Selena Gomez Auction For the Dogs of Puerto Rico

Critter News

there to spend some resources to deal with the problem in a humane way. We've blogged quite a bit here about the poor conditions for stray dogs in Puerto Rico. Here is a documentary on Youtube narrated by actress Selena Gomez. She is currently having an auction to benefit Island Dog Inc. I'm glad that this will get more publicity for the issue. This will not only get people involved, but may also force the govt. Here is Island Dog's site.

On a New Level of Absurdity in the Slaughter Business

Animal Person

Bea sent me a link to an article in Gourmet called " Humane Slaughterhouses ," by Rebecca Marx, that is absurd. They believe you can take a life that doesn't want to be taken in a humane way, and I don't agree. And when that happens, you know what direction you're headed: the justification of taking the lives of sentient nonhumans to please the palates of humans. It’s how we treat humans, too. And there's no way around that.


Animal Ethics

Kristof writes, by way of apology for his "hypocrisy," that he eats meat ("albeit with misgivings") and has "no compunctions about using mousetraps." Using a mousetrap can be justified by defense of self or property (though there are more humane ways of getting rid of pests). My friend Mylan linked to an op-ed column by Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times. Let me make a few comments.

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10,000 Birds Launches Alley Rat Allies

10,000 Birds

Like cats, the rat was introduced over much of the world by humans. As for the former, diseases are spread by fleas, which also plague rats, which makes rats as much a victim as humans, and as for the latter, rats are clearly wildlife and how can wildlife be blamed for hurting wildlife? Trap-neuter-release is the only humane way to do this but it is expensive and will take a huge corps of volunteers to make it effective on a large scale.

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Moral Vegetarianism, Part 9 of 13

Animal Ethics

So, even if animals are killed painlessly and raised for food in humane ways, it is wrong to kill them. It is also probable that very subnormal adult human beings do not. On this analysis of right, then, many animals and some human beings may well not have the right to life although most human beings and some animals do have such a right. KBJ: Martin forgot about the human beings who lack a right to life, including infants.

Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

He clearly thinks that it is wrong to cause animals to suffer unnecessarily, but he appears to be somewhat ambivalent about killing animals (provided the killing is carried out humanely). Problem #1 Let us temporarily assume for the sake of argument that it would be permissible to eat the flesh of an animal who was raised humanely and killed entirely painlessly. However, philosophers and ethicists use the expression in a more technical and more precise way.

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