Gruesome Photos of Japanese Whale "Processing"

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This is just yucky to look at. There's a warning that this is not for the squeamish.

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Pet Foster Care Helps To Smooth Adoption Process

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Serving as a pet foster parent is an excellent way to welcome a new animal companion into your home and help an animal in need. There are countless dogs and cats in shelters across the U.S. who need homes. In fact, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 5 to 7 million pets are taken into animal shelters in the U.S. every year.

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Why Do Animals Exist?

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They also tried to tell me that veganism is no better because of all the animals that are killed in the process of harvesting vegetables and grains. This weekend I got into a rather passionate debate with some friends of friends about animal rights. One of them was pretty educated about the evils of factory farming, and said that she didn’t eat much meat because she had to know where it came from.

Improving Your Dog’s Health with Regular Grooming

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Relax Your Dog: It’s important to give your dog lots of affection throughout the grooming process to help them relax. If you’re tense through the grooming process your dog will pick this up and feel nervous as well. Take a Bath: If your dog is particularly dirty, make sure it’s bathed before you begin the clipping process. It’s best to begin the grooming of your dog from an early age to ensure it feels comfortable and ease through the process.

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Will You Check Out Food, Inc.?

Animal Person

less processed food and more fresh, organic fruits, veggies, grains and legumes), than I'm thrilled. Food, Inc. was at the Delray Beach Film Festival last weekend, about 30 miles south of me. But I wasn't. Nothing about its " Alliances " (or it's " Issues ") screams vegan, or even whispers it, but I shall reserve judgment. If more people eat actual food as a result (i.e.,

On Veganism and Adoption

Animal Person

It's common for men--and women--to be wary about adoption, and in particular about the bonding process. The adoption process isn't easy for vegans, and it's less easy for atheist vegans who don't think the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks in the developed world in 2010. I've been under the radar for a bit, anxiously awaiting the adoption finalization of Baby Sky.

Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

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At issue was whether federal regulations dealing with inspection of domesticated animals about to be killed, processed, and sold for human consumption preempted -- or nullified -- California Penal Code 599f. Supreme Court rules on health care challenge| GPS tracking "The Federal Meat Inspection Act regulates slaughterhouses' handling and treatment of non-ambulatory pigs from the moment of their delivery through the end of the meat production process," wrote Justice Elena Kagan.

On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

Here are some of my favorite quotes: "For thousands of years, farmers took their cues from natural processes. I immensely enjoyed "EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED" (even on the big screen) and eagerly anticipated "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer. His writing is beautiful, though I do have to admit that I haven't seen "shit" and its variations so frequently in one printed piece in quite a while. Ever, in fact.

On PF Changs and Vegan Authors

Animal Person

And the much-larger question is the idea of animal ingredients versus non-animal ingredients that were processed using animal ingredients, and that of course expands, ad infinitum , into every area of our lives (e.g., Face it, we'd like to avoid all products with animals in them but we can't even do that realistically, and to expect ourselves to also avoid non-animal products that have been processed with animal products is a bit much.

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University of Utah Continues Getting Bad Press

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Only 74 animals survived the research process to be adopted out as pets. 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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Everything in Moderation?

Animal Person

But it might kill someone else, as in the case of hot dogs, considering no creature gets out of the hot-dog making process alive. You may recall me writing about TD, my tax-resisting, raw-food eating, no-TV watching, parachuting-into-nuclear reactor(ing?) boyfriend of over 20 years ago. He was particularly talented at the conversation stopper: a succinct response to something that people found so shocking that the conversation would stop. Sometimes permanently.

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Ladybug Love Run to benefit Rock & Rawhide!

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Sign up for a super fun “run” anywhere in the world with other animal lovers, and help a truly great cause in the process. Do you enjoy running, biking, or walking? You can be anywhere in the world to take part, any distance, any way to help shelter animals!! And if you are in the NYC area, you can take part in a special event in Central Park! Run, walk, crawl, bike, dance your way through the park!

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Petition to Urge Japanese Government to Require Registration of Zoo Animal Handlers

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The Ministry of the Environment is in the process of amending the Japanese animal protection law. From the Petition Site. please visit and sign. The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) has proposed that the Ministry exempt JAZA's members from the current requirement to register as animal handlers with local authorities.

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On Atheism and Veganism, Part Deux

Animal Person

Again, I was making a personal observation about the evolution of my own thought process and asking if anyone else saw things similarly. If I'm speaking with an atheist I might use my personal thought process in my vegan advocacy, but if someone wants to believe there is a god, and that belief is helpful to them, and they're not hurting anyone because of that belief, I have no problem with that.

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Guest Post: Understanding Pet Food Labels

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Pet food may be highly processed and still be considered “natural”. Minimize Processed Foods – Every processing step reduces the nutritional value of the ingredient, and introduces risk of contamination. Processed foods are more difficult to digest and contribute to a variety of health issues including allergies, sensitive stomachs, etc. Canned food is highly processed, but may not contain the high levels of preservatives found in dry food.

