Mercy for Animals Exposes Cruelty at Iowa Select Farms

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Mercy for Animals is trying to convince Costco to do the same. mercy for animals Iowa pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farmSafeway and Kroger have announced they're halting all purchases of the farm's pork. News story is from the end of June. Almost let that one slip by!

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On Fighting for "Animal Rights"

Animal Person

A couple of years ago I wrote about whether it's a good use of my time to be a purist about the term "animal rights" when most of the world doesn't have the same understanding of the term as I do. I'll look for the post and link to it later, but while Baby Sky's not up yet I want to at least post something.) Likewise for "abolitionist.". I spent several years writing, daily, and often with shock, about how, for instance, the NYT- -the New York Times (OMG!!!!!)--would

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Senator Maria Cantwell Receives Award for Animal Welfare Work

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My husband worked for her years and years ago, when she was just a State representative. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) received the Humane Society’s Legislative Leader award for her leadership in protecting animals. She is a US Senator from our home state of Washington. The Humane Society of the United States cited Senator Cantwell’s efforts to improve marine mammal rescue capability, including such challenges as disentangling marine mammals from fishing nets.

Animal Welfare at

Animal Person

Did you see that now has an Animal Welfare page? is clearly someone who advocates for animal rights. Ernst believes we don't have a right to use sentient nonhumans and all of her posts (and those of Alex Melonas, who also posts at are unequivocal about animal use. Meanwhile, Feldstein's voice, as one would expect, is one that speaks of "humane" treatment and advocates for reform.

Kansas University Tries to Correct Welfare Violations

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Kansas University Medical Center was nailed by USDA inspectors for violations including improper treatment for sick animals, aging facilities and failing to provide appropriate enrichment opportunities for animals who appear to be under psychological stress. Tags: animal research

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Alleged Abuse at Butterball Turkey Farm

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Once again, the wonderful Mercy for Animals provides footage of possible abuse of turkeys at a Butterball farm in North Carolina. meat mercy for animals turkeys North Carolina farm animal welfareThe full story is at CNN.

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Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

Animal Ethics

The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways. For example, the Treaty of Amsterdam that came into force on May 1, 1999, formally acknowledged that nonhuman animals are “sentient beings” and not merely goods or agricultural products. The European Community and the member states signatory to the treaty are required “to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.” 7 in The State of the Animals II , ed.

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Horrible Tail Docking Video Spurs Call for Ban

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More great undercover work though by Mercy for Animals. Tags: New York tail docking farm animal welfare Just awful.

Links/Products You Should Check Out

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The Recycled Retriever – Here you can find eco-friendly gear for your fur-kids. The Discerning Brute – “food, fashion & etiquette for the ethically handsome man&# ; a website that shows men they can still be fashionable and vegan! The Girlie Girl Army - “your guide to glamazon living&# ; a website featuring eco-friendly news, food & fashion for women. There are a few scents for which part of proceeds even benefit Farm Sanctuary.

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Manila Zoo Sounds Like a Nasty Place

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PETA is trying to prevent more animals going to the Manila Zoo. They are working with local animal welfare groups on this issue. Joining PETA as the petition’s signatories are the Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc. Good for them. Opponents like to think that animal welfare is only an issue in developed countries amongst the white middle class. Tags: animal welfar zoo PETA phillipines

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New Laws to Start in California

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New legislation in California increases the misdemeanor penalty for animal neglect and makes it a crime to sell a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, or carnival. The California law specifies that a person must hold a license in order to possess shark fins for scientific purposes. neglect california legislation shark fins shark animal welfare animal lawFrom Hometown Station AM 1220.

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Baby Chicks Ground Up

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Thanks to Mercy for Animals for their undercover work exposing this egg industry practice. Tags: animal cruelty eggs farm animal welfare factory farm What a subject line, but it's true. This is the second time this year that I've heard of this group capturing headlines. I'd never heard of them before. I'm very impressed by their courage and tenacity.

Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

Creature Talk

Egg laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on today’s factory farms. Workers and managers killing birds by grabbing their necks and swinging them around in circles - an attempt to break their necks which often resulted in prolonged, torturous deaths for the hens.

Animals as Inputs in Accounting

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I'm studying for the CPA exam and am working through Becker's online course review for the business section. Here's an example of "joint costs" that says all you need to know about animals as nothing more than inputs in a manufacturing process. Each product must be assigned a cost including the different cuts of meat for human consumption, different food products for animal consumption (pet food) and basic ingredients for glue.".

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Yale Animal Researchers Complain About Paperwork

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Yale animal researchers complain that all these darn regulations for animal welfare are creating too much paperwork. Tags: Yale animal research Oh waaaaa! insert crying baby here).

