NASA Suspends Radiation Experiments

Critter News

For more than a year, we have worked to block NASA’s planned radiation experiments on live squirrel monkeys. We have just learned that the experiments have been cancelled. Due to the basic anatomical, biological, and physiological differences between squirrel monkeys and humans, these experiments were destined to fail. Received this today from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Excellent news! We did it!

Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE

4 The Love Of Animals

Nat Geo Wild is airing an amazing show tonight called Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE! Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE will feature a team of free-divers and conservationists putting their safety on the line to separate myth from reality and dispel negative myths about sharks while raising public awareness about shark species which are being driven to extinction. I for one can’t wait to see what the results of the experiments will be!

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Gross Monkey Experiment

Critter News

Now this is pretty gross. I understand it's for HIV prevention, but still. testing a vaginal gel on monkeys. Disturbing. The gel was applied vaginally to three pigtailed macaques twice a week for seven weeks. Thirty minutes after each gel application, the animals were exposed to SHIV, for a total of 14 "challenges." A fourth animal received a placebo gel in the same manner. Two of the three macaques receiving the active gel remained uninfected after seven weeks of being exposed to SHIV.

Ghoulish Primate Experiment in South Africa

Critter News

Johannesburg - A Bloemfontein man received a criminal record on Friday for a "backyard experiment" on a pregnant monkey, the NSPCA said. He had severed her spinal cord to paralyse her for a "backyard experiment. Warning! This is just horrible and sick, sick, sick. It's at a vomit level with me. From news24.com. The NSPCA in November 2008 charged Jordaan for his "merciless treatment" of a heavily pregnant vervet monkey.

Protest To Stop Pointless Radiation Experiments

Critter News

PETA organized protests to stop these stupid radiation experiments on spider monkeys. The purpose is to determine how astronauts would fare on the way to Mars. To Mars? We can't even get out of Afghanistan and we're going to Mars. Next year? Give me an effing break.

NYT Equine Thought Experiment

Animal Person

And that fact gives rise to a thought-experiment. Forgot to hit "publish now" on this. The New York Times presents us, this morning, with "Equine Alternative" regarding the recent discovery that horses decided to allow themselves be domesticated by humans for our mutual benefit, earlier than we had thought (3500 BC, and we preciously thought it was more like 2500 BC). The site was where northern Kazakhstan is now, the culture was called Botai and the date was around 3500 B.C.

NASA May End Monkey Radiation Experiments

Critter News

Not sure yet, but it could happen per this action alert from Physicians for Responsible Medicine.

Millions of Animals Used in EU Experiments

Critter News

If the directive is approved, the number of animals used for experiments will be limited, and the animals’ welfare will be improved in accordance with ethical principles of the EU concerning animals. The European Parliament approves of the ban on testing on large primates (chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans), which are threatened with extinction, except in experiments aimed at conservation of these endangered species. Awful. From the Epoch Times.

FL Animal Control Conducts Bizarre Experiment

Critter News

It was an "experiment" you see, even though they are just Animal Control, not a research facility. Clay County violated five federal animal welfare regulations in a in September 2008 experiment that involved putting a dog in a non-air-conditioned truck for an hour at midday, according to a U.S. News of the Weird Owners claim dog died from being in non-ventilated Animal Control vehicle. How should Animal Control evaluate their claim?

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Animal Ethics

Here is the latest from Farm Sanctuary

Two Examples of Mice Experiments - Valid or Not?

Critter News

I came across these stories about two different medical experiments using mice. In this experiment, scientists tested whether lighting can cause depression. Here's another experiment using mice to determine whether stress and chemicals in plastic is leading to messed up male genitals and, therefore, infertility. So, why put the animals through this if it's not even a reflective experiment. They used different lighting situations to see how they affect mice moods.

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Two Blogs, Two Views on Experimenting on Chimps

Critter News

Here's a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania with an interesting post about the same issue, wondering how much we really need to experiment on chimps. This blogger, Earle Holland at Oregon State University, doesn't seem to believe the allegations coming out about the New Iberia Primate Center in Louisiana. He is the assistant vice president for research communications in the Office of University Relations. Here's his post about it.

