Setting the Chimps Free

This was my favorite story all week. Many of the federal government’s chimps held for testing in laboratories will be released. From VegNews:

According to The Humane Society of the United States, the NIH’s decision was due to a 2011 Institute of Medicine study, which found that primates are not necessary for effective biomedical and behavioral research.

If you want to imagine what that release will be like, watch this. And don’t just have a box of tissues on stand-by, get a roll of paper towels. You will be sobbing for joy when you see their little faces experience the fresh air and sunlight, trust me.  These were chimps set free in Austria in 2011 after 30 years of lab captivity.


Saying Goodbye is Hard: Coping with Pet Loss

Misty Cockrell, June 22, 2013.

We had to say goodbye to our cat Misty this weekend. She would have been 23 years old in October. Her little body could not take any more of what life had to offer. We had taken her in for her annual checkup last Monday. Continue reading “Saying Goodbye is Hard: Coping with Pet Loss”