The family said the officer wanted to interview a neighbor and was walking across the front yards of homes on the street when the shooting happened. The Reeves family was not involved in the burglary investigation that brought the officer to their neighborhood. Vern barked and ran toward the officer, prompting the shooting, the family said… “it’s devastating…He was a member of our family… It’s no different from it being a person.”
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I’m still caught up in the world of new parenthood, but I had to share these few things that have been sitting in my in-box. Hope you’re all having a beautiful spring!
- Read this: Guest Viewpoint: Criticism of Tompkins SPCA is unwarranted: PETA has its own issues to solve (Ithaca Journal, Apr 19, 2013) I side with the SPCA on this one!
- Animal Rights 2013 National Conference is slated for June 27-30, in Washington, DC.
- Vegetarian Summerfest is happening in Johnstown, PA, July 3-7.
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Dear vegans of today: Thank you for being awesome. This is so incredibly far beyond anything that was happening when I was an 18-year-old baby vegan. How far we’ve all come!
1st Annual Conference “Engaging with Eco-ability”
Binghamton University, New York
April 27 and 28, 2013
A Politics of Disability, Animal Liberation, and Queering
The 1st Annual Conference “Engaging with Eco-ability” will be hosted at Binghamton University April 27th & 28th, 2013. The conference will be organized and moderated by Anthony Nocella II and JL Schatz. The goal of this conference is to lay the groundwork for an edited book that’s part of the Critical Animal Studies series published by Lexington Books.
Sponsors include Binghamton University English Department, Binghamton University, Institute for Critical Animal Studies, and Students for Critical Animal Studies.
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Happy birthday to the late, great César Chávez: a labor rights and environmental justice activist, and a vegan. He said,
I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.
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“New research shows that we have grossly underestimated both the scope and the scale of animal intelligence. Primatologist Frans de Waal on memory-champ chimps, tool-using elephants and rats capable of empathy.”
Photo: Thomas Cheng and a dog, from the article
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Ah, humans. We’re always up to something.
- “I Am Not an Animal”: “This project explores how the psychological dynamics of our fear of death shape our relationships with other animals, leading to our need to claim superiority over them in ways that are often exploitative and abusive.” (Via The Ghosts in Our Machine)
- Emotion Work in Animal Rights Activism: A Moral-Sociological Perspective: “While participation in the animal protection movement can impart a deep sense of purpose it can also involve navigating a host of emotions on a near-daily basis… It is important for advocates to recognize these emotional costs and look to self care when needed. This will not only strengthen the individual but the movement as a whole.” (Via Carnism Awareness & Action Network)
- Law Enforcement Today article warns police not to kill family dogs: “Law enforcement officers have now officially been warned in a trade publication not to shoot family dogs… What was acceptable behavior for an officer ten years ago may be considered entirely unethical in this period of time. This includes how the family dog is to be treated.”
- Does Wearing Vintage Fur Instead of New Fur Make You a Better Person?: “Like, say, a vegetarian who occasionally eats chicken, the capacity that we have to trick ourselves into thinking that we’re sticking to our moral code—even as we deviate from it—is astounding. As usual.”
Image: The Kimmela Center in Action
Huffington Post writes about Bear Dog, a canine resident of Castle Rock, Washington:
One black Lab mix is so popular that he has become the exception to his town’s “no pets allowed” rule… According to the Longview Daily News, locals love him so much that he’s been written into posted signs barring animals… The town will likely erect a monument when Bear Dog passes away, Mayor Paul Helenberg told the paper.