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University of Florida Must Relinguish Primate Records

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An Alachua County Circuit Court judge has ordered the University of Florida to provide an animal rights activist with records on primates involved in research. university of florida animal research primates medical researchThis is good news, at least in my opinion. Full article in the Gainesville Sun. Camille Marino of Wildwood, who founded the group Negotiation is Over, received the records last week.

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Tensions Mount over University of Florida Animal Research

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Animal rights activists are targeting a University of Florida researcher for his role in experiments on primates — even though he says he doesn't personally conduct animal research. Tags: university of florida animal research activism primates Things are getting a little tense. Not sure I agree with posting the researcher's photo. Wonder if that could get activists into trouble under AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.) This is a long article from the Gainesville Sun.

21 Polo Horses Die in Florida

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Authorities are looking in the deaths of 21 polo horses from Argentina. So far they have ruled out disease and are even looking into the possibility that they were deliberately killed. Yikes.

Nice Story for the Week

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A six-year donates his life savings to help sick sea turtles at the Florida Aquarium. Tags: nice story florida It was only $53.50 (the kid's only six!), but I hope it's the first step to a long life of love and compassion for all living things.

PETA Protests Pregnant Orcas at SeaWorld

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Help Me Help Foster Kids

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Both of these organizations serve kids in South Florida, but one thing that can have ripples of effects throughout the country is that we have two curricula available designed to help anyone who wants to help foster kids, anywhere. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Aging Out Florida Foster care South Florida May is National Foster Care Month Allow me to change topics for one day and ask you to help me help foster kids and young people who have aged out of foster care (i.e.,

PETA to Replace Offensive Billboard

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PETA has decided to replace the billboard in Florida that compares overweight women to whales. They said they never meant to offend anyone.

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12/19/09 Podcast Uploaded

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An agreement in principle on new rules for animal testing has been reached by the European Union; *Ten laboratory chimpanzees retire to a Florida sanctuary; *A Spanish province begins a discussion on banning bullfights; *A record number of manatee deaths are recorded in the State of Florida; *The last known dancing bear is rescued in India. This week's stories. *An

SeaWorld Orlando returns two turtles to the sea!

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They have now been returned to the sea off the coast of Florida! We are excited about this update to a story we brought to you in April. If you remember, SeaWorld Orlando had been caring for two baby hawksbill turtles that were rescued. What great news! Watch the video below for more information and to see the adorable juvenile turtles in action! people helping animals rescues wildlife

Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants

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Central Florida Zoo (Fla.), This list was issued by In Defense of Animals last month. Here they are. San Antonio Zoo (Texas) Edmonton Valley Zoo (Canada), Buttonwood Park Zoo (Mass.), Niabi Zoo (Ill.), Topeka Zoo (Kan.), Honolulu Zoo (Hawaii), Wildlife Safari (Ore.), York's Wild Kingdom Zoo (Maine) tied with Southwick's Zoo (Mass.), Pittsburgh Zoo's ICC (Penn.). San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Calif.) earned a dishonorable mention. I'm surprised that Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle didn't make it.

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Future Serial Killer in Training?

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I read an article last week about a series of cat killings and mutilations (20 total) in south Florida. Just awful. Now they've arrested an 18-year-old suspect named Tyler Hayes Weinman. He's charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty, 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body and four counts of burglary.

On Horses too Thin to Slaughter

Animal Person

This is an interesting moment in the story: Paragallo said Thursday that he had given the horses away to a Florida-based breeder, whom he did not identify, in December with the agreement that he could breed the mares back to one of his stallions based in New York or Florida. Stephanie wrote about horses dying across the pond yesterday. This morning I read that they're dying here too, and those who defend thoroughbred racing might want to pay careful attention to who died and why.

Marine Animals Trying to Escape from Oil Spill

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Like forest creatures trying to escape a fire, marine animals such as dolphins, sharks, mullets, crabs, rays and fish are congregating in surprisingly shallow waters off the Florida coast line as they flee the encroaching oil spill. From ShortNews.com.literally, short, short news!

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Cute of the day: Baby Anteater!!

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This little guy – a lesser anteater or tamandua – was born just days ago to mom, Cypress, at Discovery Cove, in Orlando, Florida. It’s a boy! Tamanduas are native to the forests of Mexico to South America. They use their sharp claws and 16-inch-long tongue (41 cm) to eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day. They use their sharp claws and 16-inch-long tongue (41 cm) to eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day.

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Happy 12th Birthday Violet Rays!

Animal Person

Violet Rays was a very successful competitor and the offspring of a Hall of Famer, and she made someone a lot of money, winning race after race for the two years she was hauled between Oregon and South Florida. There she is. my girl. She has beaten the odds and made it another year. The life expectancy of greyhounds is 12-15 years. If they've raced, you subtract a year for each year of racing.

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Washington Town to Become Horse Slaughter Capital?

