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Making Your Donations Count: 5 simple guidelines for selecting conservation organizations to support

Conservation, EnvironmentalismMay 21, 2013

Every year, the number of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s for short) committed to reducing climate change, saving the ocean, developing alternative energy sources, cutting down plastic use, not cutting down forests, or myriad other worthy causes, grows. Many of these organizations are staffed by committed, hard-working environmentally minded advocates struggling to make a difference. But, with […]

The historical origins of ‘whales as people’

Conservation, History of Science, Popular Culture, ScienceOctober 30, 2011

In an attempt to garner attention and raise awareness regarding the problematic use of orcas and other marine mammals in captivity for entertainment, PETA, an animal rights group, has sued Sea World, a corporation that builds and manages aquariums and marine parks. Opposition  to Sea World’s brand of entertainment-driven aquariums is nothing new, but this fresh lawsuit […]

More ineffective advocacy from PETA

UncategorizedMarch 4, 2010

First they paraded half-naked women around in cities (including Charleston, right across from the building where I teach) holding signs that said “I’d rather be naked than wear fur” (Link NSFW). Then they had the “vegetarians have better sex” commercial that the Super Bowl refused to air (Link also NSFW). Now PETA is at it […]

Ethical Debate: Animal rights, human health, and government understanding of science

biology, Ethical Debates, Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 25, 2010

I am, in general, a supporter of animal rights. Animal abuse sickens me, and I really believe Ghandi’s famous quote that “you can judge a society by how it treats its weakest members”. That said, while it’s disturbing to see a rabbit which has gone blind from exposure to a potential new shampoo, I’d rather […]

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