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Animal Rescue, Stop Cruelty and Neglect

No Longer A Mind Of Our Own Neuroscience is well on its way to proving that animals have memories, emotions, and psychology more similar to humans than previously supposed. Take that, Descartes.

Free Bamboo the Elephant If you care about animals pass this along. In Seattle, Washington, Bamboo the elephant has been treated shamefully by the zoo ever since she was a baby -- not enough space to move in, among other things. She reacted by behaving badly, and things have gotten much worse. An elephant sanctuary in Tennessee that takes in and cares for elephants that nobody else will have -- and that gives them happy lives in lots of area to roam in -- is willing to take her, at no charge to the zoo. The zoo says no. Want to write to them and see if you can make an elephant happy? Bear in mind, elephants live to be fifty or sixty years old; does anyone really want to see her in chains for decades?

Action for Animals Stop the insane slaughter in so-called scientific labs. Learn why it is healthier to be a vegetarian or a vegan. Stop factory farming! Find out where your hamburgers REALLY come from (YECH!)
If you do eat meat, be responsible about it. Stay away from fast food. Try buffalo instead of beef -- it's better for you. Stay kosher or halal. Buy local, organic, and free range meat. Animals that are allowed freedom are healthier.
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Animal Liberation Front
The Theory and Practice of Hell Presented by the Animal Liberation Front -- facts about the group and the reasoning behind their actions.
American Fondouk dedicated to animal welfare for free to the poor working people of Morocco.

Bison Scandal -- Needless Slaughter of American Buffalo

Bison Slaughter: History Repeats Itself
Yellowstone Park Slaughter It's a big boondoggle!
More on the Bison story

Cats -- Keep Yours Indoors

Cats & Wild Birds Don't Mix Statistics and facts.
Why Cats Belong Indoors

The Fund for Animals
Humane Society
SPCA
Intl. Fund for Animal Welfare
The Liberation Collective
Would you write to the FDA to stop enforced moulting of laying hens? (Want THIS in your eggs???)

Pope John Paul II Says: Animals Have Souls Controversial 1990 statement by the Holy Father.

Title: The Race To Save The Lord God Bird
Author: Philip Hoose
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux 2004
ISBN: 0374361738

Ivory-billed woodpeckers, once thought to be extinct, have been found in central Arkansas as of 2004. These birds were deliberately put to death by the hundreds of thousands in the 1800s so that women could wear them on their hats; a precious few existed in Louisiana in the 1940s before a "development" company drove them out. The destruction of the ivory-bill is a microcosm for everything that's being done to the environment by our use of non-sustainable energy and agriculture. This book was written for young adults but appeals to everyone. You might also read The Grail Bird. (Let's just hope the bird's loyal fans don't love it to death; some completely genuine sightings have gone unreported because the people who saw the bird didn't want ten zillion people stampeding into the swamps.)

Title: The Human Nature of Birds
Author: Theodore Barber
Publisher: Penguin, 1994
ISBN: 0140234942

Until recently, modern science has attributed animal behavior solely to instinct and genetic programming. Barber, director of the Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, challenges that view. Six years of total immersion in avian studies have led him to conclude that birds are capable of thoughtful judgment and are intelligently aware.

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Title: When The Elephants Weep
Author: Jeffrey Masson with Susan McCarthy
Publisher: Delta, 1996
ISBN: 0385314280

Yes, this is the same Jeffrey Masson who wrote Against Therapy and The Assault on Truth.

Animals do in fact lead emotional lives, according to Masson. He has managed to find hundreds of anecdotes from the published works and field studies of such noted behaviorists as Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Cynthia Moss that support his theory. It seems that, despite the fact that anthropomorphism is among the worst of scientific taboos, these respected scientists cannot help but notice the similarities between human and animal behavior.

Title: The Parrot's Lament & Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence, and Ingenuity
Author: Eugene Linden
Publisher: Plume, 2000
ISBN: 0452280680

A gorilla shrewdly sells back a missing key chain to the highest bidder. An orangutan picks a lock to let himself out of his zoo enclosure and two elephants adopt a tag-team strategy to keep their handlers from putting them back into theirs. In The Parrot's Lament, noted environmentalist Eugene Linden offers more than one hundred true anecdotes about animal acts of cooperation, heroism, escape--even tales of deception or manipulation of human beings. Drawing on the first-person experiences of veterinarians, field biologists, researchers, and trainers, Linden has compiled a warmly entertaining and powerfully persuasive argument for animal consciousness that, while not human, far exceeds what humans usually grant animals. Scientifically sound and emotionally compelling.

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