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The Best in Vegan Education

Animal Person

Someone has to be very, very committed to learning and to challenging their thought processes to read a book they know is in direct contrast to the way they think. Other than being a vegan, the most important actions you can take to help animals who are used for food are: Give generously to organizations that help those sentient nonhumans directly, such as Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary , Maple Farm Sanctuary , Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary and Eastern Shore Sanctuary.

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On Mainstreaming Veganism

Animal Person

Both are heavy on mockery, but when you look at the process of the acceptance of an idea, that period of mockery is a sign that things are moving along. Though I don't think a wallet or a handbag or a television show can change the world, and I certainly don't think consumerism is the answer, I don't think any of this hurts the long-term process veganism must go through to get to acceptance. . All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed.

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Like American Dog Rescue, Help Pets!

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Spread the word, let’s help them reach their goal and help pets in the process! American Dog Rescue has a generous donor who is willing to give $1 to Missouri animal tornado victims for every Facebook fan up to $10,000. Will you help them reach their goal of 10,000 Facebook fans? Upon reaching this goal, Arthur E.

Meditation on the Cheap

Animal Person

And with everything our brains are processing and attempting to cope with, we need all the help we can get. As I've written many times, one of the ways I stay centered and grounded is through meditation. I do Transcendental Meditation and other kinds, as well, and recently I've been getting requests for good meditation resources that don't cost $2,500 for a mantra (like TM).

Rocky & Bella, Inc. earns National Animal Supplement Quality Seal

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Rocky & Bella is demonstrating its commitment to quality ingredients and manufacturing processes with its new, natural pet supplement, Spark,” Howard said. “It’s Dr. Jordan said that most pet foods are highly processed and lack vital nutrients pets need to thrive. Bryn Mawr, Penn.—Pet Pet supplement company Rocky & Bella, Inc.

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Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

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If they don't want us to process horses, what are we supposed to do?". From the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. Newcomer to the Legislature Sen. Tyson Larson introduced LB 305 on Wednesday, which would create a state meat inspection program, which would in turn allow horse meat to be transported across state lines.

On Foundation Beyond Belief

Animal Person

I think I'll join today, as I'm not sure I can make a fair judgment on the process and the structure (and the success, whatever that means) from the outside. It's officially Day 2 for Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB), and I'm watching carefully. Here are my initial thoughts, though: "Animal Protection." Uh-oh. On the upside, you don't have to give any money to animal protection if your beliefs aren't represented by the choice of groups being supported.

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All-Purpose Salad-ish Dressing

Animal Person

In my efforts to veganize my friends and family, I've found several things almost everyone wants and that kick start their process. One is vegan dessert. But when I look at my Facebook " Scrumptious Vegan Fare " album, it looks like all I eat is dessert. And pizza with Daiya vegan cheese. In fact, an old friend asked for recipes with veggies and I realized I didn't have any photos of veggies! So here's a recipe with veggies that also includes something many omnis enjoy: Vegenaise.

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EU Backing Cloned Animal Products

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Concerns surround the ethics of the process, the welfare of the animals and a lack of research on food safety. It's bad enough having to deal with the welfare of normal farm animals, but what about the welfare of cloned animals? If they are cloned solely for the products they provide, will it be more difficult to argue for their welfare as living creatures? From the Daily Mail.

A Look at Humane Farming

Animal Ethics

The farmers in the film confront very difficult questions posed by the filmmaker about why they think their approach to processing of meat is different than that of factory farming. Although the farmers can easily answer that their animals are treated more humanely whilst alive, their discomfort about being asked questions regarding the slaughter process is visually and audibly obvious.

Meat Grown in a Petri Dish?

Critter News

Why is that my husband won't eat bones with fat on them because they are "gross," but will eat burgers and processed meat? You can forget who you are eating when it's processed so cleanly. From an opinion piece in the Times of India. Scientists at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands have grown in-vitro meat, using cells from a live pig to replicate growth in a petri dish. They haven't been able to actually taste the pork they've grown because of lab rules.

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On "Evil"

Animal Person

Do you use the idea of "evil" in your thinking and processing of animal rights and veganism? A couple of days ago, Gingerlks commented (in part): " anyone who could watch Earthlings & not be moved is the same kind of evil.heartless. First, I do think people can either be desensitized to the rampant cruelty depicted in Earthlings, or so terrified of what might happen if they let it affect them that they simply shut down.

1001 Journals-Rescue Dogs

Animal Person

Here's the process: 1 - Register with Check out the Facebook page for 1001 Journals--Rescue Dogs. This is from Kate Merriman: "I would LOVE your contribution to this traveling journal. Don't worry if your first response is "but I'm not an artist" (I know some of you may be thinking that) - you can contribute a poem, some collage, stickers, journal entries, a drawing.". Here 's the page for the project on the 1001 Journals site.

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For the Budding Vegan Author

Animal Person

I have an unusual number of e-mails from individuals who have written, are writing, or would like to write a book about animals and asked about various steps in the publishing process. All kinds of things happen during the writing process because it is organic. Because I've been writing other people's books and helping them get published for 20 years, and I've written my own that I'm putting the final touches on, I'm in a decent position to deliver some advice.

