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  • Feb
  • 9

Deal kindly with uninvited houseguests

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Early this morning, I was awakened by a sound that no homeowner wants to hear: chewing. Something, or rather someone, was in the attic, noisily munching away. Although it can be unsettling to realize that you’re sharing your home with a family of squirrels or mice, we can’t really blame these animals for seeking shelter […]

  • Dec
  • 18

Animals Are Wondrous: Mice

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Mice are complex, unique beings with the capacity to experience a wide range of emotions. These highly social animals communicate with each other using high-frequency sounds that are inaudible to the human ear. Male mice woo mates with high-pitched love songs. Female mice with litters will vigorously defend their nests and young. Mice become emotionally […]

  • Mar
  • 10

Tips on Preventing Harm to Wildlife

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There are many ways in which you can be a lifesaver. Please share these valuable tips with neighbors and friends so that the birds, mice, opossums, squirrels, raccoons, and other animals whose habitats intersect with ours can be protected from harm: Cap your chimney. When birds sit on top of a chimney for warmth, they […]

  • Feb
  • 3

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Sharing Habitats With Our Feathered and Furry Neighbors

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Our work to help people live in harmony with wildlife isn’t as well known as some of our other efforts, but it is nevertheless a vital part of PETA’s mission to relieve animal suffering. Imagine you are traveling through the countryside. The day grows long, and you start looking for a place to get food, […]

  • Mar
  • 8

A mouse is not a man—or a tool

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There are two lessons to be learned from the startling new study reporting that decades of burn, sepsis and trauma experiments on mice have led nowhere: First, mice aren’t good stand-ins for humans. The second one I’ll get to in a minute. The study, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, […]

  • Nov
  • 14

Be Nice to Mice!

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Most first-date conversations probably don’t turn to discussions of mousetraps, but that’s exactly what happened to me. Since the fall months are prime time for a rodent invasion, don’t be surprised if you also find yourself pondering various mouse-eviction methods. Take it from me: Leave the glue traps, snap traps and poisons on the shelf. […]

  • Sep
  • 7

Heart Researcher: Mouse Experiments Don’t Work

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It seems so obvious, yet it took decades of failed experiments on mice before a study emerged that concluded that mouse hearts are so fundamentally different from humans’ that testing experimental heart arrhythmia drugs on mice is essentially pointless. Igor Efimov, Ph.D., a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis who studies heart rhythm disorders, […]

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