On the Psychological Continuum

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There is no philosophical continuum, but there is a psychological continuum, as evidenced by everyone at the workshop taking steps back or forward, denoting their increase in animal use (including no meat to meat, or backsliding, like I did a decade ago), or their decrease (such as when vegetarians go vegan). Hence the psychological continuum described (below) by Austria's Association Against Animal Factories from about a year ago.

Beyond Companionship: How Pets Can Help Your Health

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Psychological benefits. Studies have found that pets play an important supportive role and can help with psychological health issues such as reducing the effects of loneliness and depression. Humans and animals share an extremely important bond.

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Top 5 Ways to Pet Proof Your Home

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Pay attention to pet psychology, and you’ll find a lot more respect paid to your possessions in turn. Take one look at the viral blog, Pet Shaming , and it’s difficult to retain any illusions about our furry friends.

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Kansas University Tries to Correct Welfare Violations

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Kansas University Medical Center was nailed by USDA inspectors for violations including improper treatment for sick animals, aging facilities and failing to provide appropriate enrichment opportunities for animals who appear to be under psychological stress.

How Pets Can Improve Your Health

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But, pets also become bona fide family members with which we establish genuine relationships—incomparable emotional bonds that can have extraordinarily positive physical and psychological impacts on humans.

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Chaser, the dog that knows 1000 words! #Chaser1000

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The story of Chaser actually begins with Yasha, the faithful companion of John Pilley, emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Most dog lovers will tell you that their dog is smart.

Monkey Rescued in India

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an animal can be psychologically traumatized, why in the world do we still wonder if it has any intelligence? A monkey was rescued from a factory in India where it was being held in captivity. It's an adult male macaque suffering from zoochosis. It's the first time I've ever heard the term. According to the article, "Zoochosis is a term used by animal rights activists in reference to the degrading effect of zoos on animals that have been kept in captivity over a long period of time.

Bubbles the Chimp Resurfaces

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They are wild creatures and their psychology must suffer from these abnormal arrangements. I had forgotten all about Michael Jackson and his chimp Bubbles whom he rescued from a research facility. Apparently, Bubbles is now 26 years old and living at an animal sanctuary. He got too aggressive to live with Jackson's kids. This is not surprising. Chimpanzees, like Travis the chimp who mauled the woman in Connecticut, are not meant to be family pets.

"Change of Heart": New Book about Animal Activism

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It's called "Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change." We received an email about a new book being released by Lantern Books. The author is Nick Cooney and he's the Director of The Humane League, an animal advocacy non-profit with offices in Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. In the author's words. Change Of Heart provides science-based answers to many questions that are hotly debated among animal activists.

Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

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Animal rights advocates say it's cruel to the nearly defenseless bears and harms them psychologically. Ugh, this is barbaric and right out of the dark ages. From the AP. A declawed, defanged bear is chained to a stake as hunting dogs bark and snap, trying to force the bear to stand on its hind legs. The training exercise called bear baying is intended to make the bears easier to shoot in the wild and it's only allowed in South Carolina.

Why Justice for Animals Is the Social Movement of Our Time

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Dr. Hope Ferdowsian, Human Rights Physician In " Why Justice for Animals Is the Social Movement of Our Time " recently published in Psychology Today , Dr. Ferdowsian argues that human and animal rights are not mutually exclusive. "There is no longer dispute among serious scientists that humans aren’t the only animals who have the capacity to suffer physically and mentally.

Man Kills Goldfish in Domestic Violence Attack, Gets Probation

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A 27-year-old man who attacked his ex-girlfriend and killed her pet fish has been sentenced to two years probation and a psychological evaluation. I'm posting the whole article because it's so short. Another example of how animals (even goldfish!) become victims of domestic violence. I know some people may think it's just a goldfish and this punishment is too much, but he wasn't just stabbing the goldfish, he was symbolically stabbing his girlfriend.

