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

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

Awesome Pig Sanctuary

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Pigs Peace Sanctuary is a wonderful place. They rescue farm pigs and pot-bellied pigs,farm animals, dogs, cats, you name it. Tags: animal sanctuary pot-bellied pigs We've visited it.

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Mini-Pigs Identified by EU as Potential Lab Subjects

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The mini-pig, darling of celebrities’ handbags, may have had its bacon Sunday after the EU earmarked it as the laboratory test animal of the future. A research project into the feasibility of using miniature pigs in laboratories concluded they are better suited for testing toxins, drugs and chemicals than dogs and monkeys. Tags: europe animal research mini-pigs pigs I guess their cuteness wore off too quick! From myfoxny.com.

Horrible Animal Abuse at Iowa Pig Farm

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Europe's Pig Industry Mad about Undercover Investigation

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Compassion in World Farming led an undercover investigation that showed illegal tail docking and poor attempts at pig enrichment on factory farms, in violation of EU law. Now the pig industry is mad and claiming bias ( scroll down in article.) Tags: europe tail docking pigs factory farm agribusiness Too bad! If you complied with the law, you wouldn't look like such jerks!

Marines Still Using Pigs for Medical Training

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The Marines also claim that using live pigs and inflicting wounds on them is the only way to approximate real-life situations in combat. Tags: animal research military pigs They claim the animals are asleep during the procedures and feel no pain. It's the best way to train medical personnel. Read and decide for yourself.

Military Used Pigs in Brain Injury Research

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Military researchers have dressed live pigs in body armor and strapped them into Humvee simulators that were then blown up with explosives to study the link between roadside bomb blasts and brain injury. For an 11-month period that ended in December, researchers subjected pigs and rats to about 200 blasts, according to Pentagon documents and interviews. The explosions have ranged in intensity, wounding some of the pigs and killing others. Lovely.

PETA Protests Military's Testing on Pigs

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Watch Video About Pig Farming in the UK

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It's a 5-minute film about conditions for pigs in the UK. Tags: UK meat pigs Produced by Compassion in World Farming. As an aside, people who love to eat meat should also watch educational videos like these. They need to take responsibility and learn about the food they eat.

Tests Involving the Burial of LIVE PIGS Are Halted

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An experiment in which anesthetized pigs were buried alive in snow to learn how humans live or die in avalanches was halted today in Austria after animal-rights groups denounced the research as cruel and useless. The two-week experiment involving 29 pigs began Tuesday in the Western Austrian Alps. Tags: austria animal research pigs Well, there's always some unexpected nonsense to discover. From USA Today.

Are Micro Pigs the Next Stupid Pet Trend?

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This lady is breeding tiny pet pigs that can live up to 11 years. Tags: Stupid pigs companion animals Great. People are buying them like crazy, which means.eventually people will start dumping them like crazy. And who will suffer? The animal shelters who have to find them homes at the expense of other animals. Thanks lady! And, yes, she plans on making money from these animals by franchising. All for the love of animals right?

Belgian Bill Calls for Pig Castration WITH Anesthesia

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Pig Castration in Europe - An Animal Welfare Concern

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This year, the European Commission will issue a research contract, worth up to €1 million for a study into alternatives to the castration of pigs and dehorning of cattle. Tags: europe pigs farm animal welfare They castrate piglets in Europe for sanitary purposes (to avoid taint in the meat), but the methods are not terribly humane.

On Egypt's Pig Cull

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I received an e-mail from the well-meaning Wendy at Compassion in World Farming (which I find an odd combination of words) regarding Egypt's pig cull and asking me to send my protest to the Egyptian Government. The pigs are being buried alive, dumped in mass graves and "covered in what appears to be quicklime where, they endure a slow and agonising death." But though the pigs weren't originally destined for a mass grave, weren't they destined for slaughter nonetheless?

Investigation Reveals Cruel Treatment of Pigs in Europe

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It really sucks to be a factory farm pig in Europe. In one of the biggest undercover inquiries into pig-farming, CIWF visited 60 farms across five big pork-producing states, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Britain. In 48 farms, farmers had cut the tails off pigs to stop them biting each other, despite EU rules restricting tail-docking. Most farms made widespread but legal use of metal cages for confining pregnant pigs.

