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Arguments about Animal Ethics

Arguments about Animal Ethics

Arguments about Animal Ethics

 

Arguments about Animal Ethics is clearly a text book but nevertheless I really thought this is an important subject to read up on. I am constantly having this discussion with people and their thought process on how meat gets on their plates or how that leather jacket came to be even why wearing fur in general is just plain gross. Most people don’t think passed the chicken they see walking around and the leg they nosh on at a back yard BBQ. I think many people can’t distinguish because they are so far removed from the processes it takes to make their food and clothing they don’t even think about it. My favorite example is of my friends who are Hindu and they take their religion very seriously. So as a part of their religion they cannot eat beef. Beef of any kind is not allowed in their home or business. Yet, they wear tons of leather all of the time. This makes no sense to me. They may choose not to eat beef not because of the ethical reasons but for religious but why is wearing it any different than eating it? The animal is still harmed in the process, is it not?
I think people who wear fur are just as removed. Now I am not trying to say I am a strict vegetarian or vegan in any way but I do understand how and where my food comes from. I have less of an issue with people eating meat (even if it does make me sad, even fish) than I do with them wearing animals, very specifically fur. People have no clue what happens to animals beyond house hold pets and even then people treat trash better than them sometimes. I feel like the masses only consider humans important and every living thing beyond that is less important and therefore can be treated any way we see fit. What a sad misconception, right? That quite possibly is the reason for the state our environment is in. Why there are perhaps so many indangered species. Arguments about Animal Ethics can help us all learn a bit about animal ethics in the process. Any little bit one person can change will make a difference. The more you know the more likely you are to pass on this information to someone else and so on.
Description: Bringing together the expertise of rhetoricians in English and communication as well as media studies scholars, Arguments about Animal Ethics delves into the rhetorical and discursive practices of participants in controversies over the use of nonhuman animals for meat, entertainment, fur, and vivisection. Both sides of the debate are carefully analyzed, as the contributors examine how stakeholders persuade or fail to persuade audiences about the ethics of animal rights or the value of using animals. The essays in this volume cover a wide range of topics, such as the campaigns waged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (including the sexy vegetarian and nude campaigns), greyhound activists, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, food manufacturers, and the biomedical research industry, as well as communication across the human-nonhuman animal boundary and the failure of the animal rights movement to protest research into genetically modifying living beings. Arguments about Animal Ethics’ insightful analysis of the animal rights movement will appeal to communication scholars, as well as those interested in social change.

How To Build A Fairy House….Yes Please!

How To Build A Fairy House

How To Build A Fairy House

 

 

 

I wanted to find the funnest (for me) summer activity ever and I am almost positive I have done it. I am not sure if you can get a greener, more nature-esque activity that is any cooler in my book. I found this outstanding idea from a website called How To Build Fairy Houses. This activity can really be done any way you like. How fun would this be for a party or a school project? I think this idea can be used for many an educational reason but also for family time.  The materials are all from nature and as long as you are respectful of the surrounding plants and animals as well as the materials you collect/use you really can’t go wrong. Different areas will offer different options as will different seasons which make this project kind of really fun. Here is a list of materials that can be used:

Sticks
Rocks
Grass
Moss
Feathers
Seaweed
Seashells
Nuts
Pinecones
Acorns

Location:

Fairy Houses can be designed anyway you want. You can let your imagination go wild or use a design you have already seen. Find a quiet place away from roads or busy pathways. The base of a tree or the side of a rock are great places to build. Try to keep the house close to the ground to help keep the house stable and so a floor doesn’t have to be built. Sometimes you may find a special place in the low branches of a tree or bush if you are lucky.
Look for building areas in woods, beaches, meadows, and especially your own backyard! Use only natural materials to build the house. Try not to use anything artificial as it ruins the look and spirit of the fairy house idea. The idea of a fairy house is to look so natural that it is almost hidden. You never know what may choose to live in there! You could be helping a poor displaced animal or fairy who will forever be grateful.

Rules:

Be respectful of ALL living things in the surrounding building areas. Destroying nature to create your fairy house is not what a fairy would want and definitely not something nature would appreciate. Try not to disturb plants that are still living, such as ferns, mosses and flowers. Fairies are careful not to harm anything that is growing.

Have you ever built a fairy house?  If so let me know! I would love to see what you made and hear about how it happened.  If you haven’t here are some other books I found that also show you how to build fairy houses:

Fairy House Handbook

Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT ZANI’S FURRY FRIENDS RESCUE

 

Turn your home into a spa and help Zanis furry Friends Animal Rescue to help animals this holiday season. Treat yourself to a professional facial or pamper yourself with a full spa treatment with incredible Seacret Minerals from the Dead Sea skin care products. Order here view all available products or IT’S YOUR SEACRET for a personal analysis. Now through December 31, half of all proceeds to benefit Zani’s furry Friends Animal Rescue of NYC.

Seacret is one of the leading names in the skin care industry, a unique company which uses the finest organic minerals from the Dead Sea , leaving your skin looking cleaner and healthier than it has in years! Best of all, Seacret- which has sold over $600 million in products in 33 countries worldwide last year alone- is paraben free, and none of their products are tested on animals! You can find products for anyone in your family and these products make great gifts too!

There are no catches. There are no gimmicks. Just a lot of animals getting desperately needed help this holiday season, all while you treat yourself to the finest skin care products on the market. For more information on Seacret’s products and to place your orders, please visit http://www.seacretdirect.com/?ID=SueTorres and click on “products” to see how you can look and feel great.