Student Researcher Says "Hooray for Animal Research"

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and counseling to ease off the psychological dependence on food. This kid is a biochem major at the University of Southern Mississippi. He's helping to investigate possible drug cures for obesity. Listen to this. Freeman says that the most difficult thing he has encountered so far in his research comes not from the lab, but from people’s attitudes about animal testing.

Stupid TLC Show Called "My Monkey Baby"

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They are not humans and it's not psychologically healthy for them to be treated that way. Thanks to Chimpanzee Information for pointing this travesty out. It's a TLC show about humans that adopt monkeys and treat them as their children. This is seriously weird stuff. Monkey business is big business in the United States, where some people pay up to $5,000 to adopt a monkey of their own, often a capuchin monkey, which can grow up to 22 inches and 9 pounds.

Dog Whisperer: Inside Puppy Mills

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They do the physical rescue, I do the psychological rescue. Add another voice to the growing choir of those speaking out against puppy mills! DOG WHISPERER: INSIDE PUPPY MILLS. Friday, May 8 at 9PM ET/PT. Dog Whisperer: Inside Puppy Mills exposes inhumane conditions at these factory-like breeding operations, as Cesar joins an undercover mission with the animal welfare organization Last Chance for Animals (LCA).

Supreme Court to Review Legality of Animal Abuse Videos

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Preventing cruelty to animals, although an exceedingly worthy goal, simply does not implicate interests of the same magnitude as protecting children from physical and psychological harm," the appeals court said. You'd think it would be a no-brainer, but no. The justices said they would review, at the request of the federal government, an appeals court decision that said Congress's broad attempt to discourage animal cruelty by outlawing its depiction violates the First Amendment. The U.S.

USHS Alleges Animal Abuse at the University of Louisiana New Iberia Research Laboratory

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This is a story of inhumane treatment and a story of psychological torment for these animals,” Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based animal rights group, said at a news conference Wednesday. Actually, it's more then allegations. They have video. The video footage shows monkeys biting themselves and slamming against the bars of small cages.

Teach Your Dog To Go Potty On Command!

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in Mass Communications and Human Psychology helped create her unique training tips for dog owners. Today we welcome top Celebrity dog trainer and behavioral expert Inger Martens as a guest blogger. Her B.A.

Lick Granuloma

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The most common cause of lick granuloma is psychological, usually due to stress, boredom or a compulsive behaviour. Lick granuloma is a serious skin problem in dogs and occurs when dogs continuously lick a certain area, which then becomes inflamed and sore. It tends to be most common on the legs; however any area can be affected. However it can also be physiological such as bacterial and fungal infections, trauma which causes nerve damage, allergies or bone disease.

From Today's New York Times

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But in a Darwin letter of April 3, 1880, which I have, where he thanks Georg Heinrich Schneider for sending him a copy of his recently published treatise “Der thierische Wille”—a valuable contribution to animal psychology—Darwin seems to sum up his life’s work in one sentence: “Everything about the minds of animals interests me greatly.”

What Friends are For

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How ridiculous is it that " On the Psychological Continuum ," to say nothing of an article against rabbit fur, is on the same page as Gabriella's Fur Den? So this was in my e-mail box this morning. Now what?

Service Members Get a Second Chance with Service Dogs

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Freedom Service Dogs are essential companions to disabled service members who have physical and psychological needs that are the result of their sacrifices, and make a tremendous difference in the lives of these veterans.”.

On "Compassion," "Nonviolence" and "Justice"

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I think most would agree with that one, although there is the question of psychological harm, and activists are all over the map with that. First there's "What constitutes psychological harm?" Why all the quotation marks? Because I've been thinking about the evolution of my own thinking--and languaging--regarding animal rights. Both animal rights groups and animal welfare groups use "compassion" frequently. Then again, so do people who kill animals for a living.

Lost Souls: Found!

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He was adopted out, but then quickly returned due to his poor psychological state. Lost Souls: Found! is a great series of books about adopted/rescued dogs. Each book is breed specific, sharing stories of those who love the breed and have adopted dogs through rescue.

