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Peaceful Animal Rights Protests On The Rise In Britain

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Even though only 3% of the population in Britain is vegetarian, they sure are animal lovers.

Over the past 6 years, illegal attacks (some bordering on terrorism) have declined significantly to almost none at all, as peaceful protesting has been on the rise.

They might have realized the extremists were taking things a bit too far after a 2004 grave-robbing.

Gross.

Even though Britain banned testing cosmetics on animals there were still about 3.7 million animal tests performed in 2010.

Regardless of how peaceful the protests are, police are still advising research facilities to up their security, just in case the extremists decide to pop up again.

What seems stupid to us, is that scientists dislike using animals just as much as we do; animal testing is expensive and the results aren't always reliable. The problem is there are no reliable alternatives.

Maybe scientists should spend their time creating alternative testing methods instead of torturing animals.

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Animal Rights Group Protests Against Dog And Cat Meat In South Korea

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Animal rights activists protested against the consumption of dog and cat meat in front of the Korean consulate in San Francisco Tuesday morning.

Even though it's illegal to eat dogs and cats in South Korea, the government has NOT been strict enough in enforcing the laws, allowing the antiquated practice to continue in the country. In Defense of Animals Campaign Manager Robin Dorman says "the law is deliberately obscure."

Dog meat is used in a summer stew, which is why protestors feel the need to get the word out immediately. The sad part is that, according to Dorman, "according to South Korean activists, that the more a dog is tortured, the better the taste."

Ugh. That's terrible.

Thankfully there has been some progress, however.

A major annual festival at the infamous outdoor market near Seoul called the Moran Market was canceled this year due to pressure, both domestically and internationally, because it's the place where a majority of Korea's dog meat is sold.

We can't even imagine one of our pets ending up on our plates.

Hopefully with word getting out, the consumption of dog and cat meat will soon be illegal in every country.

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She's Coming Around! Elisabeth Hasselbeck Lashes Out At Anti-Gay Marriage Protestors!

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We never thought we'd see the day, but seriously, we couldn't be more excited that she's coming around a little bit!

During Monday's episode of The View, the ladies were discussing the weekend's legal gay marriages in New York City, and surprisingly, Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke out against those who chose to protest the happy occasion!

Check out her opinion on the matter (above)!

Very well-spoken and articulate! And for once in her life, pretty spot on!

You don't have to agree with her opinions on gay rights, but we think it's very commendable of her to show this kind of tolerance and logical thinking regarding the issue at hand!

Slowly but surely, the change is coming!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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Egypt's Mubarak Will Not Step Down… Yet

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Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak announced in his address to the country that he will not be stepping down immediately.

He did, however, promise to cede all (or most) of his power to the Vice President Omar Suleiman — although Mubarak will still retain the title of President.

Egypt’s protesters responded with fury and are not happy at all with Mubarak’s statements. They want him out now — not in September like he promises.

In the speech Mubarak commented that he will not take orders from foreign sources (presumably the US and other countries who have approached him).

Mubarak needs to do more than this. We understand that there needs to be order to this transition as to avoid more chaos, but the people of Egypt won’t be satisfied as long as he’s still in office!

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Anderson Cooper "Little Bit Scared," Moves To Undisclosed Location In Egypt

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As the violence rises in Egypt, Anderson Cooper and his 360 crew have moved to an undisclosed location where they taped Thursday night's show from a dimly lit room.

In this clip (above), Anderson says he's "a little bit scared" for his and his crew's safety and doesn't "really know what the next few hours will hold" for not only his crew, but for the people of Egypt. He continues:

"I can't tell you where we are, frankly for our own safety. Systematically, we have seen journalists attacked…we would like to be showing you instead of…this strange image of us sitting on the floor of an undisclosed location in dim lighting, we would like to be showing you pictures, live pictures, of what's happening in Liberation Square right now, but we can't do that because our cameras have systematically been taken down through threats, through intimidation, through actual physical attacks."

During the segment Anderson shows video footage of violent attacks in Liberation Square.

We warn you, some of the footage is very graphic and very hard to watch.

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Anderson Cooper's Ratings Get Boost After Egypt Attack

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Seems like a lot of people wanted to hear about the Egypt attacks from Anderson himself!

After being attacked in Egypt, ratings for CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 skyrocketed, beating out rivals Fox News and MSNBC.

Bringing in 540,000 viewers, more people tuned in to CNN to hear Anderson describe the dangerous Egypt protests than any other cable news channel.

In fact, the Egypt story has helped boost ratings for other CNN shows including Parker/Spitzer and Piers Morgan Tonight.

While we appreciate getting firsthand accounts of the protests in Egypt, we just want Anderson and other journalists to stay safe out there!

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Egyptian President Says…

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Earlier this week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that he would NOT be running for another term this September.

Now, he's opened up further about his Presidential woes, and he's made it clear that he won't leave office right now because he's afraid that Egypt would fall into even more chaos if he did if that's even possible.

Here's what he had to say about yesterday's protests:

"I was very unhappy about yesterday. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other."

More from Mubarak:

"I don't care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country, I care about Egypt."

And more from Mubarak on his whether or not he'll ever leave Egypt:

"I would never run away. I will die on this soil."

Whether or not he stays in office for the rest of his term, let's hope that further actions are taken to stop the violence.

Thoughts???

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