Humane Society Cites Abuses at University of Minnesota

Critter News

I don't care if they're supposedly working for altruistic purposes (they're not, but that's another story), they are allowing animals to suffer through negligent care separate from the excruciating experiments they must still undergo. - The Humane Society of the United States has obtained government reports showing that the University of Minnesota has violated federal standards of care for animals in laboratories. All this stuff makes me sick.

Whales Share Some Human Traits, Study Shows

Critter News

As the future of whales once more comes under global debate, some scientists say the marine mammals are not only smarter than thought but also share several attributes once claimed as exclusively human. Self-awareness, suffering and a social culture along with high mental abilities are a hallmark of cetaceans, an order grouping more than 80 whales, dolphins and porpoises, say marine biologists. From the AFP.

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Let’s Catch Up!

Creature Talk

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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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.

Egypt Kills Thousands of Pigs for No Reason

Creature Talk

How typical that we humans blame this epidemic on pigs, and kill them without a second thought! This virus was created by HUMANS when we put thousands and thousands of pigs into small quarters (breeding grounds for disease), it is spreading human to human , and we are killing pigs? All I know is that if humans don’t wake up soon and smell the tempeh-bacon, we’re all going to be dead, and we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

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Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

Creature Talk

Travis, like all other chimps, no matter how many amazing “human-like&# behaviors they exhibit, are still wild animals who do not belong to anybody else, and who will undoubtedly revert back to their instincts eventually.

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Getting Emotional

Creature Talk

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. I mean, how can a human being be so incredibly heartless? How do you find the energy sometimes to go about your every day life when you know how much suffering there is in the world around you - human and non-human?

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on "Humane Slaughter"

Animal Ethics

By all means let us reform the system of butchery as far as it can be reformed, that is, by the total abolition of those foul dens of torture known as "private slaughter-houses," and by the substitution of municipal abattoirs, equipped with the best modern appliances, and under efficient supervision; for there is no doubt that the sum of animal suffering may thus be greatly lessened.

Keeping Guinea Pigs cool in the summer – your top 12 guide

4 The Love Of Animals

The recent warm weather has been perfect for us, but some Guinea Pig’s have suffered. Unlike humans, Guinea Pigs cannot sweat – … Continue reading → pet careGuinea Pigs can quickly overheat during the summer leading to heatstroke, which in severe cases can be fatal.

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Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

Creature Talk

Birds suffering from broken bones, bloody open wounds, and untreated infections. The last thing I want to point out is that Maine’s law does not specify how many hens may be kept in a cage, nor does it specify how chickens should be humanely euthanized.

Itchy pet? Food Allergies May be to Blame

4 The Love Of Animals

It’s important to remember that our pets can suffer from a lot of the same things we humans do, including food allergies. We love this infographic about possible food allergies in pets.

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“You Want Farm Animals to Go Extinct!”

Creature Talk

If they did, I guess I’d have to give some pretty serious thought to what would happen to the billions upon billions of animals that are currently suffering on farms everywhere. Those that couldn’t - like “broiler&# chickens - would only find it difficult because of human intervention in their breeding. And I don’t want them to die just because humans like the way they taste! __.

Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

If we could produce cloned meat in controlled environments, it could mean amazing things for our environment, human health, and for the animals that people currently eat. More importantly, those animals suffer greatly during their short lives, only to end up at a slaughter house where they will be killed for food. If I knew that the meat was humane and safe, I wouldn’t have a problem with it ethically at all.

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On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

environmentalists" would have to value the life of an Atlantic salmon more than the life of a human because, in environmental terms, there are too few Atlantic salmons and far too many humans. Despite human overpopulation and crowding, only nonhumans are said to "infest" an area (19).

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

Animal Person

The bottom line is that there are many reasons why human-animal interactions are so often inconsistent and paradoxical. Thousands of studies have demonstrated that human thinking about nearly everything is surprisingly irrational” (65). .

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On Stanley and Family Commitments

Animal Person

So when we adopted a human baby we knew we'd have to teach that human to avoid Violet. The growing little human in the house was basically taught to stay far away from dogs and respect their space. I have no idea how anyone has more than one human child.

