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Animal Protection v. Free Speech
The Supreme Court ponders protecting dog-fighting videos.
In the movie The Contender, a female nominee for vice-president explains her unwillingness to defend herself against false accusations this way: “Principles only mean something when you stick to them when it is inconvenient.” Her comment resonates with the larger notion that the First Amendment embodies several core principles, not the least of which expresses our profound respect for the freedom...
Dog's Life: Humane
Humane Education—Teaching Kindness
Resources for parents & teachers
Across the country, groups both large and small provide information and services in support of humane education. Here are a few places to start, and others may be available in your community. If not, give some thought to helping your humane society start a local program. The world—and its children and animals—can always use more kindness! American Humane Ways to get involved, including mini-...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
One Voice Can Make a Difference
Pet lover introduces antifreeze law to protect animals in Virginia.
Last month, Virginia Governor Tim Kane, signed a bill that requires antifreeze sold in the Commonwealth to contain a bittering agent. Seven other states, Arizona, California, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington, have passed similar laws to discourage ingestion of the sweet-tasting liquid. According to the Humane Society Legislative Fund, approximately 10,000 pets die each year...
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Docking Tails on the Docket
New York considers a ban on cutting tails.
If the phones aren’t ringing off the hooks for members of the New York Assembly Agriculture Committee, they will be as soon as they take up serious consideration of Assembly Bill 7218. The bill proposes to make all instances of docking a dog’s tail unlawful, except when deemed necessary by a veterinarian to protect the life or health of the dog. In addition, it will make anyone exhibiting a dog...
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April Is the Droolest Month
It’s raining dogs and cats this spring.
Forget about the whole April is the cruelest month business. With apologies to T.S. Eliot, it’s quite the opposite. It is, in fact, National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. The ASPCA kicks-off its month-long awareness effort on April 7, when iconic buildings across the country will be bathed in orange light—the ASPCA’s signature color. On that same day, the cruelty-busters from Animal Planet’...
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Report Dog Bites
One women learns a terrible lesson.
I never thought I'd say it, but you can go too far in "protecting" a dog. Last week in Alameda, Calif., an 80-year-old woman died from an infection three days after she was bitten by an unfamiliar dog. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she lied to doctors about the cause of her injury to avoid having the dog quarantined. She paid the ultimate price, and the dog has not been found.   The...
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Stay Home TV Night
Tonight, two programs shed light on puppy mills—before and after.
Tonight, ABC’s Nightline is running the first major investigative report on puppy mills since Oprah’s exposé about one year ago. The story, which includes chilling footage from a hidden camera, also features a surprisingly cooperative Mennonite commercial breeder offering a tour of his operation. (This is probably a one-of-a-kind moment.) The program will be tough to watch, but it’s an essential...
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What Is This Guy Thinking?
Dogs in pickup trucks—it only looks cool.
Driving home from a snowshoe hike with our dogs yesterday (we got a major dump in the mountains outside Seattle), we came upon a truck with an open flatbed. What caught my eye was the enormous U.S. flag across the cab guard. Obviously, this driver wanted to send a message: He was a patriot, couldn’t we see from the flag? If I sound snide, it’s because of what I saw next: In front of the flag,...
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Two Dogs Down
After two dogs freeze to death, is it time to rethink the Iditarod?
A few days before cancer-survivor Lance Mackey became the third person to win the Iditarod three years in a row, two dogs belonging to rookie racer Lou Packer died from exposure to high-winds and 50-below-zero temperatures. The story of Grasshopper and Dizzy’s demise is as harrowing as it is provocative. Already the questions are tumbling down. Was Packer a rookie who took unnecessary risks or is...
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Helping Pups Out of the Dog House
Charlotte ad man applies a little creative thinking to the foreclosure crisis.
If simple necessity is the mother of invention, you gotta believe a crisis like our current sub-prime/banking/global market implosion is going to spark some pretty incredible results. (Think: Octuplets without the nuttiness.) One glimmer comes from Charlotte, N.C., where the proverbial light bulb flashed for Phil Jones, when he read an article about the rising number of pets abandoned to his...

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