More Bad Press for BP

Critter News

In this article, they admit they underestimated the scope of the oil slick. This article talks about how BP skipped some testing of cement linings hours before the explosion occured. These cement linings were basically the well's seal. How did this decision contribute to the disaster?

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University of Utah Continues Getting Bad Press

Critter News

Most of their animals get put down. Investigative journalism by the Salt Lake Tribune, following-up on allegations levelled by PETA against the University of Utah's Comparative Medicine Center and the Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute laboratories revealed the two laboratories had used 190 dogs and cats in 2009, all obtained from shelters.

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Center for Tobacco, Alcohol and Restaurant Industries Resends Press Release About PETA

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It seems like every 6 months or so, the Center for Consumer Freedom, a front group for the tobacco, alcohol and restaurant industries sends out a press release about how many animals PETA allegedly kills. You can read about these people here. They are then dutifully printed in places like this KC Star blog , although I do see that the guy had the decency to print PETA's response. I'm glad he did that. Phil Defranco did the same thing on his youtube video.

Personalized Gifts for Pet Lovers from Pinhole Press

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I was first introduced to Pinhole Press during ALT this past January. Be sure to visit the Pinhole Press website to see the full line of products. Getting a gift that is made just for you is one of life’s great pleasures. I remember the first time someone gave me a personalized gift ! There is just something really special about gifts that include something personal, and as pet lovers we love items that feature our furry friends!

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Michelle Obama Fur Free

Critter News

According to her press secretary, she does not wear fur.America's first lady, the fabulously fashionable Michelle Obama, has also declared via her press secretary that she, too, is fur-free. Here's the official statement: "Mrs. Obama does not wear fur.".

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Vivisection is Up There with Waterboarding

Critter News

The author is the press officer for the Animal Liberation Press Office. Barbaric, backwards and best belonging to the Middle Ages? I say "yes" and it's time to pursue the alternatives. This is an excellent, excellent opinion piece.

China to Accept Non-Animal Testing Methods for Cosmetic Ingredients

Critter News

PETA has been successful in pressing Chinese officials to adopt non animal testing methods as it announces the country is in the final stages of approving the use of its very first non-animal test method for cosmetic ingredients. From news! Click on the link for the full story.

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Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

Creature Talk

Birds trapped in the wire of their cages or under the feeding trays without access to food or water, some with body parts, including their faces, pressed against moving conveyor belts. Egg laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on today’s factory farms. More often than not, they are confined so tightly to wire cages that they cannot stretch their wings, clean themselves, turn around, or exhibit any of their normal behaviors at all.

Why is Reuters Putting News Releases From the United Egg Producers on Their Site as "News"?

Critter News

The United Egg Producers issues a press release claiming that egg prices will rise 25% if animal welfare advocates get their way. All according to a study by some agribusiness related consulting firm. Reuters dutifully puts it on their website , which then gets picked up on my Google news page.

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On Animal Abuse Registries and Anthropolatry

Animal Person

I should be able to watch the press conference about the bill this afternoon if a conference call doesn't take too long, and I'll update if there's anything new and exciting. This morning I posted " On California's Animal Abuse Registry Proposal " over at Animal Rights & AntiOppression and welcome any discussion about it.

CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

Critter News

Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, is shown in the photo, holding a mountain lion he reportedly hunted and killed in Idaho, according to Western Outdoor Press, which published the photo. On Monday, some animal rights advocates said Richards appears to be sending a message about his feelings on California law: The photo, marked "courtesy" appears to have been provided by either him or one of his hunting companions to the Western Outdoor Press.

Quote of the Week

Critter News

"I watched prairie dogs every day, rise before the sun, stand with their paws pressed together facing the rising sun in total stillness for up to 30 minutes," says Williams. And then I watched them at the end of the day take that same gesture 30 minutes before the sun goes down they would press their palms together in perfect stillness.

Activists Allegedly Use Computer Virus Against UC Berkeley Researchers

Critter News

This according to a communique received at the ALF Press office. UC Berkeley vivisector Ralph Freeman and all of the current lab members in Freeman's Visual Neuroscience Lab were sent a trojan horse virus embedded into email. This virus is designed to completely wreck their computers while leeching all vital personal information they've ever entered into their systems. Interesting. I've never heard of them using this tactic before.

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Mexican Senators Look at Banning Bullfights

Critter News

Bullfights seem really thoughtless and savage to me," the senator said in a press conference on Monday. I'm very, very surprised. And not very optimistic. Mexico is notorious for its bullfights and lack of animal rights. But, still, I can't dismiss it. From Fox News (blech). Senators from the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, are working on legislation to ban bullfights and guarantee animal rights in Mexico, a lawmaker said.

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Europe Votes to Ban Seal Products

Critter News

From the press release: Euro-MPs have voted overwhelmingly for a total ban on the trade in seal products across Europe. That's good news. A resolution at the end of a three-year campaign, triggered by a public outcry at the annual seal culls in Canada and Norway, condemned the slaughter of seals as "inherently inhumane".

