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LA Times "Rodent of the Week" Simply PR for Animal Research

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Rodent of the Week" supposedly highlights the "good things" that come out of animal research. Here's a weird little piece I came across. Clearly, a PR instrument. But even this peppy little piece discusses the weaknesses of animal research. So why not just end it?

Rescue Spotlight: Rabbit Meadows

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As the name suggests, they rescue rabbits, but they also rescue other small animals like ferrets, and other small rodents. Tags: rescue spotlight ferret rabbit rescue rodent Rabbit Meadows is a rescue group out of Seattle.

As cute as a mouse!

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Yes, we realize that not everyone shares our love of rodents, but you have to admit this mouse is just plain adorable! cute of the day

Chinese Give Gerbils Contraceptives to Cut Population

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Forestry officials are leaving pills by the gerbils' burrows to try to cut back the rodents' exploding numbers. Weird, but I give them credit for doing the humane thing. And I don't give the Chinese much credit in this blog. The gerbils, officials say, are threatening the fragile desert ecosystem in the vast Xinjiang region.

Dogs and Rat Poison

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As the weather starts getting colder, there may be a problem with rodents coming into our homes to look for a warm place to nest. It can be ingested through direct consumption of the pellets, or indirectly from chewing on or eating a contaminated rodent. Rat poison is made with blood thinners and is designed to cause hemorrhaging in rodents, and will do the same to your dog. Have an exterminator professionally rid your home of rodents.

British-Funded Lab Under Investigation in Malaysia

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Animal rights campaigners have accused the Progenix Research lab, which uses monkeys, dogs, rodents and rabbits for toxicology testing, of poisoning the animals to death. Malaysia, under pressure from animal rights activists, is going to investigate Progenix Labs. Malaysia is considering shutting down a controversial British-funded animal testing lab if there is evidence of cruelty there, the goverment's top veterinary official said on Sunday.

Seal Industry Tries to Capitalize on Medical Researchers Conjectures

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Pibarot has yet to begin collecting data through testing rodents and he says that a clinical trial in humans is hypothetical at this point - at least a decade of positive results and funding would have to be established first. While I'm not a fan of using animal hearts for transplants, I'm far more sympathetic to that than to simply using their parts for human vanity consumption. But the seal industry doesn't care.

Rats Taking Over from Mice in Labs

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Morse, corporate vice president for research model services at Charles River Laboratories, a Wilmington company that started by breeding lab rats in 1947 and has become a major supplier of rodents for research. I recently fostered the sweetest little rat and I currently have two mice. Therefore, this Boston Globe article saddens me on both levels. And, of course, our old friend, Charles River Laboratories, will be a major supplier of lab rats.

West Virginia University to Build Animal Research Lab

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It will house rodents for use in experiments. Thanks to your tax dollars, federal stimulus money is being used to build a $14.5 million dollar research lab. It is the largest grant thus far under the stimulus package. Why would this West Virginia University project be the recipient of federal stimulus money? Because it will create JOBS! And research for drug development, which means more MONEY and JOBS! From West Virginia Metro News.

Positive Responses from Animal Testers?

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Testing a single chemical takes up to five years, involves 800 rodents and costs $3.8 I guess it depends on how much you believe them. The article from UPI is below in its entirety. Drug and chemical companies say they endorse a Europe-wide initiative intended to eventually end the use of animals in research and safety testing.

Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

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The Calgary Zoo is again under scrutiny as details emerged Friday about how a capybara, a species of giant South American rodent, died after becoming caught in a hydraulic door last weekend as it was being moved from one area to another. Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices. Look at all these incidents that have occurred there (listed in the Montreal Gazette article in the above link).I

From Today's New York Times

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Just as lacewings and dragonflies keep mosquito populations in check, birds of prey eat rodents that can carry Lyme-bearing ticks, hantavirus, plague bacteria and other ills. To the Editor: Re “ New Battle of Logging vs. Spotted Owls Looms in West ” (news article, Oct. 18): Saving old growth forest and spotted owls is wise for many reasons, including controlling infectious diseases. Owls, kestrels and hawks are guardians of the fields.

Calgary Zoo in Big Trouble

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The audit was requested after a capybara, a giant central American rodent, was pounded to death when a staff member shut a hydraulic door. We've written about the Calgary Zoo here before. Not a stellar reputation. Now, the results of a long-awaited audit shows that this place truly sucks and needs a lot of improvement. From eCanadaNow.com. To many people, the number of animal fatalities at the Calgary Zoo in newer years seemed very high.

No More PU

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Not only is the yard an eyesore, but the rodents inhabiting the yard are a threat to the neighborhood. Sometimes life just stinks, but Tidy Cats® is here to help. Today kicks off the Tidy Cats “No More PU” campaign. Tidy Cats brand cat litter Scoop formulas with new Odor Erasers™ technology helps with the PU in the litter box, and now Tidy Cats is on a mission to help with the PU in life.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Elephants, whales, hippopotamuses, giraffes, and alligators use low-frequency sounds to communicate over long distances, often miles; and bats, dolphins, whales, frogs, and various rodents use high-frequency sounds to find food, communicate with others, and navigate.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 6 of 13

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One suspects that there would be fewer peanut butter lovers if the walls of peanut butter factories were made of glass, for it has been reported by Consumer Reports (May 1972) that rodent hairs and other disgusting materials were found in many of the jars of peanut butter they tested. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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We regularly subject rodents to pain, starvation, solitary confinement, and grotesque disfigurement. The animal-welfare groups have failed in their most ambitious efforts to protect laboratory rodents. "We With rodents off the table, though, it's not clear what's left for the activists to do.