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Sheep Smarter Than We Thought

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Good news for sheep from the University of Cambridge. UK sheep university of cambridge

Burp-Less Sheep?

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Apparently, Australian scientists think less sheep burping (and less methane releasing) would help with global warming. Tags: climate australia global warming sheep

Shaun the Sheep Movie coming to Blu-Ray!

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He’s a little sheep with big dreams, and lately, life on Mossy Bottom Farm has become a bit dull. When Shaun takes the day off for some fun in the Big City, he gets a lot more action … Continue reading → The post Shaun the Sheep Movie coming to Blu-Ray! MEET SHAUN!

Groups Seek Charges in Sheep Decompression Tests

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this case, the affidavit states, three sheep out of 303 died during studies in a hyperbaric chamber over the past 10 years and 23 others died within a day of having been removed from the chamber. Tags: animal research sheep PETA university of madison-wisconsin You heard it right.sheep decompression tests. PETA and the Alliance for Animals are asking for charges to be filed against the University of Wisconsin at Madison. From the Wisconsin State Journal.

On Thanking Slaughtered Sheep for Book Awards

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So I thanked Melissa, thanked Renee, then I hold on to your hat--thanked my sheep. Jenny sent me a link to a remarkably-ironic story that was very tough to get through. Remember Catherine Friend, who wrote Compassionate Carnivore ? Here 's my commentary on it, and here 's my commentary about what compassionate carnivore means--and doesn't mean.)

Dog bedding for outside dogs

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Police dogs, for example, may have to spend a lot of time outside as part of their role, as could guide dogs, guard dogs and sheep dogs. Dogs love the great outdoors, don’t they?

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Taking Care of your Furry Friends While You’re Away

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This is a particularly good option for working breeds and those with high exercise demands, like sheep dogs and labs. You’ve got your itinerary set, your tickets are booked, your Bermuda shorts are packed, and you’re ready to go. There’s just one thing: where to leave your cat(s) and dog(s)? This is one of the most common questions travelers with pets encounter, and the answer really depends on what both you and your pets are most comfortable with.

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Best DIY Halloween Costumes for Cats and Dogs

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If you’ve got a dog known for herding, cut a rectangle of green fabric for your dog’s back, and superglue a few small stuff sheep dolls to the top. While most cats and dogs may not enjoy getting dressed up, some pets will have a blast dressing up alongside you and your kids for Halloween. However, while you might invest a lot of time and effort into your own costume, it can be tough to justify an expensive costume for your pet that may wind up torn to shreds.

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A Chance for Bliss

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Currently, A Chance for Bliss sanctuary is home to 96 residents including 25 horses, 22 dogs, 8 goats, 7 pot belly pigs , 4 sheep, 2 steers, 5 ducks, 5 geese, 5 cockatiels, 4 rabbits, 3 chickens, 3 cats, 1 turkey, a one-winged pigeon, Hines, and a turtle, Bart.

Welsh Report Shows Increased Animal Research at Cardiff University

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By comparison, Bangor University used 1,464 mice and 664 fish, Aberystwyth used 289 cattle, 153 mice and 102 sheep and Swansea used 1,208 fish. Here's an article about an increase in animal experiments at Cardiff University in Wales. According to a Wales on Sunday investigation, the number of animals used at Cardiff has risen by 13 percent since 2006.

India's Cows Contributing to Global Warming?

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By burping, belching and excreting copious amounts of methane — a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide — India's livestock of roughly 485 million (including sheep and goats) contribute more to global warming than the vehicles they obstruct. It's been a while since we've posted about Mr. Barky's favorite subject. Cows With Gas! This time, in India!

More on Mulesing

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The controversial practice - in which folds of skin are cut from a sheep's rear to prevent fly and maggot infestation - was due to end by 2010. From The Age: Animal rights activists intend ramping up their international campaign against Australian wool after producers indicated they would not stick to a deadline for phasing out mulesing. But a national vote of producers has elected a group of pro-mulesing directors to control Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

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EU Backing Cloned Animal Products

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If this policy is adopted, European farms could be populated by cloned supersize animals used as breeding stock for cows, pigs and sheep that are reared for food. 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.

Untamed Americas

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Then travel to the Rockies, for a ringside seat as male bighorn sheep go head-to-head in a bloody battle for breeding rights. Clip – Big Horn Bash: A young male big horned sheep challenges an older male to a fight. We are so excited about this new mini-series from National Geographic! Untamed Americas ” is a high-definition miniseries event narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin. The first of the series premiers June 10th, 2012.

Twenty Years Ago

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Someone entered the premises of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum , cut the lock on the bighorn sheep exhibit, and shot the male bighorn to death. Then—and here's the grisly part—the assailant cut the sheep's head off. It was obviously premeditated, the sheep was defenseless against a high-powered rifle, and the assailant mutilated the body. 12-8-87. There was a senseless killing last night.

"Zoo from Hell" Owner Convicted in New York

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The animals included ducks, chickens, guinea hens, rabbits, sheep, dogs and cats. And people wonder why I'm so disappointed by humans. A farm-animal breeder who ran what a prosecutor called "the zoo from hell" was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty. A jury in West Haverstraw deliberated less than two hours before convicting Robert Everle of all 13 charges of torturing, injuring and starving animals.

Group Seeks to Ban Chinese Fur Trade with Australia

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However, the fur is passed off as sheep skin. GRUESOME! Excerpted from the International Business Times. Humane Society International (HSI) called on Wednesday for a ban on the fur trade to Australia. The call was issued after the animal rights group discovered that the fur were sourced from the raccoon dog in China, ABC Radio Australia reports. About 10 million dogs in China are killed for their fur, prompting an animal rights group to seek a ban on fur trade to Australia.