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Tom Regan on the Use of Animals in Science

Animal Ethics

Tom Regan , The Case for Animal Rights , updated with a new preface [Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004], 388 [first edition published in 1983 All that the rights view prohibits is science that violates individual rights. If that means that there are some things we cannot learn, then so be it. There are also some things we cannot learn by using humans, if we respect their rights. The rights view merely requires moral consistency in this regard. (

Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

Critter News

From the Associated Press. To me, it's another example of the Humane Society's growing savvy and clout in the US. I know many will disagree with me and say it's a cop-out, but I'll take what I can get. Animal welfare groups led by the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to abandon a fall ballot issue against animal cruelty as part of a deal with state farm groups brokered by Gov.

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Beef Farm's Trucks Burned by Activists

Critter News

The clearinghouse that distributed the statement claiming credit for the arson is the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, which says it has no direct dealings with underground groups or illegal activity. I don't support the destruction of property or any physical threats against people who harm animals whether through medical testing or through conventional agriculture.

Activists Set Fire to Idaho Fur Store

Critter News

The North American Animal Liberation Press Office, which says it conveys messages for unnamed animal advocates, distributed a statement from a group calling itself the "arson unit" that said it set fire to a store stocked with "chemically treated skins of thousands of tortured animals". "By I just don't support these tactics. I hate's s disgusting.

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You like us!

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It’s exciting to receive positive press, and we would be remiss if we didn’t thank you, our readers, for making our blog what it is! We were so excited when we found out that we were among the Can’t Miss: 10 Pet Blogs over on My Fox New York! We could not be more excited to be listed with so many of our own daily reads. This means the world to us, as we started this blog as a way to help animals and those who love them.

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From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Thanks, and all best, Jessica Bennett Blog Editor Beacon PressDear Animal Ethics bloggers: We posted a story today about Matthew Hiasl Pan. I hope you’ll take a look.

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Soft kitty, warm kitty

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And yes, it even “sings” the Soft Kitty song to you (in Penny’s voice of course) with just a press of the paw. If you watch The Big Bang Theory then you know the special song that Sheldon asks Penny to sing to him when he doesn’t feel well. But did you know that you can now have your very own “ Soft Kitty “? It’s such a cute kitty too!

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FBI Serves Search Warrant to ALF Supporter

Critter News

From the Iowa City Press-Citizen. The FBI served a search warrant Monday on a Salt Lake City home occupied by a supporter of the Animal Liberation Front. Peter D. Young, 32, said at least eight FBI agents arrived about 11:30 a.m. The agents took computers, papers and other items it thought to be related to "animal enterprise terrorism," Young said, reciting language from the warrant.

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Tom Regan on Wild Animals

Animal Ethics

Tom Regan , The Case for Animal Rights , updated with a new preface [Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004], 361 [italics in original] [first edition published in 1983 With regard to wild animals, the general policy recommended by the rights view is: let them be! Since this will require increased human intervention in human practices that threaten rare or endangered species (e.g.,

Leonard Nelson (1882-1927) on Duties to Animals

Animal Ethics

Norbert Guterman [New Haven: Yale University Press, 1956], 137 [footnote inserted into text in brackets Moral philosophers, even those belonging to the Critical School [the followers of Kant and Fries], have often represented duties to animals as indirect duties to oneself or to other men. For instance, maltreatment of animals is forbidden on the ground that it encourages cruelty, that is, a disposition that obstructs fulfillment of duty.

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27,000 Animals Rescued in Texas

Critter News

From the Detroit Free Press. Holy cow! That's HUGE. It was an exotic animal importing firm (why the eff do those even exist?) that was allegedly mistreating its animals. A lot of these animals are reptiles, spiders and amphibians, which explains the large number. This rescue is the result of a PETA undercover investigation. See, husband, this is why I like PETA!) The raid followed an undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

Below is a press release about the mailing. Press Release Governors: Stop Ecodestructive University Training! Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends! On March 11th, RPA sent the governors of all 50 states a letter and two factsheets urging them to help get their land-grant universities (LGUs) out of the meat industry. It was sent to about 1,200 environmental journalists this afternoon. Another went out last Friday.

Lessons Learned From 4 Years of Animal Person

Animal Person

But you didn't mail that letter or call the press, because when your anger is out there for the world to see you just might regret it. I've officially been blogging for four years (1,329 posts and 5,441 comments) today, and as I (re)ponder whether I will continue, I'd like to present some lessons I've learned about blogging, veganism, people, "the movement," language and. I'll also take requests. Today I'll address blogging. Lesson #1. Know your audience.

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New Jersey Bear Hunt to Continue as Planned

Critter News

The facts are clear, we have an overpopulation of black bears in New Jersey, and we must address that issue," said Martin in a press statement. "A Despite efforts by animal rights activists to stop this hunt, it is scheduled to continue. That really sucks. It's a cull to "control the population." From North

India Takes More Steps to Protect Tigers

Critter News

From the Press Association. But is it enough? India is to amend its wildlife crime laws to protect the country's tigers, a government minister said. Environment and forest minister Jairam Ramesh said that speeding up justice as well as hefty fines are needed to strengthen the Wildlife Protection Act. He added that the forest ministry, state governments and a separate authority on the management of tiger reserves had agreed to work together to ensure conservation of the endangered animal.

