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. Tags: animal cruelty Stupid USDA animal welfare us News of the Weird Owners claim dog died from being in non-ventilated Animal Control vehicle.

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. Tags: chimpanzees medical research animal welfare 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.

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.

Key AETA Supporter Suspended Over Animal Welfare

Critter News

From Current.com She was recently suspended from working with animals, a “rare move prompted by what officials called a ‘clear pattern’ of problems with animal welfare.” Michelle Basso was a researcher at the University of Wisconsin who worked with primates. She testified in favor of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Now, she's been suspended from working with animals.

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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. Most informative for a discussion about vegan advocacy is the section about the animal rights movement (and unfortunately he alternately calls it “animal protection” and also refers to welfare, perhaps because of the Humane Research Council’s study that people prefer the word “protection”).

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Conklin Farm Owner Will Not Face Charges

Critter News

The Union County sheriff's office said it had four veterinarians with experience in large-animal care review the tape. "In Tags: ohio animal enterprise terrorism act mercy for animals farm animal welfare From the Columbus Dispatch. A Union County grand jury has decided the owner of a Union County dairy farm caught in an abuse scandal should not face criminal charges.on

What Matters to Animals…

Creature Talk

Someone is doing an experiment on a chimp or a rabbit or a rat. Passing animal welfare legislation ( like the recent victory in CA ) is a start, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Tags: Animal Rights Animal Welfare Farmed Animals Veganism legislation make a difference slaughterhouses 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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On "Animal Rights Conferences"

Animal Person

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

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. An Animal Welfare Concern Report, which appears to have been written by an MPI Research employee in 2004, describes the ‘ongoing incidences of lacerated fingers, toes and tails that occur during the removal of animals from the home cages for study functions’.

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Harvard Medical School Facility Accused of Improper Research Reporting

Critter News

An Ohio-based animal rights organization has filed a complaint against Harvard Medical School, alleging that the school's New England Primate Research Center in Southborough did not properly report its experiments on animals. Two Harvard research projects allow primates to experience unrelieved pain - one subjects them to electric shock and one purposely stresses animals who have already been diagnosed with self-injurious behavior, according to the complaint to the U.S.

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.

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EU Bans Use of Great Apes in Animal Research

Critter News

After two years of heated debate on how to protect animal welfare without scuppering scientific research, the new limits, updating regulations from 1986, were adopted by the European Parliament despite objections from Green MEPs. Under the new legislations, experiments on great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans are to be banned and "strict" restrictions set on the use of primates in general. Some may disagree, but I think this is a huge victory.

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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. Pepper also represents a turning point in science, from an earlier age when animals for experiment would be plucked from the road or the river, to a new era of standardized, mass-produced organisms that can be shipped right to the laboratory door.

On Peaceable Kingdom, Part Deux

Animal Person

And more important is that those storytellers include people who ran small, family operations that animal welfare advocates would not have a problem with. 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.

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Ban on Ape Testing Proposed in EU

Critter News

But some animal welfare groups and researchers accused the European Union of masking weak regulation with empty gestures, as no great apes have been used in EU research for six years. Today's draft legislation does include a great ape test ban, but as no apes are used in EU research at the moment, this is considered by many animal advocates as something of a token gesture," said the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, a British-based charity which opposes using animals in experiments.

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On The Respectful Emperor

Animal Person

Not the day, the film, where Bill Murray experiences the same day over and over again. That leaves us with animal welfare, which I do think we are genuinely interested in, mostly because of the myriad videos, documentaries, books and websites that have made it tough to avoid over the past few years. I've been having a difficult time blogging both here and at Animal Rights & AntiOppression lately because I feel like my thoughts are like " Groundhog Day."

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Organizations Putting Animals First

4 The Love Of Animals

Led by professionals who have experience with organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, the group is definitely not new to the issues surrounding animals worldwide. Animal Rescue Corps puts animal welfare above all else. Run by a very qualified staff, the organization’s employees boast a collective 40 years’ experience in animal protection in addition to their numerous accolades and certifications including MBAs, law degrees and more.

