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Ain’t No Fun When the Shoe’s on the Other Hoof

Animal rights activists are fuming over a farm show display that portrays commercial farms and farmers in a favorable light -- because heaven forbid the public associate clean facilities, healthy animals, and well, anything even remotely positive with large-scale animal agriculture. It's not as much fun when someone else controls the message, is it guys? I can't help but wonder if the woman who railed against this "misinformation campaign," who wants people to see the "whole picture," has the same reaction when presented...

The Firehouse Dog: Still Working After All These Years

Since before the age of the automobile, Dalmatians have been a firehouse fixture. In the early days, they would help guide the horses by scouting and clearing paths on the way to fires; during down time, they would protect the horses and valuable equipment from thieves. For firefighters, they were more than companions, they were working partners. Along with horses and pinup calendars, Dalmatians became firefighting icons, visually tied to the firehouse and fire truck -- heroic figures, even if their function by the mid-20th...

Senator Jerry Moran Goes Public with His Concerns About HSUS

Last month, the USDA  authorized APHIS to conduct an animal welfare scientific forum which would be receiving input and pre-planning assistance from none other than the Humane Society of the United States. Not the smartest of pairings by the USDA, given HSUS's history of antagonism toward animal agriculture and its habit of hiring people who harbor dreams of destroying it altogether... Sheesh, you'd think that of any government organization, the USDA would be one to understand the danger of wolves in hen houses....

Will Localized Meat Production Be the Undoing of the Locavore?

In a bizarro Atlantic piece yesterday, James McWilliams, aggrieved vegan and longtime locavore critic, argued that allowing locavores to humanely slaughter their own meat will be their undoing, and that slaughter should be kept behind closed doors so we can all live safely in denial. Now, however, food reformers are working to localize meat production as well. Central to this goal is deregulating an act necessary to bringing local animals to the local plate: the slaughter. Should this happen, should everyday citizens be entrusted...

Re-rethinking Spaying and Neutering

While we've been busy with our website and communications redesign these past few weeks, it's been impossible to keep up with the blog. But that doesn't mean we can't let you know what other people are writing about, and use that as a jumping-off point for our own quick tangents... Re-rethinking Spaying and Neutering KC Dog Blog has done a fabulous job outlining some of the major ideas and issues that will be tackled in Ted Kerasote's upcoming book Why Dogs Die Young. Of course, the most provocative is the...

National Animal Interest Alliance: August 2011

Oh goodie, the California State Legislature is standing up and shouting out one of those ridiculous statistics that just refuse to die: (c) In six years one unspayed female dog and her offspring can reproduce 67,000 dogs. Well, I suppose it is theoretically possible, but probable? No, in fact, it is so extremely unlikely as to be ridiculous -- so ridiculous, in fact, that you can't even find that 67,000 number on HSUS's website anymore (hint: that means it's pretty darn far-fetched -- they'd use it if they...

Analysis of the Garwood Appeal: Subterfuge and Seized Dogs

By Julian Prager There has been a lot of notice on websites, e-lists and newspapers of the successful appeal in Garwood and Garwood v Indiana Department of State Revenue in the Indiana Tax Court. This decision is certainly good news for the Garwoods. However, it is only a small, but meaningful, victory in the overall fight against overreaching and excessive governmental tactics used against breeders. In Garwood, the state Tax Department used an extraordinary procedure permitted under Indiana law to seize the Garwood’s...

Sit, Stay… Detect?

A dog can save lives by letting us know when there's been an accident, by keeping us humans from blowing each other up, or in any number of ways through specialized training. Heck, they can even perform life-saving surgery on you in a pinch (though we strongly recommend against this). Indeed, a dog can protect you; from fighting off a bear, to helping take down the world's most wanted terrorist mastermind, canine loyalty and courage is legendary. And it doesn't stop there: a dog can give a human the gift of...

Subsidizing Pet Sterilization in Oklahoma City

Should adoption fees help pay for low (or no) cost spay and neuter? That's what's happening in Oklahoma City, where a new ordinance places half of the city's adoption fees into spay/neuter/public outreach fund. The city will begin to offer free surgery to spay and neuter dogs and cats belonging to those who can prove their residency. It also will pay for a new employee to manage the program and get involved with community organizations to help publicize it. The city paid for sterilization for about 7,000 dogs and...

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