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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.

More Bad Press for BP

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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?

University of Utah Continues Getting Bad Press

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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.

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.

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.

Vivisection is Up There with Waterboarding

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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

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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 CosmeticsDesign.com.good news! Click on the link for the full story.

Fancy Feasts (For Fabulous Floors)

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You can avoid the dreaded ‘stencil under bleed’ by applying several light coats of paint rather than one heavy application and only press the brush in an up and down blotting motion. I’d like to introduce you to one of my two most favorite males on the planet: This is Cyrus.

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Tom Regan on Endangered Species

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Tom Regan , The Case for Animal Rights , updated with a new preface [Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004], 360 [italics in original] [first edition published in 1983 The rights view is not opposed to efforts to save endangered species.

Lots of Deaths in Animal Research Facilities

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Even I didn't realize how bad it was until I read this article from the Associated Press. The spotlight is on Charles River Laboratories. This article lists some of the universities and private corporations with violations.

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

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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.

Tom Regan on Utilitarianism

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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

Tom Regan on the Animal-Rights Movement

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In issuing its condemnation of established cultural practices, the rights view is not antibusiness, not antifreedom of the individual, not antiscience, not antihuman. It is simply projustice, insisting only that the scope of justice be seen to include respect for the rights of animals.

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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!

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Quote of the Week

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"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

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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.

CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

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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.

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.

Tom Regan on the Use of Animals in Science

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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.

Europe Votes to Ban Seal Products

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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".

From the Mailbag

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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.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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Rowan, Public Policy Series [Washington, DC: Humane Society Press, 2003], 99-105, at 103 [endnotes omitted The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways. Most agree that the least likely will be through the re-interpretation or amendment of state or federal constitutions, or through international treaties.

Mexican Senators Look at Banning Bullfights

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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.

Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

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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.

Tom Regan on Wild Animals

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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!

FBI Serves Search Warrant to ALF Supporter

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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.

27,000 Animals Rescued in Texas

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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.

India Takes More Steps to Protect Tigers

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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.

Clemson Researcher Investigates Impacts of Cages on Laying Hens

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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 hens.it'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

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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

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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.

Seal Meat Served in Canada

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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.

Cute of the Day: baby giraffes

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From the press release: A giraffe’s gestation period is approximately 15 months, and the new babies will nurse for about one year. Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay recently welcomed two more baby giraffes, bringing the herd to 17! And they are super cute too!

Attempt to Recover Sumatran Rhino Species

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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.

Leonard Nelson (1882-1927) on Duties to Animals

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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.

British Student Attacked by Portuguese Fur Shop Owner

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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.

Animal Fact Guide Website

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From their press release: A fun, educational website about animals called Animal Fact Guide (www.AnimalFactGuide.com) 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.

Beef Farm's Trucks Burned by Activists

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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.

Jane Goodall Charity Auction

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list courtesy of JGI press release}. The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is hosting an online charity auction until November 9th, 2011. Items up for bid feature a variety of one-of-a-kind experiences and merchandise.

Activists Set Fire to Idaho Fur Store

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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 fur.it's s disgusting.