Montana Passes Horse Slaughterhouse Protection Measure

Critter News

Montana has passed a law making it difficult to challenge the building of a horse slaughtering facility in that state. Judicial review of equine slaughter or processing facilities -- surety bond -- attorney fees -- venue. (1) Tags: horse slaughter The last such facility in the US closed in 2007. This bill specifically makes for groups that might oppose it to use the court system to do so. From the bill, which you can read here : Section 2.

Guy Who Trained Flipper Protests Dolphin Slaughter

Critter News

Today, the man who trained Flipper for the popular 1960s TV series is crusading against the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, captured by hidden cameras in a chilling documentary called “The Cove” that’s being shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. O’Barry has been on a dolphin-protection crusade since the day in 1970 that Kathy, one of the dolphins that played Flipper, died in a steel tank at the Miami Seaquarium while he was holding her.

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Seal Slaughter Stopped by Russia. Canada? Not So Much.

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Kudos for Russian leader Vladimir Putin for stopping the slaughter of seals. The ministry said: “This is a serious step forward to protect Russia’s biological diversity. Conservation groups have staged protests in 20 Russian cities this week, demanding an end to the slaughter. Maybe Canada can learn something from the former KGB agent and avid hunter about compassion.

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Bill Introduced in Congress to Protect Wild Horses

Critter News

Nick Rahall and Raul Grijalva have introduced a bill that would protect healthy wild horses from being killed by the BLM. He says it's unacceptable for wild horses that embody the spirit of the American West to be slaughtered. In a written statement, Rahall says the intent is to help spur alternatives to killing excess wild horses that are in holding facilities. They don't have the text of it on Thomas.gov, but here is a link to HR 1018 on the site. Here is what Rep.

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

For only $450,000, we could buy almost all of the habitat neded to protect Ecuador's remaining frogs. Corwin tells the story of the Maasai of Kenya, whose culture involved disdain for and slaughter of lions.

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On the Banning of Eating Cats and Dogs in China

Animal Person

Why choose enslavement, rape, domination and slaughter? Here's an interesting combination of great sentiment and horrible sentiment that involves two responses from the above list: "Online critics said it was hypocritical to protect only dogs and cats, and that the government should focus on human welfare before protecting animals." Yes, it is hypocritical (speciesism), but who said that we either protect humans or animals?

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Humane Society Endorses Obama

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The Obama-Biden ticket is the better choice on animal protection, and we urge all voters who care about the humane treatment of animals, no matter what their party affiliation, to vote for them. has been a solid supporter of animal protection at both the state and federal levels. Not a big surprise considering McCain's VP choice.

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On Small Victories

Animal Person

Both, of course, were seen as victories, but the article's author, Richard Foot, asks: Do such successes mean the animal rights movement is winning its long, controversial campaigns to gain the same legal protections for animals as those ascribed to humans? Changes in the manner of slaughter (i.e., Yesterday's " Do Small Victories Affect Big Picture in Animal Rights Debate? makes some fantastic points that are worth repeating and deconstructing.

Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

The University of Puerto Rico, an "1862" LGU founded in 1900, operates a slaughter facility killing small ruminants -- typically goats and sheep, cattle being large ruminants. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends! Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry!

On Different Results of Direct Action

Animal Person

Dr. David Jentsch says to his colleagues "your silence will no longer protect you" and his community of vivisectionists has decided to have a pro-torture and slaughter (i.e., Jentsch talks about the cost ("it's hard to put a price tag on") of protecting those like him, so we definitely know that the tactics of those who seek to defend animals are working on one level (economic harm, though once removed at least in this situation).

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

To this day, 95 percent of the animals used in research labs receive no federal protection whatsoever under the Animal Welfare Act." The animal-welfare groups have failed in their most ambitious efforts to protect laboratory rodents. "We First of all, whether someone was born in a breeding center, under a porch or in my living room doesn't make them more or less entitled to a life free of enslavement, torture and slaughter.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

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!

Wild Chimpanzees Threatened in the Congo

Critter News

Locals have told Hicks that up to a few years ago there was very little poaching (except for elephants) in the area, and that it is the mining of diamonds and gold that has lead to the current slaughter of wildlife. Sadly, there is evidence that the bushmeat trade is spreading rapidly into the Bili and Rubi-Tele protected areas, both of which have been recently invaded by illegal miners.

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A Good Day for Horses

Animal Ethics

Horses destined for inhumane slaughter in the U.S. Because animal flesh sold for human consumption abroad must be inspected by a USDA inspector, the court ruling may mean that the few remaining horse-slaughtering plants in the U.S.—including Since the ruling prevents Cavel from inspecting any new horses for slaughter, the plant will have to halt operations after slaughtering the already inspected horses. A previous post on the "Horse Slaughter Bill" (H.R.

