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Animal Agriculture


The Red Cow: Bruce Was Born an Orphan

By Lana Kaiser | Published: 09/10/2012

Bruce was born an orphan - a tough way to start a life, especially if you are a calf born 21 days early by caesarian section and expected to live in a barn in March in Michigan…


The Red Cow: The Blue Cow

By Lana Kaiser | Published: 07/9/2012

From the time she was a calf, Blue stood out in the pasture…


We Live in a Marginal Zone

By Lana Kaiser | Published: 05/4/2012

Mother Nature is in control, and most times she has the last laugh.


Animal Legislation


Carriage Horse Hatred: A Fundraising Program for Activist Organizations

By Arnold L. Goldman DVM, MS | Published: 04/7/2014

The human partnership with working animals runs long and deep and the carriage horse remains a touchstone to that past, allowing us to remember a simpler time, when that very partnership was essential to life itself. We many are…


What is wrong with putting teeth in the dog laws?

By Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, NAIA President | Published: 11/27/2013

Everyone agrees for dogs, cats, humans, and most species, that dental care is beneficial to the patient’s health. Unfortunately, in some cases, it can become fatal for some pets when we legislate improved dental care.


The Retail Pet Store Final Rule and You!

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/15/2013

Since May 2012, purebred dog and cat enthusiasts, rabbit and other small animal breeders and animal activists have been focused on the USDA’s proposed rule updating the retail pet store definition in the federal Animal Welfare…


Animal Research


Golden Age of Animal Research Ahead

By Dr. John Richard Schrock | Published: 03/12/2013

A recently published report of the limitations of mouse models has been used by the HSUS to justify their drive to end all animal use in research. However, this report in PNAS was a further refinement of our knowledge concerning…


Animal Rights Extremism


Golden Age of Animal Research Ahead

By Dr. John Richard Schrock | Published: 03/12/2013

A recently published report of the limitations of mouse models has been used by the HSUS to justify their drive to end all animal use in research. However, this report in PNAS was a further refinement of our knowledge concerning…


From the Skeptic Tank: An Animal Rights Primer

By Dr. Alvin Grossman | Published: 11/20/2012

It’s time to leave the counterpunching to the boxers.


Guilt: It’s Not Just For Jews and Catholics Anymore (Purebred Dog Owners Can Play)

By Susi Szeremy | Published: 05/3/2012

Guilt for owning a purebred dog? Welcome to the new elitism.


Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare


What is Animal Welfare and why is it important?

By Patti Strand | Published: 06/10/2014

Some people use the terms animal welfare and animal rights interchangeably, suggesting that they represent the same concerns, principles and practices. But the differences between the two are significant and irreconcilable.


Dog ownership… a cherished American tradition

By | Published: 10/3/2013

George Washington had one, and so did Benjamin Franklin. But if animal extremists have their way, your grandkids won’t.


Disparage – Regulate – Prohibit – Monopolize

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/11/2013

Thirty years ago, animal welfare groups joined forces to wipe out ‘pet overpopulation’ and the resulting shelter deaths caused by indiscriminate breeding. At the time, puppies flooded shelters and animal control agencies, adoption…


Animal Sports


Animal Welfare


What is Animal Welfare and why is it important?

By Patti Strand | Published: 06/10/2014

Some people use the terms animal welfare and animal rights interchangeably, suggesting that they represent the same concerns, principles and practices. But the differences between the two are significant and irreconcilable.


Brave New World: The 2012 NAIA Conference

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/6/2012

With presentations from world-renowned animal welfare authorities, award-winning writers, veterinarians, and experts in agriculture and law, this is the can’t-miss animal event of 2012!


The USDA Proposed Rule and You

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/17/2012

The comment period is open for 60 days, your input will make a difference!


Animals in Education & Entertainment


TARGETING CHILDREN SHOULDN’T BE TOLERATED

By Denny Bannister | Published: 01/15/2012

“Isn’t it the parent’s right to know what’s being taught and who’s doing the teaching?”


