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Where has the animal rights movement been successful?

Question: Where has the animal rights movement been successful?

 

Ingrid Newkirk: We’ve had so many successes. It’s hard when you’re looking at such an enormous field to keep a cheery countenance, because there are so many ways . . . I always say we don’t have the luxury of one cruelty in one place that we can work on, because it’s an all encompassing philosophy of all different animals used in horrible ways in all different pursuits.

But we’ve had many successes. For example when you see mannequins testing cars on TV, that’s because of the animal rights movement. They used to use baboons and pigs and slam them into walls in cars. PETA stopped that, and it was a lot of campaigning. When you see pleather instead of leather; or synthetic fur; or you see natural fibers, that’s because people said I don’t want to buy things that mean that an animal is skinned – sometimes alive – for his coat. So when you use the veggie burger and the Silk in the store, you can eat that and be healthier.

But it’s there because in the _________, not only were people pushing for it for health, but because especially young people see what is happening on the factory farms and in the slaughter houses and say, “Please give me something else to eat. I want the convenience that a meat eater or a dairy eater has, but I don’t want what they’re eating.”

 

Recorded on: November 12, 2007

 

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The “new normal” paradox: What COVID-19 has revealed about higher education

Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

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  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
  • COVID-19 has forced institutions to understand that far too many higher education outcomes are determined by a student's family income, and in the context of COVID-19 this means that lower-income students, first-generation students and students of color will be disproportionately afflicted.
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How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

Parenting could be a distraction from what mattered most to him: his writing.

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Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa," but what kind of dad was he?

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The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Hollywood has created an idea of aliens that doesn't match the science.

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  • Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science.
  • "Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable populations that can evolve civilization."
  • In this compilation, Wilson, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, and evolutionary biologist Jonathan B. Losos explain why aliens don't look like us and why Hollywood depictions are mostly inaccurate.
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Masturbation boosts your immune system, helping you fight off infection and illness

Can an orgasm a day really keep the doctor away?

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  • Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level.
  • The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system.
  • Just as bad habits can slow your immune system, positive habits (such as a healthy sleep schedule and active sex life) can help boost your immune system which can prevent you from becoming sick.
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Live on Tuesday | Personal finance in the COVID-19 era

Sallie Krawcheck and Bob Kulhan will be talking money, jobs, and how the pandemic will disproportionally affect women's finances.

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