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Horrific Animal Cruelty Caught On Tape May08

Horrific Animal Cruelty Caught On Tape

The Humane Society Of The U.S. just released some incredibly horrifying footage of one of Tyson Foods’ pork suppliers in Wyoming. The undercover investigation revealed workers “kicking piglets like soccer balls, swinging sick piglets in circles, and ruthlessly beating mother pigs.” Along with the individual acts of cruelty and abuse, the investigation also highlights the horrific suffering endured from the use of “gestation crates” where the animals will remain in the same position for nearly their entire lives. Please check out the footage below and go to the following link to tell Tyson Foods to end the...

Arsenic Chicken Sandwich And A Coke, Please! May03

Arsenic Chicken Sandwich And A Coke, Please!

Maryland has become the first state to ban the use of arsenic in chicken feed after John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Arizona State University found that some chicken feed contains a pretty toxic list of additives including caffeine, acetaminophen, fluoxetine, antibiotics, and arsenic. While the claim is that the arsenic is a way to boost chicken growth, thus cutting down on production costs, you have to wonder what affects the additives have on people who consume chicken on a regular basis. Thanks to the work of delegate Tom Hucker and Sen. Paul Pinsky, House Bill 754 was passed “prohibiting a person from using, selling,...

Blood Bill Apr27

Blood Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has given the green light for the “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act,” a bill that will widen hunting allowances across national parks. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (which certainly sounds like a for-the-good-of-all group) stated...

Vegan Children’s Book Sparks Controversy Apr26

Vegan Children’s Book Sparks Controversy

Veganism sparks enough controversy on its own, but now, one driven mom, author, and vegan is promoting the lifestyle choice in a new way. Ruby Roth’s second children’s book Vegan is Love will be released this Tuesday. The 29-year-old author/illustrator published her first kids’ book, That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, in 2009 to rave reviews from a number of veggie-focused blogs, to PETA, to the revered animal researcher Jane Goodall. Continuing the mission established in Roth’s first book, Vegan is Love explores clothing choices, animal testing, and entertainment, as well as eating habits in a way...

Get Your Goat? Apr24

Get Your Goat?

PETA has released horrific new under-cover video evidence, allegedly taken at a Virginia Beach, Virginia Coast Guard Training course, that shows goats being mutilated — while alive. Although the people depicted in the video are blurred and are not wearing uniforms, PETA states that the...

Hunting for Ratings Apr23

Hunting for Ratings

While most of us are fawning over the Avengers premiere at the Tribeca film festival, another film’s debut has been stained by criticism for illegally hunting deer during filming. First Winter’s Ben Dickson had an actor shoot and kill a deer for his movie which follows a group...

Exploding Cows In Aspen? Apr19

Exploding Cows In Aspen?

Aspen, CO – During a snow storm this past fall, several cows apparently froze to death after wandering into an abandoned ranger’s station in search of shelter. Now the problem has become how to get rid of the carcasses before they thaw, and three options have been proposed: blowing the cows up, burning down the cabin, or hauling them out by helicopter or truck. Because helicopters would be too expensive and trucks would harm the natural wilderness in the area, it appears that the only viable options are burning down the cabin or blowing the cows up with explosives. “Obviously, time is of the essence because we...

10 Day Nightmare Apr17

10 Day Nightmare

Orangutans, already critically endangered, are falling prey to traps being set by hunters in Indonesia. Recently, an orphaned orangutan was trapped in a snare for ten days before being rescued by the International Animal Rescue (IAR). The orangutan’s right hand will have to be amputated...

Protect Your Food Apr16

Protect Your Food

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is fighting back against the proposed “Ag-Gag” laws by launching a website to highlight its own “workable proposed law;” the Protect Your Food‘, also known as the “Safeguarding the Public from Food-Borne Illnesses...

SHOCKING VIDEO:  Plucked Up For Profits! Apr12

SHOCKING VIDEO: Plucked Up For Profits!

If you own feather or down pillows, comforters, or coats, you may be inadvertently contributing to the cruel practice of live-plucking, which can result in the death of geese and ducks. Generally, feathers and down are removed from the animals after slaughter, however, recent undercover video shows factory geese being restrained between employees’ knees and plucked while alive. Many factory farms that raise and breed the birds for meat and foie gras, pluck birds repeatedly for extra profits. According to reports, “Plucking may begin when the animals are just 10 weeks old and be repeated in six-week intervals until the birds...