ANIMAL ACTIVISTS TARGET CIRCUS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/15/2012

Congressman Sam Farr wants to ban elephants in circuses. Mayor Paul Schell of Seattle, Washington, wants his city to go a bit further and ban all wild animal acts at city facilities, and Redmond, Washington, enacted a circus animal…


GOOD CAPTIVE ELEPHANT CARE IS ALIVE AND WELL

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/15/2012

Dreams come in all shapes and sizes, and mine came in the rather large size of 13,500 pounds. That seems like a weighty dream, but it finally came true when I got to spend the week with Cora, a 46-year-old Asian elephant weighing…


Book Reviews


BOOK REVIEW: HIJACKING OF THE HUMANE MOVEMENT

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/15/2012

“The humane movement has been hijacked, radicalized, and rerouted. Started more than 100 years ago, it was traditionally concerned with the humane treatment of animals. In the last 20 years, however, it has been taken over…


BOOK REVIEW: AT THE HAND OF MAN: PERIL AND HOPE FOR AFRICA’S WILDLIFE

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/15/2012

While browsing the shelves of new books in my branch library a few weeks ago, I came across John Hoyt’s Animals in Peril: How ‘Sustainable Use’ is Wiping Out the World’s Wildlife.


BOOK REVIEW: BLOODTIES: NATURE, CULTURE, AND THE HUNT

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/15/2012

Upon reflection Bloodties can be (and is being) used to justify both hunting and anti-hunting philosophies, depending on the reader’s preconceived notions about the issue. But readers who come to the book with an open mind…


Canine Issues


The Retail Pet Store Final Rule and You!

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/15/2013

Since May 2012, purebred dog and cat enthusiasts, rabbit and other small animal breeders and animal activists have been focused on the USDA’s proposed rule updating the retail pet store definition in the federal Animal Welfare…


Disparage – Regulate – Prohibit – Monopolize

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/11/2013

Thirty years ago, animal welfare groups joined forces to wipe out ‘pet overpopulation’ and the resulting shelter deaths caused by indiscriminate breeding. At the time, puppies flooded shelters and animal control agencies, adoption…


Let’s Make Shelter Pets a Memory, not a Mascot

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/4/2013

Celebrate the people involved in animal rescue and shelter work who dedicate their lives to saving lives, who come up with innovative ideas to find permanent homes for animals. Celebrate responsible pet owners. But don’t turn…


Farm and Ranch Almanac


WITHOUT CONSCIENCE

By Janet Stevens | Published: 01/15/2012

Robert Sproul, 83, never had anything quite like this happen to him before, not in 70 years of ranching the Grant County land around Mt. Vernon. His neighbor, on some sort of cockamamie crusade, had shot nearly a dozen of his cattle…


FARM AND RANCH ALMANAC MAY/JUNE 97

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/15/2012

Fur sales were up five percent in the winter of 1996, according to a report from Southwick Associates and the Fur Information Council of America. Sales in fur garments rose by a half billion dollars, from $1.2 billion to $1.25 billion.


AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR NEIGHBORS FROM PIPKORN MINK RANCH

By Tom and Carol Pipkorn | Published: 01/15/2012

In the early hours of October 26, our family became victims of the most cowardly sort of violence. As we slept in our safe beds, animal rights extremists “bravely,” like modern day disgruntled “Rambos,” released…


Feline Issues


Cats: “There Oughta Be a Law ...”

By Anna Sadler | Published: 01/11/2012

In order for cities and towns to get a handle on solving any perceived problems with cats, they must first recognize that there are different types of cats. Perhaps the most foolish laws being entered on the books of cities and…


Trap, Neuter, Return Plans Provide a Practical Solution to Feral Cat Population Growth

By Bryan Kortis | Published: 01/11/2012

The growing population of feral cats is fast becoming one of the top issues today in animal control and welfare. Estimates on their numbers run into the tens of millions in the US alone, and community after community now has to…


SFSPCA: Mandatory Cat Licensing:  Ill-conceived and Ill-advised

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/10/2012

The report begins with an indictment of the latest fad in animal control laws: The San Francisco SPCA has considered the various claims made for mandatory cat licensing legislation and has found little in the way of evidence - or…


From the Offices of NAIA


Summer 2013 Animal Policy Review

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 08/21/2013

The Animal Policy Review is a publication of the National Animal Interest Alliance dedicated to the analysis of legislation, regulations, and policies that affect animals and animal owners.


