Quotes" Is Here!

Animal Person

We unwittingly partake of activities that hurt, physically and mentally, the very creatures we admire and seek to protect from harm (5).". Tags: Activism Books Ethics Language Amy Gutman animal rights J.M. " Creature Quotes: Advancing Toward Freedom For All Species ," compiled and edited by SBH Clay, is now available. From the Introduction : "Humans are fascinated by animals. For all our devotion, though, we sometimes seem not to recognize the needs and wants of animals.

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On Foundation Beyond Belief

Animal Person

Here are my initial thoughts, though: "Animal Protection." On the upside, you don't have to give any money to animal protection if your beliefs aren't represented by the choice of groups being supported. Good, as I can learn from others about the pluses and minuses of groups that are new to me, and bad, as (see "Animal Protection") the members might choose a group I wouldn't support. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Religion

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On the Banning of Eating Cats and Dogs in China

Animal Person

Here's an interesting combination of great sentiment and horrible sentiment that involves two responses from the above list: "Online critics said it was hypocritical to protect only dogs and cats, and that the government should focus on human welfare before protecting animals." Yes, it is hypocritical (speciesism), but who said that we either protect humans or animals? Tags: Activism Current Affairs Economics Ethics Food and Drink

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Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

Animal Person

It has absolutely nothing to do with any genuine environmentalist ethic. And not all organizations that advocate for animals claim to have a "genuine environmentalist ethic," and the ones that do must subscribe to his ethic or they're not genuine? Like I said, the entire animal rights "ethic" is both cynical and dishonest. As for the ethic being cynical, I don't understand that so I cannot comment. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language

A Win-Lose Proposition for Farmers and Consumers

Animal Person

Perhaps just as ironic is the mission of the NASDA, which includes "protection of animal and plant health, stewardship of our environment, and promoting the vitality of our rural communities.". Tags: Activism Current Affairs Economics Ethics Food and Drink Language

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

There's a vague sense that perhaps he cares about the dogs or thinks that what he does to them might present an ethical dilemma, but the overwhelming feeling is that it's all worth it. To this day, 95 percent of the animals used in research labs receive no federal protection whatsoever under the Animal Welfare Act." The animal-welfare groups have failed in their most ambitious efforts to protect laboratory rodents. "We Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language

On Different Results of Direct Action

Animal Person

Dr. David Jentsch says to his colleagues "your silence will no longer protect you" and his community of vivisectionists has decided to have a pro-torture and slaughter (i.e., Jentsch talks about the cost ("it's hard to put a price tag on") of protecting those like him, so we definitely know that the tactics of those who seek to defend animals are working on one level (economic harm, though once removed at least in this situation).

We Interrupt Regularly Scheduled.

Animal Person

President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder had been a Covington partner and a defender of Chiquita when the company was accused of hiring “assassination squads” in Colombia (Chiquita was found guilty, admitting that it had paid organizations listed by the US government as terrorist groups “for protection” and agreeing in 2004 to a $25 million fine). (3) Tags: Activism Current Affairs Economics Ethics

From the Animal Rights Action Network re: Greyhounds

Animal Person

ARAN works with volunteers, activists, members of the public and other animal protection groups. Also, you see how ARAN concentrates on the cruelty of greyhound racing, and their goal is to eliminate it, and they work with animal protection groups? They don't say: you want protection and I want rights, so I want nothing to do with you. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Greyhound Matters

On Dolphins as a Gateway to Animal Rights

Animal Person

They can also learn how "to hold sponges over their snouts to protect themselves when searching for spiny fish on the ocean floor." Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Gray Matters Language My life-as-a-tweeter is less and less significant these days. It's just not all that interesting to me. Something about jockeying for position in 140 characters or less, rather than interacting and sharing, I guess.

On Small Victories

Animal Person

Both, of course, were seen as victories, but the article's author, Richard Foot, asks: Do such successes mean the animal rights movement is winning its long, controversial campaigns to gain the same legal protections for animals as those ascribed to humans? Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language Yesterday's " Do Small Victories Affect Big Picture in Animal Rights Debate? makes some fantastic points that are worth repeating and deconstructing.

Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

Animal Person

Juluri is referring to something specific: the Supreme Court's examination of First Amendment protection of acts of cruelty to animals. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language animal rights animal snuff films free speech Supreme Court Vamsee Juluri veganism

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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. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

Efforts to Rescue Lolita the Orca from Miami

Critter News

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, People for the Ethical Treatment of Individuals and three individuals challenge the NMFS decision "to exclude from the listing of the Southern Resident killer whale population all captive members of that population and their progeny." The activists claim Lolita is being "kept in an inadequate tank, without companions of her own species or adequate protection from the sun.". Read the rest of the article in the Courthouse News Service.

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PETA's Orca Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Judge

Critter News

Do whales deserve constitutional protection against slavery? On February 8, a federal judge said ‘no,’ stopping a historic case filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against SeaWorld for violating the 13th Amendment on slavery. SeaWorld’s attempts to deny [orcas] the protection solely based on their species is the same kind of prejudice used to justify any enslavement. Well, it's still historic and precedent-setting.

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Lucy the Elephant's Case to be Heard by Canadian Supreme Court?