Powder for Sale Apr11

Powder for Sale

The illegal poaching and sale of rhino horn, which is used as a folk remedy and aphrodisiac, has been on the rise on the African continent for the past several years, as it can fetch well over $60,000 a kilogram. In order to curtail the poaching and slaughter of the rhinoceros, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola, and Namibia have decided to legalize the sale of rhino horn powder in pharmacies and clinics in the region. While it is hoped this will reduce the poaching, conservationists fear it could cause backlash. Francis Nhema, Zimbabwe’s environment and tourism minister, said that they hope that this move will “reduce...

Capture, Use, and Release? Apr09

Capture, Use, and Release?

South Korea has strict laws banning the “unauthorized” capture of whales and dolphins, and the Jeju District Court recently imposed heavy fines on a company reportedly using “illegally captured” dolphins in a show. The South Korean court has ordered the company, which stages shows on holiday island of Jeju, to release five dolphins, in addition to imposing a $9,000 fine and issuing suspended jail sentences for an employee and the company’s president. “The defendants operated a for-profit company with illegally captured dolphins… it’s expected they would continue to take advantage if the...

To Dye, Or Not to Dye Apr08

To Dye, Or Not to Dye

With Easter upon us, the fear that many animal rights activists have is that there will be a rush to buy brightly colored chicks, ducks, and bunnies, followed by the subsequent disposal of said animals when the color fades. Not to mention the on-going debate of whether the dye is actually harmful to the animals. Recently, the Florida State Legislature passed a bill that overturned the law making it illegal to dye animals for the past 45 years. Ellyn Bogdanof, Florida Senator, caving to the whims of a dog groomer who wants the ability to dye poodles, slipped Amendment 303390 onto “HB Bill 1197 which revises certain agriculture codes...

Almost Humane Apr03

Almost Humane

Animal Rights – A new law carrying felony charges for animal and livestock mistreatment has passed Idaho’s state legislature. If it is signed in by Republican Governor “Butch” Otter, it would bring Idaho up to speed with nearly all of the rest of the country in...

Make the Call Apr02

Make the Call

Animal Rights – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently released a new PSA campaign featuring Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick. Though this pairing seems unlikely, and has, of course, been met with skepticism on some fronts, many feel that Vick’s...

Whale Tail Apr01

Whale Tail

Animal Issues – Reports of whales being entangled in fishing traps and lines are becoming more common, and sadly, if not freed, the beautiful mammals often die. One migrating gray whale in Southern California was saved from this fate after rescue workers freed it from debris wrapped...

A Braying Shame Mar30

A Braying Shame

Animal Rights – Animal shelters and rescue facilities throughout the country are seeing an increase in the numbers of pets that families cannot afford due to the economy. Now, it seems, thanks to the 2010 drought and subsequent loss of revenue in Texas and Louisiana that farmers are...

The Price was Right Mar29

The Price was Right

Animal Rights – Bob Barker, former Price is Right host, stepped up in October of last year to fund transport of three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to the Performing Animals Welfare Sanctuary (PAWS) in San Andreas, California. Now, the three elephants will receive a fabulous, private...

Trumps Trumped? Mar27

Trumps Trumped?

Animal Rights – Zimbabwean conservationists are questioning the legality of the recent hunting trip by Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s sons. Their investigation is prompted largely by their specific “big game” kills, including an elephant and an...

IFEEL’s  Pet Rap Mar26

IFEEL’s Pet Rap

Animal Rights — Earlier this month, we posted about IFEEL, a rapper who is bringing attention to the plights of animals through his hip-hop styled lyrics. For his latest project, IFEEL has written a song from the perspective of these creatures and critters entitled “Thank You.”...

A Refreshing Nap Mar23

A Refreshing Nap

Animal Rights – Doctors and zoologists have been researching American Black Bears and they found something interesting. The bears are able to pull off a feat some of the most critically wounded humans wish they could manage — they can heal themselves while they sleep. Researchers...

NYRA WTF Mar22

NYRA WTF

Animal Rights – 16 thoroughbred horses have been put down due to injury since November, when the Aqueduct at the Resorts World Casino in Queens opened its inner track. The New York Racing Association (NYRA) denies that the dirt used on the track is dangerous for the horses, but others...

Gagging the Media Mar21

Gagging the Media

Animal Rights – The beasts of Big-Ag have been busy lately, pushing legislation oddly coined, Ag-Gag laws. These laws, in a vegetarian nut-shell, would make it illegal for whistleblowers to document horrendous acts of abuse at slaughter houses and factory farms across America – think...

Costly Little Trees Mar20

Costly Little Trees

Animal Rights – Bonsai is an art. It is also a business, and one that is coming with cost to the white-headed langur, an endangered monkey of Vietnam. Much of the problem stems around the desire for bonsai growers for the Ficus benjamica, a fig that is regularly taken out from the root...

