Group to Protest Ringling Brothers

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Ringling Brothers is coming to Kent, WA, and I'm happy to know the Northwest Animal Rights Network will be protesting (we live in nearby Seattle by the way.). seattle northwest animal rights network ringling brothers circus

ASPCA Groups Galore

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This site is overwhelming. It's all the ASPCA Online communities you can join. Yikes, there's a ton!


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Canadian Group Wants to Free Captive Porpoise

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The Vancouver-based animal rights group Lifeforce wants the Vancouver Aquarium to free Daisy the porpoise. Here is a video from the group.

Another Fake Animal Welfare Group

Critter News

I was browsing for some quotes when I came across this group - The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA). Our members are pet owners, dog and cat clubs, obedience clubs and rescue groups as well as breeders, trainers, veterinarians, research scientists, farmers, fishermen, hunters and wildlife biologists.

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Excellent Group for Animal Rights in Asia

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I love this organization and have supported them for a few years now. Please consider Animals Asia for your future donations. They do important work. animal abuse animal cruelty china asia

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Mean Lady Hates Pet Bereavement Groups

Critter News

Apparently there was an announcement at the desk for a pet bereavement group. A pet bereavement group. I think pet bereavement groups are really important and I think that's a horrible thing to say. Here's a random story. I was standing near the information desk at the library for no particular reason when a pear-shaped woman in her fifties with frizzy perm-damaged hair stopped by.

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Horse Rescue Group Blogging from Marysville, WA

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told me that horse groups have been hit particularly hard with the economy. I came across this lovely blog by who I think is one of the group's volunteers. I've received so many donation requests from "People Helping Horses" that I finally decided to send a donation. I've never been around horses much, but a friend of mine who has 3 horses and 2 burros (!) Not only have horses been dumped or starved due to owner finances, but the price of hay has risen sharply all around.

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Groups Seek Charges in Sheep Decompression Tests

Critter News

You heard it right.sheep decompression tests. PETA and the Alliance for Animals are asking for charges to be filed against the University of Wisconsin at Madison. From the Wisconsin State Journal. They filed a petition Tuesday asking a judge to allow them to prosecute five UW-Madison officials and several researchers.In

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Scientist Advocacy Group Oppose Some Animal Testing

Critter News

Here's a group I've never heard of. I found a link to them on ANIMAL's blog (ANIMAL is a Portuguese animal rights group.) These scientists are NOT an animal rights group. They do support some animal-based studies (which sucks); HOWEVER, they acknowledge that much animal research is useless. Remember animal research doesn't just create reports, it creates CAREERS as well.) I'll let them describe their positions in their own words.

Some Groups that Still Support Animal Research

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From PETA's Animal Times (I tore out the page and there's no date anymore.but it was 2009). The US Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association *March of Dimes *American Heart Association *Susan G. Komen Foundation *British Heart Foundation *World Cancer Research Fund I can't tell you all what I do for a living because it's kind of sensitive, but let's just say that my unit has had dealings with Susan G. Komen and they are a pretty arrogant, corporate bunch (just an FYI!).

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Group Pursues Investigation of US Labs

Critter News

I predict they'll get nowhere. From UPI. Stop Animal Exploitation Now filed the complaint with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging a probe of 50 U.S. researchers for allegedly filing fraudulent documents and performing nearly identical experimentation in violation of federal regulations, the organization said in a news release. The animal research industry is just as unregulated as Wall Street was before the current economic crisis," said Michael A. Budkie, SAEN executive director. "If

PETA Among Groups Spied on by Maryland State Police

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According to the Washington Post , PETA was one of many groups the Maryland State Police considered a security threat. PETA was labeled a "security threat group" in April 2005, and by July police were looking into a tip that the group had learned about a failing chicken farm in Kent County and planned on "protesting or stealing the chickens."

US Groups Fight to Save Polar Bear Hunts

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Now that the species is listed in the US as "threatened," hunters can't import the dead body parts (aka hunting "trophies") in from Canada. Supposedly, environmentalists and animal rights activists have "unfairly made the polar bear into 'the panda bear of North America.'" Waaaaaaa! insert crying baby picture here.) Here's the article from the Globe and Mail.

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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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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Groups Urge FDA Ban on Feeding Chicken Feces to Cows.Wait, WHAT???

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A coalition of food and consumer groups that includes Consumers Union and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice. Well, you learn something new every day. McDonald's Corp., the nation's largest restaurant user of beef, also wants the FDA to prohibit the feeding of so-called poultry litter to cattle. Yeesh. Happy Halloween

Want a Career in Animal Rights?

Creature Talk

CAA is a growing, dynamic nonprofit with a great group of passionate volunteers. Now might be your chance! Compassionate Action for Animals in Minneapolis, MN is now hiring!

Veganism in the Workplace

Creature Talk

Coming to this new job, I am interacting with a much larger group of people. 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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Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

Creature Talk

I am hopeful that animal advocates will rise to the call and try to make some legislative changes, as one has already begun to do: “ A chimpanzee is not a domestic pet ,&# said Pricilla Feral, president of the international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals, based in Darien.

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Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

Creature Talk

There have been countless investigations of egg farms conducted by animals rights groups in the United States, and each time we see the same things: dead hens in cages with live ones, birds who have lost their feathers from stress, and egregious abuse of these beautiful birds by farm workers.

Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

research firm New Harvest is just one group developing the technology to actually clone meat cells without the need, expense, or health concerns of raising entire legions of beasts to slaughter.&#

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DOTT: The Smart Dog Tag

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DOTT: The Smart Dog Tag was created by a group of pet lovers to provide an affordable and active solution to help you locate your pets if they ever get lost.