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Clemson Researcher Investigates Impacts of Cages on Laying Hens

Critter News

From the Clemson press release. It's a study funded by the US Department of Agriculture. One would think it would be elementary. Crowded and filthy conditions mean suffering for hens. But it's not just about the's s about the money. How much suffering can and should they endure without significantly affecting the human pocketbook. Or corporate net income. More is at stake than just the comfort of chickens, though the well-being of 284 million U.S. laying hens is no small matter.

Dogs Seized at Kennewick Puppy Mill

Critter News

From the HSUS press release: KENNEWICK, Wash. - Dogs were seized at a Kennewick puppy mill with the help of the HSUS. H/t to HelpAnimals on Twitter. The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Benton County Sheriff's Office today with the seizure of hundreds of dogs from a puppy mill here. Prosecutors are considering charges in connection with today's seizure against Ella Stewart, owner and operator of Sun Valley Kennel, who was recently charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Good News About Blue Whales

Critter News

From the Associated Press: Blue whales are returning to Alaska in search of food and could be re-establishing an old migration route several decades after they were nearly wiped out by commercial whalers, scientists say. Looks like blue whales may be coming back to Alaska. Here's hoping Sarah Palin leaves them alone.

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Seal Meat Served in Canada

Critter News

And this is despite the bad press received by the annual seal hunts. Definitely a niche market ,but demand has been increasing. For time immemorial seal has been eaten -- raw -- as a traditional food by indigenous people such as the Inuit. It also has been a traditional food for generations of hunters in Canada's east who serve it up roasted, or sometimes with a hearty Burgundy sauce.

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Easy Chicken Dog Cookies

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Optional Decoration: Press small pieces of freeze-dried chicken into top before baking. These Chicken dog treats are full of flavor and nutrition for your best friend. Add a few of the suggested natural ingredients to turn it into a delicious nutritional supplement. Easy Chicken Dog Cookies. Formulated by Melody McKinnon exclusively for Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or flour substitute). 1/4 cup pureed sweet potato. 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil.

PETA Settlement over Shelter Records

Critter News

In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, PETA's Associate Director of Laboratory Investigations Justin Goodman said the group filed the lawsuit to gain access to intake and transfer records for approximately 100 cats and dogs that were sold for research. Follow-up from the Utah scandal in which shelter animals were being sold for research purposes. For the full story, go to

Attempt to Recover Sumatran Rhino Species

Critter News

Their numbers are so low that they might drift into extinction if no one does anything," Payne told The Associated Press. A breeding program in Malaysia will attempt to breed a rescued Borneo Sumatran rhino in order to save the endangered species. Tam, whose species is known for its solitary nature, has been resettled in a wildlife reserve in Malaysia's Sabah state, the last preserve of the Borneo Sumatran rhino _ a subspecies of the bristly, snub-nosed Sumatran rhino.

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British Student Attacked by Portuguese Fur Shop Owner

Critter News

There were plenty of shocked witnesses and the student is going to press charges upon her return from Xmas with her family. The post in the ANIMAL blog is in Portuguese , but here's the gist of it. A British student studying in Porto, Portugal, was handing out leaflets in front of "Beigel," a fur shop. She was volunteering for ANIMAL. She had already been threatened by the owner on Wednesday for trespassing on her premises.

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Tom Regan on Utilitarianism

Animal Ethics

Tom Regan , The Case for Animal Rights , updated with a new preface [Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004], 315 [italics in original; ellipsis added] [first edition published in 1983 The initial attractiveness of utilitarianism as a moral theory on which to rest the call for the better treatment of animals was noted in an earlier context. Because animals are sentient (i.e.,

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Animal Fact Guide Website

Critter News

From their press release: A fun, educational website about animals called Animal Fact Guide ( has just been launched. We're always interested in promoting sites about animals. Here is a new website. The site provides articles about interesting and endangered animals from around the world.

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Animal Person

When I answered the phone, I inadvertently pressed the “speakerphone” button, and as soon as Emily heard her daddy’s voice, she trotted over to the phone to rub her face on it. Kermie. One of the reasons my marriage to a carnivorous Republican worked so well, at least for the first four years, was that he traveled a lot.

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Phoenix Restaurant Serves Lion Burgers

Critter News

From the Associated Press. No, I'm not making this up. A restaurant owner who put lion burgers on the menu in honor of the World Cup has felt a roar of anger from outraged animal rights activists. Cameron Selogie, owner of the Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, served burgers made with African lion this week as a nod to the tournament in South Africa. Reservations sold out, with a waiting list 100 long.

Obama to Reopen Offshore Oil Drilling in Shallow Waters

Critter News

Well-owner BP PLC, meanwhile, faces penalties "in the many billions of dollars," for the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster that has been spewing an estimated minimum 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf, said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. He is going to add new safety regulations , but I don't like off-shore oil drilling AT ALL! At least BP will hopefully get nailed with lots of penalties.

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