The price French bulldogs pay for being so cute

Source: The New York Times

(March 16, 2018) Big eyes. Pointy ears. Snub nose.  With its compact bundle of a body and inquisitively puckered face, the French bulldog is irresistibly cute.  According to the American Kennel Club, it's the sixth most popular breed in the United States...Read more»

 

Cloning a pet involves some unpleasant facts, explains one veterinarian

Source: Washington's Top News

(March 8, 2018) "I want to clone that dog."  Really?  Fair enough.  They're adorable, they do adorable stuff, and you don't want to say goodbye when they're gone.  No argument there.  Understandable.  Then again, you probably meant it as a figure of speech...Read more»

 

Debra Probert: Treatment of sled dogs is morally indefensible

Source: Vancouver Sun

(March 4, 2018) The welfare of sled dogs came to public attention in 2010 when Robert Fawcett, an employee of Howling Dog Tours in Whistler, B.C. filed a claim for post-traumatic stress disorder.  He had allegedly been ordered by his employer to kill surplus sled dogs after a downturn in business following the 2010 Olympics.  He shot, stabbed and bludgeoned 56 dogs to death...Read more»

 

Please don't make me go out there

Source: The New York Times

(February 1, 2018)  They are the cold-weather bane of city dog owners, dog walkers and the dogs themselves: the salt and chemical de-icers that are regularly sprinkled on the streets, sidewalks and crossways of New York when it snows.  Chemical de-icers — particularly those containing the antifreeze material known as ethylene glycol — pose, perhaps, the biggest threat: not only will a dog hold up its paws in pain and temporarily limp away, but the ingredients can also prove harmful should a dog accidentally ingest them. Salt is also dangerous...Read more»

 

Switzerland bans boiling lobsters alive

Source: CNN

(January 12, 2018) Lobsters are a delicious delicacy loved by coastal dwellers across the world -- but is boiling them alive inhumane? In a new law, the Swiss government has banned the common culinary practice of throwing the crustaceans into boiling water while they are still conscious. The move is a response to studies that suggest lobsters are sentient with advanced nervous systems that may feel pain...Read more»

 

Nutritional and greenhouse gas impacts of removing animals from US agriculture

Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

(November 7, 2017) As a major contributor to agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it has been suggested that reducing animal agriculture or consumption of animal-derived foods may reduce GHGs and enhance food security...Read more»

 

The ethics of enrichment

Source: DVM 360

(October 17, 2017) Keeping pets' pain and fear to a minimum is great-but it's not enough for a good quality of life.  Animals need an environment in which they can thrive and be happy.  And veterinarians are obligated to help make this happen...Read more»

 

The FBI's hunt for two missing piglets reveals the federal cover-up of barbaric factory farms

Source: The Intercept

(October 5, 2017) FBI agents are devoting substantial resources to a multistate hunt for two baby piglets that the bureau believes are named Lucy and Ethel...Read more»

 
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