animal rights

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On the Death of Harambe

Harambe was a 17 year old Western Lowland Gorilla kept at the Cincinnati Zoo. OK, he was a prisoner at the zoo. I don’t care how nice the enclosure, I doubt, if given the choice to remain there or be free, he’d choose to stay. So a 4 year old kid decides he wants to … Continue reading

What We Call Family?

Last Tuesday I wrote about why I consider my pets as members of my family. The next day I received my weekly email from Faunalytics (formerly Humane Research Council) where they spotlight a variety of papers and studies relating to animals and animal welfare. By the way, anyone can sign up for access to Faunalytics … Continue reading

Happy National Love Your Pet Day? WTF?

February 20th is Love Your Pet Day! I know, right? Like we need a day to remind us to love our companion animals? Well apparently SOMEONE thought you weren’t showing enough love to your pets, because Love Your Pet Day was set aside to, “remind pet owners to set aside time each day to appreciate and celebrate … Continue reading

If Dogs and Cats Had Legal Rights…

Animals are not human.  That means, at least in the US, they are treated as property in the courts. But that is slowly changing, thanks to dogs and cats. Why? People are duking it out over custody of the family companion animal in divorce proceedings. People are suing for damages when a companion animal is … Continue reading

The “New Age” of Shock Collars: Are Static Correction Collars Safe?

Recently I received an email touting “research” proclaiming that most people that try static collars are happy with the results. The press release was sent by PetPR.com on behalf of Radio Systems® Corporation (RSC), the maker of PetSafe®,Invisible Fence® and SportDOG™ According to the press release from PetPR.com, “The survey of more than 1,000 pet owners reveals … Continue reading

Des Moines, Iowa Mall: Scene of Animal Welfare Showdown!

Des Moines, Iowa, isn’t exactly known for its great strides in animal welfare. But there is a fight brewing there, thanks to a brave woman by the name of Rita Mason. Mason started the online petition to end the practice of allowing Pella Wildlife Company, a so-called wildlife education program, to set up a portable … Continue reading

Does Sex Sell Ethical Behavior?

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a wonk. And one of my favorite wonky pleasures is HumaneSpot. Each week they highlight scientific studies addressing issues in the animal welfare arena. One study highlighted this week is entitled, When Sex Doesn’t Sell: Using Sexualized Images of Women Reduces Support for Ethical Campaigns. The … Continue reading

Orcas, Blackhearts, and Animal Welfare for Thanksgiving!

Oh Dog! Jen is sick! There was no blog post yesterday. Buggie and Hissy Fit Jones were unhappy, and asked that at least we talk today about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Surely you’ve heard about how animal welfare made a stir in what is otherwise seen as wholesome, family entertainment? First, animal welfare advocates … Continue reading

China to End Mandatory Animal Testing for Beauty Products

And we’re back with another edition of Hisses and Purrs. Each week Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie give you a round-up of the good, and not-so-good, news about the plight of animals around the world. Why do we do this? Because you need to know what’s REALLY going on out there, and not just … Continue reading

Australia: Taking Animal Welfare Back to the Dark Ages!

Welcome to this week’s edition of Hisses and Purrs, where our resident experts Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie run down the good, and the not-so-good, news in the world of animal welfare. First up, Hissy Fit Jones is really hot- and he’s not even a government employee forced to work without pay! Hisses to … Continue reading

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