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Animal Welfare versus Animal Rights

Many readers have e-mailed asking me to recommend “the best book” on Animal Rights. I’m just one person, and recommendations of any kind are subjective. What I can say is I find that many people interested in transforming our culture…

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Cesar Millan Bitten by NYT

Today’s New York Times has an op-ed about Cesar Millan’s dominance model of dog training by author (of a book on the history of dogs) Mark Derr, called “Pack of Lies.” I have just one word, besides “fabulous title, Mr….

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On the Muzzling of Dogs

Brigette Bardot, famous actress and animal rights activist, is fighting a new Swiss dog muzzling law that would require all owners to muzzle their dogs when they are walking in Geneva’s parks. I hate to say it, but initially, I…

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We Can Create a Green Rat, But Can We Create a Scientist With a Conscience?

In “Rats Born to Mice in Bizarre Lab Work,” on Live Science, Charles Q. Choi reports that reproductive biologist Takashi Shinohara and his colleagues at Kyoto University have successfully removed sperm from rats, implanted them in the testicles of mice,…

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For the Umpteenth Time, Hitler Was NOT a Vegetarian

Once again, someone claims that Hitler was a vegetarian. This time it’s Jack Turner in his opinion piece, “Bar None,” in today’s New York Times, Turner writes: Ram a message down people‚Äôs throats and they tend to gag. Unremarkably, the…

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Anheuser-Busch Responds to Animal Person

As you may recall, I had to stop drinking Michelob Ultra, the only beer I drink (drank) because of their sponsoring of professional rodeos and because they own Sea World. I urged everyone to write or call and let Anheuser-Busch…

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“Forcing” Vegan Options in Fairfax

In this morning’s Washington Post, Maria Gold reports that Fairfax County schools now offer vegan options to their students (“A Veggie-Laden Lunch Line”). The program is such a success that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has awarded the school…

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Australia Chooses Contracepting Over Killing

In “Scientists Hope for Kangaroo Contraceptive” (AP, 08/23/06), Rod McGuirk reports that Australia is responding to the overpopulation of kangaroos by developing an oral contraceptive. The government “is reluctant to use shooters to thin the kangaroo population becaue of the…

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TIBET, TAIWAN, TIANANMEN SQUARE

Five years ago, a friend of mine spent a year teaching English in China. On his first day, he was told to never utter “The 3 T’s: Taiwan, Tibet, Tiananmen Square.” If he did, he would be arrested. All I…

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The PR Genius of the Greyhound Racing Association of America

I like to give credit where it’s due. Go to the site for the Greyhound Racing Association of America, click on “Media Tools,” then drop down to “Get Involved,” and click on “Racing Opponents.” And there, my friends, you’ll see…

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Why I Have to Stop Drinking Michelob Ultra

I was a teetotaler until the age of 33, so I’m definitely a lightweight when it comes to drinking alcohol. Then there’s the fact that I don’t like the taste of most drinks. I do have a very short list…

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Should I Help Promote Greyhound Racing?

I received this flyer from a Greyhound adoption group, to enter photos of my dogs in a contest at the track. Now, adoption groups would jeopardize their nonprofit status, as well as their relationship with the track, if they came…

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Clarity on the Orangutan Situation

Pyperlie forces me to clarify my position on whether we should let the orangutan become extinct. It all comes back to the Am I a Libertarian? discussion. Let’s deconstruct: We wreak havoc and create mayhem for nonhuman animals wherever we…

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Animal Person and ALF

Since my post of June 12 entitled, Is the ALF a Gray Matter? I’ve received several e-mails from pro-ALF individuals desiring to educate me further. Allow me to clarify my position. My objection is not to the breaking of the…

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Australia Turns Crocodiles Into Fish

Reuters (“Lawmakers ponder the meaning of fish,” 8/18) reported that Australia’s parliament has changed the meaning of “fish” to include crocodiles, to ensure Australia would have the right to enforce export controls on a wider range of fish, including crocodile…

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