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Archive for ‘May, 2010’

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    Meanwhile, on the South China Sea . . .

    A classic case of international greed in the name of economic “progress” that's destroying vast numbers of animals and their homes.

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    Some Sunlight for Chickens

    Perdue Foods, announces new “humane” policies, like having windows in at least some of its chicken factory barns. Wow ... windows!

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    Two Aquariums, Two Choices

    As the National Aquarium announces bold plans to create a seaside sanctuary for its dolphins, an exploitation company builds a swim-with-dolphins center in the Arizona desert.

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    Pigs with Human Brains

    Researchers are trying to grow human organs in pig embryos. But if the human stem cells start migrating around the embryo, the baby pig might start growing a human brain, too.

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    Can There Ever Be a ‘Humane Economy’?

    Is it possible for us humans to coexist peacefully with our fellow animals in a modern capitalist economy? Two books come to opposite conclusions.

    The Avatar Paradox

    The intimate glimpse into the pulsing center of the natural world that modern technology delivers to us is threatening the natural world as never before. By Ptolemy Tompkins For a…

    Part 3: Last Try

    May 17, 2010 I wanted to explore a possible volunteer opportunity at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, MS. I was greeted at…

    The Giving Tree

    Few people need convincing that trees are good. Their emotional and psychological value, though hard to define, is powerful and indisputable. Trees clean the air, provide protection from noise and wind, and impart a calming and peaceful aspect to the surrounding streetscape. Trees are not like mailboxes or benches or other site amenities; they are biological touchstones and quite literally living community participants. So if the street trees in your neighborhood or downtown aren’t looking so good, what to do?

    Why Me?

    By Jill Schensul The fish flew out the car window. The car never slowed down. The fish hit the road with a thwump, 10 yards ahead…

    The Slaves Fight Back

    British columnist Alexander Cockburn compares Tilikum the orca to Spartacus, and calls him “the slave whale who chose to fight back.” Tilikum attacked his trainer Dawn…

    Whazzup with WAZA?

    This post is in Part Two of our series on Dolphins and Us – their intelligence, culture and society, and why it’s time to bring an end to keeping them in captivity.

    A Whale of a Business

    This post is in Part Two of our series on Dolphins and Us – their intelligence, culture and society, and why it’s time to bring an end to keeping them in captivity.