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Pet stores in California will be stocked differently under a bill just signed into law.  That law makes the state the first in the country to ban pet stores from selling animals raised in "breeding mills." 

Animal rights groups including PETA object to the treatment of animals from the breeders. 

The law will force pet stores to offer rescue animals for sale, though breeding operations can still sell direct to customers. 

The Group Social Compassion in Legislation also supported the change. 

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Yeah, your pets cost you a few bucks when you have to take them to the vet.  But aren't they worth it? 

For that matter, is it possible they've saved you from a few trips to the doctor?  Pets do certainly enhance life for humans. 

And Carlyn Montes De Oca says there are real health benefits for humans in keeping animals around. 

She writes of those benefits in Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse

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People may sit atop the food chain on Earth, but they can certainly learn things from the other animals. 

The Kerulos Center in Southern Oregon is all about respecting animals and their rights. 

Center director Gay Bradshaw has some ideas about how animals think; she presents her thoughts in a talk at Southern Oregon University. 

OHSU Details Recent Issues At Primate Center

Jun 3, 2016
Brennan Linsley via OPB

Oregon Health Sciences University--OHSU--has released the list of problems it’s experienced in its animal research centers over the last 16 months.

They range from the disturbing: a monkey bleeding to death after pulling out its shunt — to the bizarre: another monkey drinking so much alcohol it passed out.

OHSU’s primate research center has about 5,000 monkeys. And at any one time, scientists there are conducting about 120 experiments.
Center director Nancy Haigwood says mistakes happen.

Humans Re-Assess Animal Thinking

May 5, 2016
W.W. Norton Books

Does the cat actually judge you when you trip on your bathrobe belt?  We can't rule it out. 

Science knows a lot more about animal thinking these days, enough to know that we may not rank above animals so much as next to them--think evolutionary bush, not ladder. 

Biologist Frans de Waal studies primates and other creatures in his work, and he wrote the book Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?  He provides many examples of animals using their brains well. 

Economy Being Kind(er) To Animals

Apr 13, 2016
William Morrow Books

The recent announcement from Sea World that it will phase out the "performances" of orcas before crowds represents another step in a series. 

Industry is responding to pressure to manage animals more humanely, even if they will end up killed and eaten at the end. 

Call it The Humane Economy, that's what Wayne Pacelle calls the trend, and his book.  The name should ring a bell; Pacelle is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.