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On Cannibalism

Animal Person

Do they suffer any more or less in death? It's a bit difficult to take on the soul question for human or nonhuman animals, particularly for an atheist. But the other issues--sentience, suffering, being part of the "mysterious unity of life"--Cohen's own criteria for lumping anyone into one category, are all equally true for humans. His aside demonstrates how self-conscious he is about attributes shared by pigs and dogs, which he knows is also shared by humans.

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On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Minus that role, the term implies, such an animal has no place; if they aren't some human's companion, or their companionship fails to please, they can be abandoned or killed" (8). With equal validity, we could say that a human locked inside a room has 'freedom' from muggers" (75).

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On Atheism and Veganism

Animal Person

Though we don't know the extent to which plants experience any kind of suffering, we do know that sentient nonhumans experience pain, pleasure, boredom and frustration. For me, atheism and veganism go hand-in-hand. Most of us were born to or adopted by people who eat animals and believe in a god, and that was all a mere accident of birth and/or geography. But something inside us (and perhaps prompted by something outside us) gradually (or quickly) questioned what was occurring.

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On Indigenous People and Animals

Animal Person

Ingesting suffering can't possibly be good for anyone's karma. But in my experience, humans will draw from anybody's history--or dig their heels deep into their own--in order to justify what they want to do: Eat animals because they enjoy the taste of them.

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PETA to Run Billboards Against the University of Washington's Animal Research

Critter News

I don't believe these animals get the quality of care they deserve for the suffering they undergo. If you "humanize" the animal and grow attached, how can you conduct experiments on it? You have to objectify them and they suffer for it. I live in Seattle and, while I don't always agree with PETA, I hate the UW's animal research practices. I'm glad PETA is drawing attention to this issue. On the other hand, I hope that the association of PETA with this issue doesn't backfire.

For Your Health, the Planet & the Animals: VBM

Animal Person

There has to be something I can do to reduce all of the suffering of the animals we use as food, I thought. Luckily, I think I've found a way to assuage my conscience about all of the suffering, environmental devastation and negative health impacts of eating animal products all day. I recently watched Earthlings and cried the whole way through.

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

In the majority of cases, it is humans who are to blame for the plunging numbers of animals, and Corwin is very clear about the extent to which we have destroyed the world around us. When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent.

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Why Justice for Animals Is the Social Movement of Our Time

Animal Ethics

"There is no longer dispute among serious scientists that humans aren’t the only animals who have the capacity to suffer physically and mentally. In a study first published in 2011, my colleagues and I showed how chimpanzees used in the biomedical and entertainment industries suffered from PTSD and other mental disorders – much like the psychiatric conditions I’ve documented in human torture survivors."

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Is Charles with Lars Axl Fokker?

Animal Person

Charles is looking down on me, Charles' soul is running, Charles is with Lars Axl Fokker (Emily's son, to whom she passed her Feline Infectious Peritonitis, which he suffered from before we euthanized him nearly a decade ago).

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Quote of the Week

Critter News

Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Albert Schweitzer.

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Forget About Equal, How About Alive

Animal Person

what if those were human babies? You may have seen "Dog," posted by Stephanie. If not, here it is. When I saw " From Science, Plenty of Cows but Little Profit " this morning in the New York Times , I immediately thought of "Dog."

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On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

And human psychology says that humans are far more social than rational creatures. And that means for the animal rights movement: Social entities like compassion, empathy and suffering are very important factors to motivate humans to change their behaviour. One of the most important aspects determining human behaviour is their social environment. Humans want to be well integrated into their society and live in harmony with it.

The Book That Saved Derrick Jensen's Life

Animal Person

The book, which I have not read, that saved Derrick Jensen 's life is called The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith, who was a vegan for 20 years, suffered serious medical problems, and started feeling better when she recommenced eating animals. Here are some tidbits: Keith believes humans need to embrace the consumption of animal products, including beef, or else face severe and chronic health problems.

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On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Here's what I see: Once again, as with attempts to convince the public that animal farming could ever be humane , humans are desperate to provide alternatives to consuming animals that don't include not consuming animals. If a person cares about what "livestock" experience on their way to becoming "meat," there is one easy, inexpensive action that person can take to make certain s/he is not a party to the various kinds and levels of suffering and injustice the animals experience.

