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?

2010 109

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

Critter News

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!

2012 152

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 CosmeticsDesign.com.good 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.

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.

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.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2021)

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Corey had his hands full this weekend with more pressing concerns than adding Black Vulture to his county list for the year, so we’ll give him a consolation Rock Pigeon.

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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Avian Architecture Coming Soon

10,000 Birds

Just in time for the end of nesting season will be Avian Architecture by Peter Goodfellow, which is being published by Princeton University Press in June. You can get a sneak peak at the Princeton University Press blog. This time of year in the northern hemisphere folks everywhere are noticing the nests that birds build. Asides

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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.

2011 118

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.

2009 100

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.

2008 100

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2021)

10,000 Birds

So many different factors contribute to the quality and quantity of a birding adventure that one would be hard-pressed to predict the very best time to watch birds in a particular area beyond a vague three or four week window.

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 fur.it's s disgusting.

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Bird Talk: An Exploration of Avian Communication–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

It’s a big subject that has been embraced by biologists Barbara Ballentine and Jeremy Hyman in Bird Talk: An Exploration of Avian Communication, a largish, book recently published by Comstock Publishing Associates, an imprint of Cornell University Press. Press; May 2021.

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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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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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.

2010 105

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!

2011 118

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 4TheLoveOfAnimals.com. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or flour substitute). 1/4 cup pureed sweet potato. 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil.

Autographed Crossley Guides for ABA Members

10,000 Birds

Kudos to Richard Crossley, Princeton University Press, and the American Birding Association for an engaging cross-promotion. Great idea! ABA President Jeff Gordon shares the scoop on The ABA Blog. Any takers? Asides richard crossley

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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.

2010 109

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 Jersey.com.

The Boreal Owl Murder… Free!

10,000 Birds

Janice Dunlap, author of the Birder Murder Mysteries, wanted to make sure everyone knows that North Star Press is offering her first Birder Murder, The Boreal Owl Murder , as a FREE Kindle edition for the next 5 days. This might be as close as you get to a Boreal Owl this year, so move quickly! Inspiration books Fiction Janice Dunlap owls

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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.

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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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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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 NECN.com.

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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Kermie

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.

2009 100

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 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.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of May 2020?

10,000 Birds

Corey has a head start on me down in NYC, so expect him to press the advantage by hitting coastal Queens. Despite this ongoing period of historic uncertainty and sacrifice, we can find comfort in at least one certainty: May means birds and plenty of them.

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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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Avian Architecture Giveaway

10,000 Birds

And lo and behold, our friends at Princeton University Press are giving a copy away. All you have to do to enter is “ like ” Princeton University Press on facebook. Have you gotten a look at Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build by Peter Goodfellow yet?

2011 56

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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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. And yes this is the first thing I see every single morning. A fluffy Maine Coon with no sense of boundaries. All up in my grill. Like my husband says: ‘He doesn’t even care.’

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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.