Archive for May, 2016

A different kind of remembrance for Harambe

A different kind of remembrance for Harambe

No matter whom you judge culpable, if anyone, we are all grieving over the violent death of Harambe – shot in his enclosure by Cincinnati Zoo officials who took the endangered male gorilla’s life for fear that the 420-pound great ape would hurt a 40-pound boy who slipped past his mother and made a beeline . . . 

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Factory farms spawn immense suffering, and also immensely dangerous superbugs?

By on May 27, 2016 in Farm Animals with 3 Comments
Factory farms spawn immense suffering, and also immensely dangerous superbugs?

America is facing a real crisis in regard to antibiotics resistant infections, and factory farming is one of the main reasons. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research recently reported the first U.S. case of Colistin-resistant infection, involving a patient in Pennsylvania. Also this week, researchers at USDA and Health and Human Services reported finding Colistin-resistant E. coli in a pig intestinal sample. Because Colistin . . . 

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Some states step up to prevent dog deaths in hot cars

Some states step up to prevent dog deaths in hot cars

Hundreds of dogs each year perish from searing heat in unattended cars, left there by individuals who don’t understand what a risk to the animal’s life it is. With the car windows rolled up, even on a comfortable day, temperatures can spike in a flash and a life-threatening situation can develop. On an 80-degree day, it takes just . . . 

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Dog butchering raising howls in Congress and throughout the world

Dog butchering raising howls in Congress and throughout the world

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., introduced a congressional resolution today condemning China’s dog meat trade and the festival in Yulin, China, where thousands of dogs and cats are slaughtered each year. The resolution, which has 27 original cosponsors, doesn’t have the force of law, but it’s an opportunity for the United States to urge the government of China and Yulin authorities to protect against pet dogs being stolen . . . 

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Supremely good news for the campaign against shark finning

Supremely good news for the campaign against shark finning

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to consider an appeal to overturn legislation that prohibits the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins in California, in a major victory not only for sharks, but also for the right of states to set rules for stopping the abuse of the marine species. The Supreme Court decision is the . . . 

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Horse racing deaths at Pimlico remind us of hazards of largely deregulated sport

Horse racing deaths at Pimlico remind us of hazards of largely deregulated sport

With American Pharoah in 2015 becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished that feat 37 years ago, there was a buzz in the run-up to the Preakness about whether the previously undefeated Nyquist could come one big step closer to replicating the biggest accomplishment in the sport. Yet Nyquist’s third-place finish, losing to Exaggerator . . . 

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USDA Shuts Down Major Animal Testing Enterprise, While Other Reforms Loom

USDA Shuts Down Major Animal Testing Enterprise, While Other Reforms Loom

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Santa Cruz Biotechnology have come to the largest settlement agreement in the history of the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act. SCBT, one of the world’s largest suppliers of antibodies for biomedical research, will lose its license to operate as a dealer, as well as its registration to operate as a . . . 

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Breaking News: Key Committee Acts to Sustain Horse Slaughter Ban in the U.S.; Senators Also Decide Not to Subvert Organics Rule

Breaking News: Key Committee Acts to Sustain Horse Slaughter Ban in the U.S.;  Senators Also Decide Not to Subvert Organics Rule

Today the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment, advanced by Senators Tom Udall, D-NM,  Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.,  Lindsey Graham, R-SC., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Christopher Coons, D-Del., to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening in the United States. This Senate action mirrors the House action on its version of the agriculture spending bill. It’s a great . . . 

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Confronting Dog Meat Horrors and Other Cruelties on the International Stage

Confronting Dog Meat Horrors and Other Cruelties on the International Stage

Today’s New York Times reports on Humane Society International’s major campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea, the only nation that eats dog meat and raises dogs on farms for the plate. There, in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’ve been converting dog farmers to humane alternatives, we’ve been rescuing dogs and bringing . . . 

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Finding Evidence of the Humane Economy in All Sorts of Surprising Places

Finding Evidence of the Humane Economy in All Sorts of Surprising Places

Stanford University has long been rated as one of America’s top academic institutions, and it’s been widely known for incubating top innovators in the domains of programming, engineering, medicine, and other sciences. In The Humane Economy, readers briefly meet Dr. Pat Brown, a Stanford biochemist who took a sabbatical from teaching to research ways to upend . . . 

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