Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

Critter News

The training exercise called bear baying is intended to make the bears easier to shoot in the wild and it's only allowed in South Carolina. Armed with new undercover video of four such events, the Humane Society of the United States is pressuring state officials to explicitly outlaw the practice, which the organization says is effectively banned in every other state. Statutes banning animal fighting have a specific exemption for dog training.

Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Kentucky Derby

Creature Talk

They are so in-bred and over-trained that many of them suffer from broken bones, viral diseases and devastatingly painful conditions such as bleeding lungs and gastric ulcers. The horse racing engine will keep speeding along until we humans stand up and demand that it stop.

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Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

Creature Talk

When these kinds of dogs are kept indoors, are well-trained, and treated as part of the family, they are excellent companions, and rarely aggressive. … Owners should properly care for pit bulls - love, train and keep them humanely enclosed.

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. And they were, before they stopped their train of thought prior to it reaching its most important station. 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.

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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An Affront to the Idea of Family

Animal Person

I'm not one of those people who thinks family is composed of only humans or humans who are biologically related. Of course, you're supposed to hop onto the following train of thought: These are good people.

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Animal Person

Masson tells Benjy's story--and Benjy stories--while explaining his theory about the mutual domestication of dogs and humans. You may know that dog/human coevolution has been a popular topic in the past decade, and if so, this might help: Masson "takes E.

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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. Their stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity are reminders that they may not be Einsteins but are sure closer to humans than we thought."

Graphic Photos of Baby Elephant "Taming"

Critter News

This is a new blog I came across called Paws4Life, The Reality of What Humans do. This post has three graphic pictures of a baby elephant allegedly being "trained" for the entertainment industry. I'm thinking it's India?

Dogs of Courage

4 The Love Of Animals

There are also tales of dogs who weren’t specially trained, but who turned out to have skills that helped their humans in unexpected ways! Aside from the great information and stories, there are color photos included that show dogs working and training in all kinds of situations.

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10 Reasons Street Dogs Deserve to be Defended

4 The Love Of Animals

My human kept me in an enclosed porch because, let’s face it, I was crawling with fleas and pretty filthy. We dogs are wired by nature to be humans’ companions. After all, dogs have the longest history of co-habitation with humans of any animal.

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Listen Today on WALO Radio

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!

Blue-Collar Dogs on Nat Geo WILD

4 The Love Of Animals

The show highlights dogs that work in all kinds of jobs, from medicine to border patrol, proving to be indispensable to their human colleagues and those who benefit from their work! We are excited to share some sneak peeks of a great new show, Blue-Collar Dogs.

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Calling all Dogs: Celebrate National Dog Day with Free Ice Cream August 25

4 The Love Of Animals

Canine guests must be on leash and accompanied by a human companion. To celebrate National Dog Day 2012, Best Friends Pet Care will be giving away free doggy ice cream treats to every dog who visits any Best Friends facility across the U.S. on Saturday, August 25.

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Service Members Get a Second Chance with Service Dogs

4 The Love Of Animals

The DDF will be raising $20,000 for the training and care of a service dog (including medical bills, training and food) which will be donated to one lucky war vet from the FSD group. FSD rescues dogs from shelters and custom trains each dog to assist a person with a disability.

2010 141

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

Press Release Governors: Stop Ecodestructive University Training! Finding that decades of consumer education hasn’t slowed meat-industry growth or ecodestruction and that universities powerfully influence what people eat, RPA has been demanding that the colleges of agriculture at our LGUs stop forking over billions of dollars worth of training, research, and public relations to the meat industry. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

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.

Melange Monday

Animal Person

Ian says, regarding " Veterinarians Train Sealers to Kill Humanely, " that "veterinarians very often do not care about animals but rather are more like auto mechanics who are providing a service for humans (that service may be to save an animal or kill an animal, etc)." Finally, there's an alert from Susan Hargreaves, who is a humane educator here in South Florida (via Trish). See Tim Gorski's (from Rattle the Cage) 2 minute video about humane.

How Pets Can Improve Your Health

4 The Love Of Animals

But, pets also become bona fide family members with which we establish genuine relationships—incomparable emotional bonds that can have extraordinarily positive physical and psychological impacts on humans.

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Safe Glow LED Dog Collar

4 The Love Of Animals

We humans loved playing with it, changing the flashing from steady to fast, and back again. And yes, we really did get some looks from the other humans that saw it! A huge thank you to dog training collars for providing us with the collar for our review.

2012 196

Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash

4 The Love Of Animals

We all know about the bravery and sacrifices of our great men and women in uniform,” said Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “We’re Accompanied by Debbie Kandoll, who trains dogs for PTSD work.

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Hero Dog Awards

4 The Love Of Animals

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards presented by CESAR Canine Cuisine celebrates heroic dogs that truly transform lives. For every vote, CESAR Canine Cuisine will make a donation to American Humane Association to help spread the love of therapy dogs to those that need it most.

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Fix Nation

4 The Love Of Animals

The group loans out humane traps to the public free of charge, provides training on how to humanely trap feral cats and kittens, offers guidance and information on long-term care and management for feral colonies and engages in extensive community outreach activities.

2012 186

Is fostering the answer? We think it is.

4 The Love Of Animals

But perhaps their human passed away, or maybe they fell on hard times and just couldn’t afford pet care any longer. Sure, there are some shelter pets who sadly have never felt love, or the affection of a human before.

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You VS Cat; First ever duel species tablet game

4 The Love Of Animals

You vs. Cat” is the first tablet game designed for human and cat to play together. Cat-like reflexes will be put to the test when the human player launches up to five playing pieces onto the field where they tumble, collide, and bounce around.

