Animal science, welfare, and companionship.

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As you can guess, this group is all about animals—both wild and domesticated—and the complicated relationship we have with them. It is about exploring and understanding their lives, and how they touch ours and we theirs in return.

As listed above, posts can consist of anything related to animals: science, evolution, behavior, food production, humane living, and pets.

Whether you work with animals or if you’re just a nature lover and pet owner, this group will hopefully have something for you. I look forward to your contributions.

To post discussions that are solely about environmentalism and sustainability, please join Green Atheists.

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Books & Documentaries - to post basic source info here
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Funny Pictures, Videos, and Jokes – funny animal things to share
Petition Thread - post links to online petitions here
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Your Pets – post pics of you and your animals here

Discussion Forum

The dark side of elephants???

Started by Deborah Moreno. Last reply by T A A Apr 29, 2012. 2 Replies

Interspecies Love

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Feb 5, 2011. 3 Replies

Do Chimpanzees Mourn Their Dead Infants?

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Feb 5, 2011. 2 Replies

Cute But Dangerous Animals (PHOTOS)

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Dec 11, 2010. 1 Reply

The Beakiest Bird

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 28, 2010. 0 Replies

The surreal treehoppers

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Nov 26, 2010. 1 Reply

Rare Photographs of Extinct Animals

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by No name Nov 18, 2010. 3 Replies

Companies that (still) Test on Animals

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 9, 2010. 0 Replies

New Carnivorous Mammal Discovered in Madagascar

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by No name Oct 19, 2010. 2 Replies

Rap Artist 50 Cent Pressured to Adopt Rhino

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by T A A Oct 19, 2010. 5 Replies

Orangutan Charades: How Orangutans Communicate

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Oct 2, 2010. 4 Replies

Ancient giant penguin unearthed in Peru

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Oct 2, 2010. 2 Replies

Defenders of Wildlife

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Comment by Chuck G on July 20, 2010 at 4:35pm
I suspect that the huge population boom of Canadian geese along the eastern flyway is an unnatural and man-made phenomena. They are pests in the eastern arctic when they nest and drive out the rarer types of arctic nesting geese and other birds. Canadian geese were not ecologically adapted to the east coast in pre-modern times. They like open grassy places to graze and prior to European introduced fields, farms, lawns and parks, there wasn't that much suitable habit for them. It is the central and western flyways that are their natural habitat, with prairies, plains, and open habitat that they feel safe in and have lots of grass to graze. Contributing to this is that Canadian geese are super smart, and adaptable to man, taking advantage of the protection from predators and hunters that city and suburban parks afford. I suspect they are also favored by global warming in the arctic, with longer growing seasons, better grass and sedge growth, at the expense of moss, lichen, and erinaceous(heath-like) plants that are less nutritious, and also better gosling survival.
Comment by NoSacredCow on July 20, 2010 at 4:14pm
Yeah Adriana that's what happens when the crap in Arizona starts spreading. Now they are rounding up the illegal Canadians.
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 20, 2010 at 10:48am
Thanks for posting the petition Adriana. Signed it previously.
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 20, 2010 at 10:46am
No consolation to me.... Don't really see how this will prevent an occasional goose smashing into a plane. Should we eliminate windmills or all the birds that might get caught in their blades? We need another method, hopefully someone will figure out a better way.
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 15, 2010 at 4:15pm

On July 15, 2010, In Defense of Animals rescued 55 long-tailed macaque monkeys from an insolvent toxicology laboratory in Oxford, New Jersey.

This lab has been repeatedly cited by the USDA for Animal Welfare Act violations and had a license to sell animals. If not for this rescue, these monkeys could very well have ended up in other labs that routinely perform extremely invasive or terminal experiments on long-tailed macaques. Published articles from 2010 describe experimentation ranging from brain lesions, invasive brain studies of auditory, motor and visual cortex, Ebola virus, stroke, plague and drug-induced seizures. These intelligent, social nonhuman primates suffer when imprisoned for decades in stark lab environments. Monkeys often display clinical signs of depression and abnormal behavior including hair pulling, stereotypic circling and pacing, and even self mutilation.

"Rescuing these young macaques from a miserable lifetime locked in a lab furthers In Defense of Animals' mission in protecting the rights, welfare and habitat of animals," said IDA president Scotlund Haisley. "These young monkeys would have been subjected to decades behind bars in cramped stainless steel cages, forced to endure painful toxicology tests. Now they will have a life filled with fresh air, friends, and freedom from harm."

IDA is transporting the monkeys to their new homes at four primate sanctuaries in Oklahoma and Texas.

As you will surely appreciate, lifesaving rescues such as this can be sudden and costly. This rescue of the monkeys will cost more than $25,000. Suffice it to say, we had to dig deep into our Animal Rescue Fund to get the job done.

When we learned of the dismal fate reserved for these animals we offered aid immediately. IDA is not only paying for the transport of the monkeys, but also providing grants for all of the sanctuaries to assist with their housing and care.

This rescue was sudden and costly, So, please, be as generous as you are able today.

With your generosity and our determination, we will not only meet our commitment to these monkeys, but I believe we can free an unprecedented number of animals awaiting rescue from labs and other abusive environments and the misery and exploitation inflicted upon them.

On behalf of all the animals who benefit from your compassion, thank you for all that you do.

Please Donate Whatever Amount You Can HERE:
Comment by NoSacredCow on July 15, 2010 at 1:07pm
Back in the day my mom always served goose at xmas.

It was part of my Dickensian childhood.
Comment by NoSacredCow on July 15, 2010 at 7:07am
what about migration what do they do in the winter? What about the rapidly increasing population? The more obvious thing to do is route the planes so that they state out of the paths of the geese as they fly a regular route as well.
Comment by NoSacredCow on July 14, 2010 at 6:18pm
400 Park Geese Die, for Human Fliers’ Sake
New York Times
Published: July 12, 2010

They have been a familiar sight around the lake in Prospect Park in Brooklyn: Canada geese, scores of them. To some residents, the birds and their fuzzy offspring are charming hints of wildlife amid the bricks of the city. Recently, when one was found with an arrow through its neck, park rangers tried to corral it to administer first aid.

But then, over the last few days, parkgoers noticed something strange.

The geese were gone. Nearly 400 of them.

On Monday, the answer emerged. Wildlife biologists and technicians had descended on the park Thursday morning and herded the birds into a fenced area. The biologists, working with the federal Agriculture Department, then packed the geese two or three to a crate and took them to a nearby building where they were gassed with lethal doses of carbon dioxide, Carol A. Bannerman, a spokeswoman, said.

“It’s a horrible end,” said Anne-Katrin Titze, who went to the park nearly every morning to feed the geese. “It’s eerie to see a whole population gone. There’s not one goose on this lake. It looks as though they’ve been Photoshopped out.”
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 11, 2010 at 9:19am

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Far-Reaching, Humane Egg Bill
posted by: Sharon Seltzer
July 9, 2010 - Care2

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a historic bill on July 6 that will extend protection to egg-laying hens that live in other states, if the egg producers want to do business in California. The new humane law will have hens across the country spreading their wings with joy.

Finish Reading This Article in the Vegetarian and Vegan Atheist Group.
Comment by NoSacredCow on July 7, 2010 at 10:45am
Mouse Sleeps With Scientist, Scientist Thrilled

Now I know there's the old saw about nerds and getting dates but this is ridiculous...

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