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Rescue Dogs Help Veterans

By Kim Robson: United States military veterans are committing suicide at more than double the rate of the civilian population. Records from 48 states show that the annual suicide rate among veterans is about 30 for every 100,000 people, compared to a civilian rate of about 14 per 100,000. About …

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Backyard Chicken Being Abandoned Due to Infertility

By Kim Robson: Populations of urban chickens have been on the rise since the mid-2000s, as more and more people want to know where their food comes from and whether the animals they eat are free-range and hormone free. But sometimes, otherwise responsible backyard chicken enthusiasts find that the fun …

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FDA Issues Safety Rules for Pet Food

By Fredrica Syren:  For all of you whose best friend walks on four legs and might have a tail, good news is coming your way. Finally, the FDA has issued a statement saying they are working toward improvements in the safety of animal feed and pet food. The 2011 Food …

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Backyard Chickens-Something To Cluck About

 By Chef Centehua The sun is  just beginning its ascent when the hens let it be known they are ready to begin their morning activities. Chickens are creatures of the sun and they waste no time inside. We decided to get chickens three years ago and our flock grew quite quickly from …

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Lenient Punishments Aren’t Enough To Stop Animal Abuse

 By Guest Writer Richard P. Console, Jr. Research shows that serial killers, child abusers and rapists often have histories of committing crimes against animals, sometimes as “practice” for hurting their real targets — other people. Currently, the punishments for animal cruelty are so lax that convicted offenders are soon back on …

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Animal Abuse Whistleblowing Attacked by Proposed Ag-gag Bills

By Asha Kreiling ​Few things disturb me as much as violence towards animals. I can’t tolerate more than a few seconds of footage of the animal abuse that seems to occur so nonchalantly in factory farms and slaughterhouses, but even the short clips I have managed to watch have had a …

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Cetacean Slavery

By Kim Robson Sea World is a popular marine park chain with ten facilities around the United States. Sea World San Diego and Orlando enjoy international acclaim and annual visitor counts in the millions. Their stated mission is to promote the conservation, education, and research of marine environments. Granted, Sea …

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House Training Your Puppy: Paper Training Basics

By Tasha Ardalan  Do not expect to complete the house training process with your puppy until he/she is at least six months old. Puppies need time to develop bowel and bladder control so they can “hold it” as long as adult dogs can “hold it.” Puppies, like babies, need to eliminate frequently. …

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Am I Ready to Adopt?

By Tasha Ardalan Sharing your life with a four-legged friend can be one of the world’s greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty, love, and acceptance. Pets provide constant companionship and even help relieve stress after a hard day’s work. However, adopting a pet is a …

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How to Ease the Stress of Moving

by Tasha Ardalan: Moving to a new home is not only stressful for you, but it is stressful for your furry friends, too.  Cats and dogs can get very attached to their surroundings, and having to move away from familiar territory can be very upsetting to them.  Their comfort zone …

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