Archive for August, 2007

CCF Ads Are Kitty Litter

I must offer a thanks again to the contract shillers at the Center for Consumer Freedom. They’ve done us a favor. I am not kidding. CCF is best known as a front group for tobacco, alcohol, restaurant and agribusiness special interests. It has become tiresome with its attacks on The Humane Society of the United . . . 

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Reform Needed to Rid Cruelty From Horse Competitions

By on August 30, 2007 in Equine

Social change comes about not just with vision, but with practical action. Horse industry leaders have joined with The Humane Society of the United States and other humane groups in urging a ban on horse slaughter. Wolfgang Puck and other food industry leaders have joined with us to combat inhumane factory farming practices. Calvin Klein, . . . 

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Talk Back: A Plea for the Animals

By on August 29, 2007 in Uncategorized

Monday, after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, Michael Vick issued a public apology (which you can see portions of here). His statements drew a mixed reaction from readers, with many finding them hard to swallow. Among the mass of comments we received: I too appreciate the fact that Vick apologized and appears . . . 

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Turning the Tide After Katrina

By on August 29, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
Turning the Tide After Katrina

There is no question that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 reoriented us as a nation. In a different way, Hurricane Katrina did, too. We as a society were not prepared for a disaster of Katrina’s magnitude, and she exposed our full array of weaknesses in preparedness and response capabilities. Naturally, this included the response to . . . 

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Spectacle of Bullfighting Losing Fans

By on August 28, 2007 in Uncategorized
Spectacle of Bullfighting Losing Fans

Dogfighting has been in the news like never before. But there are other horrible spectator sports involving the torment of animals that are staged throughout the world, and none is better known than bullfighting. Fortunately, bullfighting is banned in the United States, except a limited exception in a couple of states for so-called "bloodless" bullfighting—where . . . 

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Apology From A Fallen Star

By on August 27, 2007 in Uncategorized

Michael Vick just made a live, direct statement to the public regarding his circumstance. What he said today was spot on.  I felt real sympathy for Vick in watching him speak. I saw a man whose life has been turned upside down. No one can feel good about seeing someone take this kind of fall. . . . 

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Vick Puts America on Watch

By on August 27, 2007 in Uncategorized
Vick Puts America on Watch

Last Friday, the federal government released Michael Vick’s statement of facts in his plea deal in U.S. District Court in Richmond—and another round of press attention was showered on the case. Vick admitted to being centrally involved in a multi-state professional dogfighting operation, centered around Bad Newz Kennels on his former property on Moonlight Road . . . 

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Circus Elephants Get Day In Court

By on August 24, 2007 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Here’s a splash of good news from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in the federal court case initiated by a number of animal protection groups against Ringling Brothers. The Fund for Animals, ASPCA, Animal Protection Institute and Animal Welfare Institute are co-plaintiffs in a case against the world’s best-known circus, charging that Ringling’s mistreatment . . . 

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Cruelty—On All Fronts—Must be Condemned

Cruelty—On All Fronts—Must be Condemned

During the Katrina crisis two years ago, I expected to hear more of this: why are you helping the animals when there are people suffering? Fortunately, that false-choice manner of thought was reserved for only the strident opponents of animal protection or the most cynical and morally selfish of our lot. Most people recognized that . . . 

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Talk Back: Food for Thought

By on August 22, 2007 in Uncategorized

Many readers contemplated two recent blog entries—a spotlight of Rabbi Marc Gellman’s essay regarding the ethics of keeping animals in zoos and our responsibilities to animals, and an update on the increased focus on factory farming abuses. Among the reactions to Gellman’s essay: I’m always torn about zoos… they offer a great opportunity to teach . . . 

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