On Humane Societies and Calf-Roping

Animal Person

Angus directed me to a story about the Calgary Stampede (rodeo) and the Calgary and Vancouver Humane Societies which had me asking: Whose side are they on? The Vancouver Humane Society wants to ban calf-roping. The Calgary Humane Society is just as bad for working with the Stampede.

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Study Claims Islamic Slaughtering More Humane

Critter News

The Islamic practice of slaughtering animals by means of a sharp cut to the front of the neck has frequently come under attack by some animal rights activists as being a form of animal cruelty, the claim being that it is a painful inhumane method of killing animals. I came across this strange article about German research on which slaughter method creates more pain for the animal: the Western method of stunning or the Islamic method of a cut to the neck.

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Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

Critter News

He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. The meat industry will say yes, of course, all animals are treated and killed humanely. In my opinion, the crux of the question touches on what is “humane.” For some people, it is inhumane to eat meat in any situation, no matter how well the animal is treated prior to and during slaughter. It's not conducive to humane anything.).

Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Kentucky Derby

Creature Talk

Surely horses love to run when given the freedom to do so, but forcing them to run on artificial surfaces known to increase injuries to their already fragile legs is inhumane. The horse racing engine will keep speeding along until we humans stand up and demand that it stop.

Student Researcher Says "Hooray for Animal Research"

Critter News

He said this research, along with other research that could vastly improve human quality of life, could absolutely not be done without animal testing, and wishes more people understood that “animal research is not cruel or inhumane, it benefits us all.” Interesting that animal research is not cruel or inhumane because it benefits US. Why do humans always have to get everything we want and we have to do it at the pain and expense of animals?

Proposition 2 Poll

Critter News

It's from September 30, from the Humane Society. on Prop 2 campaign reports a tidal wave of voter and donor support from Californians backing the effort to stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals on industrial factory farms. The writer is Jennifer Fearing, the CHIEF ECONOMIST for the Humane Society. I've been trying to find polling data on Proposition 2, but this is all I could find. As the quarterly campaign finance period closed today, the YES!

On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

Animal Person

Paragraph #4 starts with: "Undeniably, neither I nor anyone I know advocates or even tolerates the inhumane treatment of farm animals." The veracity of this statement hinges on Scott's definition of "inhumane," and that definition must be very, very restricted, and clearly unrelated to the realities of our modern factory farm system. We give them human names and provide them with the same amenities we enjoy as humans.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Since using animals is cultural, not part of our biological nature or in any way necessary, animal use is by definition inhumane—unkind where we could as a society choose kind. It is inhumane to humans as well, E. To the Editor: Thank you for Nicholas D. Kristof’s plea for food-policy reform (“ Lettuce From the Garden, With Worms ,” column, June 21). Though factory-style production worsens it, the root problem is animal use.

USHS Alleges Animal Abuse at the University of Louisiana New Iberia Research Laboratory

Critter News

The Humane Society of the United States released the video scenes Wednesday, saying that’s only part of the documentation of what it claimed were 338 violations of federal law and policy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Laboratory. This is a story of inhumane treatment and a story of psychological torment for these animals,” Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based animal rights group, said at a news conference Wednesday.

Prop 2 Passes in California

Critter News

4, 2008) – Voters in California approved an historic ballot measure to halt the inhumane confinement of animals on factory farms by an overwhelming margin. 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! Proposition 2 has been passed in California.

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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.

John Rodman on the Paradox of Animal Experimentation

Animal Ethics

Beneath all else, slumbering but soon to awaken, is the paradox—old as the seventeenth century—intensified by recent studies of animal behavior: certain beasts are "human" enough (similar to man) that experimentation on them seems justified (to man) by the possible benefit to man; yet these same beasts are "inhuman" enough (different from man) that experimentation on them (in ways that would not be allowed on man) is morally permissible.