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Dog Death Squads in China

4 The Love Of Animals

Here is the letter: I’ve just received an urgent report that another city in China is planning a mass cull to slaughter any unregistered dogs, strays, and even registered family dogs that are over 14 inches (35cm) tall. Can you imagine being forced to kill your own dog to save it from a more brutal slaughter? Make a donation to help IFAW end dog culls in China and to protect animals around the world from similar cruelty.

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Adopt A Turkey!

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Says DeGeneres: “Did you know that every year between 250 and 300 million turkeys are bred for slaughter in the United States? Funny lady Ellen DeGeneres and rescue group Farm Sanctuary both want you to Adopt-A-Turkey this Thanksgiving!

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A Self-Interested Reason to Not Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

Slaughter’s bill banning the routine use of antibiotics in animal feed. 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

You report that Susan Predl, a senior biologist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, uses “distance sampling” to count the deer that managed to survive the recent county-organized, taxpayer-financed slaughter.

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. That is, if what the vegetarian wants is that we should stop eating meat even if we like eating it and even if our liking for it greatly exceeds our revulsion at the suffering of animals in being raised and slaughtered for food, then a decision to stop eating meat would seem to amount to a decision of principle.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The rooster watches over the flock protectively and often participates in a hen’s egg-laying ritual, an extremely important and private part of her life. Though chickens can live for 5 to 11 years, after two years, they are hauled away to slaughter just like battery-caged hens. To the Editor: Re “ Suddenly, the Hunt Is On for Cage-Free Eggs ” (front page, Aug.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

How far do we go in protecting them? Cows, domestic sheep, chickens and many others would not survive if they were not raised for human consumption, protected from malnutrition, disease and predators. To the Editor: Re “ Animal, Vegetable, Miserable ,” by Gary Steiner (Op-Ed, Nov.

Jonathan Bennett on Revisable Morality

Animal Ethics

Have you looked at images or videotapes of slaughter? If you haven't, then you are suppressing your sympathies, thereby protecting your moral principles from revision. There is a difficulty about drawing from all this a moral for ourselves.

Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

I shall endeavor to protect and take care of all living creatures. After two or three laying cycles when their egg production begins to wane, the layer hens are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and sent to slaughter, where they are processed into chicken soup and pet food. After several years of confinement and continual reimpregnation on a dairy farm, spent dairy cows are sent to slaughter where they are processed into ground beef.

Jan Narveson on Moral Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Utilitarians persuaded of the leading premise here should, I think, be willing to pay the higher prices, and to plump for protections of animals of the kind in question. What the utilitarian who defends human carnivorousness must say, then, is something like this: that the amount of pleasure which humans derive per pound of animal flesh exceeds the amount of discomfort and pain per pound which are inflicted on the animals in the process, all things taken into account. Is this plausible?

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

In the United States pork industry, the vast majority of the more than 100 million pigs raised each year are housed in climate-controlled buildings that protect them from the elements, illness and disease and that allow for individual care. Dave Warner Director of Communications National Pork Producers Council Washington, March 28, 2007 To the Editor: Regardless of how “humanely” an animal is raised, it still has to be slaughtered to be eaten.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

The column, which you can read here , is a call to arms to factory farmers to fight back against those individuals and organizations working to protect farm animals from the abuses inherent in factory farms. Recent victories by animal protection advocates have an increasing number of pro-factory-farming lobbyists worried about the future of animal agriculture. September 7, 2006, a bill banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption( H.R.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

And as the slaughtering of animals is not high tech, certainly no trade secrets would be at risk with the imposition of cameras. The federal government needs to recommit itself to putting boots on the ground in America and elsewhere to inspect and protect our food supply. To the Editor: Your Feb. 21 editorial “ The Biggest Beef Recall Ever ” made some excellent points.

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

At the time of slaughter, these frightened animals are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and shipped long distances to the slaughterhouse without food or water or protection from the elements. If you do view the documentary, I suspect that you will agree that "raising," transporting and slaughtering animals in this way is, indeed, prima facie wrong and ought not be supported, absent a very compelling reason for doing so.]

Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

And it certainly doesn't follow that it is permissible to eat meat that comes from animals who were forced to endure horribly inhumane factory farm conditions and who were then slaughtered inhumanely. Rather, the question is: "Is it morally permissible to eat this meat—the meat you are about to purchase—which did come from an inhumanely raised and cruelly slaughtered animal?"

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