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Dog Collars

4 The Love Of Animals

Archaeology has demonstrated that humans were crafting collars for their animals at least 7000 years ago and the possibility that this is a conservative estimate is large. Choke collars– These collars serve a training function. By Augie Berings, Bering’s Hardware.

2012 195

7 Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

4 The Love Of Animals

If that sounds like a lot of work, designate a grass-free area of the yard (preferably one that’s somewhat out of the way from your outdoor living space) and train your dog to relieve himself only in that spot.

2012 260

Socializing Your Canine Companion: How to Properly Socialize Your Dog

4 The Love Of Animals

Proper socialization is an intensive training process. Dogs, like most other intelligent animals, are designed to adapt to a variety of circumstances; they can happily live near busy streets, quiet country towns, in large groups or with a single human companion.

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Gordon Ramsey Disappoints Me

Critter News

He's more human and sensitive on the show. I think part of it is their egos, but it's also their training. I know, I know, I shouldn't be surprised. The guy is a real jerk on Hell's Kitchen, but we watch him on the British show Kitchen Nightmares and I've learned a lot from the guy. And he has such a sense and love of food. But, according to my husband, the guy hates vegetarians and won't allow his daughter to marry one. What the f^&^!

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Teach Your Dog To Go Potty On Command!

4 The Love Of Animals

in Mass Communications and Human Psychology helped create her unique training tips for dog owners. Inger has twenty-plus years of training Hollywood’s A list and their pups. Today we welcome top Celebrity dog trainer and behavioral expert Inger Martens as a guest blogger.

2011 141

Book: Scent of the Missing

4 The Love Of Animals

I really enjoyed getting a look into a world that few people will ever really know, and especially getting to know the human dog bonds that go into such work. What I didn’t realize is how my work with Puzzle in the search field would improve my communication with other humans, too.

2010 141

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.

2012 162

Dogtown Episode 2

Critter News

This episode featured three young dogs: Johnny, the golden retriever that was considered too dumb to train; "Baxt" (I think) a puppy with a neurological problem; and Tuffy, the dog attacked and left for dead by other dogs. After watching this episode, I think death is often a more humane end for an animal than to be trapped for a lifetime with an animal hoarder. Here's one from PETA and another from the Humane Society. Another episode of Dogtown done!

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Bringing Your Baby Home

4 The Love Of Animals

Some pets, those who are less dependent on human interaction may not mind the new little attention sucking bundle of joy coming home but others, those who thrive on human interaction maybe thrown off their game which can result in unwanted changes in behavior.

2012 220

"Earthlings" Available as Audio Book

Critter News

Earthlings is a feature-length documentary about how dependent human beings are on animals, primarily in five key areas: pets, food, clothing, entertainment and science. "Earthlings" is a film about animal abuse narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. I've never watched it, but heard it talked about on a vegan podcast. It's supposed to be so intense, it turns people into vegans (Ellen DeGeneres for one.) For those who can't handle the visuals, now it's available as an audio book.

Unlikely Healer Walks on Three Paws

4 The Love Of Animals

Cathy discovered that speaking through Henry, in his voice, gave her a freedom of expression she did not have in her standard therapeutic role, and Henry’s voice became the easiest way to reach and teach humans.

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Chock Full of Celebration

4 The Love Of Animals

Munchkin pooped in the kitchen, but that’s okay because we’re working on paper training with this one. She can’t be trained to potty outside yet because she’s too terrified to take even the slightest correction.

2011 198

82-foot-long “Rescue Rig” on Way to Missouri

4 The Love Of Animals

Following the devastating tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, American Humane Association has mobilized its famed Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ team to help the animal victims there. American Humane Association is deploying in Joplin in partnership with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) at the request of the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency. Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association.


4 The Love Of Animals

These highly trained model makers spent months repairing limbs, fixing hair and skin issues and mending costumes that were ripped or dirty. Wigs are made for them from real human hair and then applied strand by strand so that the puppets have a more realistic hairline.

2012 192

12 Tips for new dog owners.

4 The Love Of Animals

Day One Training : Training begins on day one, and important aspects include: house training (lots of good tips for this on the Internet); where she is to sleep and where she is allowed to go and not go; and the Big Three of Dog Commands: sit/stay/come. Several very short (a few minutes at a time) training sessions throughout the day are much better than one longer one. In other words, be ready to work training sessions into play times.

The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind

4 The Love Of Animals

No one in the room–neither dog nor human–can tell which cup hides the biscuit. Understanding a pointed finger may seem easy, but consider this: while humans and canines can do it naturally, no other known species in the animal kingdom can. Hare and others are trying to figure out how the intimate coexistence of humans and dogs has shaped the animal’s remarkable abilities. “Humans are unique. They have us very well trained.

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Guest post: Dog Adoption

4 The Love Of Animals

If you’re planning on adding a dog to your family, it’s possible you’ll find your new family member at the local animal shelter or humane society. Do you have time to toilet train a puppy, and feed it several times a day? If you’re busy with family and work commitments, an adult dog who is already house trained may be more suitable for you. This guest post is brought to you by Dog Fence DIY’s staff veterinarian Dr. Susan Wright.

Dog Fighting

Animal Ethics

Dogs evolved with humans. To train them to fight one another, and then to kill the losers of these fights, is barbaric beyond words. Is there anything creepier than dog fighting? How could someone support, much less organize, such a vile practice? They are our trusted friends and companions. Michael Vick should be punished to the full extent of the law if he is convicted of the charges filed against him. I also hope that the National Football League banishes him.