Hero Dog Tries To Help Wounded Dog

Creature Talk

It is a great example of how loving and selfless non-human animals can be. The whole idea that so many people hold that says somehow humans have a monopoly on emotions kind of gets tossed out the window when you see something like this. Tags: Uncategorized companion animals compassion dogs videos This video just melts my heart.

Dog Medicine; How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

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Dog Medicine, shares the power of the human animal bond, as Julie recalls the darkest point in her life. A year out of college, she was struggling … Continue reading → The post Dog Medicine; How My Dog Saved Me From Myself appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. In this touching memoir Julie Barton shares how powerful puppy love can be.

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Surfing dog raises ½ MILLION dollars for charity on New Year’s Eve

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More than 250 human/animal causes benefit as Surf Dog Ricochet achieves this major fundraising milestone on New Year’s Eve! These funds have helped more … Continue reading → The post Surfing dog raises ½ MILLION dollars for charity on New Year’s Eve appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. dogs people helping animalsSurf Dog Ricochet celebrated New Year’s Eve by reaching a new milestone… raising ½ million dollars!

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Let’s Catch Up!

Creature Talk

Alec Baldwin wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post about the vilification of Michael Vick, and how in a lot of ways it’s hypocritical of a lot of people – specifically, if you are a meat eater, a leather-wearer, and an animal user. Not that what Vick did can be in any way condoned, mind you, but that we all need to look at what we do day-to-day to contribute to animal suffering, and ask ourselves if it’s really worth it?

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

Animal Person

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. 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. Well, as it turns out neither a trip to a slaughterhouse nor killing an animal yourself is powerful enough to make people go vegan.

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Animals Have Personalities? No WAY!

Animal Person

Riddle me this: Why would any human animal use as a default position that nonhuman animals do not have personalities as rich, distinct, obnoxious, obsequious and varied as human animals? Have they not ever observed nonhuman animals? I'm going to try hard to have this not become a rant, but " Even Among Animals: Leaders, Followers and Schmoozers ," by Natalie Angier in yesterday's New York Times begins with "even." We're all animals, aren't we?

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On Compassionate Bullets

Animal Person

Or to get struck by an automobile, die slowly, of failing internal organs, and be unfit for human consumption." Let's deconstruct: What we have here is the myth that killing animals in the wild and then eating them is somehow a compassionate act. Now, if hunters were in the woods seeking out injured, dying, starving animals, and ending their lives in a way that most would call euthanasia, I might be able to get on board with the compassionate-bullet theory.

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On "The Wild"

Animal Person

Twice in the past 24 hours (once here and once on Stephanie's blog, in the comments )I have come across the following statement: "[insert animal here] are safe from predators, get fed regularly, and are better off on farms than if they were in 'the wild.'" The animals on farms are created for the sole purpose of human consumption. And their lives of exploitation, torment, torture and slaughter cannot be compared to an animal's life in the wild.

SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer, Part Deux

Animal Person

Meanwhile, "new speciesism" is the notion that within a paradigm where rights are included for nonhuman animals, some are more deserving of rights than others for any of a variety of reasons (e.g., Here are some of the my favorite quotes: In reality, species don't evolve toward greater humanness but toward greater adaptiveness in their ecological niche (105). No nonhuman alive today belongs to the same species as some ancestor of humans.

On Dominance and Animal Birth Control

Animal Person

Yesterday, regarding being a minority within a minority , mikey commented (among other things): While I am fairly new subscriber to this blog, therefore not knowing your particular stance, I've often felt like a minority within a minority for my stance on animal birth control. When taking the issue to simplest common denominator, spaying/neutering is essentially exercising human dominance over non-human animals.

On "Compassion," "Nonviolence" and "Justice"

Animal Person

Because I've been thinking about the evolution of my own thinking--and languaging--regarding animal rights. Both animal rights groups and animal welfare groups use "compassion" frequently. Then again, so do people who kill animals for a living. After all, they "love" the animals they kill. Nonviolence" is much more difficult to finesse if you're killing animals for a living. Why all the quotation marks?

