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Vegetarian Diets

Source: Clinician's Brief

(January 2015) People may adopt vegetarianism for a number of reasons. They may object to eating meat for ethical reasons, desiring that animals not be killed for food, or hold religious beliefs that preclude eating animals. Others are motivated by health-related, political, environmental, cultural, aesthetic, or even economic considerations. Some owners who are vegetarian choose to extend their dietary preferences to their cats or dogs. In a study of cat owners, ethical considerations were the primary reason for feeding cats a vegetarian diet...

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U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit
Animal Welfare at Risk in Experiments for Meat Industry

Source: The New York Times

(January 19, 2015) At a remote research center on the Nebraska plains, scientists are using surgery and breeding techniques to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry. The potential benefits are huge: animals that produce more offspring, yield more meat and cost less to raise.

There are, however, some complications.

Pigs are having many more piglets – up to 14, instead of the usual eight – but hundreds of those newborns, too frail or crowded to move, are being crushed each year when their mothers roll over. Cows, which normally bear one calf at a time, have been retooled to have twins and triplets, which often emerge weakened or deformed, dying in such numbers that even meat producers have been repulsed...

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Petco Pulls Chinese Treats Amid Fears They Sickened Pets

Source: ABC News

(January 5, 2015) Petco says it has removed Chinese-made dog and cat treats from store shelves because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007...

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The Secrets of Food Marketing

Source: Upworthy

(January 6, 2015) This is a fascinating video, I have to admit. Pay special attention to how people react to the speaker. The speaker in this video is actually an actress named Kate Miles, but the facts about produce and its marketing are 100% real. The audience is also real, and thus the looks of disgust are totally real too...

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Dog, cat gas chambers to be banned in North Carolina

Source: WNCT 9

(December 9, 2014) RALEIGH, N.C. - According to a release from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, animal gas chambers will soon be banned for routine euthanasia in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Board of Agriculture has announced it will now prohibit gas chambers in the “routine euthanasia of cats and dogs." This comes after an April 2014 petition for rulemaking on the issue that the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed with the board...

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New Robotic Dog Simulation Center To Train Up And Coming Vets

Source: Ubergizmo

(September 3, 2014) Four years ago, the world’s first robotic dog simulator was revealed to the pleasant surprise for many up and coming vets, as it allowed one to actually work with what looks as close to the real deal as possible. Well, since then, work has been done to evolve this idea into that of a new simulation center which has been set up at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. This is a brand new, advanced pet simulator which enables the simulation learning model to experience a widespread growth through the whole veterinary curriculum, and it functions as a precedent to other institutions to walk down the same path...

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Like pet, like partner: links between animal abuse and domestic violence

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

(August 17, 2014) Animals can’t talk, but evidence that pets are being abused by their owners can be a sign that women and children are also victims of domestic violence.

In her time as a vet, Lydia Tong has seen several cases of abused animals that left her wondering whether the women and children in the family were also experiencing violence.

In collaboration with Domestic Violence NSW, Dr Tong, from the University of Sydney, is now embarking on a study to examine the link between pets being harmed by their owners and domestic violence. She hopes the study's findings will be used to improve services for both human and animals victims. ...

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