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Anti-Vivisection Activists Address Scottish Parliament

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Vivisection is Up There with Waterboarding

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Help Release Chimps from Medical Research

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Project R&R is a campaign of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. Tags: chimpanzees animal research animal cruelty vivisection anti-cruelty medical research Visit this site.

Thousands Offered for Primate Freedom

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An animal rights activist has offered $30,000 to anyone who facilitates the freeing of primates, or the end of vivisection, at the University of Kansas, a place cited for numerous animal welfare violations. Tags: University of Kansas animal research vivisection primates He does not condone violent or illegal acts. Good luck.

A Reluctant Vivisector

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For all of you who think there are no moral quandaries to vivisection and animal research, read this. Tags: animal experimentation animal research vivisection medical research At least someone who has conducted animal research has a conscience and is willing to write about it. In fact, read the whole 5-part series in Slate. Read it and tell me that the end, or even the simple limitation, of animal research is nothing more than "darn government regulators!

On Different Results of Direct Action

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How to Confront Cruelty

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The norm of moderate concern for animals - that animals matter albeit less than humans - permits the (ab)use of animals in vivisection, factory farming, bloodsports and other contexts where animals suffer. I came across this 2005 book from the Society & Animals Journal titled Confronting Cruelty Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement. Sounds interesting. Why and how do people campaign on behalf of a species that is not their own?

New Book Shows Mark Twain an Early Advocate Against Animal Cruelty

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The book also contains writings by Twain against vivisection. A new book by author and Stanford professor Shelly Fisher Fishkin reveals that Mark Twain was an early advocate against animal cruelty. Called Mark Twain's Book of Animals , the book contains a number of his writing about animals. From the review: Twain writes about cruelty to animals in a range of contexts, criticizing, for example, the insensitivity involved in the exploitation of animals for sport or entertainment.

ALF Activists Burn Company That Sells Animals for Research

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From the site: In the early morning hours of May 18th, four incendiary devices were planted at Scientific Resources International, a supplier of non-humyn primates for use in vivisection labs all over northern Nevada. Activists from ALF are claiming responsibility for a fire that caused an estimated $300,000 damage to Scientific Resources International.

Animal Rights Activists Attack Berkeley Vet

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We acted against Timmel because he is a veterinarian in UC Berkeley's vivisection labs. This via the ALF Press Office : As he left his car parked in a garage on campus, he was whistling and had no idea he had been followed. We preceded to vandalize his shiny new Audi, paid for with blood money. We would have reduced the Audi to ashes; if not for the fact that tailing him prevented us from grabbing the instruments that would have set his sh*t aflame. But there's always tomorrow.

From Today's New York Times

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4) are abhorrent acts condemned by the vast majority of animal advocates and the organizations who represent them, including the National Anti-Vivisection Society. Peggy Cunniff Executive Director National Anti-Vivisection Society Chicago, Aug. To the Editor: The recent terrorist attacks on scientists (“ Firebombings at Homes of 2 California Researchers ,” news article, Aug.

J. Baird Callicott on Factory Farms

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The very presence of animals, so emblematic of delicate, complex organic tissue, surrounded by machines, connected to machines, penetrated by machines in research laboratories or crowded together in space-age "production facilities" is surely the more real and visceral source of our outrage at vivisection and factory farming than the contemplation of the quantity of pain that these unfortunate beings experience.

Becoming Sensitized to Animals in Books

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When Paul Farmer was a medical student, he had to do a vivisection. I read a lot. A whole lot. Over the years, I've noticed that the role of animals jumps out at me in any book I read. It may be just a couple of pages or even a couple of sentences, but it's enough to make a lasting impression. Here is one example. I read "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World."

When You Have to Make a Choice About Your Beliefs

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She has no issues with vivisection either. I've decided to quit my book club, which I dearly love, because of a member who works in medical research and supports animal experimentation. This has been a very difficult decision for me, because I have such good friends in the group. I thought I could stay with the group because she does give me fodder for the blog. And like I said, I love the other people in it.

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

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Dunayer devotes a chapter each to the language used in hunting, zoos, "marine parks," vivisection and "animal agriculture." A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer.

John Passmore (1914-2004) on Animal Suffering

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They had a direct effect on seventeenth-century behavior as manifested, for example, in the popularity of public vivisections, not as an aid to scientific discovery but simply as a technical display. They nailed poor animals up on boards by their four paws to vivisect them and see the circulation of the blood which was a great subject of conversation." Neither Aquinas nor Kant nor Newman denied, however, that animals could suffer: Descartes and Malebranche thought differently.

On "Evil"

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Are people who work in slaughterhouses and who vivisect their fellow sentient beings evil? 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.

On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

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Two-thirds believe that nonhumans have as much "right to live free of suffering" as humans, but vivisection, food-industry enslavement and slaughter, and other practices that cause severe, prolonged suffering are legal (49).

John Passmore (1914-2004) on the Moral Status of Animals

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But they now turn around the question what is to count as "making animals suffer unnecessarily," whether, for example, vivisection or fox-hunting are, in these terms, morally justifiable. One restriction on the absolutism of man's rule over Nature is now generally accepted: moral philosophers and public opinion agree that it is morally impermissible to be cruel to animals.

Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

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Is it possible that videos of open rescue or undercover videos taken of vivisection could be somehow lumped in with snuff and other vile videos and considered unacceptable (and don't think that wouldn't be intentional), therefore taking an important tool away from activists?

W. V. Quine (1908-2000) on Altruism

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As regards capricious killing, one hopes so; but what of vivisection, and of the eating of red meat? There remains the awkward matter of a conflict of ultimate values within the individual. It could have to do with the choice of a career, or mate, or vacation spot.

John Passmore (1914-2004) on the History of Animal Cruelty

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So while it is generally agreed that it is wrong to experiment on human beings without their consent in the expectation of making scientific discoveries, there is no such general opposition to animal vivisection. Once a definite social movement got under way in the West with its objective the restricting of man's treatment of animals, it moved with relative rapidity. Moral philosophers began to regard it as an obvious truth that it is wrong to treat animals cruelly.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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This one addresses the decreasing number of dogs and cats being experimented on and, without mentioning it, discusses speciesism and our affection for dogs--pet dogs particularly (and especially purebreds)--which leads to our revulsion with the idea of snatching, vivisecting and killing them. I'd love to say that this was Engber's epiphany, and that he fought for Clayton's removal to a sanctuary and is now a powerful voice against the vivisection of sentient nonhumans.