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Animals

Rights

The Difference between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

Although animal rights and animal welfare may both be regarded as schools of thought that seek to protect animals, they are fundamentally different in philosophically. Animal rights advocates have different views on the rights of animals and on what constitutes an animal's proper well-being. In addition, the animal rights viewpoint differs from the animal welfare viewpoint on whether or not humans are entitled to use animals to certain ends. For instance, these two schools of thought differ on whether animals should be killed for meat....(more)

Code of Conduct for a Pigeon Shoot

The pigeon is regarded as both a major pest and one of the most popular species for sport shooting in North America. It is legal to shoot the bird all the year round provided you shoot the right species. Currently, the shooting of pigeons is controlled by licenses that can be issued by your local Department of Conservation. The license authorizes shooting for reasons such as: preventing serious damage to crops, vegetables, fruit and foodstuffs for livestock, and for the purpose of preserving public health or public safety....(more)

American with Disabilities Act- Disability - What does that mean for Service Dogs?

It is essential to know the requirements set by the ADA to have access to using a service dog. ...(more)

Animal Rights Facts

There are many truths and untruths out there about animal rights. Sometimes, it can be hard to distinguish between what is true and what is not. This is largely due to the fact that no one can agree whether animals should have rights and what those rights should be, despite the fact that there are laws on such matters in many countries all over the world. Some people think that there should be more protection for animals, while others think there should be less of it. The information provided below will give you a history of the animal rights' movement, outline the underlying issues with laws covering anti-cruelty to animals, and discuss the impact of these laws. This will help you better understand animal rights facts....(more)

Science

The Shortest Vertebrate Lifespan

Most people are familiar with the extremes of vertebrate longevity. Many know that elephants can live to age 70 or that Galapagos giant tortoises have survived 177 years in captivity. However, few people know much about species with very short lifespans. ...(more)

An Introduction to Phylum Mollusca

The animal kingdom is composed of different phyla. One of the phyla with the biggest number of species is the Phylum Mollusca. It is composed of some very familiar organisms. Knowing what organisms belong to Phylum Mollusca, as well as their attributes, can help you understand more about their impact on humans and the rest of the world. That way, you could help preserve their species, especially those that are helpful to humans....(more)

Radial Symmetry in Animals

Many animals have symmetry. After all, a human looks roughly the same on both sides, as does a dog or a cat. However, animals who have radial symmetry take this one step further. The definition of radial symmetry is symmetry around a central point; but to understand radial symmetry from a biological standpoint, you need to know a lot more....(more)

Training Animals

Basic Genetics in Animals

The scientific field of genetics is one that been regularly overlooked by scientists over the last 150 years for various reasons. Firstly, genetic studies interfered with the popular belief that God created the universe and everything in it without leaving any signs of the design to be seen by mankind. Secondly, the research necessary to uncover certain rules of genetics, such as a Mendelian trait, was so vast that it was overlooked for easier tasks that seemed more fruitful. The incredible amount of research performed by Gregor Johann Mendel led the way towards understanding genetic performances in great detail despite traditional views on the subject....(more)

Training Animals With Inherited Traits

Many animals behave in specific ways because of inherited traits from their parents and ancestors. This is commonly known as descent with modification. These common traits, or heredity, are typically passed down through genes. Genes can hold a wealth of information about almost every aspect of an animal's life, including its growth, behavior, development, appearance, reproduction, and physiology. In order to successfully train animals, you must take into account the inherited traits and behaviors, and work with them, or around them. If you do not consider the inherited aspects of the animal while training, you may end up with an animal that is not well-trained or well behaved....(more)