Caribbean Cruelty Mar18

Caribbean Cruelty

Animal Rights – The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) is calling for the government of the twin-island Caribbean nation of St. Kitts & Nevis to ban the live export of monkeys for research. While the Vervet Monkey is not native to the Caribbean nation, it has thrived there...

[Not] Laughing Cow Mar17

[Not] Laughing Cow

Animal Rights – PETA investigators have discovered a laundry list of horrific abuses that occur daily at Adirondack Farms, a dairy factory farm that takes 180,000 pounds of milk from a mere 1,800 cows every day in Clinton County, New York. The disturbing video footage shows workers...

Don’t Badger Me Mar14

Don’t Badger Me

Animal Rights – A decision by the British government to reduce tuberculosis in British cattle by culling, aka slaughtering, badgers, has celebrities, activists, and conservationists in an uproar. Bill Oddie, British conservationist and broadcaster, and members of parliament from all sides of the House of Commons believe such a cull will violate the Bern Convention (BC), which stipulates that all countries which have signed the treaty must “promote national policies for the conservation of wild flora and fauna, and their natural habitats.” The Humane Society International/UK (HSI/UK) has filed a complaint with the BC...

To Dye For – Really? Mar12

To Dye For – Really?

Animal Rights – Thinking that there simply aren’t enough pink poodles in Florida, one man set out to right what he felt was an unbearable aesthetic injustice, and he may end up playing the Grim Reaper to hundreds of chicks, ducks, and bunnies dyed and sold as Easter pets. Greg...

Escaping The Zoo Mar12

Escaping The Zoo

Animal Issues – There’s something terrorizing Tokyo, and no — it’s not Godzilla this time. Call Mr. Popper because there is a Humboldt penguin on the loose! The one year old penguin “left the building” at Tokyo Sea Life Park on approximately Sunday March 4...

Polar Bears – Eh? Mar12

Polar Bears – Eh?

Animal Rights – Sir Richard Branson, international entrepreneur and philanthropist, and actress Bo Derek have thrown their support behind WildAid’s Polar Bear Protection Act which calls for legislation that will protect hundreds of polar bears living in northern Ontario. ...

Thanks, Ted! Mar11

Thanks, Ted!

Animal Issues – The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International received a big boost from Ted Turner who recently donated $1 million dollars to help save the endangered eastern lowland gorillas. According to The Scientific American, the donation will help “build field stations so that...

Ohio For Prevention Mar11

Ohio For Prevention

Animal Rights – You may remember the horrible story from October 2011, where an exotic pet owner in Ohio let his animals free and then took his own life. The scene ended with authorities killing 48 animals, including an endangered Bengal tiger. Well, this past Thursday saw the entry of a...

Home Grown Mar09

Home Grown

Animal Rights – The popularity of the local food movement has a victim. Well, a number of victims. Animal sanctuaries are reporting an increase in requests from people giving up their farm animals, people who tried to be backyard farmers and failed or simply lost interest. One such...

Iowa Gags Whistle Blowers Mar08

Iowa Gags Whistle Blowers

Animal Rights – Freedom of speech has been curtailed in Iowa, at least when it comes to undercover footage of cruelty and abuse to animals at meat and animal processing plants, and the massive farms which produce genetically modified crops across the state. The “American Heartland Bill,” or File 589, was recently passed by both the Iowa Senate and House. The bill effectively cuts protections for researchers who visit farms undercover and film abuses or dangerous conditions. It classifies such work as “agricultural production facility fraud.” The “American Heartland Bill” is waiting to be signed in...

Penguins Gone Wild Mar08

Penguins Gone Wild

Animal Issues – And for your “awww” moment of the day, we bring you the Penguin Cam from Sea World in San Diego. You can watch nearly 300 penguins as they waddle, run-waddle, waddle some more, and charge the camera. But, you should be warned, you will giggle out loud,...

Rabies Kills Mar06

Rabies Kills

Social Issues – Rabies is a terrifying disease that is successfully controlled in most industrialised nations, but, without the corresponding infrastructure, developing nations have struggled to do the same. Rabies still kills 70,000 people every year with 95% of the deaths being...

Banning Live Exports? Mar06

Banning Live Exports?

Animal Rights – Yet another video recording animal cruelty in Indonesian slaughterhouses has drawn the ire of Australians and put pressure on Canberra to end its $340 million live-cattle trade with the Southeast Asian nation. Australia agriculture minister Joe Ludwig said that Australia would address the new video images that show various abuses occurring at an Indonesian abattoir, or slaughterhouse. He said that Canberra could re-impose the export ban on the slaughterhouse if it was found to have broken animal welfare rules. The video was shown on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Late Line and sourced by an Indonesian...

