Beagletown in the Berkshires

Clover Hill Farm’s main work is horses, but it moonlights as an inn and a beagle paradise.

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Ricky Gervais helps stop breeding beagles for research

A big campaign blocked–for now–what would have been the UK’s biggest breeding farm for laboratory beagles. About 75,000 U.S. dogs are being tested on; the biggest US breeder, Charles River, has 736 dogs.

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Charming hobo dog gets place at Best Friends, MO tries to repeal prop B

Dozens fed and tried to catch Rusty in Oak Brook, IL. After 3 year chase, he’s headed to UT’s Best Friends.

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Our Hen House

Our Hen House shows you what other people are doing for animals and how you might be able to do something, too

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Looking for Vegan Civet Coffee?

Fake or vegan civet coffee would be great news for civets. Wild civets used to process the coffee for farmers, but demand is too great for this serendipitous civet coffee. Civets are getting rarer in the wild and more common on grim civet farms.

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World Will Either Need 2x as Much Meat by 2050 or We Could Eat a Little Less

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Even USDA data shows meat consumption actually shrinking in the last few years, both here and abroad. The typical U.S. household at 43 kilograms of beef a year in 2006, but has cut back to 39.3 kg–a 9% decrease.

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Dillie the Deer Maligned as Dangerous

Since Dillie the deer has gotten a lot of press, her human mom, vet Dr. Melanie Butera, has gotten a lot of grief.   The panic runs the gamut from worrying Dillie is plotting murder to fretting the GPS collar might suffocate her.

“It seems like the hunters are the ones that get the most upset,” says Dr. Butera. On Friday’s Bill O’Reilly show Alisyn Camerota, one of Fox’s blond correspondents, picked the Butera family as the stupidest thing of the week. “Haven’t we all learned,” Camerota said, “that when you live with a domesticated wild animal, one day it wakes up and eats you.”

Hasn’t Camerota learned that an animals can’t be both domesticated and wild? That there’s a difference between carnivores and herbivores? Or even that this particular deer was farm-bred? Maybe Keith Olbermann, a big fan of deer–or at least security videos of deer invading stores–will respond.

“I wondered how she is going to to kill me. Is she going to apply for an American Express card and get on the Home Shopping Network and order a machete?” asked  Dr. Butera.

Not that we’re fans of pet deer. Dillie is an exception because she was born on a farm (not in the wild), raised by an experienced wildlife vet, who has a huge enclosure for her. Plus, she close the house (particularly the guest bedroom) over the barn. You can see what she’s up to on the Dillie cam.

Ohio has about 1,000 deer farms, which have

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China Says It Has Only 50 Wild Tigers Left

China’s own wildlife officials estimate that only 50 tigers survive within its borders, Xinhua News reports. And those shockingly low numbers include four subspecies. The World Wildlife Fund figures they’ll go extinct within 30 years, an estimate which seems optimistic. The IUCN range maps show that tigers are doing much better outside China, sometimes just outside its borders.

China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) says only 20 Siberian tigers remain in China’s northeast, 20 Bengal tigers in Tibet, and 10 Indochinese tigers in the southwest. And you can pretty much forget about the South China tiger. Zhu Chunquan, conservation director of biodiversity at WWF China, told AFP: “After the late 1970s, there has been no concrete evidence to show that there are any left.”

Siberian Tiger (Pantera tigris ssp. altaic) : endangered (20 in China)

What’s weird here is that there’s a Siberian Tiger Breeding Center in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, that brags that it’s bred 1,000 cats (some pictured here).

The center combines breeding and tourism, but has come under fire for animal cruelty. Specifically, it got in trouble for feeding the tigers live cows and sheep. That wouldn’t be bad if they were training tigers to hunt in the wild, but the videos show it’s more to make a buck off tourists. The bigger the animal killed, the more the tourist pays. Tourists on this video paid $60 (1,500 renminbi) to see a sheep slaughtered, not splurging $180 to witness a cow

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One Day Left to Get Celebrity Goods and Experiences for Farm Sanctuary

You’ve got one day to swoop in and buy lunch with a celebrity, or at least Dennis Kucinich, to support cows, pigs, chickens and other farm animals. his time it’s at and for Farm Sanctuary, which fights for animals stuck in agribusiness. Right now you can get a Kim Bassinger-signed shirt for $125 and there are still some good deals for the chance to meet Joan Jett or the B-52s before a concert.

Animal lovers have already bid up the price on a prop crest from the Twilight series to $3,250.  Lunch or dinner with vegan Congressman Dennis Kucinich is already getting pricey at $750. That’s the same current price as a tour of Ed Begley’s famous eco house–including lunch.

Ellen Degeneres is running the auction with her wife Porti de Rossi. T Earlier this year she cleared out her closet and sold her personal junk on eBay, which earned $70,000 for the Humane Society of the United States, according to auction company Kompolt. 

Ellen isn’t selling her personal stuff–just two VIP tickets to Ellen. But it is a personal cause. Ellen is vegan and explains on her website why: “I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer.”

If you can’t afford the glamorous items, check out Farm Sanctuary’s store  Visit the

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Bobolink Offers Real Cheese and An Occassional Calf Birth

BOBOLINK DAIRY, Vernon, NJWe went out this weekend to the Bobolink Dairy. Wonderful cheese, friendly people, amazing place.You know how there are tons of places that claim to be farm stores, but really just slap their label on the same schlocky jams and flavored peppermint sticks that have been mass produced somewhere else? Boy, that’s not the case here. It’s a muddy old farm where they know the cows by name. Minutes before we got there, a calf was born.Jolly got into a scuffle with the farm dog and had to wait in the car. But had more fun when we went hiking on the Appalachian Trail nearby.

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