Category Archives: Factory farming

Bear 399: Delisting the grizzly you know

(UPDATE: May 10, 2016 deadline to submit comments on delisting. Access all related documents and find comment link here.) We humans don’t relate well to nonhuman animals at the population level–so goes the theory. But give us the particulars about … Continue reading

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Save a hog, eat a teacher: Challenging animal agriculture

What happens when you criticize animal agriculture? I’ll tell you. You’re called a “complete moron.” A “libtard.” An “idiot” and an “a**hole.” You’re told to “shut the f up.” Oh, and look, here’s Yoda in an Internet meme: “The retard … Continue reading

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Win a few, lose a few: Animal fighting, commercial breeding get another pass

Seventy percent of U.S. adults have a favorable opinion of the animal protection movement–so says recent research–which leads me to think that the other 30% serve in the Montana legislature. Animals lost what should have been a couple of slam-dunks during the … Continue reading

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“Rabbit, rabbit” or “Night of the Lepus”–it’s your choice

Soon it will be April 1st, and for those of you with superstitious or folklorish proclivities, remember to say “rabbit, rabbit!” (or “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!”) first thing upon waking–before speaking any other words. You might even go so far as to perambulate through the … Continue reading

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Happy Year of the Sheep! (Domestic or wild, it’s no party)

The Chinese lunar new year arrived recently, and regardless of whether you’re in the sheep or the goat camp, for the purpose of this post I wish you a Happy Year of the Sheep! Of course, there’s nothing happy about … Continue reading

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Eating Earth: an ethics-based guide for enviros & animal activists

They’re eating me out of house and home! Idioms, as you know, are shorthand codes for more complex ideas. As I read Lisa Kemmerer’s latest offering, “Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics & Dietary Choice,” I kept returning to that idiomatic gluttonous … Continue reading

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Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?

“It’s farming. It is just a different type of farming.” So said Larry Schultz in a bid to move his bobcat fur farm from North Dakota–away from the hustle and bustle of booming Bakken shale oil production–to Fergus County, Montana. … Continue reading

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Sheep dressing, pig wrestling, chicken scrambling: Bullies are made, not born

For weeks now, our local newspaper has been running a full-page ad for the PIGGEST. RAFFLE. EVER. It exhorts me to kick-off my summer “the right way, by winning the ultimate BBQ package.” A pink pig, arms akimbo, grins sardonically. … Continue reading

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Reproductive rights, civil rights…and animal rights

Supreme Court decisions and national anniversaries can put one in an expansive mood, though applying social justice issues to nonhuman animals is always the logical next step for some of us. After all, slavery, commodification, discrimination–the evils we’ve visited upon … Continue reading

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How now, cannulated cow?

Think back to when you first read or heard about debeaking. Remember how shocked, horrified, and disgusted you were? You had to adjust your schema–the cognitive framework that helps you make intellectual sense of the human animal/nonhuman animal relationship–to accommodate … Continue reading

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