Animals Find An Ally In Music Mar05

Animals Find An Ally In Music

Animal Rights – Hip-hop newcomer IFEEL is bringing a fresh voice to the scene with his socially aware music. Using his voice as a weapon in the war for animal rights, his as-yet-untitled debut album drops this summer and features songs written from the points of view of animals. IFEEL was inspired to write this album after working with children who lived in group homes. He writes on this “I witnessed the severity of emotional pain and suffering and helped the young generation express their pain and heal though hip-hop music–by running a music therapy program for abused children. Abused animals are much like abused children....

Parks and Wreck Mar04

Parks and Wreck

Animal Rights – Four people working in South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching, the country’s national parks body announced today. The arrested officials include two field guides and a ranger, all detained after two...

Hoot Shoot Mar03

Hoot Shoot

Animal Rights – The Obama administration is continuing with its plan to save the spotted owl by shooting its rivals. The larger, more aggressive barred owls are, apparently, not quite as important. The hope is that through a system of culling barred owl populations and allowing logging...

Operation Dolphin Drop Mar03

Operation Dolphin Drop

Animal Rights – Hong Kong Airlines has agreed to stop the transfer of live dolphins on its cargo planes after more than 6,400 people signed an online petition last week. The public outcry came after the airline admitted to flying five live dolphins from Osaka, Japan to Hanoi, Vietnam on...

Give a Buck, Save a Pup Mar02

Give a Buck, Save a Pup

Animal Issues – It is estimated that 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized each year because shelters simply lack the funding and resources to care for the animals. One company is working towards saving as many of them as it can by donating money from its sales to shelters throughout...

Sinking Ride Mar02

Sinking Ride

Animal Issues – Astro, an 18-year-old horse who had the misfortune of literally being stuck-in-the-mud on Avalon Beach, Australia, was rescued after three terrifying hours. According to reports, Nicole Graham, the horse’s owner and her daughter were riding on the beach when they...

A Cat Hell, Not A Cat Sanctuary Mar02

A Cat Hell, Not A Cat Sanctuary

Animal Rights – Craig Grant, founder and operator Caboodle Ranch, Inc. in Madison County, Florida, is being charged with animal cruelty following the seizure of the 500 cats found living in nightmarish conditions at the self-proclaimed “cat sanctuary.” While masquerading as a feline utopia that gave cats “everything they will ever need to live a happy healthy life” the “ranch” was proven by a PETA investigation to be a one-man show that allowed the felines to live in abject filth and chronic neglect. PETA’s investigation showed that the “ranch,” (seriously, quotation marks can not...

Hidden Mistreatment Feb29

Hidden Mistreatment

Animal Rights – A proven tool in animal rights activism is being challenged in Utah. The state may make it illegal to use hidden cameras on agricultural land. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. John Mathis, has said that the ban is necessary because “national propaganda groups”...

Dolphin Antics Feb28

Dolphin Antics

Animal Issues – The antics of a mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of Dana Point California was captured in an astounding video. Normal dolphin pods are between 16-20 dolphins, however the one captured in this breath taking clip is estimated to have nearly 2000 of the mammals. Watch the...

Rhino Remedy Feb28

Rhino Remedy

Animal Rights – South African veterinarian Charles van Niekerk has proposed a new way to thwart rhinoceros poaching: injecting their tusks with toxic chemicals. Even though it sounds iffy and unsafe, the pseudo-poison is borderline harmless to rhinos and it may discourage poachers from...

Extreme Fundraising Feb28

Extreme Fundraising

Animal Rights – Dozens of fundraisers literally walked across burning coals recently to raise money for a conservation enclosure for the endangered Sumatran Tiger and to fund research to help the species survive in the wild. Reports show that due to deforestation, trappers, and habitat...

Beating A Dead [Tired] Horse Feb27

Beating A Dead [Tired] Horse

Animal Rights – Normally if you are found whipping an animal, it is a clear cut case of animal abuse and animal cruelty, unless the animal being whipped is a race horse that is. The whips used by the jockeys are a barbaric torture device meant to push already tired horses past their limits and over the finish line. However, studies have shown that whipping has no affect on the ability of a horse to win a race, and that in fact, they do better without being whipped. The industry of horse racing is already considered to be a cruel sport because the animals are at risk of broken bones, torn muscles, and much more, including,...

Slaughterhouse Zero Feb26

Slaughterhouse Zero

Animal Rights – In California, 24 baby horses were saved from a visit to the slaughterhouse thanks to the Horse Plus Humane Society. Rescued by workers at an auction in Turlock, California, the horses were in poor condition, many of them sick and undernourished. They were purchased for...