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Breaking News: Chickens Have Feelings Too

Breaking News: Chickens Have Feelings Too

By Jo Barlow | July 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm | 6 comments

Battery farming has a terrible effect on chickens. Photo of Charlotte on Rescue Day by Amy Chamberlain. A recent study by the University of Bristol’s Animal Welfare and Behavior Research Group has found that mother hens show signs of “clear physiological and behavioral...

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One Little Egg: A Fundraising Program to Help Save Ex-Battery Chickens

By Jo Barlow | May 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | One comment

Photo of Sophie Mccoy When I enthuse about the merits of ex-batts, their quirky natures, their sustainability and their sheer gorgeousness, many of you reply with the same comment. That much as you would like to have ex-batts, but you are not able to have chickens in your...

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What’s in My Nest Box?

By Jo Barlow | May 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | 4 comments

The free-range girls with their coop and nest box. Photo by Jo Barlow. When our little chicken, Audrey, was entombed in her battery cage she was subjected to 18 hours artificial daylight to encourage her to lay an egg every day. This unnatural level of production made her...

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Shark DNA “Zip Codes” May Help Prevent Shark Finning

By Kyle Empringham | May 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm | No comments

Photo by richard ling via flickr When beginning my education in ecology, one of the first things I learned about was shark finning. This brutal practice of killing sharks for only their fins is common in many Asian countries, but may be halted thanks to genetics. The...

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As If Canadian Seal Slaughter Wasn’t Enough, Scottish Seal Slaughter is on the Rise

By Jo Barlow | April 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm | 4 comments

Canadian seal slaughter protest. Photo by alezarg via flickr The Canadian seal cull is a completely abhorrent practice, more suited to a video nasty than a legal activity. It can surely only be greed that motivates these ‘men’ to butcher and murder these babies. However,...

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Captain Paul Watson Speaks About His Non-Violent Activism on the High Seas at the Go Green Expo

By Tuesday Phillips | April 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm | 3 comments

Photo of Paul Watson speaking at the Go Green Expo. By Kara Seuschek. This past weekend, the nation's premiere green business and sustainable lifestyle show, The Go Green Expo, returned to Los Angeles with more than 200 eco-friendly booths, thousands of passionate attendees,...

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I Believe I Can Fly

By Jo Barlow | April 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | 2 comments

Photo of Agatha. By Jo Barlow. There comes a time, even in an ex-battery hen’s life, when her wings may need to be clipped. Wing clipping is a quick and painless process of literally clipping the primary flight feathers of one wing rendering the chicken unbalanced -- and...

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The Grand National Horse Race: Britain’s National Disgrace

By Jo Barlow | April 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm | One comment

Photo by Paolo Camera via flickr Here in Britain, as a nation of animal lovers, we sit in our ivory towers and tutt indignantly at the animal rights record of other countries. We righteously recoil in horror at the Canadian annual seal cull. How can they murder such beautiful...

Posted in: Culture

Wild Animals Belong in the Wild!

By Jo Barlow | April 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm | 2 comments

Photo by chezynickannie via flickr Long ago, in the 1970s, when I was a little girl, I was taken to see the circus. It was supposed to be a big treat but I only have two lasting memories from that day. Firstly my terror of the clowns, something that stays with me to this day,...

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Debeaking of Intensively Farmed Chickens

By Jo Barlow | March 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm | 2 comments

Photo by lacerationgravity via flickr Debeaking is routinely performed on all intensively farmed chickens. The beak of chickens have extremely sensitive nerves, so it is excruciatingly painful for them and, quite frankly, a barbaric practice. And, as you can imagine, it...

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