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Wacky Mentality: In NZ, claim made that clubing seals does not cause pain

An animal-cruelty case in New Zealand has taken a wacky twist, as the accused is denying he did anything wrong. On the one hand – fur seals are protected under the Marine Mammals Protection Act. And then there’s the nation’s Animal Welfare Act, where suffering is the key issue. The accused is charged with “ill-treating” […]

Video: Little girl saves baby seal

A great story about a little girl who saved a baby seal: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion – teamed with Science and Logic

Video: Dolphins help seal pup find its way

In this touching video, a group of dolphins find a seal struggling near a shoreline and direct him back out to sea. It appears the seal is giving up until his rescuers arrive. Yet another of so many confirmed case studies of animals showing compassion for others. It’s something we don’t see in some humans.

Canadian government goes crybaby on European seal product ban

The top level of the Canadian government is continuing its bizarre and all-in support of beating seal pups to death for their body parts. Are these people channeling their inner US Rep. Steve King or something? Defending this level of cruelty is bad enough on a basic level, but this insistence that other countries must […]

Cruelty case in Canada has thought-provoking results

A news story out of Edmonton, Canada has me thinking about our own criminal justice system and its slap-on-the-wrist mentality where animal-cruelty cases are concerned. A woman has pleaded guilty to “causing an animal distress” after more than a thousand rabbits where found living in and around her home, many of them in very poor […]

Topics: Factory farming, seal slaughter, kangaroo slaughter – and greed

What led to current state of factory farming? – Greed. What prompts the annual seal slaughter in Canada and the similar kangaroo slaughter in Australia? – Greed – And then there is the unfortunate market for the products from these mass slaughters. A new Whole Foods just opened in my hometown. My wife and I […]

Pack Line Headlines: Petition against dog racing ad, seal pups face climate change, bear-bile farming

43,000 sign petition against Skechers greyhound racing ad: Over 43,000 people have signed an online petition on Change.org, requesting the company change plans on its reported Super Bowl ad that will feature racing dogs. Business Insider received a letter from Cheryl Kearney, the director of post production, noting the American Humane Association had observed the […]

Good news and bad news out of Canada

I believe the Canadian people are great – aye. The Canadian government, on the other hand, engages in some really messed up policies. And as is the case far too often in the US government, elected officials there seem to be locked into doing the bidding of corporate Canada and Big Oil – over what […]

AM Pack-Line Headlines: Topics – Endangered Species, animal welfare, seals

ONE – I have not been alone in treehugger circles in criticizing the Obama Administration for previous stands on wildlife issues, for example the removal of important protections for wolves. But some good news out of the administration was being reported over the weekend. A host of new species could soon gain new protections under […]

Five seals found shot to death on Massachusetts beach

In recent week, five gray seals have been found shot to death Massachusetts on the beach at Cape Cod, Mass. Gray seals are a protected species under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. NOAA’s law enforcement division is investigating the crimes. As my father used to say, the person or persons responsible for doing this […]