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Cheri Shankar

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Animal Testing: When Is a Dog Not a Dog?

(5) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 8:00 PM

When Uno, the beagle, won the Westminster Dog Show a couple of years ago, I was compelled to blog about how two dogs of the same breed and similar in every way, ended up with completely different fates. One extremely triumphant and the other terribly tragic.


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Can You Be a Meat-Eating Environmentalist?

(160) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 11:43 AM

Sorry my friends, but it is getting harder and harder to be an environmentalist and consume animal products at the same time. As Kermit often says "It's not easy being green."

No one said living by our principles would be easy. Probably the best thing we can do...

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Mountan Lion Cub Poses Imminent Danger?

(25) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 1:48 PM

Last week in the sleepy town of Santa Paula, California a mountain lion wandered into someone's backyard and after a brief standoff was killed by the police. Mountain lions are protected in this state mostly due to Proposition 117 which passed in 1990 and banned mountain lion trophy...

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I'm Not Sorry, I'm Vegan

(57) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 11:49 AM

Today I have decided to become an unapologetic vegan. I'm already a vegan, it's the unapologetic part that's new.

Recently, I attended ones of those benefit galas that included the standard fare rubbery chicken main course and found myself having to shout to the waiter, over the din...

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Biden in the Doghouse

(41) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 10:15 AM

A boy and his dog. It's the great American story of loyalty, friendship, adventure and a life shared together, happily ever after. While the news of Vice President elect Joe Biden and his new wiggly, cute-as-all-get-out purebred German Shepherd puppy is generating lots of positive reports, many of us in...

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Dog Rescues Dog?

(29) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 6:28 PM

If you haven't watched it yet, this video shows the sickening moment of a dog getting hit and run over by several cars on a highway. Although not one single person stops to help this poor dog, another dog, who I can only assume was its traveling buddy, dashes...

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Vote for Obama and a Baby Bear Might Die

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2008 | 1:48 PM

A bear cub was killed recently in North Carolina because someone out there doesn't like Barack Obama. According to the Ashville Citizen Times, the body of a baby bear was found shot in the head and dumped at an entrance to the campus of Western Carolina University. What sadly...

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Not So Eggcellent

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2008 | 4:42 PM

Before I became a vegan I was a vegetarian. That means I used to consume milk, eggs and cheese, along with my veggies and grains, but certainly no meat. I believed I was doing right by the animals because they weren't being killed for my meals. I felt really good...

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Ugly Death for Chickens

(10) Comments | Posted October 10, 2008 | 12:40 PM

Say you have some chickens who have stopped laying eggs. What should you do? Ward Egg Ranch did the logical thing. They tossed their unproductive hens into the wood chipper. The wood chipper. But unlike the dead guy in Fargo, those poor chickens were shredded while still alive. If...

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Palin Shows No Love for Baby Wolves

(13) Comments | Posted September 8, 2008 | 10:17 AM

On a beautiful Alaskan summer morning in July of this year, a litter of 4-week-old wolf cubs were napping in the safety of their natal den, cuddled together, little bellies full of mother's milk when suddenly they were roughly pulled, half asleep, into the light of day and one by...

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Life The Size Of A Sheet Of Paper

(8) Comments | Posted August 13, 2008 | 1:29 AM

What is a sheet of paper? For my writer husband, a sheet of paper signifies a myriad world of stories to tell, for a first grader it may represent a canvas for great art, but for most chickens in California, a sheet of paper represents home.


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Uno, the Beagle and 2008 Westminster Dog Show Champion and Experimental Subject #A6472, the Beagle

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2008 | 6:30 PM

They are both Beagles. Both purebreds. They both have the same square cut muzzle, the same cute black, gumdrop nose, the same large earnest eyes and the same big, silly, floppy ears.

Beagles are known for their gentle and "merry" disposition, they are excellent with children and...

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