From Today's New York Times

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Mr. Bittman has some strong answers: evolutionary psychology, convenience and propaganda posing as marketing. To the Editor: Re “ Hooked on Meat ,” by Mark Bittman (column, June 2): The other day, I asked the manager of our local chain grocery store why we were offered only Peruvian asparagus in the springtime. Remember when fresh, locally grown asparagus would come in? No longer. Why eat produce that has no flavor? Why not go next door and grab a salty, fatty burger in a bag?

From the Mailbag

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Dear Keith, I work with Wesleyan University Professor Scott Plous (founder of Social Psychology Network), and I'm writing to let you know of a new web site related to animal protection. The site uses a unique interactive technology to offer "human-like" interviews that probe the ethical dimensions of diet and lifestyle choices. This probing often leads people to examine their own practices and to better understand the choices made by others.

From Today's New York Times

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An Oxford University study published in the journal Nature found that wide-ranging carnivores like tigers and other big cats “show the most evidence of stress and/or psychological dysfunction in captivity.” To the Editor: Re “ Tiger on the Loose: Can It Happen Here? ” (news article, Dec. 27): It’s little wonder that Tatiana, the tiger that escaped from the San Francisco Zoo, longed for her freedom.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 12 of 13

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The argument from brutalization, however, does not appear to postulate a logical connection between vegetarianism and inhumanity but rather a psychological one. Thus the strong form of the argument seems to assume the truth of the following psychological generalization. But perhaps the psychological generalization presupposed is a little different from (1). For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post.

The Power of Pets Initiative

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“Mars Petcare, through its world-renowned WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, has long been a leader in researching the meaningful physical, psychological and social benefits that pets bring to individuals and communities,&# said Debra Fair, vice president of corporate affairs, Mars Petcare US. &# The Power of Pets™ program is the perfect way for us to share this research and really bring these benefits to life. Mars Petcare recently launched The Power of Pets!

On Radical Abolitionism and Guilt

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As Best writes, "Psychological and ethical change is a necessary but not a sufficient condition of the large-scale social transformations needed for creating viable democratic and ecological cultures." Frequently, when I read Steve Best, I feel guilty. He's talking about me," I say to myself. Though I'm not a Francione-style abolitionist, and much of what Best writes isn't directed at me, plenty of what he writes is. And I don't mean me personally (though I probably should).

Earth Day Lecture

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She specializes in Environmental Ethics, Human-Animal Ethics, and Moral Psychology. Since a number of "Animal Ethics" readers reside in the northern Illinois area, I thought I would call your attention to an exciting lecture that is taking place on Northern Illinois University's campus. This Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m., Kathie L. Jenni, Ph.D.

On Different Results of Direct Action

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He then says he goes to "exceptional lengths" to make ensure the physical and psychological welfare of the primates he uses, "except when it's absolutely necessary" to harm them.

The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind

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A team led by cognitive scientist Josef Topál of the Research Institute for Psychology in Hungary recently ran an experiment to study how 10-month-old babies pay attention to people. The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind. By Carl Zimmer { source }. Brian Hare, assistant professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, holds out a dog biscuit. “Henry!&# he says.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 3 of 13

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But it might also be possible to develop animals that periodically shed their legs and wanted to have their shed legs eaten, animals whose psychological health and well-being depended on such eating. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. What Meat Should Not Be Eaten? What is forbidden meat? Most moral vegetarians list fish and fowl as animals one should not eat. But what about microorganisms?

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 11 of 13

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But it is not implausible to suppose that, for many people, going without meat will have less psychological meaning and consequently strengthen their resolve less than wearing buttons and signing petitions. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. The Argument from Human Grain Shortage All of the clearly moral arguments for vegetarianism given so far have been in terms of animal rights and suffering.

The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

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32) Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine also recommends breast-feeding infants: Breast-feeding is nature's way of meeting the infant's nutritional needs, and also helps boost immunity, not to mention its psychological benefits.