Cooking With Cats Coloring Book (and a giveaway)

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This book combines all of those wonderful things together for a fun coloring experience! Do you love cats? What about food? Do you also like to color? The cats take the cake in their “food cosplay”, such as cat sushi. … Continue reading → cats

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Veganism in the Workplace

Creature Talk

I’d be interested in hearing about other people’s experiences in the work place. After a 7 month hiatus from this blog, I wonder: is anyone still out there? Anyone waiting for me to post? I bet you are just beside yourself with curiosity about where I’ve been.

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What Matters to Animals…

Creature Talk

Someone is doing an experiment on a chimp or a rabbit or a rat. The weekend of June 13th and 14th I went to an animal rights conference in the Twin Cities called Their Lives, Our Voices. Much like last year, it was awesome.

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Overcoming Pet Winter Woes

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Like humans, pets can experience winder doldrums. Even those living in warmer weather regions are still affected by seasonal changes, which can be especially tough on dogs and cats–particularly those that are used to spending time outdoors. Beyond the obvious … Continue reading → The post Overcoming Pet Winter Woes appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. guest post pet care

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PETA Sues the University of South Dakota

Critter News

They're trying to get records released on animal experiments.

Top 5 Tips on How To Take Care of Your Dog

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Having a dog is one of the most exciting and profound experiences anyone can have in their life. Dogs are the most devoted companions, and they accept you for who you are, and they do not care about your faults … Continue reading → The post Top 5 Tips on How To Take Care of Your Dog appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. dogs guest post

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Support the Great Ape Protection Act

Critter News

End the use of chimpanzees in animal experiments. It's unconscionable.

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To My Friends at Thanksgiving

Animal Person

Justice for beings who look very different from us but who, like us, experience pleasure and pain, boredom and frustration.

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Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

They experience pain and fear just like you and I would, and they want to live just as much as we do. A while back PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered $1 million to any company or person who could come up with a cost effective way to produce cloned meat on a large scale, the goal being that people could still satisfy their meat cravings, but that animals wouldn’t have to be slaughtered for that purpose.

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How to Keep Your Dog Happy While You’re at Work

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Being left on their own all day is quite an unnatural (and boring) experience for many dogs. Dogs are naturally sociable animals. As a result, dogs left alone all day tend to get themselves into mischief as a source of … Continue reading → The post How to Keep Your Dog Happy While You’re at Work appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. dogs guest post

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PETA Suing Utah County

Critter News

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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Ex NASA Employee Joins PETA Protest

Critter News

April Jean Evans was a NASA engineer, but resigned her position in protest over radiation experiments on monkeys. She's living with her brother now and falling into debt, but she is dedicated to working with PETA and other organizations to try to ban primates in experiments. It was a PETA protest outside her work location that alerted her to the experiments in the first place.showing that any action in defense of animals may have impacts on people that we don't even realize.

Surf session brings joy to children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

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Surf session brings joy to children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Ricochet has been creating unique surfing experiences that empower … Continue reading → The post Surf session brings joy to children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. Surf Dog Ricochet breaks barriers by surfing with severely disabled 3 year old girl who has tracheostomy/breathing tube on board.

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Increase in Dutch Animal Testing

Critter News

Dutch researchers carried out 592,665 experiments on animals last year, a 2.5% More than half the experiments were carried out for academic research and one third of those were for medical research. From the DutchNews.nl. increase on 2008, government inspectors said on Friday. The increase was largely due to new EU rules on chemical compounds, which have led to an increase in testing on rats, the inspectors said.

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On Atheism and Veganism

Animal Person

Though we don't know the extent to which plants experience any kind of suffering, we do know that sentient nonhumans experience pain, pleasure, boredom and frustration. For me, atheism and veganism go hand-in-hand. Most of us were born to or adopted by people who eat animals and believe in a god, and that was all a mere accident of birth and/or geography. But something inside us (and perhaps prompted by something outside us) gradually (or quickly) questioned what was occurring.

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Tests Involving the Burial of LIVE PIGS Are Halted

Critter News

An experiment in which anesthetized pigs were buried alive in snow to learn how humans live or die in avalanches was halted today in Austria after animal-rights groups denounced the research as cruel and useless. The two-week experiment involving 29 pigs began Tuesday in the Western Austrian Alps. It is absolutely unacceptable to kill these highly sensitive, helpless animals for such a useless experiment," said Johanna Stadler, director of Vier Pfoten (Four Paws).

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

Some have tried to resolve this gap by hunting or butchering an animal themselves, as if those experiences might somehow legitimize the endeavor of eating animals.