Animal Health Care is Part of the Bottom Line

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We've argued in previous posts that factory farming is simply not conducive to animal welfare. Better conditions for animals hurt the bottom line. Animal welfare is a cost of doing business, not a moral obligation. I'm not arguing about the methods as I'm not a veterinarian, but it's a good example of the clinical discussion of costs when it comes to managing farm animal health. Tags: economics pigs farm animal welfare agribusiness

Doris Day Animal League is Part of the Humane Society?

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I just recently became a member of the Doris Day Animal League. I also learned that the Humane Society merged with the Fund for Animals in 2005. Tags: organizations animal welfare Checking out their website, I came across this page saying that they merged with the Humane Society in 2006. The live link takes me to an announcement in 2006 about the merger. So now I'm a contributor and member of all three.without even realizing they were related!

Walk for Farm Animals Scheduled for this Fall

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Meredith Turner, Farm Sanctuary, 646-369-6212, 2011 Walk for Farm Animals Aims to Raise $1 Million for Abused and Neglected Farm Animals Thousands of People in More Than 35 Cities Across North America to Gather for Family-Friendly Event That Promotes Compassion for ALL Animals WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. For more information on the Walk and how to register, please visit

Radlo Foods Pledging Conversion to Cage-Free Eggs

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Good news following an investigation of farm animal abuses by Mercy for Animals. In a written statement the company said it was making the move after an investigation revealed that Radlo Foods violated the terms of an agreement by working with a farm that is not in compliance with its strict animal welfare standards. The group's findings have now triggered an investigation by the state's Animal Welfare Program.

Animal Hoarding is a Serious Issue

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Animal hoarding is a pretty serious act that causes untold suffering for animals. there are probably several factors that go into how a person develops into an animal hoarder, but “we think it may be related to obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.” Unfortunately, “just one hoarder can cause tremendous suffering to animals,” notes LaFarge. Tags: animal cruelty animal welfare hoarding

BOCA to Stop Using Eggs by End of 2009

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By removing eggs from their ingredient list, BOCA is withdrawing financial support for factory farms that use battery-cages. Whether or not you choose to eat eggs, this is a major victory for animals. Tags: battery hens eggs farm animal welfare Totally missed this story from about a month ago.

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Air Canada Feeling Pressure to Stop Shipping Lab Monkeys

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Animal-rights activists are urging Air Canada to stop shipping live monkeys and other animals destined for experimentation, saying the airline can change its tariff rules if it wants. In our opinion, Air Canada is not legally obligated to accept monkeys as cargo," said the opinion written by Lawyers for Animal Welfare. canada animal research primatesI don't think it's likely that Air Canada is going to budge on this.

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Interpol Makes Arrests in Tiger Smuggling

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International collaboration in wildlife crime enforcement is critical to protecting species like tigers that are on the brink of extinction," said Fred O'Regan, President and Chief Executive Officer of IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare. From the PR Newswire. A coordinated international law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of tigers, one of the world's most endangered species.

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Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

For those who didn't read the five-part Slate series " Pepper, the stolen dog who changed American science " by Daniel Engber , I recommend it for the history, but also for the misconceptions and assumptions that you might want to discuss on the Facebook discussion about the series. You can buy some extra time by presoaking the animal in a basin of ice water.)" But that's neither here nor there -- I'm very supportive of animal research in principle.

Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

Animal Person

In " 'Animal Rights:' Pernicious Nonsense for Both Law & Public Policy ," Massachusetts attorney and "sportsman" Richard Latimer is on the mark with some concepts, and way off with others. However, both his perceptions and misconceptions are based on: 1) observing the work of PeTA and HSUS; and 2) the assumption that those two organizations are in the same category--"animal rights." Now, I know you're saying: That's not what animal rights is.

On Small Victories

Animal Person

Yesterday's " Do Small Victories Affect Big Picture in Animal Rights Debate? 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? restaurants by animal rights activists." makes some fantastic points that are worth repeating and deconstructing.

On Coping Mechanisms

Animal Person

Yesterday , Abby wrote: Off topic, but I was wondering if you have any advice for those of us who are highly emotionally sensitive and also interested in animal welfare issues? I get so sad when I hear about the mistreatment of animals that it really affects me, but at the same time I want to be able to create change in the world. I've seen enough of it for plenty of lifetimes. In other words, I don't immerse myself in animal cruelty.

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Quash the Squash

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The RSPCA are trying to raise awareness of its urgent campaign to protect the welfare of UK meat chickens. Quash the Squash originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 28, 2009.


