................... ~Animal Rights~ .....................

Goal: To raise awareness of the boundary between scolding and abusing any animal.

Blog 1: The thin line between scolding a pet and abusing it isn't actually thin at all. If you really think about it, there is absolutely no reason to harm a companion considering a full grown adult is many times their size. When an animal does something that that is believed to be wrong, it is not because they are acting out, but because it is a natural act that they would perform anywhere else as well. Dogs bark, and cats meow as a form of communication, and they react to situations as a human would. If a pet is scared their instinct is clearly to protect themselves just as any persons would be. An animal should not be punished for carrying out instinctive activities; there are humane ways to train an animal like rewarding them for doing something correctly or even just saying “no” in a superior voice. A pet will not learn anything from being hit other than to be afraid. (161 words)
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external image 8b3675a0-99ae-11de-ae26-001cc4c002e0.image.jpgBlog 2: An article from The Seattle Times states that for the past 2 years the University of Washington has been accused of violating animal rights. With over seven hundred primates being housed and twenty-one recorded incidents of dead, injured, and escaped animals; all UW says is that they haven’t had time to review each case and determine the causes. Some incidents included burns, cuts and bruises, a monkey that starved to death, and an accidental probe to the brain. UW was only fined a small amount as punishment. The article brings light to many situations of animal neglect and abuse in just one university, who's to say it doesn't happen in many or all universities that deal with animals? A university charges for tuition, and therefore should have plenty of money to care for the animals they have. There is no excuse for animals dying of anything but old age and natural incurable diseases in a well off university, especially from things such as burns and neglect. (166 words)

Doughton, Sandi. "Animal-rights Group Files Complaint against UW." The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times, 26 Apr. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018081191_primates27m.html>

Blog 3: PETA is a non-profit organization for animal rights, not just household pets but wild animals and captive animals as well. They bring light to many major universities, corporations, and fast food chains that exhibit animal abuse, not just by stating the problem but by providing proof of the cases of violence. PETA allows donations and offers numerous ways to take
action against animal violence, and is supported by many celebrities. It offers alternatives to help reduce the amount of homeless animals like adopting pets instead of breeding or buying and always getting your animals spayed or neutered. The worst feeling is finding out that tens of thousands of cats as well as around twenty million other animals are killed and sold to schools for use in classroom dissections, and one of those schools could be our own. How could one school be so different from all the rest to investigate where they get their lab products from and how?(159 Words)external image the_question_is_not_can_they_reason_bumper_sticker-p128037384171126502en8ys_400.jpg
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Web. <http://www.peta.org/>

Blog 4: The American Humane Association is a group dedicated to protecting those who can't protect themselves such as children and animals. They have numerous annual awareness events to encourage the adoption of and caring for pets in competent households. They also have an emergency services group called the Red Star used to help against animal cruelty and to save many animals lives. As the film and television industry's only animal monitoring program, you're very likely to see their “No animals were harmed” disclaimer at the end of most films and television shows. According to the American Humane Association, about half of an estimated 4.7 billion dogs bites each year involved children under 12. Most people believe that there are certain breeds of dogs that are more vicious and tend to bite more often, and that belief has caused legislation restricting the ownership of those breeds in some communities. It is unfair for those dogs because it takes away their right to live a healthy, happy life with a caring owner. (169 words)
American Humane Association. Web. <http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/>.

Blog 5: Animal rights is an issue more

external image StopAnimalAbuse_large.gifwidely known in the United States than most other countries. One country known for ignoring animal rights is China, usually using cats and dogs in popular restaurants. Sure it's a stereotype to say they eat pets, but as stated in an article from CNN, 800 dogs were rescued from china's meat trading industry. Those 800 dogs were headed to a group of restaurants in a southern province of China. Some of those dogs were strays, but some were also stolen from loving families, luckily those families were able to claim them after they were seized from the meat trader. Although only certain regions in China actually use dog meat as a popular dinner, the numbers are slowly decreasing due to animal rights activists and a majority of chinese citizens disagreeing with the custom. The United States is very lucky to have animal rights laws to protect the pets many of us have and love very much, compared to many other countries. (167 words)

"Animal Rights Group Rescues 800 Dogs from China Meat Trade." CNN. 20 Oct. 2011. Web. 20 May 2012. <http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-20/asia/world_asia_china-dog-meat-rescue_1_dog-meat-cages-animal?_s=PM:ASIA>.

Blog 6: Foie Gras is a meal that consists of fattened duck liver, and the only way to obtain this delicacy is to force-feed ducks. A group of animal external image foie%20gras%204_0.jpgrights activists were not pleased with many high class restaurants and chefs in California. Along with this protest, came a ban on Foie Gras in the state of California coming into effect as of July 1st. The activists assume that the chefs preparing the Foie Gras are obtaining the meat from in-humanely fed to meet the standards of Foie Gras, not taking into consideration the fact that most chefs pride themselves in their quality of food. A chef would generally not risk their reputation just to get a fatter duck liver for one meal. If you really think about it, it would be much easier to find a supplier that humanely feeds many ducks and to keep that supplier long-term than to have to find a different supplier after being harassed for violating animal rights laws. I think it is completely useless to ban Foie Gras, simply because one state away it will be served just as often. (185 words)

Thurston, Michael. "High-end Chefs Battle Animal-rights Activists over Foie Gras Ban Read More: Http://www.vancouversun.com/life/High+chefs+battle Animal Rights Activists over Foie Gras." Www.vancouversun.com. 19 May 2012. Web. 20 May 2012. <http://www.vancouversun.com/life/High chefs battle animal rights activists over foie gras/6649528/story.html>.

external image IMG_0084.jpgBlog 7: Sixteen genetically engineered pigs are to be euthanized at the University of Guelph, simply because “a company to raise the animals commercially could not be found.” An animal rights group called Farm Sanctuary has already found enough loving homes to care for the pigs but the university insists that the pigs be put down because research protocol does not allow them to be released into the public. How is that fair? The pigs were genetically engineered to be safer for the environment, how could allowing them to live cause harm to people or the environment? The answer is that it wouldn’t. The only real worry is that the pigs would reproduce with “normal” pigs, when in reality it is not a hard process to eliminate that problem. It would really be in the university’s best interest to find a way to keep the pigs alive, allowing the termination of them could ruin the reputation of the university and cause numerous lawsuits and investigations regarding animal rights with any other animals they might have.
Wallace, Kenyon. "'Enviropigs' Deserve a Reprieve, Animal Rights Group Says." Canada News:. 20 May 2012. Web. <http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1181614--enviropigs-deserve-a-reprieve-animal-rights-group-says>.

Blog 8: It is quite obvious that humans are far more capable of adaptation and relocation than just about any other
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species. So why is it that when a plane has to make an emergency landing from a run in with a flock of Canadian geese that we automatically blame the birds? We are more aware, and able to change what we are doing when a situation presents itself to avoid dire consequences than a bird is. We should be blaming ourselves and trying to find a way to reduce that risk other than relocating the problem, because the sad truth is that you’d have to kill every bird in the United States to reduce the risk of it happening again. And even then it’s not a sure thing because birds migrate. Simple relocating the bird’s habitat would do nothing but give the problem to another airport. Because of this “problem” about 800 Canadian geese were euthanized as a “solution.” These birds were just carrying out natural activities and were killed for out inability to adapt
and come up with a humane solution.

"Canada Geese That Forced Plane's Hudson River Landing Still Flying near NY Airport Runways." Fox News. FOX News Network, 30 June 2010. Web. <http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/30/canada-geese-forced-planes-hudson-river-landing-flying-near-ny-airport-runways/?intcmp=related>.