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Second Careers for Racehorses

Retired racehorses often begin “second careers” in other sports, as studs/broodmares or as therapeutic pets. At the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland June 28, 2010, speakers stressed the need for racehorses to be treated well in order for them to have the ability to start a second career. If pushed too […]

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FoA-Ban on NYC Horse-Drawn Carriages

Host Anna Vitale of the Mindlight TV show featured New York State Senator Tony Avella and Edita Birnkrant, New York Director of Friends of Animals explaining about the New York City horse-drawn carriage industry. Discussed were the ongoing efforts of FoA working with Senator Avella to pass a state law banning horse-drawn carriages. Legislation is […]

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Horse-Drawn Carriages

The question of whether horse-drawn carriages should be banned has been in the news lately. Glee star Lea Michele has recently starred in a PETA campaign supporting a ban. An announcement has been made that Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, will travel to their wedding by car instead of by carriage. Although the […]

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Animal Rights and Your Food

Modern agriculture’s factory farm system often involves cruelty to animals. The factory farms focus on maximum output with minimum input. As a result, animals are often confined to small spaces, fed drugs to fatten them up, transported in terrible conditions and genetically altered. Chickens raised for their flesh, or “broilers,” are kept in overcrowded sheds […]

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Horse Diving Shows

From the 1920s to the 1970s, horse diving shows were a popular source of entertainment. The shows involved horses jumping off of towers approximately 40 feet high into a pool. Sometimes the horses had riders and sometimes they jumped alone. These shows were popular at the historic Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The […]

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HSUS-McDonald’s Statement

In a statement made with HSUS and McDonald’s, the largest restaurant chain in the world, it was announced that it will no longer use gestation crates for breeding sows in the United States. It began 10 years ago when Florida voters made their state the first to ban gestation crates for breeding pigs. Since then […]

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Rodeos are competitions based on skills that cowboys need for ranch work. They include events like Tie-down roping, Team Roping, Steer wrestling, Saddle bronc riding, Bareback Bronc-Riding, Bull riding and Barrel racing. Informal rodeos were held starting in the 1820s in the Western United States and northern Mexico. The first official competition was held in […]

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Treatment of Animals in Entertainment

The world’s first domestic animal anti-cruelty law may have been part of the legal code of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1641. Britain enacted an animal anti-cruelty law in 1822. In 1824, England established the Society for The Protection of Animals, the first of its kind. The ASPCA was founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh, […]

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The Odd Couple – Pacelle and Vick

Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Michael Vick on the same team? For the past 2 years, Pacelle and Vick have worked together to stop animal fighting. Vick has traveled the country spreading the word to children about how wrong animal fighting is. Tuesday, July 19, […]