Egypt Begins Slaughtering Pigs to Avoid Swine Flu

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The Egyptian government has begun slaughtering all of the pigs in the country. From the NY Times: Egypt has begun forcibly slaughtering the country’s pig herds as a precaution against swine flu, a move that the United Nations described as “a real mistake” and one that is prompting anger among the country’s pig farmers.

Roger Cohen Realizes Dogs=Pigs, Sort Of

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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? Or pig, or duck, or fish. " Dog Days in China " is a small piece with no gruesome slideshow. Are they any more or less sentient? Do they suffer any more or less in death? Are they any more or less part of the mysterious unity of life? I think not.

Texas May Allow Aerial Hunting of Wild Pigs

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Millions of wild pigs weighing up to 300 pounds have been tearing up crops, trampling fences and eating just about anything in their path in Texas. This doesn't sound good. But now they had better watch their hairy backs. A state lawmaker is proposing to allow ordinary Texans with rifles and shotguns to shoot the voracious, tusked animals from helicopters. For years, ranchers in the Lone Star State have hired professional hunters in choppers to thin the hogs' fast-multiplying ranks.

Pigging Out

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Isn't gluttony one of the seven deadly sins

Egypt Kills Thousands of Pigs for No Reason

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The pig you see here being dangled by the leg is still just a baby, and by now he is already dead and thrown away for absolutely no reason, as are the rest of the 300,000 pigs in Egypt. According to the New York Times, “Egypt ordered the pig slaughter even though there hasn’t been a single case of swine flu there and no evidence that pigs have spread the disease.&# Source: NY Times online.

Don't Buy Animals For Your Kid Because You Saw it in a Movie

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The heroes are a pair of guinea pigs. Here is a CBS article that at least explains basic care for guinea pigs. Having cared for guinea pigs at the Seattle Animal Shelter, I can tell you that guinea pigs are certainly cute. Tags: Guinea Pigs The latest movie to prompt this kind of behavior is G-Force. They are also the messiest animals on the planet. And, they require a lot of care.

Animal Health Care is Part of the Bottom Line

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The pig industry, says Dr MacDougald, is marked by generally poor production and financial analysis. However, research based on finishing pig group opportunity costs calculated on mortality, culls and feed conversion to target reveals startling results, with the best to worst sites varying by $11 per pig, with the widest variance per site at $34 per pig. These pigs are simply raw materials. Tags: economics pigs farm animal welfare agribusiness

Mercy for Animals Exposes Cruelty at Iowa Select Farms

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mercy for animals Iowa pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farmSafeway and Kroger have announced they're halting all purchases of the farm's pork. Mercy for Animals is trying to convince Costco to do the same. News story is from the end of June. Almost let that one slip by!

Washington Town to Become Horse Slaughter Capital?

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Stanwood is right near where we live in Seattle and, sadly, home to Pigs Peace Animal Sanctuary which rescues all kinds of animals. pigs peace animal sancturay State of Washington horses horse slaughter agriculture meatpackingI can only imagine how they feel. From the Sky Valley Chronicle. A new report in the Staug News of St. Augustine, Florida doesn’t mince any words when it comes to what’s afoot in the Stanwood area.

McDonalds Makes Positive Move to Help Sows

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pigs mcdonalds farm animal welfare factory farm agriculture agribusinessI'm no fan of McDonalds, but any little bit of help is progress. Here's an excerpt. For the full story, check out this link to the New York Times article. The McDonald’s Corporation said on Monday that it would begin working with its pork suppliers to phase out the use of so-called gestational crates, the tiny stalls in which sows are housed while pregnant.

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

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It's not as much about what the animal rights activists are saying about how we are raising pigs as opposed to us demonstrating that we do care and we are giving the best possible care" she said. The pork industry does not make money from happy pigs, but from dead carcasses. Tags: animal cruelty pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farm animal welfare It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm."

Pork Industry Tries to Deal with Public Image

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It's an article about the pork industry having to address the increasingly positive media image of pigs as intelligent creatures that could be someone's pet. Tags: meat pigs pork farm animal welfare Every time I get depressed about animal issues (every other day it seems like), I see an article like this. Now, it may see like it would add to more depression, but it actually makes me feel a little better.

