Calgary Zoo in Big Trouble

Critter News

We've written about the Calgary Zoo here before. To many people, the number of animal fatalities at the Calgary Zoo in newer years seemed very high. A hippo passed away following a long, horrible transfer from another zoo. A study released by the associations that accredit zoos across North America said that the occurrence of deaths was not a fluke. Woodyer wanted Lanthier to quit and for the zoo’s accreditation to be taken away.

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Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

Critter News

Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices. I don't track zoos, but this seems like an unusually high number of casualties. The Calgary Zoo is again under scrutiny as details emerged Friday about how a capybara, a species of giant South American rodent, died after becoming caught in a hydraulic door last weekend as it was being moved from one area to another. Tags: zoos welfare violations animal welfare

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"Zoo from Hell" Owner Convicted in New York

Critter News

And people wonder why I'm so disappointed by humans. A farm-animal breeder who ran what a prosecutor called "the zoo from hell" was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty. At the time of the raid, Rockland County prosecutor Anthony Dellicarri described the property as "kind of like a petting zoo gone out of control" and "the zoo from hell.".

Puerto Rico Ships Monkey to.Baghdad?

Critter News

The Baghdad Zoo rakes in some more animals. Unlike rhesus monkeys, patas are not considered desirable for research, and there has been little demand for either from zoos — until now. I am no fan of zoos, especially in an unstable country like Iraq. It's just reckless and insensitive to send these monkeys, who will be caged, helpless and completely dependent on humans to survive, to such a hazardous area.". Tags: zoos baghdad primates

From Today's Los Angeles Times

Animal Ethics

To the editor: The gorilla Harambe’s killing at the Cincinnati Zoo surely calls our society to ask if it is moral or just to keep animals in a prison to be used, at worst, as objects of entertainment or, at best, under the guise of “education.” (“ Harambe the gorilla dies, meat-eaters grieve ,” Opinion, June 5) Is there no accountability on the part of the parents of the child who found himself in the gorilla exhibit?

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Dunayer devotes a chapter each to the language used in hunting, zoos, "marine parks," vivisection and "animal agriculture." With equal validity, we could say that a human locked inside a room has 'freedom' from muggers" (75).

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Podcast Uploaded for Week Ending 02/06/10

Critter News

In this week's podcast ending February 6, 2010: **Willet Dairy the subject of a Mercy for Animals undercover investigation suspends a worker shown abusing cows; **The Humane Society applauds the Allergan Corporation for progress on the replacement of animal subjects in Botox testing; **PETA files a lawsuit to free Lucy the elephant from the Edmonton Zoo; **Mexican activists protest bullfights; **Canada steps up its support of seal hunting while hosting a G7 meeting.

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On "High in the Clouds"

Animal Person

There is no mention of food or skin or zoos. They don't stay where they are (Megatropolis), I think, because humans are destroying it and building cities with evil factories that enslave animals.

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Cause an Uproar

4 The Love Of Animals

They are disappearing quickly due to habitat loss as well as conflict with humans. You may have seen the advert on television about Cause an Uproar (the stars of the movie We Bought a Zoo are helping spread the word), and you may even remember our post about trick or treating for big cats too!

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Mylan Engel Jr and Kathie Jenni on Prejudice Against Animals

Animal Ethics

First, both argue that all conscious, sentient animals with desires and interests deserve equal moral consideration (regardless of whether these animals are human or nonhuman). Both approaches entail that most contemporary uses of animals—factory farming of animals for meat, eggs, and milk; animal experimentation; use of animals for entertainment in zoos and circuses; hunting and trapping animals in the wild; and so on—are morally unjustified and should be eliminated.

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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.

ZooBorns

Animal Ethics

At the risk of being a killjoy, let me say that there should ( morally ) be no zoos. Like humans, they have a right to liberty. Mark Spahn sent a link to this blog. Wild animals belong in the wild. They do not exist for our amusement, entertainment, or education

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Why I Question Animal Testing 2.2

Critter News

From what I recall, chimpanzees share at least 95 percent of human DNA, although the number that floats around the most is 98.6 If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as "human rights"? They were one, two or three to a cage, and I am 80 percent sure the accommodations were exemplary as far as such institutions (or for that matter traditional zoos) go.

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1st Annual Washington DC Week for the Animals

4 The Love Of Animals

Beginning on the kickoff day of Saturday, May 30, 2009 Washington DC Week for the Animals will be bringing together educators, animal shelters, humane organizations, zoos, sanctuaries, restaurants, businesses, students, musicians, artists, community leaders, decision makers and caring citizens in an action-packed compassionate week of community activities for the animals in an unprecedented manner!

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The Emotional Lives of Animals

4 The Love Of Animals

Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors. Consider a collie named Tinker and his human companion, Paul Jackson, who has Type 2 diabetes.

J. Baird Callicott on Wild Life

Animal Ethics

Wild animals and native plants have a particular place in nature, according to the land ethic, which domestic animals (because they are products of human art and represent an extended presence of human beings in the natural world) do not have. The land ethic, in sum, is as much opposed, though on different grounds, to commercial traffic in wildlife, zoos, the slaughter of whales and other marine mammals, etc., as is the humane ethic.