NYT Opens the Door to the Humane Myth

Animal Person

In this morning's New York Times editorial " There Is No 'Humane' Execution ," we have an imperfect yet nevertheless baby step toward acknowledgment of the HumaneMyth. But I'm dedicated to eking out the positive message here, which is that there is no way to take the life of another, no matter who they are or what they've done, and call that humane. But that doesn't mean we should work toward abolishing the death penalty first, and then move to the case of animals.

Animal Diseases Poised to Spread to Humans

Critter News

The world is facing a growing threat from new diseases that are jumping the human-animal species barrier as a result of environmental disruption, global warming and the progressive urbanisation of the planet, scientists have warned. At least 45 diseases that have passed from animals to humans have been reported to UN agencies in the last two decades, with the number expected to escalate in the coming years. And people actually believe we've conquered nature?

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On Bestiality

Animal Person

Dear Ma'am, There is nothing wrong with bestiality unless the animal is being bound or forced, in relation to bondage, where the animal can not bite or flee. Now, mind you there are people who are actually mentally ill in the sense they 'can't get it up' without thinking of their mate as a fantasized non-human animal, I should mention this also includes mythological animals. This occurs in all animal breeders: bovine, horses, dogs, cats, pigs, and other animals.

Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends! Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry! We humans, herbivores like ruminants, are fine with one stomach -- we don't eat the really tough stuff like grass.

On "The Age of Stupid"

Animal Person

There was no meaningful discussion about our inefficient use of resources (grain and water) in the feeding of animals to kill to feed people. With regard to cruelty and suffering, it's clear from the film that the human animal has been profoundly negatively affected by climate change, but there is no attention given to nonhuman animals. Did you ever wonder why people become subjects in a documentary when they know that they're going to look like fools?

On "Wild Justice"

Animal Person

" Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals ," By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, is the most recent (for me) book that debunks myths about the differences between human and nonhuman animals. Bekoff and Pierce (a philosopher) are the perfect combination to write this book because whenever you're presenting the similarities of nonhuman animals to human animals, a philosophical conundrum is created for humans, who like to think that we are worlds different, and above nonhumans.

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ABA has Animal Law Committee

Critter News

The American Bar Association has an animal law committee. Animal law is broader than laws pertaining to animals. The status of animals in our legal system is in flux and attorneys are discovering creative and interesting ways to use legal arguments in the face of increasingly complex scenarios. Our clients are legally impacted by a vast array of human/animal interactions. Tags: animal law Here's the link. From the webpage.

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Retailer Pulls Vick Jerseys After Complaint.Wait, What?

Critter News

No doubt going after the coveted football loving animal abuser fan base. Hannah Tostensen, director of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, and Lisa Norton, president of Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment in Brunswick, complained to Bealls' corporate office in Bradenton, Fla., Update- OK,I'm being unfair about the supporting animal abuse part. Who would be dumb enough to still be selling Vick jerseys? Why that would be Bealls Outlet Stores.

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). They had a page with quotes from animal rights activists, but as I was reading, I noticed that they were very unfavorable quotes from such activists as Wayne Pacelle and Ingrid Newkirk. The membership roster of NAIA includes some of America's most respected animal professionals, advocates and enthusiasts.

Biomedical Foundation Launches Campaign to Show Animal Research is Grrrrrrreat!

Critter News

The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced today it has launched a one-year national animal research education campaign. Since 2004, public support for humane animal research to advance human and animal health has fallen 10 points. As we went out and talked with the public, we realized many people truly don't understand why animals are such a critical part of the scientific process. From their press release.such BS.

