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On the Keeping of Endangered Fishes

An Animal Person reader wrote me with the following question: There are many species of cichlids in Lake Victoria that are on the verge of extinction, and most are hardy and small enough to be kept in an aquarium. There…

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On Betraying Your Family

Yesterday, in the comments of An Affront to the Idea of Family, Brian wrote: I understand your concern for those cows that were beat by that man and the unfortunate death of all the cows that died in the snow…

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More Clarity About Family Farms

In “Move to Limit ‘Factory Farms’ Gains Momentum” in today’s New York Times, we learn that farmers in Ohio have agreed to phase out gestation crates within 15 years and veal crates by 2017. I won’t get into whether I…

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An Affront to the Idea of Family

I’m not one of those people who thinks family is composed of only humans or humans who are biologically related. That’s one of the reasons adopting wasn’t a stretch for me at all mentally. The idea of family is currently…

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