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THE TRANSPORT

by Robin Dorman

 If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world, listen to the piteous cries from the slaughterhouse at midnight. (Ancient Chinese verse) Before rescue, they were condemned to a grim existence that narrowed and narrowed toward a torturous death—their agony, someone’s dinner. And then an elation-bringing moment: making […]

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Please Double Up!

by Anita Carswell

When looking for your next animal companion, give some thought to their daily quality of life. Many people looking only to add one companion animal to their family respond to adoption offers of groups of puppies, kittens, rabbits, or rats with little regard for the bonds and families these animals come from. As a species, […]

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The Philosopher

by Robin Dorman

According to a television program that aired in South Korea, in 2011, “South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food—Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat,” physician Dr. PD Kim, said: “Currently, there is no law regulating the industry of dog slaughter, so the majority of dog slaughterhouses do not carry proper sanitary equipment.” The undercover team visited slaughterhouses throughout […]

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THE SURVIVOR

by Robin Dorman

South Korea’s Moran Market conjures up any bustling farmers’ market—thronged with shoppers, talking and bargaining, all very lively and cheery. But on the days when the entire folk market is open, days that end in 4 and 9, more street vendors are on site, stationed beneath colorful umbrella stands (selling everything from veggies to clothes […]

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Community Cat Shelter Instructions

by Eric Phelps

If you’ve trap-neuter-returned (TNR) feral or friendly cats, here is a great way to provide them with a shelter to hunker down in on cold nights. These shelters are inexpensive, and easy to build. What you’ll need: -Sterilite 18 gallon and 30 gallon containers -drill with large bit -scissors -permanent marker -5″ paper plate -jab […]

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In Defense of Animals’ Reward Offer Leads to Conviction in Winona Kitten Torture Case

by Eric Phelps

Winona, Miss. (February 20, 2014) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, offered a $500 reward in December for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever beat and burned a kitten. A witness heard about IDA’s reward offer, stepped forward with […]

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Dogs in South Korea Need You!

by Robin Dorman

In the margins of an unfathomable existence—in dog farms, slaughterhouses, butcher shops, “health” food stores, among other wretched places, with their smell of human injustice and cruelty, dogs in South Korea are subjected to the most unimaginable suffering until their last breath. Huddled together in filthy cages or on unforgiving slabs of cold cement, gripped […]

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Bok-Nal in Seoul

by Robin Dorman

Though dog meat is consumed year-round, the practice becomes ritualized, mythologized, and celebrated during the summer, when farms are teeming with dogs. Bok-Nal (“dog-eating days”), according to the lunar calendar, falls on the hottest days of the year. In 2013, Bok-Nal began on July 13th, or Cho Bok, first summer, followed by Joong Bok, mid-summer, […]