Activists in Mexico Bomb Max Mara Store

Critter News

It was not a whim or an attempt to get attention, as the sensationalist press will say; instead this is a response to the domination, objectification and commodification of millions of animals (mink, chinchilla, fox, raccoons, etc.) raised in the infernal fur farms, which are nothing more than concentration camps, where non-human animals are subjugated and forced to live a life of torture and imprisonment waiting for their murder, sick and crazed due to the denial of their wild natures.

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Humane Society University to Offer Courses in Fall 2009

Critter News

From the Humane Society's press release. 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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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

15): We are glad to see an article describing the intensive confinement of egg-laying chickens, but we disagree when it says that animal advocates and consumers are “driving big changes” in the treatment of chickens. Like humans, animals have a right to enjoy life. To the Editor: Re “ A Hen’s Space to Roost ” (Week in Review, Aug.

Getting Emotional

Creature Talk

Sometimes being an animal rights advocate is emotionally exhausting. Last night I was watching Animal Planet, as I often do, and the show was about polar bears in the wild. What immediately hit me after getting so emotional about this is how nature is kind in comparison to the horrible cruelties humans impose on non-human animals, especially “food&# animals. Chickens, turkeys, pigs and other farmed animals get nothing of the sort.

The Power of Pets Initiative

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Mars Petcare and Human-Animal Interaction. For decades, Mars Petcare – through its world-renowned WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition – has led the way in research in Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), the scientific field that studies the bond between humans and companion animals. The Power of Pets Initiative originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on October 1, 2010. Mars Petcare recently launched The Power of Pets! What is The Power of Pets?

Factory Farms

Animal Ethics

Notice that the author is not opposed to the use of nonhuman animals as resources for human consumption. Notice that we (including, I assume, the author) would never allow such treatment of a human being. Perhaps she would argue that there is no double standard, i.e., that there is a morally relevant difference between human animals and nonhuman animals that justifies the difference in treatment.

Earth Day Lecture

Animal Ethics

Since a number of "Animal Ethics" readers reside in the northern Illinois area, I thought I would call your attention to an exciting lecture that is taking place on Northern Illinois University's campus. She specializes in Environmental Ethics, Human-Animal Ethics, and Moral Psychology. Her coming Earth Day lecture couldn't be more timely in light of our increasing awareness of global warming and other human-induced negative impacts on the environment.

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Robert Young on Killing Animals

Animal Ethics

Does my proposal as to what makes killing another human being generally a major moral wrong in any way help us with deciding what, if anything, is wrong with killing non-human animals and foetuses? It seems reasonable to believe that many animals share in common with us that they have things they want to do in and with their lives or which they may come to want (either again or for the first time).

Philip E. Devine on the Overflow Principle

Animal Ethics

I propose that the moral significance of the suffering, mutilation, and death of non-human animals rests on the following, which may be called the overflow principle: Act towards that which, while not itself a person, is closely associated with personhood in a way coherent with an attitude of respect for persons. The application of the overflow principle to animals is as follows. Man is not only a rational being, but also an animal.

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On Nonhuman Animals and Human Babies

Animal Person

I did go to Babies-R-Us for some odds and ends and here's the Animal Person-related experience. Animals are all over the place at Babies-R-Us. As long as the animals aren't on a farm or otherwise being used by humans, I love the idea of animals in the lives of babies. Much of the baby clothing has animals on it, and animals are of course the focus of stuffies and other toys. Surprise!

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Rescue for the rescuer.

4 The Love Of Animals

This is a guest post from Cherie, and I think that it is something everyone who rescues animals needs to read. “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. More than likely, when you decided to spend your time with animals, you did so because of the strong urge to make a difference, follow your heart and to do what you were called to do.

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Dogs as Smart as 2-yr-old Kids

Animal Person

Because when you compare two species, or rather a nonhuman animal species to the human animal, the humans almost always come out on top. The social life of dogs is much more complex, much more like human teenagers at that stage, interested in who is moving up in the pack and who is sleeping with who and that sort of thing.