Tranquilized bear moved to mountains after wandering onto Colorado campus – Chicago Sun-Times

Thumbs up to Colorado wildlife officials for relocating a black bear to the wild. Would Wisconsin do the same?

BOULDER, Colo. — A 200-pound black bear that wandered onto the University of Colorado campus has been relocated to the nearby Rocky Mountains.State wildlife official Jennifer Churchill said Friday that the male bear was tagged and taken to a remote area of ponderosa pines, oak brush and chokeberry west of Boulder.The bear has become a celebrity since it wandered around a university residence hall and climbed a tree Thursday. Wildlife officers eventually tranquilized it, and the bear dropped from its 15-foot-high perch onto pads placed on the ground.It landed on its back before a crowd of gawking students.Campus police spokesman Ryan Huff called it “a perfect landing.”

via Tranquilized bear moved to mountains after wandering onto Colorado campus – Chicago Sun-Times.

‘Vegan Is Love’: Children’s Book By Ruby Roth Causes Controversy

Dr. David Katz, HuffPost blogger and director of the Yale Prevention Center supports Roth’s efforts and told ABC that childhood might be “the best time to create awareness and change behavior accordingly.”

The illustrations are eye-opening and topics mature, but Katz says that, “the torture and maltreatment of animals are real.” So, what’s worse? “Telling kids about what’s going on? Or raising them in a world where it is going on and keeping them in the dark about it so they become complicit to it?”

'Vegan Is Love': Children's Book By Ruby Roth Causes Controversy.

“Ag Gag” Bills and Supporters Have Close Ties to ALEC

“Ag Gag” bills targeting undercover investigators of factory farms have been introduced in 10 states in the last year. The nearly identical legislation is no coincidence. The bills, and their supporters, have ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council.The Ag Gag bills parallel other national efforts by ALEC, such as “Stand Your Ground” legislation, in that they have been promulgated through model legislation, carefully coordinated task forces, and the ability to mobilize ALEC members for key votes. Whereas many ALEC efforts have remained focused on the state legislation, ALEC’s coordinated attacks on the animal rights and environmental movement have also contributed ton the passage of a new federal terrorism law.

via “Ag Gag” Bills and Supporters Have Close Ties to ALEC.

The Human Cost of Factory Farming | One Green Planet

If you eat animal products, the inconvenient truth is that chances are if the animal is being abused, so are the workers. As a consumer, one of the only ways you can really prevent these human rights violations, in addition to environmental contamination is to choose vegan and make an effort to purchase organic plant-based foods from local farmers or farmers markets when possible. While there is a possibility for the same human rights violations to occur with organic farming in mass production, it is less likely because the farms are smaller. By doing so you are taking a stance just as much for yourself as you are for the ones that don’t have a voice.

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The Human Cost of Factory Farming | One Green Planet.

Naperville pet store owner wins Kindness to Animals award — Naperville news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

The owner of Naperville’s oldest pet store will be honored Mother’s Day weekend for his move to stop selling puppies at his store and opting to rescue from high kill shelters. The Puppy Mill Project will be presenting Greg Gordon, owner of Dog Patch Pet and Feed with the Kindness to Animals Award at their Second Annual Mother’s in the Mills event on Saturday, May 12.

“We have been working with pet stores for them to go humane – to stop selling dogs and opting to adopt out instead. Greg is a great example of how stores can make a successful transition,” says Cari Meyers, founder of the organization.

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Naperville pet store owner wins Kindness to Animals award — Naperville news, photos and events — TribLocal.com.

Nature News Blog: Chimpanzee bill receives first hearing : Nature News Blog

The proposed legislation would “allow us to focus on new alternative research methodologies, end a cycle of wasteful and unnecessary research, save money, and protect chimpanzees who have already given so much of their lives to research in the past,” said Martin Wasserman (pictured), a Maryland-based physician and former vaccine researcher at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, who testified in support of the bill. Because chimps cost between $67 and $35 per day to care for, Wasserman estimated that the legislation would save taxpayers $300 million over the next decade.

The only Wisconsin legislator to co-sponsor this act is Rep. Gwen Moore. Have you contacted your legislators yet about co-sponsoring this act?

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Nature News Blog: Chimpanzee bill receives first hearing : Nature News Blog.

Cole Brothers Circus to Perform Without Animals – Zor Shrine Should Too!

You might recall that last fall, PETA convinced Simon Property Group, the largest real estate company in the country, to ban exotic-animal exhibits at all its properties. At one mall that Simon owns in Winchester, Virginia, Cole Bros. Circus makes an annual appearance during the city’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which means that Cole Bros. would have to skip this city altogether or use only human performers in its show—no animals whatsoever.

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Victory! Circus to Perform Without Animals | PETA.org.