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Humane Society Cites Abuses at University of Minnesota

Critter News

I don't care if they're supposedly working for altruistic purposes (they're not, but that's another story), they are allowing animals to suffer through negligent care separate from the excruciating experiments they must still undergo. 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.

European Union Screws Apes Used in Medical Research

Critter News

Researchers can continue most experiments on mankind's closest relatives -- chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans -- after European Union lawmakers watered down proposals to restrict testing. The EU's executive Commission last year proposed a range of measures to improve the welfare of the 12 million vertebrate animals used in experiments each year, mostly mice and rats. Here are the results of the EU flirtation with restricting research on primates.

On Different Results of Direct Action

Animal Person

He speaks of the "mixed message of the animal rights community" that animals are so much like us, yet not enough like us to experiment on. Then he and the interviewer describe some of the experiments. He then says he goes to "exceptional lengths" to make ensure the physical and psychological welfare of the primates he uses, "except when it's absolutely necessary" to harm them.

Majority Rules in the Language of Animal Rights

Animal Person

I feel the unique pain they experience when they hear or read ( gasp! ) Right now, for instance, animal rights activists include those individuals who believe that welfare reforms might some day lead to the abolition of animal use, and that they should campaign for such reforms even if they provide the smallest improvements in comfort. I recently read " ORIGINS OF THE SPECIOUS: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language ," By Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman.

ALF Activists Glue Locks of U Cal Primate Researcher

Critter News

UCSF -- you've already had to pay out over $90,000 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act for Lisberger's experiments on primates that include fluid deprivation, gluing metal coils to their eyelids, restraint chairs and invasive surgeries. From the website : Just after sunrise on Halloween, a sole trick or treater descended on the home of University of California-San Francisco primate vivisector Stephen Lisberger.

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Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart

4 The Love Of Animals

NYSE: KR) have teamed up to launch the second annual “ Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart ” campaign, celebrating the unique bond between people and their pets, while raising funds for animal welfare organizations nationwide. Together Purina and the Kroger family of stores will donate $150,000 to animal welfare organizations in 2009 and will recognize six exceptional pet lovers’ tales via a national television special this fall. Nestlé Purina and Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.

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On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

My experience with my own brochure, Thinking Critically About Animal Rights , supports the psychological continuum and the idea that people might stop a particular use of an animal when they learn about what is done to that animal in order for them to use the animal. I'm not saying welfare reform is the answer, but that ceasing the use of an animal is the only action that will completely alleviate suffering.

IFAW rescuers have mobilized to Japan

4 The Love Of Animals

Rescuers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org ) have mobilized to Japan to conduct an assessment and assist with animal rescue efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. Collectively, the group has the greatest amount of animal rescue experience in the world and will be in a position to provide subject matter experts and advise local groups who are planning larger recovery projects.

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Sniping: The Final Frontier?

10,000 Birds

As curious as I was to confidently identify the bird, I still held its welfare above all other things and tried to cause it as little trouble as possible. For those of us who have been bestowed with the good fortune of seeing a snipe, we understand the gravity of the blessing.

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Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

4 The Love Of Animals

On the other hand, kids that don’t get the experience of having a pet early may become afraid of animals, especially if their parents don’t particularly care for animals. Dr. Tim is recognized as an expert on all aspects of pet health and a staunch advocate for the welfare of all animals. Choosing the right pet for your child is key. By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM. Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

I applaud his recognition that cows are individual feeling beings that share with us the ability to experience happiness and contentment, fear and pain. Even at Bob Bansen’s dairy, food comes at the cost of animal welfare. 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.

R. G. Frey on Animal Suffering

Animal Ethics

But animals lack that reflective awareness which enables us to see our experiences and acts as our own (and thereby, of course, unlike animals, to be responsible for our acts). ( There are two types of rights: autonomy-rights and welfare-rights. Animals have only welfare-rights, the most important of which is the right not to be made to suffer

R. G. Frey on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

The question of whether animals possess rights is once again topical, largely as a result of the recent surge of interest in animal welfare and in the moral pros and cons of eating animals and using them in scientific research.