Arkansas Out of the Dark Ages with Cruelty Law

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It's not perfect, but it's progress in one of the more animal welfare-challenged parts of the US. Mike Beebe has signed into law new animal-cruelty restrictions that make aggravated cruelty to cats, dogs and horses a felony on the first offense. Arkansas becomes the 46th state to make cruelty to animals a felony, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Tags: animal cruelty legislation Arkansas us

Ringling Brothers Wins Court Case Over Elephant Abuse

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FEI) at the outset of a nine-year-old suit brought by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that culminated in a six-week trial in March. The ASPCA, Born Free USA (Animal Protection Institute), Animal Welfare Institute, Fund for Animals along with former Ringling animal trainer Tom Rider had accused the circus of shackling, confining and striking elephants with bullhooks, which have a sharp steel hook at one end.

University of Utah Cited by Dept. of Agriculture

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They received citations for animal welfare infractions, although apparently few of these infractions overlap with PETA claims from an undercover investigation. Tags: animal research utah university of utah undercover investigation PETA The Salt Lake Tribune claims the infractions are only minor (interesting how different publications will provide different spins). You decide. From the Deseret News.

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Ebay Bans Ivory Sales

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The endangered animals are often hunted for their ivory tusks. The International Fund for Animal Welfare will say more than 4,000 ivory products have been listed on eBay. Hooray! EBay has announced a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory products on its auction websites from next year. An eBay spokesman said the move was the best way to help African and Asian elephants. The ban comes as a conservation group prepares to release a report critical of the auction site.

Animal Rescue Month

4 The Love Of Animals

The Volunteer Advantage ( ) has announced that August is the organization’s “Animal Rescue Month.&#. The Volunteer Advantage is a network of volunteers, non-profits and businesses in which volunteers earn points based on the number of hours they volunteer for non-profits and community organizations. These points are then redeemed for rewards, discounts and coupons from local and national businesses.

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Research Animals Rescued from North Carolina Lab

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An enormous victory was achieved for animals this week when nearly 200 dogs and 54 cats were rescued from a North Carolina animal testing facility that closed its doors after an undercover investigation revealed apparent abuse of the animals by workers at the facility. Quick work on the part of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), in partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S.

PETA and IFAW Plan 24 City Tour of Canada

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PETA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are holding a joint news conference this week, and I would like to offer you an exclusive advance scoop on it. The inflatable mascot will bear a banner demanding an end to the commercial seal slaughter and will be accompanied by animal advocates who will enlist people to call on their representatives in Parliament to support legislation that would end the slaughter.

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Whales in danger.

4 The Love Of Animals

The International Fund for Animal Welfare ( IFAW ), is a non-profit organization working to save animals in crisis worldwide, to help protect our oceans’ whale population. IFAW advocates for the protection of wildlife in their habitats, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and rescues individual animals. It is up to us to lead the effort in protecting these animals. originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on May 11, 2010.

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Keep pets happy and healthy in the cold months ahead.

4 The Love Of Animals

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; ) has compiled some tips on how to keep pets happy and healthy in the cold months ahead. While this time of year can be great fun for your pet, be sure your winter habits don’t leave them out in the cold.

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Egg Companies Accused of Price Collusion

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By removing a small fraction of eggs that would have been bound for U.S. sales and arranging instead for their export, United Egg helped tighten domestic supply and drive up the price of eggs across the country, according to newsletters and other documents that United Egg sent to its members. Not only did they arrange for exports, they also are accused of colluding to limit production and to increase cage sizes so that fewer hens can be kept.

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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. Nestlé Purina and Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.

Humane Society Cites Abuses at University of Minnesota

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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. - The Humane Society of the United States has obtained government reports showing that the University of Minnesota has violated federal standards of care for animals in laboratories. All this stuff makes me sick.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: “ ForAnimal Precinct,’ Reality Subject to Dispute ” (news article, July 23) missed the entire point of comprehensive animal welfare: that effective animal welfare requires both response and prevention. be they medical, behavioral, placement or training and education so that, in the long run, the cycle of cruelty to animals is broken. The real story here is our tireless commitment to fighting animal cruelty.

Humane Society University to Offer Courses in Fall 2009

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I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Further advancing its leadership in human-animal studies, Humane Society University, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, announced today that it has received a license as a higher education degree-granting institution by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. The HSUS is the first animal welfare organization to receive such authority and distinction. Very cool!

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Huge Effort to Rescue 60 Elephants in Malawi

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Rescuers have started evacuating the first of around 60 elephants that have been suffering in an ongoing human-elephant conflict in the southern African country of Malawi, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW.IFAW has partnered with the government of Malawi to rescue the animals which are at the centre of fierce human-elephant conflict in an area populated mostly by subsistence farmers just south of Lake Malawi.

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