Horse Slaughter No More

Animal Ethics

citizens have been struggling to bring an end to the inhumane practice of slaughtering horses for human consumption. For previous posts on the ethical issues surrounding the slaughtering of horses for human consumption, see here , here , and here. For several years, conscientious U.S. Happily, that struggle is finally over.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

In addition to the effects of these invasive species on ecosystems, there are also compelling humane and public safety arguments for restricting trade. There is a list of human victims of captive snakes, including a 2-year-old girl who was strangled in her crib by a pet Burmese python who had escaped from its enclosure. Snakes may die during the capture and transport process, or they may be housed inhumanely in a small aquarium they can barely fit into.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: In your July 12 editorial “ A Humane Egg ,” you disparage the modern, sanitary housing systems for egg-laying hens, which have improved chickens’ health and well-being, improved consumer food safety and kept eggs a nutritious and economical staple on kitchen tables and restaurant menus nationwide. Inhumane confinement, illegal anticompetitive practices and factory farming hurt animals, the environment, the consumer, the public health and the farmer.

Tom Regan on Cruelty

Animal Ethics

Indeed, precisely because one expects indifference from animals but pity or mercy from human beings, people who are cruel by being insensitive to the suffering they cause often are called "animals" or "brutes," and their character or behavior, "brutal" or "inhuman."

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Just days before Barbaro was humanely put down, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act was reintroduced in Congress. In an incredible juxtaposition to the fanfare of Barbaro, more than 100,000 horses were slaughtered last year in the United States and shipped to Europe and Japan for human consumption. Each one of these animals suffered extreme cruel and inhumane conditions in the transportation and slaughter process.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

September 7, 2006, a bill banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption( H.R. The dark secret behind factory farm profits—cruel and inhumane animal husbandry—is getting out. Factory farmers treat animals inhumanely for no good reason. Since morally decent individuals oppose treating animals inhumanely for no good reason, factory farming is becoming an increasingly hard sell. There is no ethical justification for treating an animal inhumanely for no good reason.

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A Good Day for Horses

Animal Ethics

Horses destined for inhumane slaughter in the U.S. Because animal flesh sold for human consumption abroad must be inspected by a USDA inspector, the court ruling may mean that the few remaining horse-slaughtering plants in the U.S.—including can now breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to a recent ruling in a federal appeals court. According to this story in the Northern Star, a federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that the USDA can no longer inspect horse meat for a fee.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D. The meat and dairy industries want to keep their operations away from the public’s discriminating eyes, but as groups like PETA and the Humane Society have shown us in their graphic and disturbing undercover investigations, factory farms are mechanized madness and slaughterhouses are torture chambers to these unfortunate and feeling beings. Animal agriculture is inherently inhumane.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

While this legislation would be an important step in transforming inhumane animal production, we must also call for change on the federal level, where the farm bill subsidizes this sector to the tune of billions of dollars. It’s time that our tax dollars no longer finance the inhumane conditions—for workers and animals and the climate—of factory farms. Mr. Kristof is attuned to issues of human suffering and injustice.

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

For example, Carl Cohen, who has argued at length that animals don’t have rights, admits: If animals feel pain (and certainly mammals do,), we humans surely ought cause no pain to them that cannot be justified. At the time of slaughter, these frightened animals are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and shipped long distances to the slaughterhouse without food or water or protection from the elements.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The fact that horsemeat has at times been part of humanity’s diet is not in dispute. The issue is not whether slaughtering horses is un-American, but that it is inhumane and wholly unnecessary. Americans do have a special relationship with horses, and how we treat them reveals much about our own humanity and how far we have evolved. To the Editor: Re “ We Eat Horses, Don’t We? ,” by Christa Weil (Op-Ed, March 5): Ms.

Are You Wearing Man's Best Friend? That Trim on the Hood of Your Jacket Might Be Dog Fur!

Animal Ethics

As reported in the AP story, two styles of Sean John jackets—one a hooded snorkel style, the other a classic version—were originally advertised as faux fur, but an investigation by the Humane Society of the United States [ HSUS ] found that the jackets were made from dog fur. To see an undercover video documenting how these innocent dogs are inhumanely killed, see here.

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Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

Animal Ethics

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. More important, it might be a much more efficient means of changing practice to stage protests at meat-packing companies, put pressure on congressmen, and work through existing humane organizations. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post.

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. are raised in cruel, inhumane factory farms. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Humane Holiday

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Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

There are moral reasons to go vegetarian: recognition that it is wrong to contribute to unnecessary animal suffering the injustice of exploiting animals and killing them for no good reason If human have rights, then many nonhuman animals also have rights, and confining and killing these animals for food violates these rights. I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians.