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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. ...