Serious Problems with Quality of Animal Research

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His arguments are not based on humane treatment of the animals, but whether these studies are even properly conducted. The writer of this Guardian article supports animal research, but admits there are many problems with the research itself. I ask if these studies are not properly conducted, then why do them in the first place?

Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

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A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court. At issue was whether federal regulations dealing with inspection of domesticated animals about to be killed, processed, and sold for human consumption preempted -- or nullified -- California Penal Code 599f. Clearly a win for the damn livestock industry. It was a question of federal vs. state authority. Sucks.

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Read an Analysis of Slate's Animal Research Series

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By the end of my time as researcher, I was performing behavioral experiments on humans. I'm sure we could do a much better job of ensuring the humane treatment of our laboratory animals--but at this point it's very difficult even to start the discussion. At least he admits that a better job of humane treatment could be done and that there should be a discussion about it.

Sri Lanka Attempts to Establish Animal Research Guidelines

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The need for such guidelines was felt acutely when the National Bioethics Committee (NBC) of the National Science Foundation realized in 2003 that there was no legislation or nationally applicable codes of practice to ensure the humane treatment of animals used in research, states well-known animal lover, Dr. Malik Fernando in his ‘Background’ note. From the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka.

Prop 2 Passes in California

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California voters have taken a stand for decency and compassion and said that the systemic mistreatment of animals on factory farms cannot continue," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, the primary back of the YES! All animals deserve humane treatment, including animals raised for food.” Proposition 2 has been passed in California. From the campaign website : (Nov.

Organizations Putting Animals First

4 The Love Of Animals

Formed in 2007, this organization seeks to promote the humane treatment of animals by promoting effective animal sanctuary management. 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. Restoring some faith in the route of humanity, these organizations are great examples of people using their knowledge and skills for good.

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Animal Person

We humans, herbivores like ruminants, are fine with one stomach -- we don't eat the really tough stuff like grass. Unlike many humans, they don't burden their bodies with flesh they didn't evolve to eat or factory stuff like hydrogenated oils or tooth-eroding sugar & acid concoctions unless given them by humans.) Achieving humane treatment of animals is inconceivable with our big, popular universities teaching the opposite!

1001 Journals-Rescue Dogs

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6 - Subject matter can be anything about rescue dogs / humane treatment of animals and you can use any medium. Check out the Facebook page for 1001 Journals--Rescue Dogs. This is from Kate Merriman: "I would LOVE your contribution to this traveling journal. Don't worry if your first response is "but I'm not an artist" (I know some of you may be thinking that) - you can contribute a poem, some collage, stickers, journal entries, a drawing.".

From Yesterday's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Because the Agriculture Department enforces the Animal Welfare Act, this authorizing bill deals with a broad range of subjects regarding the humane treatment of animals. The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection organizations support the farm bill because of these achievements for animals. Wayne Pacelle President and Chief Executive The Humane Society of the United States Washington, May 21, 2008

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic catechism affirm that compassion for animals is a matter of human dignity. The United Methodist Church supports the humane treatment of farm animals and calls for the protection of endangered species. The Central Conference of American Rabbis “advocates the strengthening of humane legislation,” and the list goes on.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Common-sense, rational reforms reflect the emerging consensus of mainstream animal protection groups like the Humane Society of the United States and millions of Americans who care about animals. We need not wait for the resolution of the big-picture theoretical debates to come together to ensure that all animals receive more decent and humane treatment, as they deserve. Suffering is far from a uniquely human experience. To the Editor: “ What’s Next in the Law?

Jan Narveson on Moral Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

What the utilitarian who defends human carnivorousness must say, then, is something like this: that the amount of pleasure which humans derive per pound of animal flesh exceeds the amount of discomfort and pain per pound which are inflicted on the animals in the process, all things taken into account. Human ingenuity is great, and undoubtedly a skilful vegetarian cook can come up with quite a panoply of delicious dishes.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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For Engber, who dispassionately describes procedures most of the time, the "advances" in the medical care of humans are all well worth what he and other vivisectionists do to dogs and other sentient nonhumans. By the end of my time as researcher, I was performing behavioral experiments on humans. I'm sure we could do a much better job of ensuring the humane treatment of our laboratory animals--but at this point it's very difficult even to start the discussion.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 12 of 13

Animal Ethics

The Argument from Brutalization The previous argument was based on an alleged indirect effect on human beings of not eating meat. Conversely, vegetarianism, it is argued, tends to humanize people. This argument can have a strong or weak form depending on what is meant by “brutalize” and “humanize.” I have argued that there is no incompatibility between being a nonvegetarian and advocating the painless and humane treatment of animals.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

We pay lip service to more humane treatment of the animals that we eat, but how many of us look beyond the label on the package of chicken cutlets? Mr. Kristof is attuned to issues of human suffering and injustice. Kristof wants animals to be raised for human consumption in the kind and generous manner of his boyhood farm, a way that certainly seems nicer to the animals than mean ol’ modern industrial-style farming.

W. D. Ross (1877-1971) on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

The view held by some writers is that we have duties concerning animals but not to them, the theory being that we have a duty to behave humanely to our fellow men, and that we should behave humanely to animals simply for fear of creating a disposition in ourselves which will make us tend to be cruel to our fellow men. A general discussion of right or duty would hardly be com­plete without some discussion, even if only a brief one, of the closely related subject of rights.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

Animal Ethics

Now there is no doubt that the actual treatment of animals used for food is immoral, that animals are made to suffer needlessly. Becoming a vegetarian is the most practical and effective step one can take towards [sic; kbj] ending both the killing of non-human [sic; kbj] animals and the infliction of suffering upon them. One suspects that the SPCA and the American Humane Society have done more to stop cruelty to animals than vegetarians ever could.