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Animal Testing Debate Continues in New South Wales

Critter News

Welfare groups are calling for an urgent public debate on animal testing amid claims millions of creatures are being killed or maimed every year in Australia in the name of science. New figures published by the NSW government's advisory body, the Animal Research Review Panel, show the number of animals killed in NSW experiments rose by more than 1,000 to 8,813 during 2006-2007. It's good to know that these issues are being fought in places other than just the US and the UK.

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Rescue for the rescuer.

4 The Love Of Animals

“As an animal welfare worker (professionally or as a volunteer), you know what it feels like when you make a positive difference in the life of an animal. They will have the opportunity find a forever home, experience unconditional love or transition to the Other Side. Whichever circumstance they experience as a result of their rescue, is better than where they came from and any of those options are desirable and welcomed by them.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

But bulls are not cars, but rather living beings that experience pain and suffering. Brad Goldberg President, Animal Welfare Trust Mamaroneck, N.Y., To the Editor: Re “ An 8-Second Ride Lures Sponsors Beyond the Rodeo ” (Advertising column, Dec. 11): So bull riding could represent the next big thing in corporate sports sponsorship. Even private equity is getting in on the action, with one manager believing this could be the next Nascar. This is music to the ears of advertisers.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

If a person is in a discipline in which he or she is attempting to understand a culture or wants to experience a culture, vegetarianism is nearly impossible. So, how you would respond a person like me who cares for animal welfare, consciously stays away from the worse meat he can, and eats it mostly for cultural reasons. Keith: As a historian or even an anthropologist, one could make the argument that being a vegetarian limits one's ability to understand other cultures.

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A close encounter with a Wedge-tailed Eagle

10,000 Birds

The Blue-tongued Lizard that was also having the same experience was definitely not as excited and was trying its hardest to protect itself. The Wedge-tailed Eagle only had a meal on its mind and I only had photographs and the health and welfare of a lizard on my mind. On Wednesday this week we had a very close encounter with a Wedge-tailed Eagle on the edge of the road.

The Birds at Itasca State Park Are All Wet

10,000 Birds

Most interesting is that one’s knowledge of important things like where to find food (or danger) was based on experience not on general principles. So an Efe off his trail, or another trail he knew about, was not much better than, say, me (after a couple of years gaining my own experience) at having a clue. Now, Baxter is heavily developed, with big box stores and all, and Brainard is a welfare town.

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Ingrid Taylar: Bridging the Divide Between Cat and Bird Lovers

10,000 Birds

If the experience of handing over that box can be transformative instead of alienating or shaming, there’s a possibility of change. With all of her photos, she follows NANPA ethical guidelines, putting the welfare of birds and other wild animals ahead of any image. . This blog is written by writer, photographer, and animal advocate Ingrid Taylar. Years ago, I became a wildlife volunteer and advocate because of a cat who caught a bird.

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Owls, the debait

10,000 Birds

Great Gray Owl taking the bait (photo by Nathalie Fortier) At the end of the experience, she posted her photographs clearly stating that the bird was baited, and leaving the mouse in most photos. I think the main thing for me, leaving aside the debate on invasive species and the birds welfare, is that it just feels like cheating. I love great bird photography, I truly do. Photos that capture great behaviour, and the incredible beauty of birds.

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Falconry – Bloodsport or Alternative Form of Birding?

10,000 Birds

During the filming of this production, I got to experience “dirt hawking&#. The League Against Cruel Sports believes that in the interests of raptor welfare, no further licences should be issued. The rabbit is dispatched in seconds Although I’m sure that there are readers that will disagree with my sentiments, I must confess to being enthralled by my experience with Harris Hawks.

Birding for the Curious: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

We need more publishers of quality birding books and more birder-writers offering fresh views, sharing their experiences, covering new, niche subjects. It doesn’t take much digging to see that there are any number of concerns facing wild places and wild things in the world today……To love birds and birding is to be intimately involved in their welfare.

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Flight to Freedom

4 The Love Of Animals

Pat Derby, President and Founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, said, “Animal Defenders International contacted PAWS last year about providing a permanent home for the African lions remaining in Bolivia. Four lions, rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) from a Bolivian circus when the country banned the use of animals in circuses have a new home, and a life of luxury at the ARK 2000 sanctuary in Calaveras County.

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