2010 114

On "Pets" and "Its"

Animal Person

The reason we need to save the gorillas and their habitats (it's a book on gorilla "conservation") is--and this is from memory so there could be more--that gorillas have thumbs, just like humans do. Meanwhile, gorillas don't live in a traditional human family structure of mom, dad and kids, but somehow their family structure is an important reason for us to save them. I went back to New York to the areas where I grew up and went to college and graduate school for a five-day weekend.

Roger Cohen Realizes Dogs=Pigs, Sort Of

Animal Person

Do they suffer any more or less in death? But as Cohen experiences, humans don't live "in theory." The theory that the mind finds inescapably well-formulated is often overwhelmed and overturned by human emotions. " Dog Days in China " is a small piece with no gruesome slideshow. But it's also remarkable in that Roger Cohen, a 50-something man who writes for the New York Times, wonders: But do pigs have any more or less of a soul than dogs? Are they any more or less sentient?

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Lessons Learned, The Finale

Animal Person

I think this is why I understand the thinking of people who don't want us to use animals but who promote changing the way we use them to decrease their numbers or their suffering. I understand the impulse to do " something " that alters the number of animals created to be used and killed and the suffering of the ones created. And I still wrestle with opportunities to decrease suffering. The question of course is, are you really significantly decreasing suffering?

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Meditation on the Cheap

Animal Person

I sometimes experience despair thinking about all of the suffering. It is, however, a tool that has demonstrated, positive effects on the human brain. As I've written many times, one of the ways I stay centered and grounded is through meditation. I do Transcendental Meditation and other kinds, as well, and recently I've been getting requests for good meditation resources that don't cost $2,500 for a mantra (like TM).

On Atheism and Veganism, Part Deux

Animal Person

When it comes to believers, I agree with Phelps that all religious traditions have some kind of basis for mercy or compassion or relieving suffering that we can use in our advocacy. These folks hold that their spirituality includes the recognition that all sentient beings are part of the same larger "consciousness" of the Universe, and that we humans are no better than any other animal.

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Tom Regan on Utilitarianism

Animal Ethics

Especially because animals are made to suffer in the pursuit of human purposes—in the name of "efficient" factory farming, for example, or in pursuit of scientific knowledge—the utilitarian injunction to count their suffering and to count it equitably must strike a responsive moral chord.

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On Coping Mechanisms

Animal Person

Abby, I too get very upset by stories and images of what occurs every second of every day to nonhumans and humans alike. The suffering in this world that occurs at the hand of humankind and is entirely intentional, is disgusting and dispiriting. I choose not to watch videos or bombard myself with images of suffering. The purpose of my life is to be the best human being I can be and to leave this planet knowing I did what I could to make it a better place.

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Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

Animal Person

Vamsee Juluri, Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, takes me back to graduate school when he writes of the importance of the stories we tell ourselves in " Use Free Speech to Celebrate Animal Life, Not to Enjoy Their Suffering." Juluri's focus on animals used to entertain humans is intentional and speaks to the legal battle he refers to. Isn't the mere existence of violence and suffering sufficient?

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

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.

On Surreal Lobster Advocacy

Animal Person

My self-appointed job in this blog is to think critically about how our human lives intersect with those of sentient nonhumans, in action and thought. The e-mail continues: " ARFF contends that lobsters suffer tremendously when they are relegated to tiny tanks and subjected to loud noises, prodding and pulling by a mechanical claw, and prolonged starvation.

On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

Their claim is that what has become the customary way to take sentient nonhumans from babyhood to untimely death is not humane. It's impersonal and hideously ugly and the animals suffer greatly. No one needs to eat sentient beings, so it's not as if these "farmers" are providing a valuable service to humanity.

Pam Anderson Urges End to India's Animal Testing

Critter News

Former Baywatch star and model Pamela Anderson has accused one of India's most prestigious research centres of animal cruelty, urging it to retire decades-old test monkeys and adopt humane practices. It broke my heart to see the suffering that is documented in the enclosed video", wrote Anderson, in a letter sent on behalf of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). But the animals suffering behind closed doors at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day."

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Huge Dog Seizure at Quebec Kennel

Critter News

We have a lot of puppies here and a lot more puppies coming," said Rebecca Aldworth, the executive director of Humane Society International Canada. about 90 kilometres northwest of Ottawa, during the weekend seizure, which was carried out by Humane Society International Canada, Quebec's agriculture and fisheries ministry and area police. She said the humane society has already received calls from people wanting to adopt from all over Canada. This is huge.