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  • How Quinceañeras Work

    05/06/2018 11:48:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies
    How Stuff Works ^ | October 16, 2017 | Cristen Conger
    For Hispanic girls in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the United States and elsewhere, the 15th birthday marks the most lavish celebration of their lives. Designating a girl’s transition from childhood to adulthood, the quinceañera is a two-part festivity that traces back to both indigenous and European cultural traditions and has become an increasingly opulent affair in recent years. Parents may even spend more on their daughters' "Sweet 15" quinceañeras than their weddings, in fact, which is why some refer them as mini bodas, or miniature weddings. Not counting the birthday presents a young girl might receive, a low-end quinceañera in...
  • The Mexican Border-Crossing App That Suddenly Disappeared

    01/26/2018 9:45:30 AM PST · by shove_it · 14 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 25 Jan 2018 | Brian Anderson
    On Monday, while a stopgap spending measure was being approved in the Senate as part of a new February deadline for immigration reform, a curious teaser video appeared online. “What if there was a smarter way that gave people the power to freely enter and reenter the United States with just a few taps of their smartphone?” a narrator asked. What if? The slick 72-second spot had largely slipped under the radar, with a mere 59 views at the time it was abruptly taken offline Wednesday evening. That’s something of an irony, considering it’s for a mobile app we’re told...
  • Breeding humans: Utopias from the early modern period

    03/30/2016 10:20:14 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 4 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/29/2016 | Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum
    Science Newsfrom research organizations Breeding humans: Utopias from the early modern period Date: March 29, 2016 Source: Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum Summary: The idea to improve humans and to optimise procreation emerged long before genetic engineering. As far back as the 18th century, concepts did exist that appear unthinkable from the modern perspective. Share: FULL STORY The idea to improve humans and to optimise procreation emerged long before genetic engineering. As far back as the 18th century, concepts did exist that appear unthinkable from the modern perspective. In the wake of the Enlightenment, medical sciences rose to power, and economists and administrative scientists...
  • Breeding Sphynx Cats Is Animal Cruelty: Court

    09/26/2015 6:19:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Sep 2015
    A Berlin court has ordered a cat owner to have her hairless Sphynx cat castrated – because it would be animal cruelty to let the naked pet breed. Willi, a Canadian Sphynx, belongs to Berlin cat breeder Jacqueline Linke. True to his breed, Willi is almost completely hairless – a quality that makes Sphynx cats popular choices for those with pet allergies. Despite his questionable appearance, Willi emerged as champion in the 2013 Pedigree Cat Exhibition in Berlin, and has gone on to become a proud father to three naked kittens. However, Willi won't get to pass on his genes...
  • Second Danish zoo plans to kill young giraffe to stop inbreeding

    02/13/2014 3:23:19 PM PST · by workerbee · 44 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/13/14
    **SNIP** The second giraffe, coincidentally also named Marius, lives at the Danish Jyllands Park Zoo. To make room for a female giraffe it plans to acquire, the zoo plans to put down its 7-year-old male, balancing out genders in the facility. “We can't have two males and one female. Then there will be fights,” zoo keeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen told Danish news agency Ritzau. “If the breeding program coordinator decides that he should be put down, then that's what we'll do,” Poulsen said. **SNIP** "It is no secret that animals are killed when there is no longer space, or if...
  • How a century of breeding 'improvement' has turned once-healthy dogs into deformed animals

    12/06/2013 6:12:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 6, 2013 | Ted Thornhill
    The common perception of purebred dogs is that they are more striking, beautiful animals than they would be without human intervention. However, that notion has been thrown to the dogs. Strong photographic evidence has emerged that shows how 100 years of breeding has actually warped the good looks of the original hounds.
  • Panda porn shown in attempt to get two to mate

    03/15/2013 8:09:22 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 15 Mar 2013 | Harry Alsop
    Researchers at China's breeding and research centre were concerned that five-year-old Ke Lin and her partner Yongyong never seemed to be in the mood. So they played the couple a video of pandas mating in the wild to in an effort to get them to mate.
  • Rise in Number seeking 'wombs for hire' abroad---poor foreign surrogate mothers [having] babies

    12/29/2012 9:04:33 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Fri Dec 8, 2012 | Jeremy Laurance
    Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking "wombs for hire" from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent. The number of couples formally registering children born to foreign surrogates has nearly trebled in five years, raising concerns that poor women in developing countries are being exploited by rich Westerners. "Parental orders" granted following surrogacy – to transfer the child from the surrogate mother to the commissioning parents – have risen from 47 in 2007 to 133 in 2011. While the figures are still relatively small, experts say they understate the true scale of the...
  • Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders and Stop USDA's Overreaching Regulations!

    06/15/2012 6:37:12 AM PDT · by Gennie · 42 replies
    American Kennel Club ^ | June 12, 2012 | American Kennel Club
    Under the proposed regulations, breeders or others who sell a puppy sight unseen, by any means including online, by mail or by telephone, would now be regulated in accordance with USDA standards, if you own more than four "breeding females" of any of the listed species, including dogs and cats. The effect of these proposed regulations would be to take away the public’s opportunity to obtain puppies from those breeders, who in many cases have dedicated their lives to breeding for health, breed type and temperament. As the leader and expert in breeding and maintaining dogs for more than a...
  • Oxford ethicist: use IVF to create only smart babies

    04/11/2011 8:28:42 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 29 replies
    The Way ^ | Mar 27, 2011 | Amanda Hopkins
    Australian ethicist working at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics claims that humanity has a “moral obligation” to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to select the most intelligent embryos for the good of society, with the obvious implication that the less intelligent “surplus” embryos should simply be destroyed. Professor Julian Savulescu of Melbourne made the statement while commenting on an economic modeling research paper by Oxford University ethicists Andres Sandberg and Nick Bostrom, who claim that a rise in humanity’s IQ would result in a reduction in poverty, welfare dependency, crowding of jails, school dropout rates, out-of-wedlock births, and...
  • Voluntary Human Extinction

