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Something Dirty at KFC

Published 12/26/08
By Jessica Stout, Office Generalist

Something dirty is happening at Kentucky Fried Chicken, and it’s not the skinny-dipping in their kitchen sinks.

I was recently struck by the news of three KFC employees who were caught skinny-dipping in the sink of an Anderson, CA KFC. The news teams were interviewing scores of KFC customers who had just found out about this little after-hours bikini-clad romp, and the public was expressing general outrage at this apparently unhygienic atrocity.

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Kids' Toys. The Naughty and the Nice

Published 12/22/08
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

This is my first holiday season as a parent and so I’ve become a lot more aware of the various toys that are available for children — some toy makers have been naughty and some have been nice.

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Our Hometown Zoo

Published 12/19/08
By Adam M. Roberts, Senior Vice President

So many people across the country have a hometown zoo. Mine in Washington, DC, about which I’ve written before, is rather dreadful. I had high hopes for what I might find in Sacramento when I visited our head office there this month.

High hopes dashed.

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We Do Cause Suffering ... but Apologize to No One

Published 12/10/08
By Barbara Schmitz, Senior Program Associate

“We trappers do cause pain and suffering to animals and apologize to no one.” Reading this sentence makes my blood pressure rise. This comment is a trapper’s reaction to someone whose family dog was caught and killed in a trap. This man displays no empathy, no remorse. Instead, he just acts as if he’s entitled.

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When Will CITES Help the Tuna?

Published 12/08/08
By Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate

We told them so ...

Eighteen years ago I tried to help conservationists seeking to provide some level of protection for the Bluefin Tuna by having it listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). We were, quite simply, concerned by the obvious and precipitous decline in populations of these magnificent fish.

We failed.

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Law & Order … Wildlife Crime

Published 12/05/08
By Adam M. Roberts, Senior Vice President

International wildlife trade is big business for the poachers and profiteers who exploit wild animals — to the death — and then sell their parts or products made from them to thoughtless buyers across the globe.

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The gift that gives twice!

Published 12/03/08
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

Trying to come up with a creative gift for that person who has everything? Or maybe a “green” gift for that person who doesn’t want to clutter their life with more “stuff”? Well then, why not consider the gift of adoption? Adopting one of the amazing monkeys from the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is a great gift for pretty much anyone.

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Making the Change

Published 12/01/08
By Nicole G. Paquette, Esq., Senior Vice President

As the New Year fast approaches, I am reminded about all the wonderful things that I am grateful for and all the hopes I have for change in the New Year. I find that people do not do this quite enough, we tend to get caught up in the all the negatives of the year when we should be reflecting on the positives.

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