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Augustine, Florida doesn’t mince any words when it comes to what’s afoot in the Stanwood area. Stanwood is right near where we live in Seattle and, sadly, home to Pigs Peace Animal Sanctuary which rescues all kinds of animals. I can only imagine how they feel. From the Sky Valley Chronicle. A new report in the Staug News of St.

On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

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Or an animal that could use the aid of human intervention, such as the Florida panther, which has benefited from the culverts built to help it safely cross highways (221). When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent. I know he's a conservationist, therefore I know he will advocate for "managing" the "resources" that are sentient nonhumans. And managing means killing them, breeding them, and otherwise fiddling with their populations.

On Why My Food Bill Just Got a Lot Cheaper

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What makes someone in suburban South Florida feel good buying at her local farmer's market, might, when all is taken into consideration, be not so great for workers or the planet, and needs to be reexamined. Deb wrote "Do Food Miles Matter?" after reading " Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly , by James E. McWilliams last month. Shortly thereafter she visited and brought me the book, and as a result. my food bill just got a lot cheaper.

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Calling all Dogs: Celebrate National Dog Day with Free Ice Cream August 25

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Best Friends Pet Care is a leading national pet care company and offers boarding, daycare, grooming and training at 42 locations across 18 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

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On The International and Father's Day

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I think it was in theaters here for all of a week, which is a good sign, as the better a film is, the shorter its tenure at the local multiplex in South Florida. Someone on Twitter said The International was the best film he'd seen in years. But you only find out how long it's in the theater when it leaves, and by then it's too late to see it. Interesting quandary if you're playing the I'll-find-it-somewhere-next-week game. Was it a great film, in my opinion? Not fantastic, but good.

Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

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Florida. Today is the launch of. I'm excited to be a blogger for Animal Rights Zone because its target market is people who don't usually subscribe to blogs. Also, it has the added bonus of organizing my content better than I have. The goal is to provide blogospheric content that is easy to find, and from a variety of sources. On the left, you'll see this: Concepts. Project Treadstone. Responsible Policies. Rabbits. More >> Animals. Goats. Horses. Mammals. Buffalo.

PETA Goes After The Overweight

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PETA put up a billboard in Florida that says "Save the Whales, Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian". On it, is an overweight woman standing on a beach. Feministing has a pretty angry post , with a lot of angry comments as well. I think they are right to be angry. The billboard (which you can see on the linked page) is pretty clearly aimed exclusively at women, and plays into their worst fears about body image.

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Melange Monday

Animal Person

Finally, there's an alert from Susan Hargreaves, who is a humane educator here in South Florida (via Trish). Nosey the African elephant is with Liebling Family circus in Florida, right now they are in Mount Dora, this outfit violates animal welfare regulations on a regular basis. So many things to say today. First, check out " The Vegan Solution: An Ideal Whose Time Has Come " over at Care2. And what do you think about the word "ideal"?

Operation Nix-the-Petting-Zoo

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Here 's a factsheet about petting zoos, which at least in Florida have been a public health threat , to say nothing of the exploitation and suffering of the animals.) ?After my long weekend up North I returned to a message from our neighborhood association announcing a picnic on April 11 on the Village Green. We paid a heap of extra money to live on the Village Green, so anything that happens there is basically happening in our front yard. Like a "BBQ, pony rides and a petting zoo!"

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On Cat Killers and Mental Competency

Animal Person

People in South Florida are still in an uproar over the mutilation and slaughter of 19 house cats (allegedly) by 18-year old Tyler Weinman, who was declared mentally competent and not a danger to himself or others (!). There have been inquiries as to the possible relationship between his dissection of cats in school and the 19 counts of cruelty he is being charged with.

Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home Coming to Orlando

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After a successful world premiere screening at the Moondance Film Festival in Boulder CO, where our film won the "Spirit of Moondance" Best Feature Documentary award, we are going to the Orlando Film Festival in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, Nov. From the makers of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is finally here!

Cute of the Day: Baby Manatee

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The animal was transported to SeaWorld by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. SeaWorld animal care specialists are a little bleary-eyed this week as they provide 24-hour care for a weeks-old, baby manatee. Orphaned by her mother, the female calf arrived at the park’s rehabilitation center on July 24 after being rescued from the waters of Daytona Beach, Fla.

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On Ducks and Geese

Animal Person

It wasn't much--clusters of mushroom-like townhouses that are ubiquitous in Florida--but it was on a lake. This is Girlie Girl. Not to be confused with Little Girl, of course. Reading Deb's post about the goslings at Poplar and getting Jenny 's request to sign a petition to save the Canada geese of Ballwin, Missouri from mass extermination reminded me how much I miss the wildlife at the neighborhood we lived in from 2002-early 2005.

