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A girl can never have enough sustainable shoes

Published 12/22/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

If all you animal-friendly fashionistas out there thought finding stylish non-leather shoes was hard, just imagine what happens when you add “sustainable” to your shoe criteria list.

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Wallet activism this holiday season and beyond

Published 12/17/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

While preserving the planet requires that we all consume less overall (i.e., limit the amount of “stuff” we buy), even the most frugal consumers will make some purchases this holiday season and beyond.

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It's trapping season and your dog or cat could be in danger

Published 12/15/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

It’s fur trapping season in the U.S. again, and as always it comes with many non-target animals getting caught in traps.

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What makes hog farmers so important?

Published 12/08/09
By Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate

It was around October 22nd that an Ontario hog farmer by the name of Wayne Bartels gained his fifteen minutes of fame the hard way. He was broke, as is true of many people with the recession. Bartels owed $11,000 in unpaid bills to Haldimand County Hydro. The company cut off the electricity to his farm. The 4,500 pigs on his farm faced unpleasant death from overheating once he ran out of fuel for the two diesel generators that powered the ventilation system essential to the animals’ survival.

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Vampires guarding the blood bank

Published 12/03/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

Every time Born Free USA attempts to pass laws aimed at improving the welfare of captive birds, without fail those that exploit birds for financial gain fight us all the way, claiming that the commercial bird industry can and does regulate itself. Plus, they claim, if it weren't for their high standards they wouldn't be able to get birds to reproduce; so, their argument goes, their profits require that they provide top quality care.

Poppycock!

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How to give thanks to Mother Earth

Published 11/24/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

As we plan to sit down with family and friends this week to give thanks for all that we have, perhaps one of the biggest “Thank you’s” should go to Mother Earth for putting up with all of our blunders. Earth really has taken a lot of abuse from our species and yet keeps providing for us and all the other species. It’s not an easy task and it keeps getting harder.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Published 11/19/09
By Wayne Crawford, Writer/Director of U’Bejani

Movie shooting schedules may run from 2 to as many as 15 weeks. However, when you’re working with wild animals it can take a tad bit longer. I know because my film U’Bejani (which means black rhino in Zulu) shot for approximately 159 weeks. The shooting breakdown was simple: 3 weeks to film the people shots and 3 years to film the animal shots!

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A modern day tragedy: Charla Nash and Travis the chimp

Published 11/12/09
By Born Free USA Staff

In February 2009, Born Free USA posted a passionate blog on the tragic incident involving Travis, a “pet” chimpanzee who got loose from his “owner” and attacked a woman named Charla Nash. There were many victims that day. Travis lost his life, Charla Nash very nearly lost hers, and she and her family are the ones who must deal, every day, with the tragic consequences of someone else’s irrational desire to keep a dangerous wild animal as a pet.

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