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On Indigenous People and Animals

Animal Person

They say they are taking the abundant gifts Mother Earth gives them and they are grateful for the sacred experience of communing with her.

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

Animal Person

Over at Animal Rights and AntiOppression , we’ve been discussing tactics and sharing our thoughts and experiences about what works and doesn’t work when it comes to advocacy. Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists.

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Anti-Vivisection Activists Address Scottish Parliament

Critter News

Dr Ray Greek, President of Americans for Medical Advancement and consultant Dr Andre Menache will be joining the animal charity in asking MSP's and the Scottish Government to take urgent action to end the use of animals in experiments. Scotland for Animals spokesman John Patrick: "Our country has a disproportionately high number of animals used in experiments when compared to the UK total. This event was scheduled for today, October 5. From indymediascotland.org.

Welsh Report Shows Increased Animal Research at Cardiff University

Critter News

Here's an article about an increase in animal experiments at Cardiff University in Wales. In four years it experimented on 157,839 mice, 17,324 rats, 11,096 fish, 1,941 birds, 1,253 guinea pigs, 933 pigeons, 884 frogs, 207 cats, 54 rabbits and 18 tree shrews from the tropics of south-east Asia. According to a Wales on Sunday investigation, the number of animals used at Cardiff has risen by 13 percent since 2006.

On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Is it true that the least I can do is support the engineering of animals who experience less unpleasantness than they would have had they not been engineered that way? If a person cares about what "livestock" experience on their way to becoming "meat," there is one easy, inexpensive action that person can take to make certain s/he is not a party to the various kinds and levels of suffering and injustice the animals experience.

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On "Animal Rights Conferences"

Animal Person

I haven't been to either conference, so I can say nothing from personal experience. " Two Animal Rights Conferences: Will you be there? " by Drew Wilson at Care2's animal welfare blog has yet to have any comments about rights and welfare. I don't know how big the readership of that blog is, but it is international if that matters.

"Creature Quotes" Is Here!

Animal Person

Every person who claims that there is some kind of divine mandate that makes us inherently not only superior to nonhuman animals but permitted to do with them as they please, should experience Creature Quotes. They presume that the mind can lead the heart, a presumption that Elizabeth Costello's experience has led her to reject after a long life of trying to convince other people of her perspective on animals (4-5).

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Is Charles with Lars Axl Fokker?

Animal Person

In all of the lovely messages we've been getting, I've noticed two trends: 1) Death is a communal experience as well as an individual one.

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Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

Beloved family pet Dalmatian, Pepper, is stolen, and after several weeks of searching is discovered to have been experimented on at a hospital and died on the table when researchers tried to implant her with an experimental cardiac pacemaker. Actually, I didn't quit neuroscience as a result of the experiences described, but I did quit working with animals. By the end of my time as researcher, I was performing behavioral experiments on humans.

On The Goode Family and Infiltration

Animal Person

But they're already on a path of compassion and caring about those other than themselves, so in my experience they're the perfect people to gently nudge in the direction of concern for sentient nonhumans. Image via Wikipedia I found The Goode Family disappointing on the vegan side.

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UK Records Increase in Animal Testing

Critter News

experiments were performed on animals last year, a rise of 454,000 or 14% on the previous year, the Home Office said. The growth in animal experiments reflects an expansion in biomedical research in Britain and is driven by advances in genetics and the development of new drugs that must be tested rigorously in monkeys before they are allowed to be given to humans. Bad news from the Guardian. Nearly 3.7m

On Peaceable Kingdom, Part Deux

Animal Person

My experiences are unlike any of the film's subjects. Last week I ventured a couple of hours north to see Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home at the Orlando Film Festival. The turnout was fantastic and the Q&A had to be cut short so the audience for the next film could be ushered in.

It’s a boy! Baby bottlenosed dolphin born!

4 The Love Of Animals

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort experience where guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel with rays and tropical fish, hand-feed exotic birds and relax on pristine beaches. A male dolphin calf was born at Discovery Cove in Orlando Monday, February 25, at 10:05 pm. The calf now weighs approximately 44 pounds and is 44 inches long. He is nursing and bonding with his mom, Kendall, both a good indication that the calf is doing well.

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Diabetes and Vetsulin Recap

Animal Person

My experience, because I test frequently, was relatively uneventful.

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