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Scientists genetically modify cows to remove their horns in health and safety bid to cut the risk of injury to farmers and other animals

Scientists genetically modify cows to remove their horns in health and safety bid to cut the risk of injury to farmers and other animals | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

The genetically modified dairy cow will be identical in every way to other livestock but without the horns, in order to cut the risk of injury to farmers, walkers and other animals.The scientists are using gene-editing techniques to insert an extra DNA, which is known to halt horn growth in other breeds of cattle, into the geneome of holsteins, the world's highest-production dairy animals.

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

More than 3,500 animal shelters exist in the United States with more than 700 found in California. One afternoon – some 13 years ago – a California Lutheran University senior named Molly Peterson had her life changed forever.

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Are animals in Hollywood films too human?

Are animals in Hollywood films too human? | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Where once we flocked to see animals painted as man-eating monsters in the movies, Jaws-style, now we want to get closer to them, physically and spiritually.

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Animal rights bills target pet safety, illegal hunting

Animal rights bills target pet safety, illegal hunting | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Frequent severe weather in western Massachusetts has pet owners pitching a bill that would require cities and towns to include accommodations for pets in their disaster planning efforts. “You know people who won’t evacuate because of their animals, I know I would probably be one of those,” said Jennifer Holmes of Belchertown.

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Connecticut Residents Lobby For Animal Welfare

Connecticut residents participating in Humane Lobby Day met with lawmakers Wednesday to advocate for several bills that would improve the welfare of animals in the state...

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Animal Shelter Euthanasia Rates

Animal Shelter Euthanasia Rates | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Thousands of animals are euthanized every year, sometimes by the shelters you may least expect. You may find some of their answers, more surprising. Investigative reporter Chris Hayes explains how the discussion has begun a mini firestorm about whether some animals deserve saving.

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Court: Grosse Tete truck stop tiger must be moved

Court: Grosse Tete truck stop tiger must be moved | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Tony, the 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger, cannot continue to be housed in an exhibit at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, a three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Thursday in Baton Rouge. But an attorney for truck stop owner Michael Sandlin said Tony will not be moved to a new home soon.

 

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Absolutely atrocious that this poor animal continues to suffer . . .

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MND to raise animal welfare standards

MND to raise animal welfare standards | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Singapore: The Ministry of National Development (MND) has accepted all 24 recommendations proposed by the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee (AWLRC). The ministry said it would partner with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to work out detailed implementation plans and roll out the recommendations in phases.

 

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Behaving like animals: The Bonobo and the Atheist

Behaving like animals: The Bonobo and the Atheist | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Is human nature a beast that needs to be tamed? Should we "throw out Darwinism in our social and political lives"? Or are we naturally altruistic, empathetic and moral? In Frans De Waal's new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist, he takes on the thinkers who believe that morality has to be imposed on our brutish natures and catalogues the growing evidence that disproves them.

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Strongest Evidence of Animal Culture Seen in Monkeys and Whales

Strongest Evidence of Animal Culture Seen in Monkeys and Whales | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Until fairly recently, many scientists thought that only humans had culture, but that idea is now being crushed by an avalanche of recent research with animals. Two new studies in monkeys and whales take the work further, showing how new cultural traditions can be formed and how conformity might help a species survive and prosper. The findings may also help researchers distinguish the differences between animal and human cultures.
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Activists pounce on Nebraska animal-abuse bill

Animal rights advocates are urging Nebraska lawmakers to reject a measure backed by meat producers that would require incidents of animal abuse to be reported within 24 hours of taking place, saying it would cripple their ability to document patterns of abuse.
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Bangor animal control officer retiring after rescuing boas, bulls and harbor seals

Pat Pinkham stands about 5 feet tall. She has a pronounced limp that she’s had her entire 63 years of life. Don’t let any of that fool you. By any measure Pat Pinkham is probably one of the toughest folks in town — and also one of the most devoted and tender. Pinkham has served as Bangor’s only Animal Control Officer for the past 30 years, and earlier this week announced her plan to retire at the end of the summer. She’s the first to say, with a bit of stubborn pride, that there are some folks in the city who will be glad to see her go. That doesn’t seem to bother her much. “I’ve had quite a few people complain about me,” she admitted during an interview at the Bangor Humane Society this week. “But as my boss once said, ‘I hired her because she’s good with animals, not people.’”

 

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A great loss to the animals. Happy retirement!

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Cruelty to farm animals demands exposure

Cruelty to farm animals demands exposure | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

SO GUT-WRENCHING are the images — cows being shocked, turkeys being stomped, horses being burned with chemicals, piglets kicked like soccer balls — that the videos recorded by animal rights organizations at factory farms are almost impossible to watch. That, though, has helped make them effective tools in the fight against illegal and cruel treatment of farm animals. It’s alarming that a number of states have bowed to pressure from agribusiness and enacted laws to criminalize this useful undercover work.

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, April 28, 2013 5:24 PM

This site does not usually curate info on animal cruelty (because the focus here is on the wonders of animal cognitive and social capacities and interactions).


This is a reminder of the horrors that must be addressed by policy changes on a broad scale. How animals are treated is an essential indicator of the state of a society's decency, maturity, healthiness and worth.

