Category Archives: Entertainment exploitation

Vaquejada: Abuse of bulls and horses in Brazil

A special post to the Other Nations blog, written by lisa kemmerer, Francisco Matos, Eloah Vieira, and Tiago Barreto; photos and video by lisa kemmerer A little bull, perhaps no more than 600 pounds (272 kg), was herded between two horses … 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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Cecil and Obie: owning animals, dead or alive

Cecil the lion is dead, long live Cecil. Obie the tiger lives–and dies–in successive purgatories for 45 years running. Cecil, a unique individual and beloved personality, was slain by a small and hollow man for no reason other than ego. … 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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Shrine Circus 2015: “Turn and stand” for animals

“F—ing dopers!” This invective was snarled in our direction as we stood outside the Adams Center on the University of Montana campus in Missoula one recent April weekend. Inside the Adams Center, the Shrine Circus (produced by the Jordan World Circus) was putting … Continue reading

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Pony rides: Service…or servitude?

ex-ploi-ta-tion (noun): the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work. Animal exploitation comes in many shapes and sizes and often involves soul-crushing cruelty–think factory farming, circus slavery, vivisection.  But is exploitation always cruel? What constitutes cruelty, … 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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White tigers: Tragic–not magic

Kenny died in 2008. If you didn’t mark his passing (you probably didn’t even know about it), don’t feel bad. Kenny, you see, was not the beautiful white tiger on posters for glitzy magic acts. He wasn’t the star attraction … Continue reading

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Pig wrestling: Small injustices enable larger ones

“So delighted to find you folks upon googling,” the message begins. It arrived at my webmail box at the beginning of July, written by a woman from rural Anytown, Everystate, USA. The impetus for her message was an upcoming pig … Continue reading

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First Amendment rights and the pursuit of animal rights

Many decades have intervened since my First Amendment rights were trampled by the FBI. The year was 1970 and Richard Nixon was appearing at the Fort Wayne (IN) War Memorial Coliseum. A group of us from a small, nearby college with … Continue reading

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