From Today's New York Times

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9, 2008 Note from KBJ: Some reasons for vegetarianism apply to all animals, from cows, pigs, and sheep to turkeys, chickens, and fish. To the Editor: The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases is generated by livestock production, more than by transportation. Yet Al Gore does not even mention the need for Americans to reduce meat consumption as we attempt to rescue ourselves from the climate crisis.

Study Claims Islamic Slaughtering More Humane

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The study: 'Attempts to Objectify Pain and Consciousness in Conventional (captive bolt pistol stunning) and Ritual (halal, knife) Methods of Slaughtering Sheep and Calves' concludes that Islamic slaughtering is the most humane method of slaughter and that captive bolt stunning, practised in the West, causes severe pain to the animal.

How far would you go to keep your best friend?

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From Dolly the sheep (the first clone), to a Brahman bull that was a gentle giant, and even a cat that didn’t turn out to look a bit like the original! Would you consider cloning your dog? Dog, Inc.:

Dog Collars

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A sheep dog or other herding animal’s primary duty is to guard the flock against the designs of other carnivores. By Augie Berings, Bering’s Hardware. Nearly every dog owner buys a collar for their new pet but few are aware of the long history and many different types of collars.

J. Baird Callicott on Domesticity

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From the perspective of the land ethic a herd of cattle, sheep, or pigs is as much or more a ruinous blight on the landscape as a fleet of four-wheel drive off-road vehicles. But this is not true of cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens. Callicott thinks so-called animal liberationists such as Peter Singer (author of Animal Liberation [1975]) want to release cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens into the wild.

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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Carnivores killed less than 1% of cattle (0.18%) and approximately 3% of sheep produced in the U.S.; • Out of Step with American Values - Americans value wildlife and abhor animal cruelty. Environmental groups have called on Obama to get rid of the USDA's Dept. of Wildlife Services , which is involved in mainly predator control programs (coyotes are a big target). Ranchers oppose the move.

On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

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I wouldn't do it to a dog, and I shouldn't do it to a chicken/sheep/cow/pig. There is no question about the motive here: seduce the sheep into believing you care so that they are easier to deal with and easier to lead to slaughter. Stephanie's post about " The Compassionate Hypocrite " on Saturday reminded me of what Catherine Friend and other " compassionate carnivores " are doing in addition to twisting the definition of compassionate beyond recognition.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ PETA’s Latest Tactic: $1 Million for Fake Meat ” (news article, April 21): The commercial development of meat from animal tissue won’t result in “fake meat” any more than cloning sheep results in fake sheep. Quite the contrary, lab-based techniques have the potential to yield far purer meat, uncontaminated with growth hormones, pesticides, E. coli bacteria or food additives. A more accurate name for the end result would therefore be “clean meat.”

Listen Today on WALO Radio

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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!

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. Andrew from Good Honest Dollar had an excellent question. It's a thoughtful question I wish more people would ask. The meat industry will say yes, of course, all animals are treated and killed humanely. Here is my opinion. It's a deceptively simple question that could spawn a monster-long response. But I’ll try to keep my answer as short as possible.)

From Today's New York Times

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Cows, domestic sheep, chickens and many others would not survive if they were not raised for human consumption, protected from malnutrition, disease and predators. Wolves eat sheep. To the Editor: Re “ Animal, Vegetable, Miserable ,” by Gary Steiner (Op-Ed, Nov.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 4 of 13

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Suppose there was a breed of sheep that became very ill when the sheep’s fleece was removed; they did not function normally. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. What Is an Animal Part? The last example suggests the difficulty of making a clear distinction between an animal part and an animal product.

On Honoring Living "Things"

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The same is true for cows, pigs, fishes, turkeys, chickens, buffaloes, sheeps, goats, and many other nonhuman animals whom we call "food." William Horden's, " The Sacred Space of the Shared Heart " is exactly the type of piece I am talking about when I express frustration over "spiritual" people who kill nonhuman animals or who have them killed for a meal. "My

On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

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All we do as vegans is take a reality--the reality of the sentience of cats, dogs, horses, chickens, sheep, cows, etc. Bea directed me to the Animal Welfare Special Report at TheHill.com , in which Rep. David Scott (D-Ga), who is the chairman of the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture draws a line in the sand regarding the animals we use and how we use them.

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on Consistency

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That depends on whether there are morally relevant differences between chickens and fish on the one hand and cows, pigs, and sheep on the other. (I It is certain, then, that the practice of flesh-eating involves a vast amount of cruelty, a fact which cannot be lessened or evaded by any quibbling subterfuges. But, before we pass on to another phase of the food-question, we must deal more fully with that very common method of argument (alluded to in Chapter III.)

From Today's New York Times

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21, 2008 To the Editor: The correct response to “The Biggest Beef Recall Ever” is to not just be appalled and sickened at the horrifying treatment of living beings at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company plant, but to realize that this is almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg, that not just cows are being tortured, but pigs, turkeys, chickens, calves and sheep. To the Editor: Your Feb. 21 editorial “ The Biggest Beef Recall Ever ” made some excellent points.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 3 of 13

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Clearly, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and fish do not consent to being eaten. 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? Vegan vegetarians who eat only vegetables, fruit, and nuts do not completely remove all microorganisms from their food, even with repeated cleaning.