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On #GivingTuesday-Let’s Re-Think How We Give

So this weekend while listening to the TED Radio Hour on NPR (interested? there’s a podcast!), I heard portions of a TED talk by Dan Pallotta, who claims we hold our charities back with our expectations of low overhead. Pallotta’s argument is that while we reward start-ups for taking big risks with other people’s money, when … Continue reading

But Vegans Don’t Eat Cheese!

My blog post, Going Vegan, continues to attract a lot of traffic. One recent visitor commented he could not see himself going vegan because he couldn’t give up cheese. I didn’t give up cheese when I went vegan. What’s your pleasure? Pizza? Daiya melts just like mozzarella and has similar texture and mouth feel. Tastes … Continue reading

So How’s That Vegan Thing Going Anyway?

Depends on who you ask. Rumpy is not pleased. He misses bites of tasty morsels as I noshed to my heart’s content. Last week I was checking out at the grocery, and the kid ringing me up asked if someone in my home had a dairy allergy. I said no, this way of eating is a choice. … Continue reading

On the Death of Harambe

Harambe was a 17 year old Western Lowland Gorilla kept at the Cincinnati Zoo. OK, he was a prisoner at the zoo. I don’t care how nice the enclosure, I doubt, if given the choice to remain there or be free, he’d choose to stay. So a 4 year old kid decides he wants to … Continue reading

A Tour of Big Cat Rescue

For my upcoming birthday I decided to give myself a tour of Big Cat Rescue. I’ve always wanted to see the sanctuary for myself, and so I did. I have to say, it was not what I expected. Oh, not the rescue itself. The 60 acres are well-maintained and give the resident cats places both … Continue reading

How a Curmudgeon Learns to Be Positive

She was a petite cream-color kitty with black facial markings and striking blue eyes. I often noticed her seated in the upstairs window of the apartment building Rumpy and I passed by on our morning walks. And then a week ago we spotted her outside. She was fearful of Rumpy, though he was across the … Continue reading

Where’s the Diversity in Animal Welfare Advocacy?

During the economic downturn we stopped spending money on lots of things. But what did we not stop spending money on? Our pets. In fact, spending on pets actually increased during the recession, which is why every bozo with a gimmick is starting a pet-related business. So why does that love for our pets not … Continue reading

What We Call Family?

Last Tuesday I wrote about why I consider my pets as members of my family. The next day I received my weekly email from Faunalytics (formerly Humane Research Council) where they spotlight a variety of papers and studies relating to animals and animal welfare. By the way, anyone can sign up for access to Faunalytics … Continue reading

The Fear of Pain and Suffering

I recently read a paper published in 2010 by Oscar Horta University of Santiago de Compostela entitled, “Debunking the Idyllic View of Natural Processes: Population Dynamics and Suffering in the Wild.” (accessed through Faunalytics.org) Horta mentions that we have some romantic idea of what it must be like for animals to live in the wild and do … Continue reading

Animal Cruelty is Finally Getting the Attention it Deserves

I am pleased to report that starting in 2016 the FBI will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty. The four categories of cases to be tracked include neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse (dogfighting, cockfighting), and animal sexual abuse. This is huge!  Despite mental health professionals having said for years that animal cruelty is … Continue reading

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