NAIA 2013 Conference: The Conversation Begins with You!

By | Published: 07/26/2013

Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, if your life revolves around animals, the NAIA 2013 conference is a must-attend event!


Raise Funds for NAIA through H&R Block’s Nonprofit Referral Program

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2013

Nobody enjoys tax season, but this year, new clients to H&R Block can feel good knowing they supported NAIA!


Guest Editorial


Rescue


Mission creep: Dog rescues and animal shelters risk public health and safety

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/30/2014

A new ideology and the end of dog overpopulation in many parts of the country cause not-for-profit humane organizations to abandon their missions and replace long-standing codes-of-conduct with irresponsible practices.


Florida SB 674: Signed!

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/26/2013

Great progress in Florida for responsible rescues and pet owners!


Let’s Make Shelter Pets a Memory, not a Mascot

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/4/2013

Celebrate the people involved in animal rescue and shelter work who dedicate their lives to saving lives, who come up with innovative ideas to find permanent homes for animals. Celebrate responsible pet owners. But don’t turn…


Research Reports


The Little Girl Who Stumbled

By Robert Speth, PhD | Published: 02/12/2012

The animal rights movement’s effort to place the rights of animals above those of humans concerns me. A recent book, Rattling the Cage, by Stephen Wise argues that chimpanzees should be granted legal standing; in other words,…


PeTA Drops 10-year Campaign Against Gillette

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/12/2012

After 10 years of demonstrations, fundraising, a letter-writing campaign by children, and a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ended its feud with The Gillette Company in December.


Endangered Cures” Highlights Threats of Animal Rights Activism to Human Health

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/12/2012

The unpleasant truth we must confront is that animal rights activists are succeeding at slowing research. Criticism of animal research has intensified, and the membership and budgets of animal rights groups have continued to soar…


Shelter Issues


Florida SB 674: Signed!

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/26/2013

Great progress in Florida for responsible rescues and pet owners!


LIFE’S UNPLEASANT JOBS

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird Gem Finch asked why his defense attorney father must take on a controversial court case. Gem was told, “There are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs.”


SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS SAVE HUMAN AND ANIMAL LIVES

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

Hoarding is a phenomenon that most animal control agencies eventually encounter. It’s the situation where scores or even hundreds of neglected, sick and sometimes dying animals are found living in squalid conditions under the…


Uncategorized


HB189 Fixes Ohio’s Dangerous Dog Law

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Update April 28, 2005: This bill has been sent to the Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee. Concerned dog owners need to contact their representative and the committee members below now.


THE DAY THE DOG “BLEW UP”

By Richard Simmonds, DVM, MS | Published: 01/7/2012

Following graduation from veterinary school, and my “coerced” entry on active duty with the Air Force (there was something in those days called the Draft), my first assignment was at a research laboratory in Fairbanks,…


IS RODEO BRONC RIDING CRUEL?

By Emma Carpenter | Published: 01/7/2012

A myth is a powerful thing. Every time there is a slow news day or a rodeo returns to town, animal rights groups bring the debate over rodeo bronc riding and cruelty to the front again. The myth that rodeo bronc riding is cruel…


Wildlife Journal


Animal Rights Activists Gloss Over Trapping Facts

By Stephen Vantassel | Published: 01/14/2012

We at Wildlife Damage Control have no problem with developing traps and techniques that reduce animal pain and injury.


Book Review: Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt

By Norma Woolf | Published: 01/14/2012

Upon reflection Bloodties can be (and is being) used to justify both hunting and anti-hunting philosophies, depending on the reader’s preconceived notions about the issue.


Book Review: Playing God in Yellowstone by Alston Chase

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/14/2012

A Harvest Book from Harcourt Brace & Company, New York;
393 pages, including a epilogue written three years after original publication
$14, trade paper