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On Surreal Lobster Advocacy

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Yesterday I received an e-mail alert from the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) regarding " a coin operated game that uses live lobsters at the Royal Palm Ale House in Royal Palm Beach. My self-appointed job in this blog is to think critically about how our human lives intersect with those of sentient nonhumans, in action and thought.

Pahokee Opens for Project Treadstone

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It's a city in Florida on our largest lake, Lake Okeechobee. What the heck is Pahokee, you ask? If you click on this map , you'll see. And if you click on a few minus signs to move out, and look all the way east to the ocean and a little bit north you'll see my town: Jupiter. What's in Pahokee you ask? A branch of Palm Beach County's Animal Care & Control that has been closed for a long, long time and has reopened.

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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Similar limits were approved last year in Michigan and less sweeping restrictions have been adopted in Florida, Arizona and other states. Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go. Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs. This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2.

1,200+ Canines Don Tiaras & ‘Tails’ This Week for Doggy Proms

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Doggy proms will be held throughout the week at Best Friends Pet Care centers in the Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, San Diego and Houston metro areas, across Connecticut and New Jersey, and in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Charlotte and at Best Friends Pet Care center at Walt Disney World in Florida. It’s prom season for teens everywhere — and that includes the canine kind!

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US Judge Asked to Hear Case about Orcas

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PETA claims the captured killer whales are treated like slaves, forced to live in tanks and perform daily at its parks in San Diego, California and Orlando, Florida. We'll see how it goes. Even when we lose these battles, the fact that they are heard at all is an important step. Barriers are broken and precedents are set for the future. I'm tired of being a pessimist all the time. Excerpted from the Sydney Morning Herald.

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On Food/Lifestyle Disputes At Home

Animal Person

We didn't go to therapy for this issue, because I knew that talking about it wouldn't help, not to mention the likelihood of a therapist in South Florida understanding my position was nearly nil. In " Therapists Report Increase in Green Disputes " in the Environment section of today's New York Times, Leslie Kaufman reports that American households have become a battleground for beliefs about the environment.

On the Land Grant University Meat Problem

Animal Person

I look forward to meeting RPA's Florida members who are able to attend! . Just like property status isn't something I write about often and I would never have thought of, the same is true for the relationship between land-grant-universities and why some of us eat what/whom we eat. Today's message and call to action is from David Cantor of Responsible Policies for Animals (thanks, Mike!). Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

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On THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING

Animal Person

Violet Rays raced for over two years, spending her days and nights in a kennel or being transported between South Florida and Oregon, only to be out of her kennel for about two hours per day, and with a muzzle on for that two hours (and maybe even while in the kennel). When I agreed to read and review Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING (Harper 2010), the regal Charles Hobson Booger, III was still with us.

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A New Use For Those BBQ Tongs

Animal Person

In case you haven't guessed, it is the relocation of a fresh (or not) carcass, usually with entrails spilling out, to a place more hospitable for the buzzards and hawks who evidently at least in South Florida do not judge the speed of oncoming traffic very well. I have wildlife/nonwildlife rescue paraphernalia in my car. A large box with airholes, a small one, a towel or two, a leash, soapy handwipes, you get the idea.

Siberian Husky Voted Top Dog in Pets-idential Election

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Best Friends Pet Care is the exclusive pet care provider for Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. Canine Cabinet Posts Filled by a Melting Pot of Breeds from across the U.S. November 1, 2012, Norwalk CT – National pet services company Best Friends Pet Care has announced the winners of its 2013 Pets-idential Election for Canine in Chief and Canine Cabinet. Hayllo Ynares, a Siberian husky, received the most votes and earns the title of Best Friends Canine in Chief for 2013.

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On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

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Sea World of Florida has directed its staff to replace tank with aquarium , and cage with enclosure " (94). "In A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer. And now that I've read Animal Equality and begun Speciesism , I think I know why. My deconstructions of the language of our relationship with sentient nonhumans in this blog--and the way I approach discussing that relationship--is similar to Dunayer's.

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Tiny Turtles

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Once the seas calm, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Team will return the turtles to the wild off the coast of Juno Beach in Jupiter, Florida. This is a little late, so I am sure they have grown by now, but just look at how adorable these little sea turtles are! I adore turtles, and am happy to know that SeaWorld Orlando saved these hatchlings from Hurricane Bill.

Is Dolphin Therapy Cruel to Dolphins?

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ad_icon The practice, however, is fiercely criticized by researchers and marine mammal conservationists, including the educational anthropologist widely credited with having invented it, retired Florida International University researcher Betsy Smith. Knowing now how highly intelligent these animals are, I am very resistant to "using" them for therapy. From the Washington Post.

Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know

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Both men love dogs, Hy has two miniature schnauzers, and Jeff is on the board of directors for the Florida Keys SPCA. Listen up dog lovers, your dog might have something to say to you! Something secret! Even if your dog isn’t talking, there are 11 courageous canines telling all in a fun new book Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All. Open the pages to find juicy secrets and adorable dog photos and illustrations.

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