If you have any questions related to the fundraiser or to learn about special discounts for preferred customers, please feel free to e-mail me at sue.fundraiser@gmail.com.
EVEN IF YOU DON’T ORDER, PLEASE INVITE FRIENDS TO THIS EVENT!
Thank you so much, and have a happy holiday season!

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

 

 

I heard Jenny Brown’s interview yesterday on NPR and was in love! I have always wanted to do this but every time I mention it people laugh at me like rescuing farm animals is absurd. I cannot wait to read The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals!!!! Not only has Jenny overcome cancer and even lost a leg to it but she has found meaning in her struggle. Jenny’s childhood cat had such an impact on her during her illness she gave back to other animals that couldn’t/can’t fight for themselves.
You can visit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, sponsor an animal, meet the animals on the website, volunteer, donate and so much more! Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is a beautiful cause for more than just rescuing neglected and abused animals. You can learn about why eating meat and torturing animals is unnecessary despite what big corporations try to tell you. You can participate and be the change these animals need you to be. Farm animals don’t have many choices and can’t fight for themselves especially in some of the conditions they live in.
You should take the time to read The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals and learn more about the cause, how you can help and what you can do to cause change. You never know what good things can come from this kind of knowledge.

Book Description: Jenny Brown was just ten years old when she lost a leg to bone cancer. Throughout the ordeal, her constant companion was a cat named Boogie. Years later, she would make the connection between her feline friend and the farm animals she ate, acknowledging that most of America’s domesticated animals live on industrialized farms, and are viewed as mere production units. Raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family in Kentucky, Brown had been taught to avoid asking questions. But she found her calling and the courage to speak out. She left a flourishing career as a film and television producer after going undercover and exposing horrific animal abuse in Texas stockyards.
Bringing to life this exhilarating transformation, The Lucky Ones introduces readers to Brown’s crowning achievement, the renowned Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary she established with her husband in 2004. With a cast of unforgettable survivors, including a fugitive slaughterhouse cow named Kayli; Albie, the three-legged goat; and Quincy, an Easter duckling found abandoned in New York City, The Lucky Ones reveals shocking statistics about the prevalence of animal abuse throughout America’s agribusinesses. Blending wry humor with unflinching honesty, Brown brings a compelling new voice to the healthy-living movement—and to the vulnerable, voiceless creatures among us.

18th Annual Stroll to Sea Dog Walk

Animal Rescue Fund

Animal Rescue Fund

 

 

 

One of my favorite people who just hosted a donation event at her home about two weeks ago is now participating in the 18th Annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk for Arf Hamptons. If you click here you can donate to this amazing cause. I have probably over mentioned my dedication to rescuing animals and how much every little bit you give helps in heaps and bounds. It is important we help support these causes before more animals are put down. No one likes to see the pictures rescue’s post about animals being put down. It breaks my heart every time I even think about it. Your participation in donating could save that many more animals from being needlessly murdered. Please do you part and help support an amazing cause!

Help this West Virginia Shelter

 

 

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Nothing breaks my heart more than injured animals. I came across this article when I was on Twitter and I had to post it on The Green Beagle in hopes that people will help this shelter and donate.

Animals Killed in WV Shelter Fire
HARRISVILLE, W.Va.

More than 50 cats, small dogs and puppies have died in a fire that destroyed one of the Ritchie County Humane Society’s buildings.
Humane society President Kitty Ray says the fire broke out early Wednesday morning in one of two buildings used as shelters. Larger dogs housed in the other building weren’t injured.
Ray says the fire also destroyed pet food, office supplies, equipment and records stored in the building. A cause hasn’t been determined.
Ray says animal rescue groups around the country have donated money and supplies.
Donations can be made through the organization’s Website or mailed to the Ritchie County Humane Society, RR 1 Box 3, Harrisville, WV 26362.

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Avalanche Study Will Bury Pigs in Snow to Watch Them Die

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I found this article on treehugger.com and I hope everybody reads it!!  Still scientists want to test on animals, why?  Even our smartest of smart people still cannot distinguish the difference between right and wrong or human and animal!! This goes to show no matter how much education someone may have they are still just as ignorant as the peasants they joke about at their cocktail parties!

Animal rights activists are up in arms about a proposed experiment which would try to better understand what factors may help people survive an avalanche–by burying pigs in snow to monitor their slow deaths. While researchers defend their study, asserting that it could help save lives, those in opposition say that the deaths would be nothing short of cruel and senseless.

The study hopes that by monitoring the buried pigs, researchers will have a better understanding the role of air pockets in surviving avalanche situations and avoiding brain damage from asphyxiation. Like in a drowning, many avalanche victims die from a lack of oxygen while waiting on rescue that is notoriously difficult.

Researchers have defended the study by claiming that the 29 pigs selected to participate would not suffer, and that they would be sedated prior to being covered in snow. Still, animal rights groups are crying foul, likening the planned deaths as animal cruelty.

The experiment, lead by Hermann Brugger and a team from Austria and Italy, was set to take place over the course of two weeks, but has been postponed due to the recent negative response from media and activists, according to Medical University of Innsbruck.

There’s no telling how long the pigs’ reprieve from their snowy execution will last, though Brugger is quick to point out that their days would be numbered anyways. In other words, if the avalanche won’t kill them, the slaughterhouse will.

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