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Budget Friendly Tips for Your New Rescue

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If you have decided to give a dog a second chance by rescuing them from a dog shelter or rescue group, good for you! Not only can you feel great about the choice you made to save a life, your. dogs guest post

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On Fighting for "Animal Rights"

Animal Person

would call HSUS an animal rights group (after all, HSUS doesn't even do that). Being featured on ARZone's worldwide Live Guest Chat has reinvigorated my thinking about a couple of topics ( here 's the transcript). And then I read the "OMG!!!!!OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" LOL!!!!!" in today's New York Times, and I couldn't resist posting.

Please Share "Silencing the Lambs"

Animal Person

Thanks, once again, to James LaVeck and Jenny Stein of Tribe of Heart for kindly and carefully bringing attention to what should be a stunningly-obvious moment of hypocrisy by groups that exist to advocate for and save animals. I understand how someone who supports the Humane Society of the United States might think an event celebrating "humane" farms would be a good id, as HSUS isn't an animal rights organization.

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SHAC7 Trailer

Animal Person

I credit Will Potter as the catalyst for shifting my focus away from critiques of other activists and activist groups (particularly his post, " While the Government Continues Attacks on Activists, Animal Rights Groups Protest Each Other " back in 2008). I'm not saying that criticism of PETA, or any other group, isn't warranted. SHAC 7 Trailer from Sparrow Media on Vimeo.

Huge Numbers of Shark Fins Harvested in Taiwan

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A local group claims Taiwan kills up to 3.86 million sharks each year for their fins. taiwan shark fins shark

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On Foundation Beyond Belief

Animal Person

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. Also, because this is a community, you can choose to spend your time lobbying for the group you would support. 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.

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Defenders of Wildlife Blast Palin in New Ad

Critter News

Let's hope we see more of this from environmental groups. Nice and effective.

Grey2K Video Exposes Cruelty at Tucson Greyhound Park

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Grey2K is a greyhound advocacy group. Here is the link to the video showing kennel conditions. They had professional investigators there last summer. greyhounds tucson arizona

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McKee Project Helps Latin America's Strays

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This is a good group. Check them out. link].

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On "Animal Activism"

Animal Person

With more than 2 million members across the globe, PETA is the largest animal advocacy group and comparable in size to the human rights organization, Amnesty International. First, note that now PeTA is an "animal advocacy group." The tactics have made PeTA "the largest animal advocacy group" "with more than 2 million members across the globe." It's not about making a gigantic group even bigger. Especially when that group doesn't appear to want us to stop using animals.

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Forget About Equal, How About Alive

Animal Person

Desperate to drive up prices by stemming the gusher of unwanted milk, a dairy industry group, the National Milk Producers Federation, has been paying farmers to send herds to slaughter. You may have seen "Dog," posted by Stephanie. If not, here it is.

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Cute of the Day: Sharing!

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Upload your cute photos to our Flickr group , and you might just see it here as the Cute of the Day! Have a super cute animal photo? cute animals cute of the day

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On Charles and Project Treadstone

Animal Person

Finally, I was asked to participate in a new TNR group in my town that started largely because of my oodles of questions and setting of policy for Project Treadstone! It'll be my area's first group dedicated to reducing the feral cat population!

"Educate, Investigate, Liberate"

Animal Person

He recently wrote me: We are an abolitionist group and our approach is "Educate, Investigate & Liberate". You may know Jose Valle of the International Organization for the Abolition of Animal Slavery, AnimalEquality. We are currently doing an investigation on pig farms in Spain, including intensive and extensive/free-range farms (tho extensive ones are scarce since intensive ones are the majority in the industry).

Animal Rescue Operations During Fargo Flood

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United Animal Nations is down there, among others, working with local groups.

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Ways to Promote Alliance Politics

Animal Person

Chris from Beijing works to get books translated for the groups he works with, and I can say for certain that you'd never take your access to books for granted again if you heard what he has to go through to get books to China.

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On Birthdays, Cranes and the FDA

Animal Person

He belongs to a group of four, I think, and the other three are looking for him. On Birthdays. Yesterday was Violet Rays' 10th birthday! For some reason, she likes to dig around a bit and then lie down in some partially dug up ground, partly under the shrubs.

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Preparing for the Onslaught

Animal Person

Here's today's question: When a group of omnivores begins the inevitable round of jokes about veganism and even about slaughter ("I love turkeys--with sweet potatoes," or my cousin this week on Facebook, "I love the cow, therefore I eat her cheese," or something equally insensitive and ignorant), what do you do? I note the size because many people find it easier to have a serious conversation one-on-one, but in a larger group the dynamic is different.

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Support Farm Sanctuary!

Critter News

Love this group! Here's a book that you can buy about rescued farm animals and their stories. It should be inspiring and it's a great way to support an extraordinary organization. farm animal welfare farm sanctuary

On Why You Should Post Videos Beyond YouTube

Animal Person

US groups need to make sure they post their videos on multiple sharing sites (at least on I received this from Chris in China, and it underscores the importance of posting videos beyond YouTube. Dear MFA, is blocked in China. Which means, none of MFA's videos are available. Some, on your site, are viewable, but since you're only using Youtube for sharing, we can't embed them on sites here yet.

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Cute of the Day: Second Acts Kitty

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Today’s Cute of the Day comes from a very unique animal rescue group. The group is called Second Acts , and though they don’t rescue animals themselves, they raise funds to help smaller rescue groups continue their good work for animals.

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