India Takes More Steps to Protect Tigers

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From the Press Association. 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. But is it enough?

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New Jersey Bear Hunt to Continue as Planned

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22, State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin rejected an appeal made by the Animal Protection League of New Jersey (APLNJ) and the West Milford-based Bear Education and Resource (BEAR) Group to postpone the six-day hunt, scheduled for a seven-county region that includes parts of Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Passaic, Morris, Somerset and Bergen counties. Despite efforts by animal rights activists to stop this hunt, it is scheduled to continue.

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Tom Regan on Endangered Species

Animal Ethics

The mere size of the relative population of the species to which a given animal belongs makes no moral difference to the grounds for attributing rights to that individual animal or to the basis for determining when that animal's rights may be justifiably overridden or protected. (

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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Below is a press release about the mailing. Press Release Governors: Stop Ecodestructive University Training! Environmentalists recognize the meat industry as extremely ecodestructive – including fish, dairy, eggs, feed crops with their massive use of water & topsoil and toxic runoff killing rivers and oceans, and the killing of billions of free-living animals to protect farmed animals and feed crops. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

Hope for Hen Welfare

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A press release I received from the Farm Sanctuary. Animal Welfare Groups Win Industry Backing for First-Ever Federal Regulation of Hen Welfare Groundswell of Public Support Results in Full Court Press for Nationwide Law Protecting Chickens to Replace State-by-State Initiatives WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. For too long, animals on factory farms have had no federal protection from even the most heinous abuse.

PETA Settlement over Shelter Records

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The settlement provides limited protections for the county from further litigation. 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.

Fancy Feasts (For Fabulous Floors)

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Whether you have your furry baby’s food station on hardwoods (like we do), tile or laminate flooring, the basic premise remains the same: There’s no reason you can’t pamper your pet and protect your flooring at the same time!

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Tom Regan on the Animal-Rights Movement

Animal Ethics

But prejudices die hard, all the more so when, as in the present case, they are insulated by widespread secular customs and religious beliefs, sustained by large and powerful economic interests, and protected by the common law.

Humane Society University to Offer Courses in Fall 2009

Critter News

From the Humane Society's press release. nonprofit organizations that seek to protect, provide services to or advocate for animals, and to advance scholarship in the field. Very cool! I've been looking for something like this for a long time.

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Atttorney's File Motion to Dismiss Charges Against AETA 4

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From the press release: “To characterize protest and speech as terrorist activities is ludicrous,” said Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) cooperating attorney Matthew Strugar. These activities are protected by the First Amendment. Attorney's for 4 people accused under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act filed a motion to have the charges dismissed. Among the activities the 4 are charged with are writing in chalk on a sidewalk and distributing leaflets.

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Former Virunga Park Officials In Prison

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Four senior Wildlife Officers have been arrested and imprisoned after the state Congolese Wildlife Agency (ICCN) pressed charges for complicity in the destruction of the protected forests of Virunga National Park in the east of DR Congo. And these particular guys deserve it.

A Self-Interested Reason to Not Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

To find out more of what the meat industry and pharmaceutical companies don't want you to know, read this Associated Press column by Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza. Protect your own health and the future effectiveness of antibiotics: Go vegetarian in 2010

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

New York’s protection of laborers should be a first step toward recognition of the other systemic abuses that occur on farms that, like the long-ignored rights of farm workers, have been constantly disregarded by legislators. Deborah Dubow Press Washington, Sept. To the Editor: The sentence in your Sept.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

Animal Ethics

In 2002 the German Parliament amended Article 26 of the Basic Law to give nonhuman animals the right to be “respected as fellow creatures” and to be protected from “avoidable pain.” 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.

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

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Here is the press release, which explains why they are trying to do this. Such registries would help protect animals, pet guardians and communities by preventing repeat offenses from anyone with an established history of abusing animals. Through its campaign, , the animal protection organization is promoting model legislation that state legislatures could enact. I recently got an email from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Tom Regan on Rights

Animal Ethics

Theoretically, one could, it is true, create legal rights that accord with or protect moral rights, but that is not the same as creating these moral rights in the first place. Whether individuals have legal rights depends on the laws and other legal background (e.g.,

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Julian H. Franklin on the Use of Animals in Research

Animal Ethics

They may be killed in order to protect the health of humans (and other animals) if they are infected with a serious disease and cannot be quarantined. Franklin, Animal Rights and Moral Philosophy [New York: Columbia University Press, 2005], 125 To inflict death or pain on animals for scientific or medical research is wrong morally, and ought to be prohibited. This follows from everything said in the text about the rights of animals.

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National Justice for Animals Week

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Here is the full press release: During its first-ever National Justice for Animals Week, February 22 – 28, 2009, the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is recognizing some of the top law enforcement professionals in the nation for getting real justice for animals who are victims of abuse. ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing interests of animals through the legal system.

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Julian H. Franklin on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

Nor have I dealt with advances in the legal protection of animals both in practice and in theory. Franklin, Animal Rights and Moral Philosophy [New York: Columbia University Press, 2005], xvii-xviii I don't expect that many readers will be converted to the cause of animal rights by reading this book.

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R. G. Frey on Feeling and Principle

Animal Ethics

In order to protect himself, therefore, he is not likely to rest his case upon (an appeal to) the state and intensities of our feelings. Frey , Interests and Rights: The Case Against Animals [Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980], 140-1 [italics in original; footnote omitted An enormous volume of material has already appeared on the conditions under which animals live and die on factory farms, and more is almost certainly on the way.

Joel Feinberg (1926-2004) on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

I should think that the trustee of funds willed to a dog or cat is more than a mere custodian of the animal he protects. 8 in his Rights, Justice, and the Bounds of Liberty: Essays in Social Philosophy [Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980], 159-84, at 166-7 [italics in original] [essay first published in 1974 So far McCloskey is on solid ground, but one can quarrel with his denial that any animals but humans have interests.