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Montana Passes Horse Slaughterhouse Protection Measure

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Judicial review of equine slaughter or processing facilities -- surety bond -- attorney fees -- venue. (1) 1) (a) If an action is filed in district court to challenge the issuance of a license, permit, certificate, or other approval for an equine slaughter or processing facility pursuant to Title 75 or Title 81, chapter 9, the court shall require a surety bond of the person filing the action.

More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

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asphyxiated); they die from lack of oxygen, or anoxia, which is a painless process. I realize that the most humane method of treating chickens is to not kill them for food.BUT, as long as there is still a demand for their meat, PETA is advocating "Controlled-Atmosphere Killing" as an improvement over current methods of electric immobilization. Per PETA. Controlled-atmosphere killing is a U.S.

Undercover Video Sparks Calls for Canadian Ban on Horse Meat

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They call the process unethical. Excerpted from CTV.CA. Animal rights groups are calling for a ban on the sale of horse meat after disturbing video at a slaughterhouse in west Quebec was sent to the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition. The footage was shot with a hidden camera inside Les Viandes de la Petite Nation near Montebello. It shows a parade of horses being stunned with what's called a captive bolt pistol. At one point, a worker can be seen stunning a horse and waving goodbye.

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On Going Vegan

Animal Person

We do it because we want to and we choose to, and we ought to think about what else we're choosing in the process, and not deny or shy away from the implications of our choices. First I have to say that my husband and I were in our courtyard last night, with wine, vegan pizza with shiitakes, portobellos and chanterelles (still working through that five-pound bag of Daiya cheese), and Diana Krall playing. It was about 8:30 and we had seen 100+ kids in search of treats.

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Dog Diabetes

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This is because excess glucose in the body cannot process normally in the bloodstream. This in turn causes extreme thirst, which starts the vicious process all over again. There is no one cure for diabetes in dogs, but it can be managed well if caught at an early stage. There are a few common symptoms to look for when dealing with dog diabetes. Dog diabetes usually surfaces between the ages of 7 and 9. About one out of every ten dogs will suffer from diabetes.

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On Keeping "Vegan" Pure

Animal Person

Maybe sugar processed with bone char isn't worth boycotting a restaurant over. Kelly wondered whether the term "vegan" is " worth fighting for " given the latest trend of seemingly oxymoronish (waiting for that one to hit Webster's) terminology from the mouths of people who want to find a way to use animals, yet make it appear that they're not. Okay, that's not what she wrote, but that does seem to be what's occurring.

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Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act Passed House Judiciary

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According to a statement from the AQHA, “The majority of horses processed for slaughter in the United States [prior to slaughterhouse closures in this country] were no longer viable for their intended use, unmanageable or simply unwanted by their owners. It amazes me that legislative business is still being conducted in DC these days, what with the US economic sky falling. Especially animal business. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R.

On Talking With Veterinarians About Vegan Food

Animal Person

Charles the lame greyhound doesn't process grains well at all. We have a request, and it's an issue I've written about a handful of times but never had this particular question answered by readers: How do you talk with your vet--who is against feeding your dog vegan food--about your choice to do so? What do you say? I'm fortunate to have a regular (non-specialist) vet who has no problem at all with a vegan diet for dogs.

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Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

Animal Person

And is video of a cow being pummeled to death with a bat worse than a cow being "processed" in a slaughterhouse? Vamsee Juluri, Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, takes me back to graduate school when he writes of the importance of the stories we tell ourselves in " Use Free Speech to Celebrate Animal Life, Not to Enjoy Their Suffering."

On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

Animal Person

Butcher (no joke) from Montana: " “No one has to send a horse to a processing plant. " Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses " in today's New York Times begs a lot of questions that I wonder how you would answer. Let's deconstruct: The facts of the case: "Emaciated horses eating bark off trees. Abandoned horses tied to telephone poles. Horses subsisting on feces, walking among carcasses.

On Quieting the Mind

Animal Person

There's more on learning how to do TM, including discounts on the process here. I've been using Transcendental Meditation (TM) as my meditation technique for over a decade. I still do some Mindfulness Meditation a la John Kabat-Zinn , but TM is what I do regularly. There's been a fair amount of controversy, though less nowadays, regarding TM's founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (who passed away over a year ago), and his followers.

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“OCEANS” opens on Earth Day!

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While the movie, “OCEANS” won’t open till Earth Day, 400,000 moviegoers have already bought tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and protect coral reefs in the process. “OCEANS” Motion Picture Opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

Help SeaWorld Orlando Name Gentoo Chick

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Many of the chicks are currently residing behind-the-scenes in a penguin nursery until they fledge, which is the process of losing their baby down and growing their waterproof feathers. Since November 30, a total of 15 penguin chicks have hatched at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, the all-new attraction which features a colony of more than 250 penguins from four species – king, Adelie, gentoo and rockhopper.

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On Dolphins as a Gateway to Animal Rights

Animal Person

Riddle me this: If you're in camp #3, do you think it's bad to pursue personhood for individual species, or is it just something you're not going to spend your time on because of the various problems with the process (e.g., My life-as-a-tweeter is less and less significant these days. It's just not all that interesting to me. Something about jockeying for position in 140 characters or less, rather than interacting and sharing, I guess.