animal rights http://iowapublicradio.org en Virtual Reality for Chickens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/virtual-reality-chickens <p>Would you eat the eggs of a hen lost in virtual reality?</p><p>On this <em>River to River</em> segment - a proposal by Austin Stewart of Iowa State University to give real, captive chickens a true virtual experience of roaming a free range.</p><p>“All the chickens in this world would have microphones so they can squawk at one another and socialize," says Stewart.</p><p><em>Spoiler alert: </em>While Stewart admits that this is not a real business proposal, he is trying to provoke discussion on our lives as people living in "boxes" as well as communication on our livestock practices.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:22:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Virtual Reality for Chickens Iowa Ranked Fourth Worst in U.S. Humane Society Puppy Mill Report http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-ranked-fourth-worst-us-humane-society-puppy-mill-report <p>Iowa has the second largest number of large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities in the country. This hour, concerns about what are commonly known as puppy mills.</p><p>The U.S. Humane Society's 2014 report includes six problem puppy breeders in Iowa. Today, we talk about concerns over large-scale dog breeders with Mary LaHay, President of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals. She says that Iowa has "over 15,000 adult dogs in Iowa puppy mills, and we can do better than this."</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:35:52 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40581 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Ranked Fourth Worst in U.S. Humane Society Puppy Mill Report Balancing Animal Welfare And Medical Advances http://iowapublicradio.org/post/balancing-animal-welfare-and-medical-advances <p>Approximately a thousand chimpanzees are held in U.S. laboratories for experiments. This week the federal government announced a proposal to list captive chimpanzees as endangered, a move that would increase protections for them.&nbsp; Today on River To River - two opposing views over whether this is a good idea and how it might affect advances in the field of medicine.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:46:54 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer 22398 at http://iowapublicradio.org Balancing Animal Welfare And Medical Advances