Should apes have legal rights?

Source: The Week

(August 3, 2013) Where did this idea originate? Twenty years ago, philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri published The Great Ape Project, a book that called for chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans to be accorded the same basic rights as human beings. Since then, a movement has taken root to urge governments and the United Nations to grant legal rights to chimpanzees and other great apes, banning their captivity in zoos and circuses and their use in medical testing for diseases like AIDS or hepatitis. ..

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New Tick-Borne Illness Could Be Worse Than Lyme Disease

Doctors May Not Even Know To Look For Borrelia Miyamotoi Infection

Source: CBS New York

(July 2, 2013) A new disease spread by deer ticks has already infected 100,000 New Yorkers since the state first started keeping track.

As CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported, the new deer tick-borne illness resembles Lyme disease, but is a different malady altogether – and it could be even worse...

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Midwestern University joins AAVMC as 29th U.S. veterinary college

Source: SOURCE NAME

(June 14, 2013) Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Ariz., is now the 29th college of veterinary medicine in the United States to become a member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Midwestern’s inaugural class of 100 veterinary medicine students is scheduled to enroll in August 2014...

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Dog birth control shots could limit populations

Source: USA Today

(June 20, 2013) LOS ANGELES (AP) — A decade ago, the Rosebud Sioux Indians in South Dakota were paying people to catch and shoot wild dogs. Dogs that weren't caught were covered in mange and parasites. Some froze. Some starved. In packs, they survived by eating each other. And dog bites were 20 times worse than the national average...

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'Race Horse is Not a Diagnosis': The Path Forward

Source: Thoroughbred Daily News

(June 24, 2013) It takes a lot to shock a regulatory veterinarian of 25 years. But that’s how Dr. Mary Scollay felt last October after Kentucky switched from private vets to state-employed ones for the administration of Lasix on race day. Scollay, the equine medical director of the Bluegrass State, said she soon learned that something as simple as giving a routine shot with the authorized dosage had been regularly abused by trainers and their vets...

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Could the 'lung on a chip' help end animal testing?

Source: The Week

(June 18, 2013) On the hunt for a new asthma medication, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co is looking at a new technology for testing potential drugs — a tiny "lung" that lives on a microchip. This is fantastic news for mice who might otherwise have the drugs tested on them...

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Top 10 Dog and Cat Medical Conditions of 2012

Source: VPI Pet Insurance

(April 2, 2013) Just like their human counterparts, when pets are afflicted with even seemingly minor ailments such as an ear infection, stomach ache or cough, it can prompt a visit to the doctor. While the majority of these conditions are rarely life threatening, they can become chronic and expensive to treat...

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Sheepdog 'bodyguards' protect endangered penguins from foxes, saving them from extinction

Source: Treehugger

(June 3, 2013) "No foxes have killed penguins in the past seven years" This is clever. Very clever. Sheepdogs are bred and trained to protect sheep against wolves, but that doesn't mean that their skills can't be used to protect different animals against other species of predators. This is exactly what the Maremma Project did on Warrnambool’s Middle Island, off the south coast of Australia...

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