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Do Religious Traditions Condone Animal Suffering?

Do Religious Traditions Condone Animal Suffering? | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

 

With 84 percent of Americans identifying as religious, and 97 percent agreeing that animals deserve protection from harm and exploitation, why do so many religions continue to ignore, or even encourage, practices that cause animal suffering? And why do people blindly follow along? Is the issue ignorance, or is it tradition?

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When Humans Mourn: The Mozart Requiem And A Matter Of

When Humans Mourn: The Mozart Requiem And A Matter Of | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
What I don't think we can say is that the depth of our human grief differs in any dramatic way from the depth of grief felt by elephants, chimpanzees, horses or cats. Our grief is species-specific (as well as individual-specific) in its character, yes. Evolutionarily speaking, the very same can be said of any animal.
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Bringing Animal-Assisted Interventions into Autistic Classrooms

Bringing Animal-Assisted Interventions into Autistic Classrooms | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Animal-assisted interventions have begun to gain recognition as viable and acceptable alternative therapy approaches for a variety of psychological conditions. Elderly people who experience isolation and loneliness benefit greatly when they get a pet. Likewise, equine therapy has been shown to greatly improve emotional expression in some people unable to exhibit their feelings through more traditional forms of treatment. Other research has demonstrated that bringing a family pet into the home of an autistic child increases their willingness to communicate and interact with the animal and family members. But to date, no research has assessed how children with autism (ASD) react when animals are present in the classroom setting.

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Angela McDonald's curator insight, June 3, 2013 2:37 AM

This article supports the theory that individuals on the Autism Spectrum benefit from engagement with animals, citing that animals create a non-threatening environment and may provide a highly powerful stimulus for social contexts in children with Autism Spectrum.  Teaching children with Autism to ‘play’ has been identified as significant in the practices of early childhood intervention programs.

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Statewide registry for convicted animal abusers gets mixed reviews in Genesee

Statewide registry for convicted animal abusers gets mixed reviews in Genesee | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

A registry of convicted animal abusers is only helpful if authorities are actually doing arrests and convictions against animal abusers. Too often, these cases slip through the cracks . . .Earlier this month, state Reps. Paul Muxlox and Harvey Santana introduced a bill that would create a sex offender-type registry for anyone convicted of animal abuse.

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CBA, Law School Bring Together Professionals To Explore Effects Of Animal Cruelty

CBA, Law School Bring Together Professionals To Explore Effects Of Animal Cruelty | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Animal cruelty statutes have been in the books for centuries now. And while society has become progressively more supportive of animal rights, some attorneys say the issue is more far-reaching than many people realize. And so the Animal Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association has teamed up with the University of Connecticut School of Law to educate a wide range of officials on cruelty issues and the link between animal cruelty and human violence. These topics will be discussed at a seminar scheduled for Friday, May 3 on the law school's Hartford campus.

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Dogs can experience separation anxiety and depression just like humans

Dogs can experience separation anxiety and depression just like humans | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

According to Stanley Coren, author of "Do Dogs Dream?" and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia, diagnosing anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses in dogs isn't unusual because they share a similar neurochemistry to humans.

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Challenging Assumptions About Dogs and First Nations

First Nations communities across the country are struggling with dog issues, but we are seeing some of them working to address them and find their own solutions. Bias and assumption are hard to crack—but so are the issues that our First Nations peoples are facing.

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Favorite Video Friday: Why TNR is better than trap and kill

Favorite Video Friday: Why TNR is better than trap and kill | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
This video helps explain why Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs are a better solution for reducing feral cat populations than the trap and kill method. TNR has proven to be the only long-term solution to humanely control free-roaming cat populations.
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The Week's Most Bizarre Interactions Between Humans and Wild Animals

The Week's Most Bizarre Interactions Between Humans and Wild Animals | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

An alligator in Florida clamped its jaws around the arm of a six-year-old boy, but let go after the boy's father punched the animal in the face many times.

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The Healing Power of Animals – Heartwarming Examples

The Healing Power of Animals – Heartwarming Examples | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Animals and humans share a deep connection that is strengthened in times of great emotional and physical distress. Nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than when one witnesses the touching interactions that occur between animals and aging adults.

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High public concern for human rights – but UK among countries where animal rights seen as more important

High public concern for human rights – but UK among countries where animal rights seen as more important | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Across the world both human and animal rights movements remain popular, with millions around the world joining advocacy and campaigning groups. Activists may sometimes find themselves on the wrong side of public opinion, such as when animal rights activists target the life sciences industry, or when the legal battles of criminals and terrorists are protracted, alienating the general population. But public support for the rights agenda nonetheless remains high.
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Uncertain future for bill banning ownership of "exotic" animals

Uncertain future for bill banning ownership of "exotic" animals | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

A new bill going through the State House would ban the ownerships, trading, or breeding of dozens of exotic animals from bears and lions to boa constrictors. Since introducing the Dangerous Wild Animal Act into the legislature last week, small business owners and exotic animal lovers have united to let their representatives know any animal -- not just the exotic species they own -- can be dangerous.

 

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