“Experiencing” animal suffering through virtual reality

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“Experiencing” animal suffering through virtual reality

Though it is obvious that virtual reality could never truly recreate the experiences of an animal subjected to such cruelty as exists on farms today, a study at Stanford University has perhaps come a little closer than before. According an article in Scientific American, researchers carried out an experiment meant to give students an impression


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Are cockfighting roosters doomed?

When it comes to coming up with myths about animals to justify their mistreatment, we humans have an endless supply.  Certainly you’ve heard at least a few of these: Turkeys are so stupid that they will look up at rain until they drown (oh, really?) Sheep are just brainless followers (nope) Pigeons are dirty and


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Volunteer Spotlight: Marv Wheale

This is our third edition of Volunteer Spotlight, and our featured volunteer is Marv Wheale.  Marv has been a valuable addition to our volunteer team since the summer of 2011.  He is a devoted and eager worker and his kind spirit and frequent words of encouragement are an inspiration to all of us. Location: South


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Sexual Politics of Meat, pt. 4

This is part 4 of my Sexual Politics of Meat series, inspired by the work of Carol J. Adams and others. Previously I’ve covered pigs, chickens, turkeys, and cows.  But why should land animals have all the fun of creepy objectification?  As usual, click through for the source.  Photos after the jump.


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Sexual Politics of Meat, pt. 3

This is part 3 of my Sexual Politics of Meat series, inspired by the work of Carol J. Adams and others. Previously I covered pigs, chickens, and turkeys.  Now it’s time for the cows. Though meat in general is considered masculine, there is certainly no meat more manly than beef. (As usual, click through for the


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Sexual Politics of Meat, pt. 2

This is part 2 of my Sexual Politics of Meat series, inspired by the work of Carol J. Adams and others. Previously I covered pigs, and now it’s time for chickens and turkeys.  As usual, click through for the source. Pictures after the jump. (Warning: Some are pretty gross.)


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Sexual Politics of Meat, pt. 1

In 1990, Carol J. Adams published her groundbreaking book, The Sexual Politics of Meat. Twenty-two years later there are still plenty of things, like this t-shirt, to discuss. Adams analyzes the t-shirt, which was created by a fraternity at Amherst College, with her usual intelligence and perspicacity; I urge you to read her post. That


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Book Review: Sister Species

I just finished Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice, and I cannot recommend it enough.  The book is a collection of essays written by fourteen amazing female activists who have personally experienced the manner in which oppression affects both animals and humans, and it serves as a reminder that concerns about speciesism deserve a


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