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Butterball Turkey Raided Amid Animal Abuse Allegations
Acting on allegations of “repeated violations” of animal cruelty, officials in North Carolina raided a Butterball turkey facility this morning.  The raid was spurred by a confidential complaint filed with the Hoke County District Attorney earlier this month and obtained by ABC News, in which the animal rights group Mercy for Animals details conditions captured on hidden camera video by an activist who worked undercover at the Butterball facility for three weeks, ending in mid-December.

Animal Studies Cross Campus to Lecture Hall
The field builds partly on a long history of scientific research that has blurred the once-sharp distinction between humans and other animals. Other species have been shown to have aspects of language, tool use, even the roots of morality. It also grows out of a field called cultural studies, in which the academy has turned its attention over the years to ignored and marginalized humans.

Leaving Animals Out of the Cosmetics Picture
On March 11, 2009, the European Union banned cosmetics and personal-products companies from testing their products on animals for things like skin irritancy, sensitivity to light and acute toxicity. The decision also banned the import of cosmetics containing ingredients that have been animal-tested in this way. By March 11, 2013, companies will be forbidden from further tests designed to establish longer-term toxicity.  But no such laws exist in the United States.

Drugs in livestock feed links: Reports on the FDA’s decision to back off proposed limits
Effective Dec. 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration scratched a 34-year-old proposal, never fully implemented, to limit antibiotic use in livestock. The issues at stake include questions about the connection between widespread use of antibiotics in people and animals that may lessen the effectiveness of the medicines and hasten the development of resistant germs.

James Cromwell On Why He Became an Ethical Vegan
“The Artist” star talked about why he has chosen to oppose factory farming, and what everyone can do to no longer support the killing of animals for food. “To deny an animal its right to self-determination, its right to live out its life as it chooses in its natural habitat, that is an aggression; it’s an aggression against the planet and all other sentient beings,” he said.

No Meat, No Dairy, No Problem
the core of the answer is known to everyone: eat more plants. And if the diet that most starkly represents this — veganism — is no longer considered bizarre or unreasonably spartan, neither is it exactly mainstream. (For the record, vegans don’t simply avoid meat; they eschew all animal products, including dairy, eggs and even honey.)

Abuse of wild horses targeted
The head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada is appealing to agency employees to step up and blow the whistle on any abuse of wild horses.  That is the best way to stop horse advocates from undermining the agency’s roundup policies with video footage of the mistreatment of the animals and making it harder for federal land managers to win the public’s trust, Amy Lueders said.

Nevada’s inaugural bear hunt ends with 14 bears killed
Nevada’s inaugural bear hunting season has drawn to a close with hunters killing 14 black bears.  Healy said the number of bears killed was higher than wildlife officials expected as 14 of 41 hunters who picked up tags were able to bag bears. “Because we allowed the use of dogs but no bait, we thought that maybe from six to 10 bears would be taken.”

The New Face of Pet Therapy
No doubt about it. People have a deep and complex relationship with animals, which elicit a wide range of emotional responses by their very presence and interactions with human beings.  But these days, animals are being involved in human therapy in innovative ways that depart drastically from traditional notions of animal-assisted therapy.

Orangutans ‘could video chat’ between zoos via iPads
Mr Zimmerman, from the US-based charity Orangutan Outreach, said he had wanted to give the device to the animals ever since it was launched back in January 2010.  “The original idea came literally when Steve Jobs gave his opening presentation introducing the iPad,” he said.  “Independently, one of our supporters in Milwaukee was at the zoo showing the orangutan his iPad, and they were fascinated by it. We started to put things together.”