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Nature vs Murder: Crimes of Feline Passion

When we first moved to our current home I was faced with a decision that required serious consideration. For the first time in our four years together, my cat Jefa wanted to go outside. She had always seemed content to remain indoors, free from the dangers and discomforts of the streets from which she came. All that was about to change, however, in a manner that caused me to wonder not only at her dark side, but possibly my own. Continue reading

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Pet Adoption: Perfect or Picky?

Growing up in the Bay Area, not to mention ten years spent living in San Francisco, which could arguably be considered a “mecca” of pet fanatics, it has always seemed to me an obvious fact of life that pets are to be treasured and treated with the same respect as their people. In some cases people treat pets with even more respect than their fellow human beings. While I am a dedicated (and perhaps mildly obsessed) cat owner, I feel that society focusing too much energy on one animal may cost many others their lives. In particular, I would like to discuss the placing of pets in homes and the standards which govern this process.

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You Are What You Eat…and So is Fluffy: Is Pet Food Humane?

As a Bay Area native I will say the following about my fellow Californians. We are progressive, healthy, activists, early adopters of causes and technology, and most of us care about nature and its creatures. Since we are also human beings who crave companionship many of us find love and satisfaction in the furrier members of our families, as do many across the country, and increasingly, the world. Just as we do for ourselves, we take care in selecting products that will keep our pets healthy and happy. But how often do we consider the health and happiness of the animals that are sacrificed for these products?

Anyone who has experienced the joys of animal companionship would shudder to think of their own pets enduring cruel treatment or neglect. Should we, then, extend the same concern to all animals? The humane treatment of animals, especially as food sources has been heatedly debated for decades. Even among the activists and supporters there is controversy regarding what actually constitutes humane treatment. Continue reading

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