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L.A. City Council May Ban Elephants in Circuses and Use of Bullhooks - Opposing Views

L.A. City Council May Ban Elephants in Circuses and Use of Bullhooks - Opposing Views | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

The Los Angeles City Council could soon approve a proposal that would make the use of elephants in such circuses as Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Bros. a thing of the past in the city, if the Council adopts the November 20 recommendation of its Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee. The proposed measure is contained in a letter dated November 1, 2012, to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, by L.A. Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette, providing seven options to regulate the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling circus shows within the City.

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Killing Wolves Ruins Research in Yellowstone

Killing Wolves Ruins Research in Yellowstone | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
While there are many ethical concerns about the wanton and heinous slaughter of wild animals including wolves, an outcome of hunters killing Yellowstone wolves is a strong and negative impact on long-term research on these amazing predators who very rarely attack humans or livestock and who are vital to the health and the integrity of the ecosystems in which they live....
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Would You Like Extra Ractopamine With Your Pork, Sir?

Would You Like Extra Ractopamine With Your Pork, Sir? | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Ractopamine is a growth promoter drug. It is widely used on intensive livestock farms in the U.S. because it increases the rate of weight gain and carcass leanness in pigs, cattle and turkey. It's estimated that up to 80 percent of ...
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His Holiness Participates in World Compassion Day in Mumbai

“Implementation of compassion must be voluntary, so you must first be convinced about it. This is where our intelligence need to be involved. And if we want compassion to be more effective in the world, we need to train our children, the future generation, to be more compassionate.”

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Actor Lou Wegner Founded Kids Against Animal Cruelty

Actor Lou Wegner Founded Kids Against Animal Cruelty | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Teen actor and musician Lou Wegner’s star might be rising on the silver screen, but the 16-year old is also a rising star in the world of animal rescue and advocacy.
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The Story Of Bill And Lou: A Life And Death Animal Rights Controversy

The Story Of Bill And Lou: A Life And Death Animal Rights Controversy | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
I don't agree with Green Mountain's plan to kill Bill along with Lou. Sure, Bill might be experiencing sadness right now at the loss of his lifelong partner; my work on animal grief even suggests that this is a likely outcome. Nonetheless, as a healthy animal himself, Bill is entitled to live out his years at the home he has known. His life has value in and of itself..
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Alexandria's TNR program prospers under leadership of interim shelter director - Examiner.com

Alexandria's TNR program prospers under leadership of interim shelter director - Examiner.com | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Change is an inevitable and unavoidable part of life. We can either resist change and increase the difficulty of transition or we can accept the challenges that change brings to stabilize and improve existing conditions. By accepting change, we move forward. When we move forward, true courage and leadership emerge and strength and determination unites belief propelling the forces of humanity onward..
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Puppy Mill Red Flags - Don't Be an Accidental Supporter

Puppy Mill Red Flags - Don't Be an Accidental Supporter | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
How do you know if your pet comes from a puppy mill? Read our list of puppy mill red flags to learn how to recognize the warning signs.

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Live export disaster in Pakistan | Take action | Animals Australia

When they pulled this Australian sheep out of a bloody trench in Pakistan, he was still breathing. His fleece matted with blood and dirt — a reminder of the brutal mass slaughter he had lived through the night before. He was a victim of the largest live export disaster in history. His is a story the industry wishes we wouldn't tell you.


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Over-The-Counter Products You Shouldn't Use on Your Pet

Over-The-Counter Products You Shouldn't Use on Your Pet | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Before you give your pet anything from your own medicine cabinet, think twice and consult your vet. Many common over-the-counter products are dangerous for cats and dogs.

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$500 million animal abuse settlement reached - The Associated Press

A California slaughterhouse where videotaped mistreatment of cows prompted the largest meat recall in U.S. history has reached a symbolic $500 million settlement with an animal welfare group and the federal government.The record penalty for the animal abuse case is not expected to be paid because Riverside County-based Hallmark Meat Co. is bankrupt.