    04/01/2011 7:35:43 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 64 replies · 1+ views ^ | 4/1/11 | Les Knight
    VHEMT (pronounced vehement) is a movement not an organization. It’s a movement advanced by people who care about life on planet Earth. We’re not just a bunch of misanthropes and anti-social, Malthusian misfits, taking morbid delight whenever disaster strikes humans. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Voluntary human extinction is the humanitarian alternative to human disasters. We don’t carry on about how the human race has shown itself to be a greedy, amoral parasite on the once-healthy face of this planet. That type of negativity offers no solution to the inexorable horrors which human activity is causing. Rather, The...
  • Is This The Perfect Prawn? - 'Beautifully Textured Meat, Rich Color, Robust Size And A Great Taste'

    06/28/2010 4:48:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 1+ views
    redOrbit ^ | Monday, 28 June 2010
    After 10 years of careful breeding and research, scientists have developed what could be the world’s most perfect prawn. CSIRO scientists and the prawn industry have bred an improved Black Tiger prawn which is producing record yields in aquaculture farms and winning awards. So good are these prawns that they have won five gold medals at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the past two years, including ‘Champion of Show’, the highest award possible. The scientists from CSIRO's Food Futures Flagship have used DNA technology to ensure the breeding program captures the very best Black Tiger prawn stocks that nature...
  • It's all relative: Einstein world's smallest horse at 35cm high

    04/26/2010 3:53:27 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies · 957+ views
    A TINY stallion just 35cm high is thought to be a record breaker as the world's smallest foal. Einstein, a pinto stallion, weighed in at just 2.7kg when he was born last week in the US. Breeder Judy Smith, of Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm, in Barnstead, New Hampshire, told Sky News she thought he was dead when she first saw him. "I have been at this for 20 years plus, but I have never seen one this tiny or even close to it. "At first he didn't move very much. We started rubbing him with a towel and he...
  • HSUS Maps Agenda for the President

    10/07/2009 8:14:24 AM PDT · by brytlea · 20 replies · 506+ views
    Indiana Council for Animal Welfare ^ | August 07, 2009 | JOHN YATES
    WASHINGTON - The Humane Society of the United States is asking President Barack Obama and Congress to require everyone who raises dogs and cats to be regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, documents show. HSUS also is asking for the creation of an animal protection division within the U.S. Department of Justice that is "similar to the Civil Rights Division, to ensure strong enforcement of federal animal protection laws," thus granting animals rights similar to humans. HSUS also calls for a new position of animal protection liaison in the White House.
  • 'Super-Predator' Humans Force Evolution in Animals

    01/14/2009 1:56:00 PM PST · by em2vn · 33 replies · 615+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 01-14-09 | Robert Britt
    Acting as super-predators, humans are forcing changes to body size and reproductive abilities in some species 300 percent faster than would occur naturally, a new study finds. Hunting and fishing by individual sportsmen as well as large-scale commercial fishing are also outpacing other human influences, such as pollution, in effects on the animal kingdom.

    01/06/2009 10:37:42 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 21 replies · 540+ views
    SELF | Jan 07,2009 | swampsniper
    Until yesterday you could find White Ibis in small flocks near any water body. Now they are beginning to form larger flocks in preparation for breeding season. The first year birds, with darker plumage, will be left to fend on their own. Momma is going to be busy with new chicks.
  • Not Breeding Obvious In Splits Of Human Evolution

    08/15/2007 2:51:14 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,167+ views
    The Canberra Times ^ | 8-15-2007 | Simon Grose
    Not breeding obvious in splits of human evolution Simon Grose 15 August 2007 ABOUT 353,000 babies will be born into the world today, about 700 of them in Australia. Same as yesterday and same as tomorrow. Many of their parents will worry about being able to properly feed them, or whether they may have contracted HIV in the womb. Whatever circumstances today's new children and their families face, every birth evokes a degree of hope. Firstly, that the baby is fit and well. Beyond that, a myriad of hopes can be evoked to lead their nation, to be rich, beautiful,...
  • Granpappy

    01/06/2007 10:21:36 AM PST · by occu77 · 2 replies · 356+ views
    The Missal ^ | 1/6/07 | Jack
    My Great Dane bitch is getting ready to litter. This will be the third generation of the same family of dogs to inhabit my household and be part of my family. The first girl dog we had, Kara, a Saint Dane (combination Great Dane and Saint Bernard) was the bitch of the sire of this generation. She was a great dog and favored a Great Dane in appearance except she was light brown in coloring. She was extremely tall and fast and loved running the deer, but unfortunately she was shot by a hunter early one morning. We're still not...
  • China: Giant pandas breeding at Wolong Nature Reserve(photos)

    01/04/2007 9:01:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1,007+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 01/04/07
    Giant pandas breeding at Wolong Nature Reserve
  • Thai zoo to use videos to teach panda to mate

    11/12/2006 11:16:06 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 50 replies · 1,040+ views
    Tornonto Star ^ | Nov. 11, 2006 | REUTERS
    Thai zoo to use videos to teach panda to mate Nov. 11, 2006. 07:34 AM REUTERS BANGKOK ? A Thai zoo, which has hosted a couple of pandas for four years, will play "porn" videos for the male next month to encourage them to breed in captivity, the project manager said on Saturday. The pair ? living chastely together at the zoo in the northern city of Chiang Mai since arriving from China in 2003 ? would be separated in December, but stay close enough for occasional glimpses of each other, said panda project chief Prasertsak Buntrakoonpoontawee. "They don't know...