Critter News

In their Supreme Court application, the groups say private citizens have a right to seek legal remedies to ensure that governments enforce animal protection laws. Every day that Lucy spends at the Valley Zoo, her condition continues to deteriorate," Jeffrey Kerr, a lawyer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said Wednesday. Could be. Excerpted from CTV News.

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PETA Settlement over Shelter Records

Critter News

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden said Wednesday that the county will pay $17,732 to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The settlement provides limited protections for the county from further litigation. Follow-up from the Utah scandal in which shelter animals were being sold for research purposes. For the full story, go to NECN.com. The Davis County Commission has agreed to pay the legal fees of an animal rights group after settling a lawsuit over animal shelter records.

Puerto Rico Plans Huge Primate Breeding Facility to Supply Researchers

Critter News

Less than one year ago, Puerto Rico enacted a landmark animal protection law, based in part on a set of model laws drafted by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. states and jurisdictions with regards to the strength of their laws protecting animals. I'm behind on my email and only just read this action alert from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Another crass attempt at primate slavery for money wrapped in "we put people first" robes." From the ALDF action alert page.

US Judge Asked to Hear Case about Orcas

Critter News

A federal judge for the first time in US history has heard arguments in a case that could determine whether animals enjoy the same constitutional protection against slavery as human beings. US District Judge Jeffrey Miller called the hearing in San Diego after Sea World asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that names five orcas as plaintiffs in the case. We'll see how it goes.

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Research Animals Rescued from North Carolina Lab

Critter News

We applaud the dedicated efforts of animal welfare advocates who stepped up to take in these animals, and hope that the exposure of this situation will underscore the need for stricter enforcement to protect animals in research facilities." Awful story, but this is the reason I support PETA, even when they do wacky things sometimes. Their investigations produce results. From the PR Newswire.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Treating cruelty to animals with the seriousness it deserves doesn’t only protect animals, it also makes the entire community safer. March 18, 2010 The writer is director of the Emergency Response Team, cruelty investigations department, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Consumers should consider that cows like Edie or Sophia are often fiercely protective, grieving mothers whose anguished cries the farmer undoubtedly heard as he removed their young. NEWKIRK President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Norfolk, Va., To the Editor: In “ Where Cows Are Happy and Food Is Healthy ” (column, Sept. 9), Nicholas D. Kristof describes “happy” cows that are loved “like children” by an organic dairy farmer.

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

Critter News

In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency charged Wildlife Services for its illegal placement of a sodium cyanide M-44 (a highly lethal booby trap) on public land, which harmed a U.S. Environmental groups have called on Obama to get rid of the USDA's Dept. of Wildlife Services , which is involved in mainly predator control programs (coyotes are a big target). Ranchers oppose the move.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

22): Mr. Steiner might feel less lonely as an ethical vegan—he says he has just five vegan friends—if he recognized that he has allies in mere vegetarians (like me), ethical omnivores and even carnivores. How far do we go in protecting them?

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Dear Keith, I work with Wesleyan University Professor Scott Plous (founder of Social Psychology Network), and I'm writing to let you know of a new web site related to animal protection. The site uses a unique interactive technology to offer "human-like" interviews that probe the ethical dimensions of diet and lifestyle choices.

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A Good Day for Horses

Animal Ethics

A detailed exchange concerning the ethics of eating horses, including several posts by me, can be read here. Other victories by animal protection advocates and their impacts are discussed here Horses destined for inhumane slaughter in the U.S. can now breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to a recent ruling in a federal appeals court. According to this story in the Northern Star, a federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that the USDA can no longer inspect horse meat for a fee.

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Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians. That's because those who read Animal Ethics with regularity know that there are many compelling reasons to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. You shall have them for food.' " Genesis 1:29 The First Ethical Precept of Buddhism states: "I will be mindful and reverential with all life, I will not be violent nor will I kill." I shall endeavor to protect and take care of all living creatures.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

They do so because it’s the moral and ethical thing to do, and it’s in their best economic interest. For many producers, treating pigs humanely means raising them in climate-controlled facilities; safeguarding them from biosecurity hazards and the threat of diseases; placing sows in crates to stop them from fighting with one another and protect their piglets from being crushed; to ensure that they get the feed and water needed; and to better monitor their health.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

The column, which you can read here , is a call to arms to factory farmers to fight back against those individuals and organizations working to protect farm animals from the abuses inherent in factory farms. Recent victories by animal protection advocates have an increasing number of pro-factory-farming lobbyists worried about the future of animal agriculture. There is no ethical justification for treating an animal inhumanely for no good reason.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

It also offers an equally harsh negative judgment of the federal authorities whose mandate is to protect the integrity of the public’s food supply chain but who have chosen to interpret this responsibility so lightly as to let such claims stand while ignoring repeated offenses by the industry. 4, 2009 To the Editor: I have been a strict vegetarian most of my life, and, as such, I have never lacked reasons—ethical, economic and health-related—to continue this lifestyle.

Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

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. Like Keith, I think it will be interesting and instructive to observe as Jonathan works through his views on the myriad of ethical issues that surround our current treatment of animals.

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