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State of Consciousness

The case against the Supreme Court

Once again, the Supreme Court has handed down a decision that shows the majority of justices hold a complete lack of understanding of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. This morning’s announcement that the court has ruled – in a 5-4 vote – that allowing limitless campaign donations in any particular election is protecting […]

Videos show dogs trying to revive friends

I received a link today to a video showing a dog trying to revive his friend, who had been struck and killed on a highway. (I won’t post the video here, as it is too emotional.) I noticed a few other videos on the YouTube page with the same theme and the thoughts that this […]

So that’s the problem with those who oppose breeding regulations

Every time I read a comment from someone who states there are no definitions for a puppy mill, I respond with the definition. But of course, those who oppose breeding regulations continue to make this false claim. But it hit me this morning as I read through some alerts on the Pack News Wire. These […]

Farm Sanctuary: Chickens are smarter than a 4-year-old human

Bruce Friedrich of the Farm Sanctuary wrote an editorial concerning the intelligence level of chickens, published August 16 on the New York Daily News website. Friedrich notes the Farm Sanctuary has been caring for rescued chickens and other animals for 25 years. They have “come to understand them as individuals with interests, desires, and personalities.” […]

Video: Important studies on canine cognition

Studies have been going on for years at Duke University – in researching dog cognition. Our pets are connected to us a special level and animals such as dogs and cats do truly possess self-awareness and individual states of consciousness. PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion – teamed with Science and Logic

Pod of sperm whales adopt a deformed bottlenose dolphin

A scientist witnessed and photographed a fantastic occurrence back in 2011, one reported on the MailOnline.com website out of the UK. Over a period of several days, a pod of sperm whales adopted a deformed bottlenose dolphin. The dolphin and the whales rubbed against each other and exchanged acts of affection. The scientists believe the […]

Building on the Tweet Machine

Of late, I’ve been trying to increase my activity on Twitter. I’m not a social media pro by any stretch, but the effort is underway. I think it’s a great way to get out more animal-welfare news. So beyond the links to blog posts, I’m linking to other stories and news on my Twitter account. […]

Research test offers more proof of self-awareness and a sense of fairness in animals

The ever-growing, hugely-extensive mountain of evidence that animals have a state of consciousness and self-awareness gains another important bit of proof in this video. Capuchin monkeys were trained to give a researcher a pebble and in return they would receive a slice of cucumber. The monkeys clearly like grapes much better. So when one began […]

Dog tries twice to visit his guardian at hospital

A husky twice recently escaped his yard and attempted to visit his guardian in a nearby hospital. And some people might try to tell us dogs don’t have self-awareness. A story posted Thursday on the Opposing Views website tells Zander’s story. A family member was hospitalized with a skin condition about two miles from Zander’s […]

After one pit bull is struck and killed by a car, another lays by her side

A tragic photo of two pit bulls is drawing a lot of attention on the Internet. A female pit bull was apparently struck and killed by a car along a Phoenix, Ariz. road. A male pit bull who was with her, remained by her side, for reportedly 14 hours. Someone from a nearby business did […]