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Blog Entries Tagged as animals in entertainment

  • Jul
  • 28

Lights … Camera … Animal Abuse?

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Given how profoundly animals suffer at the hands of humans, you would expect to see them rebel if given the chance, as depicted in the new CBS television series Zoo. But even though the rebellious animal characters in Zoo are fictional, real animals still end up paying a price for it. Zoo producers force live animals to participate …

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  • Jul
  • 10

Stars and Bars and White Stripes

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As the Confederate battle flag was removed from the state Capitol grounds in South Carolina, news crews interviewed supporters and opponents of the decision. One of the latter appeared on a major news network wearing a T-shirt that few in attendance may have recognized as the ultimate irony.

The woman holding a large “Stars and Bars” flag and …

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  • Feb
  • 19

The PETA Foundation’s Enforcers

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The U.S. federal government and all 50 states have laws to protect animals from abuse. But who watches the watchers? That would be the PETA Foundation’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement (CALE) division. CALE is a specialized group of highly trained attorneys, wildlife specialists, veterinarians, and support staff that pushes federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies to take …

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  • Mar
  • 3

Zoos’ dirty little secret

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People around the world were justifiably outraged when a healthy young giraffe was killed because he didn’t fit into a Danish zoo’s breeding plan. A second giraffe execution was in the works before public condemnation put a stop to it. But the only real surprise is how forthcoming these zoos were about it, since disposing of unwanted animals …

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  • Dec
  • 19

Cloris Leachman Raises Hope for SeaWorld Orcas

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Horses used to whinny at the sound of her character’s name in Young Frankenstein , but these days, Cloris Leachman’s name is more likely to elicit supportive clicks and whistles from orca whales. That’s because the Raising Hope star has written to the president of the Tournament of Roses Association and urged him to yank SeaWorld ’s float from the Rose Parade.

“I hate …

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  • Dec
  • 18

There’s no call for cruelty in Christmas

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Kicking off the holiday shopping season with “Red Thursday,” stores are doing whatever it takes to draw in customers. But while shoppers have a choice about standing in long lines and facing ugly crowds, animals used in holiday promotions face a bleak Christmas season.

Santa belongs at the mall. Reindeer do not. Yet some stores have been contracting to …

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  • Sep
  • 2

This Labor Day, Remember Those Who Have Never Had a Day Off

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As we celebrate Labor Day, we want to take a moment to remember the suffering of animals who labor for human “entertainment.”

From the very moment that she was born into captivity, Tonka has never known the freedom of a holiday.

For more than 20 years, she has been the “property” of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus . She has been shackled …

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