Saturday, October 10, 2009

LUSH Cosmetics and WSPA partner to protect orangutans

In the last 10 years, 90 percent of the rainforest on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra has been destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations - plantations that supply palm oil for use in cosmetics, food and petroleum products. As the rainforest disappears, so too do the homes of orangutans who live there.

This gentle species of ape are found only in Borneo and Sumatra, and every year, roughly 5,000 die from being injured, orphaned or left homeless by the ever-expanding palm oil industry. Orangutans are now one of the ten most threatened species in the world. At the current rate of loss, it is possible that they will become extinct within ten years.

LUSH and WSPA are partnering to protect the endangered orangutans of Borneo LUSH Cosmetics believes that there are no sustainable sources of palm oil and is the first cosmetics company to commit to eliminating palm oil in its products.

To show their dedication they are selling the WSPA Charity Pot, a palm-oil-free hand and body cream, which will be in North American stores until early 2010.

Proceeds from the Charity Pot will help provide food and care for rescued orangutans who are undergoing rehabilitation at the WSPA-funded Nyaru Menteng sanctuary, run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.

As a special gift to WSPA supporters, LUSH is offering a 15% discount on their soap products, all of which are now palm-oil-free.

Get your free printable coupon for 15% off at LUSH

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Justice Scalia: Champion of the "Right" to Torture Animals (Animal Rights -

Justice Scalia: Champion of the "Right" to Torture Animals (Animal Rights -

Antonin Scalia thinks people's "right" to giddily watch animals rip each other apart is more important than those animals' right not to be ripped apart

From Reuters:

Justice Antonin Scalia said the court needed to consider "the right of people who like cockfighting, who like dogfighting and who like bullfighting to present their side of the debate."

From AP:
Justice Antonin Scalia was having none of it. In the area of free speech, Scalia said, "it's not up to the government to decide what are people's worst instincts."

Scalia also pointed out that opponents of animal fighting may feel more free to use the images to express their views than proponents. "People who like bull fighting, who like dog fighting, who like cock fighting ... that side of the debate is entitled to make its point as forcefully as possible," he said.

Their "side of the debate"? "Entitled to make its point as forcefully as possible"?
A Supreme Court justice thinks there's a debate about whether humans should be sadistically training animals to maim and kill each other for humans' amusement, about whether we should pit animals against each other and cheer and bet money on their suffering and gruesome, violent deaths.

A Supreme Court justice thinks that those who enjoy encouraging violence and inflicting extreme suffering on those more vulnerable are "entitled to make [their] point as forcefully as possible" by selling videos of that violence, to show how fun it really is.

You know what, Scalia? There are also people who truly believe that acts of pedophilia don't really hurt children. Should they be able to make their point "as forcefully as possible" too? Are their "rights" as people who like molesting children something we should consider when we make laws meant to protect children?

But according to these initial reports, it doesn't appear the other justices are falling all over themselves to stand up for animals either. No decision is expected until next year, but it doesn't look good.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights


Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights:

"'Being kind to animals is not enough. Avoiding cruelty is not enough. Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages.'"

The site contains local, national, and international resources relating to animal rights, everything from fact sheets to photographs, plus numerous links to other relevant sites hosted by animal rights advocates throughout the world.

The site provides supplemental information that could not be included in the book. Its organization mirrors the book’s contents. The site’s major divisions correspond to the book’s chapters, and the site’s subdivisions correspond to the various sections in each chapter.

For example, Chapter Six in the book is entitled “Turning Animals into Food.” One section in this chapter discusses “The Veal Industry.” So if you are looking for supplemental information about farmed animals in general, choose Resources and visit the links for “Turning Animals Into Food” under Factsheets and Links. If you are looking for supplemental information about the veal industry in particular, you will find those resources inside the Factsheets and Links for “Turning Animals Into Food” by category; i.e., “Veal Farming” or “Dairy/Milk.”

Supplemental information throughout the site includes standard bibliographical listings (relevant books and articles, for example) and links to relevant web sites, some of which present video and photographic images. Some of these images can be accessed by visiting our Gallery. Note that these visual resources include two kinds of images. Some (the easy ones) depict the beauty and dignity, the grace and mystery of other animals. Others (the hard ones) depict the treatment animals receive at the hands of the major animal-user industries. Be forewarned (and you will always have the choice to view them or not): these visuals do not try to conceal or minimize the tragic truth. Billions of animals live lives of abject misery and go to their deaths in the unfeeling clutches of human cruelty. These are painful truths, but truths they are.

Empty Cage’s discussion of major animal-user industries is limited for the most part to the American scene. However, users of this site will find many links to organizations throughout the world that provide relevant information about practices in other countries. Just visit Resources for books, factsheets, links, and more.

In addition to these resources, selections from some of Tom Regan’s other books are included. Most of these resources are more abstract and theoretical than what readers will find in Empty Cages. They are provided for people looking for systematic philosophical explorations of philosophical ideas at the center of the animal rights debate.

Our web site is a communal work-in-progress. As new, relevant resources become available, they will be added. People who visit the site are encouraged to send along suggestions that they think will help improve it.

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WE ANIMALS | Jo-Anne McArthur |

WE ANIMALS Jo-Anne McArthur

Humans are as much animal as the sentient beings that we use for food, clothing, research, experimentation, work, entertainment, slavery and companionship.

--- Jo-Anne McArthur


These incredible photos are both heartbreaking and beautiful, inspiring... really amazing.

EDUCATION is crucial to create real CHANGE.

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Michael Pollan: The omnivore's next dilemma

What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks...

ANIMAL RIGHTS BILL 1 - Tom Regan speaks.

Does the Animal Kingdon Require a bill of Rights. Dr Tom Regan author 'The Case for Animal Rights' opens the debate.

Culture & Animals Foundation

Culture & Animals Foundation

Think. Create. Explore. Celebrate.

In seeing and understanding kindred animals, we see and understand a part of ourselves.

Culture & Animals Foundation - Advancing animal advocacy through intellectual and artistic expression.

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