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10 Ways to Teach Young Children to Be Nice to Pets

10 Ways to Teach Young Children to Be Nice to Pets | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
When kids learn to treat animals with gentleness and respect, they also learn about compassion and caring on a larger scale, which are traits that can later be applied to the relationships that they have with fellow humans. For parents of toddlers and young children, imparting these lessons can be a bit of a challenge; here are 10 ways to help your little one understand the importance of treating animals well.
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Renters have right to service animals - Marquette Mining Journal

Renters have right to service animals - Marquette Mining Journal | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
A housing investigator from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights was in Marquette Friday, helping to inform housing providers and business owners on provisions in the law allowing the use of service animals...
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Peter Singer Leads Panel on Animal Rights, Christianity - The Ram

Peter Singer Leads Panel on Animal Rights, Christianity - The Ram | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
The four speakers offered different perspectives on the controversial issue of animal rights, while tying it into Christian beliefs. The main topic of the panel included how nonhuman animals should be treated according to Christian doctrine..
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Who Defines Intelligence? An Interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

Who Defines Intelligence? An Interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

As Carl Sagan once was, now Neil deGrasse Tyson is. In this video he discusses how we as humans define intelligence and how, when talking about it in terms of animals, we are almost always wrong.

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Walkom: Animal rights activists turn to the courts - Toronto Star

Walkom: Animal rights activists turn to the courts - Toronto Star | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

". . . activists have moved to the courts. Politicians may be afraid to anger the powerful animal industry, which runs the gamut from meat-packing to amusement parks. But maybe (the theory goes) the courts aren’t. Not that long ago anyone with an interest in litigating animal cases would have been laughed out of law school. Today, some law schools teach animal law."

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Terrell Suggs, Anti-Flag and Taco Bell nominated for Peta2 Libby ...

Terrell Suggs, Anti-Flag and Taco Bell nominated for Peta2 Libby ... | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

Emily Rodriguez, Manager of Youth Marketing at PETA explained the importance of these positive role models. "More and more young people are insisting that the food they eat, the music they listen to, the clothes they wear, and even the sports figures they root for reflect their strong feelings in favor of animal rights," she said.

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Good News For Animal Lovers: Factory Farming's Days May Be Numbered

Good News For Animal Lovers: Factory Farming's Days May Be Numbered | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Two major grocery chains are ditching factory farmed meat -- will the changes cause a ripple effect?
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The Six Principles of the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights

In order to embrace the abolitionist approach to animal rights, it is not necessary to be spiritual or religious, or to be an atheist. You can be a spiritual or religious person, or you can be an atheist, or anything in between. It does not matter.

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Mumbai calls for abolition of animals in circus - Times of India

Mumbai calls for abolition of animals in circus - Times of India | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
After promoting the cause of stray and abandoned animals, Mumbai is now gearing up to fight for the rights of circus animals across the country..
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Dog and Cat Fur: The Untold Suffering Endured by Beloved Pets for Fashion - ForceChange

Dog and Cat Fur: The Untold Suffering Endured by Beloved Pets for Fashion - ForceChange | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
In China, fur products are being made by heartlessly torturing and killing cats and dogs. These products are then shipped to Europe and the U.S. and the tags are intentionally mislabeled to deceive buyers.

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Bodies in Sync | Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins.

Bodies in Sync | Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins. | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

That is where empathy and sympathy start—with the synchronization of bodies—not in the higher regions of imagination, or in the ability to consciously reconstruct how we would feel if we were in someone else’s “shoes.” And yet empathy is often presented as a voluntary process, requiring role taking, higher cognition, and even language. Accordingly, most scholarly literature on empathy is completely human centered, never mentioning other animals. As if a capacity so visceral and pervasive could be anything other than biological! To counter such widespread views, I decided to investigate how chimpanzees relate to and learn from one another.

 

By Frans de Waal


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Married with children and animals | The Coffee Table Years

Married with children and animals | The Coffee Table Years | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
With the passing of each animal, I ticked off years, decades and eras. You see, animals are more than company. They teach us about life and death, they teach us about love, they give us companionship when we are spent, they don’t judge, they can break our heart. In essence, they teach us everything we need to cope with life.
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Do you believe in dog?: The Science Surrounding Children & Dogs ...

Do you believe in dog?: The Science Surrounding Children & Dogs ... | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Dogs may promote respect and compassion for animals and nature by offering a child valuable opportunity to experience and learn about animals and the 'facts of life'. Dogs can assist children to learn about responsibility.
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Emmylou Harris Joins Animal Welfare Campaign

Emmylou Harris Joins Animal Welfare Campaign | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Country star Emmylou Harris has joined forces with animal welfare charity Crossroad Campus to team up abandoned pets with disadvantaged youths and adults.
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