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The National Thanksgiving Turkey, Revisited

Every year, POTUS “pardons” a turkey. Last year, Popcorn became the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Even though it seems like the two turkeys are battling it out, in reality, both will be spared from becoming food. Only one will be named the National Thanksgiving Turkey, though. Voting has already closed, and the winning turkey will be … Continue reading

Saving the Elephants, and why I’m running my first 10K

Tomorrow, Saturday the 22, is the first annual Saving the Elephants 10K in Central Park. Extraordinary Journeys Africa is sponsoring the 10K. I am full of excitement and nervousness, as it will be my first 10K. When I first heard about the race, I really wanted to join because I support the cause. But I’m … Continue reading

Tuesday News Grab Bag

Hello readers! I’m currently in the middle of writing a bunch of posts, including a review and interview with the recently published Little Darling’s Pinups for Pitbulls book, a discussion about Mayo Gate, and a post about animal activists over at the other blog I help out on, Species and Class. But since I feel … Continue reading

“Animals Matter” Chapter 6: Utilitarianism

“People who consider animals’ usefulness to humans are called utilitarians and they practice utilitarianism. […] Utilitarians typically believe that neither animals nor humans have rights. The only criterion by which they decide whether an action is right or wrong is the principle of utility, or use-value. […] It is important to note that the interests … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: How Tyson Foods Kills Rural Towns

“One might expect that the economic dynamo that is Tyson Foods, which has created billions of dollars of income for investors over the years, might help boost the income growth rate in the towns that produce the company’s actual value: that is, the animals, the feed and the meat. But the data suggests that Tyson … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: We Are Not the Only Political Animals

“[I]t does not insult the memory of those human beings who have been deprived of their rights and excluded from consideration as political subjects to note that, as a matter of fact, the animals that play a central role in our society are systematically excluded from the polis, from the scope of the political. Their … Continue reading

“Animals Matter” Chapter 5: Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

It was established in the last chapter that animals are sentient (aware of pleasure and pain). Because animals are sentient, we should not cause them intentional and unnecessary pain and suffering. For example, consider if someone was to kick a cat or beat a dog. The act would, without a doubt, be considered an act … Continue reading

Aquariums: Educational or Abusive?

Note from Rachel: I am happy to say that this is the first Guest Post from Valentina, who blogs over at, so definitely check out her site! I hope my readers enjoy this post, and I hope to receive more articles from Valentina in the future! When you think of the word aquarium, you … Continue reading