More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

Critter News

I realize that the most humane method of treating chickens is to not kill them for food.BUT, as long as there is still a demand for their meat, PETA is advocating "Controlled-Atmosphere Killing" as an improvement over current methods of electric immobilization. CAK removes oxygen from the birds' atmosphere while they are still in their transport crates.

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

Animal Ethics

The plea that animals might be killed painlessly is a very common one with flesh-eaters, but it must be pointed out that what-might-be can afford no exemption from moral responsibility for what-is.

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The Irony of The Girl Effect

Animal Person

Human slavery, of course. For example, Oprah (or Kristof) said: "At the peak of the transatlantic slave trade, 80,000 slaves were transported from Africa to the new world. I saw this on Oprah yesterday. Yes, I watched Oprah.

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Air Canada To Stop Shipping Lab Primates

Critter News

The announcement below comes verbatim from the Pacific Free Press.they still need approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency though. Today, more than 40 animal advocacy organizations across Canada praised Air Canada for its recent decision to stop shipping non-human primates into the country for use in research laboratories. We urge the Canadian Transportation Agency to immediately approve Air Canada's new, compassionate policy.". Excellent news!

NYT Equine Thought Experiment

Animal Person

The New York Times presents us, this morning, with "Equine Alternative" regarding the recent discovery that horses decided to allow themselves be domesticated by humans for our mutual benefit, earlier than we had thought (3500 BC, and we preciously thought it was more like 2500 BC). Among all the animal species on this planet, humans have domesticated only a handful. What if they had remained resolutely wild, refusing the domestic kinship humans tried to impose upon them?

On THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING

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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Baby Tiger Victim of Wildlife Trade

Critter News

Sometimes I'm just embarrassed to be human. It was reported that two men were arrested for attempting to transport the baby tiger carcass - along with the bones of at least two tigers - and that the “case showed the possibility of larger-scale tiger trafficking in the country.” From EcoWorldly.the frozen carcass of a baby tiger was found in the trunk of a taxi cab on its way to a buyer in Hanoi.

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Captive Primate Safety Act Passes House

Critter News

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) for sponsoring the measure that will prohibit the trade in non human primates. The bill amends the Lacey Act to include non-human primates as prohibited species for which: `(1) IN GENERAL- It is unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any live animal of any prohibited wildlife species.

A Win-Lose Proposition for Farmers and Consumers

Animal Person

People whose careers involve creating, fattening, transporting and slaughtering sentient nonhumans whose parts and secretions will then be used as food are having some financial difficulties. What if consumers have genuinely been paying attention and have realized that animal products aren't that healthy, are an environmental disaster (the way most are produced) and not sustainable and are a blatant, direct signs of the largest and longest injustice in human history?

Tiny Turtles

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Park rangers in Cape Canaveral, FL transported the reptilian refugees to SeaWorld after rough seas caused by Hurricane Bill prevented the week-old trio from trekking from their nest to the waters off the Cape Canaveral National Seashore.

Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act Passed House Judiciary

Critter News

6598) is a bill that criminalizes the sale and transportation of horses for slaughter. This bill would severely limit the rights of owners to manage their private property and subject horse owners to criminal prosecution should they sell or transport their horses for processing for human consumption, even if that is not their intention.” It amazes me that legislative business is still being conducted in DC these days, what with the US economic sky falling.

On Betrayal and Abolition

Animal Person

hours on I-95 (we here in South Florida are known for our very limited public transportation options--boy do I miss NYC). I want humans to stop using sentient nonhumans for their own gain. I want humans to stop trying to "manage" any and everyone whom they deem is a "nuisance." I want humans to realize that animals have lives and interests of their own, and their own freedom is one of those interests.

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Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

Critter News

In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected a broad challenge by animal protection advocates to the state’s rules on the care of farmed animals) but struck down regulations that regard husbandry practices as being “humane” merely because they are routine. The court upheld regulations permitting pig and calf confinement, the transport of ill and injured cattle, and force molting of birds. Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8.

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

Critter News

Our Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance Programs are designed to demonstrate the care we are giving to our animals everyday on our farms," Cunningham said. The only real concern comes from the spread of illness to humans from eating diseased meat, but they only need to provide minimal care to avoid that. It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm."

Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

Critter News

Incidents include a hippo who died in transport from Denver and a Turkmenian markhor, a species of wild goat, hung itself at the zoo after becoming trapped by a rope. The zoo blamed human error for the deaths, saying it didn’t have the expertise to manage the fish and that a lack of dissolved oxygen led to the deaths. Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices.

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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.

Earth Day Giveaway!

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All packaging elements are produced in North America to prevent reliance on excessive transportation, which in turn helps reduce carbon emissions.Virgin materials have been eliminated whenever possible.

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.

Rescue for the rescuer.

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Following is a telepathic conversation I experienced while transporting dogs to a rescue. One day about 10 years ago, I was in the process of transporting quite a few dogs to a rescue from a high kill shelter. As an Animal Communicator, Cherie has made it her mission to give all animals a voice, deepen the human animal relationship and help raise the compassion level for all living things.

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Global Warming

Animal Ethics

They conclude: Our results suggest that future anthropogenic [human-generated] emissions would need to be eliminated in order to stabilize global-mean temperatures. Take public transportation when possible. Global warming is an animal ethics issue. As the planet warms, fragile habitats that countless animal species depend on for survival will be destroyed. We have already witnessed radical changes in the polar icecap, changes that threaten numerous arctic species.

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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. If you do view the documentary, I suspect that you will agree that "raising," transporting and slaughtering animals in this way is, indeed, prima facie wrong and ought not be supported, absent a very compelling reason for doing so.]

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. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Humane Holiday

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