A Trip to an Animal Lab

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but did experiment on mice and guinea pigs. Tags: animal experimentation mice Guinea Pigs medical research biotech Well, kind of. It wasn't a full-fledged tour, but disturbing nonetheless. I can't really talk about what I do except that I work in government. In a brief tour of a particular biotech research company, I was taken to the animal lab. They did not experiment on primates (I asked!),

"Educate, Investigate, Liberate"

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We are currently doing an investigation on pig farms in Spain, including intensive and extensive/free-range farms (tho extensive ones are scarce since intensive ones are the majority in the industry). There's a donate button on the homepage of AnimalEquality right at the bottom of the "Pig Farms" panel. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Abolition Animal Rights Pig slaughter Spain Veganism

Pets Add Life; Baby’s Story

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Oh, and if you want to watch something funny be sure to check out their video, Pet Interviews- Guinea Pig. I didn’t know it when I first saw those big, black, eyes staring back at me.

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HBO Special on Factory Farming

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Viewer discretion advised on the clip below… Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Rights Animal Welfare Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal suffering gestation crates pigs videos Last night HBO premiered a show called Death on a Factory Farm. This is a small segment. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, and am not sure if I’ll be able to stomach it, but I do have a friend recording it for me. Has anyone else seen it? What were your thoughts?

New Podcast Uploaded for 01/26/10

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In this week's podcast ending January 26, 2010: **Animal rescue efforts are underway in disaster-stricken Haiti; **A research study involving the burial of live pigs is halted; **The blood sport of dogfighting enjoys a revival in Afghanistan; **And a report by animal welfare organizations criticize pig farming in the European Union.

Health and Morals

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Here is a New York Times op-ed column about free-range pigs. He seems to think that the demand for free-range pork is a demand for wild pork, when in fact it's a demand for morally acceptable conditions for the pigs. In other words, people want to eat not wild pigs but domestic pigs raised in humane conditions The author is confused.

Canadian Gives Swine Flu to Swine

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A Canadian man has apparently infected some pigs after catching the flu on a trip to Mexico. From the article: About 10 percent of the Alberta farm’s 2,200 pigs showed symptoms of the same H1N1 strain that has spread across the globe. They are recovering “on their own,” said Dr. Brian Evans, executive vice president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Have You Considered Keeping Goats as Pets?

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Cats and dogs are the most popular pets, along with hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs also being amongst the favourites. Have you considered keeping goats as pets? Those wanting a more unusual choice may perhaps opt for a snake or tarantula, but these aren’t exactly cuddly or cute choices. If you want a slightly unusual pet that has lots of personality and can also be petted, consider keeping a couple of goats. Yes, you can’t keep them inside, but they do make truly great pets.

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A Chance for Bliss

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Currently, A Chance for Bliss sanctuary is home to 96 residents including 25 horses, 22 dogs, 8 goats, 7 pot belly pigs , 4 sheep, 2 steers, 5 ducks, 5 geese, 5 cockatiels, 4 rabbits, 3 chickens, 3 cats, 1 turkey, a one-winged pigeon, Hines, and a turtle, Bart.

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H1N1 and your pets.

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Potbelly and pygmy pigs are susceptible. Pet pigs may contract swine flu. The ASPCA recommends taking “steps to limit possible transmission from humans to pigs and vice versa.&# Influenza Type A vaccines are available for pigs. With the latest news of finding the virus in a cat, here is an update about the H1N1 virus and how it affects your pets. Dogs are safe. Good news. According to theASPCA dogs have little chance of contracting swine flu.

Rising Chef David Chang Won't Kowtow to Vegetarians

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And what's with the dead pig? What's the big deal about having vegetarian dishes? Since when are vegetarians so threatening? Why the discrimination? David Chang seems over the top to me. And a few other choice words that I probably shouldn't write. But, he's a STAH! And the bigger a jerk he is, probably the more media he'll get.

Pawliday Giveaway for Small Dogs #PetSmart

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PetSmart has a full line of holiday items for your pet (they even have things for fish and guinea pigs!). We have some adorable goodies to share with a lucky small dog today. The items in the photo come from the Disney line and are simply adorable.

Wisconsin-Madison Cleared by USDA

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In one case, a pen housing a large pig was constructed with slats that regularly caused the pig to fall when its feet fell through. The University of Wisconsin-Madison was cleared of animal welfare violations in a report released yesterday. It had twenty violations back in December 2009. According to the ten-page detailed report from December, the USDA cited sanitation, ventilation and enclosure concerns within the Center’s facilities.