Douglas Anthony Cooper
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Douglas Anthony Cooper's first novel, Amnesia, was a national bestseller; it was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. He has published two bestselling novels for young adults: Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help, and Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus. Cooper's blog and collected journalism can be found at Blogger Mortis. He lives in Oaxaca, but collaborates regularly with artists and architects around the world: most recently on Chain City, a video installation with Diller Scofidio + Renfro at the Venice Biennale. For five years Cooper was a Contributing Editor at New York Magazine, where he wrote and photographed the travel features. His essays and photography have appeared in Food & Wine, Rolling Stone, Travel+Leisure and The New York Times; and he has been collected in The Best American Travel Writing (ed. Pico Iyer). Cooper's journalism has won numerous awards, including the Lowell Thomas Gold Medal, America's most prestigious travel writing award.

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Should Israelis Care About Innocent Creatures?

(108) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 12:18 AM

Jews aren't allowed to worry about their pets suffering. That would be shallow. In particular, Jews aren't allowed to worry about their pets being hurt by Hamas, because that would be truly shallow. God knows, Israelis deserve to be targeted, so if Hamas causes their beloved cats or dogs to...

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Michael Vick Just Adopted a WHAT?

(325) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 12:36 AM

Animal lovers across America have been all but crippled with loathing this week. The rage has been boiling over everywhere I turn on the internet: in chat rooms, on Facebook, on bulletin boards.

You would have to have something deeply wrong with you not to be thoroughly disgusted at the...

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Please Don't Give to the US Humane Society if You Care About Pets

(728) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 12:21 PM

Big-hearted people tend to have warm and truly fuzzy thoughts about the Humane Society of the United States.

This is, after all, the organization that operates shelters nationwide and saves hundreds of thousands of animals. This is the selfless organization that stands up for the voiceless and...

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Wikipedia Cuts on the Bias

(69) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:29 PM

They say that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. What this quip fails to acknowledge, however, is just what an achievement the camel is. No mean feat to design one.

Wikipedia is a camel.

I've always been a fan of Wikipedia. Detractors argue that you have...

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Meet the Man Who is Rescuing Animal Welfare

(170) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Nathan Winograd is the leader of the No Kill movement, a genuine revolution in animal welfare. Three million healthy and adoptable pets will be killed next year in America's shelters. Not, however, if Winograd and his growing army have any say. I caught up with him a few...

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PETA's "Thank You" for Killing Shelter Pets

(781) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:45 AM

When the No Kill shelter in Shelby County, Kentucky, recently announced that they had run out of space -- and were hence going to have to start killing healthy dogs and cats -- officials received a nice basket of gourmet cookies, with a note signed by PETA: "Thank you for...

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PETA's Sinister Interpretation of Animal "Rights"

(351) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 7:48 AM

Animals will never have the right to euthanize PETA's founder, Ingrid Newkirk. This, arguably, is the intellectual flaw at the core of her special interpretation of animal rights. For PETA, it is a political movement primarily focused on the right to determine when and how an animal should...

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Why Is PETA Opposing No-Kill Animal Shelters?

(270) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 8:05 AM

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals employs only one argument in defense of its right to kill adoptable shelter pets. This is an abuse called "hoarding." It is in fact an especially vile form of cruelty -- animals are warehoused in filthy, overcrowded cages, where they then die, slowly...

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PETA: Fighting for Its Right to Kill

(348) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 7:13 PM

PETA may soon lose the right to kill healthy pets. As I and many others have verified, the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk, Virginia kills 97 per cent of the animals delivered into its care.

Norfolk, however, may soon pass legislation to...

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David Frum's "Patriots": Revenge Served Hot

(8) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 12:36 PM

Nobody is in a position to review David Frum's new novel. Patriots either takes a chainsaw to all that you hold dear, or delivers the resulting carnage to you on a plate -- the head of St. John the Baptist -- as you dance vengefully. You are either...

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Has Bill Maher Been Sucked In by PETA's Naked Celebrities?

(215) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 12:27 PM

(This is the fifth part of Douglas Anthony Cooper's examination of PETA. The first is "PETA's Celebs: Naked in the Name of Mass Pet Slaughter." Part two is "Ingrid Newkirk's Death Wish." Part three is "The Humane Alternative to PETA's Pet Slaughter." Part four...

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Advance Review of the "The Avengers": Arise, O Nerds!

(9) Comments | Posted April 28, 2012 | 6:46 PM

Because I live in Mexico, I get to see The Avengers before you do, which is why my life is superior to yours. Last night, however, the projectionist at our local cineplex -- always wondrously incompetent -- came close to ruining that life. The lights went out, and he accidentally...

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Katniss Fight: Could Jennifer Lawrence Take Down PETA?

(46) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 12:27 PM

(This is the fourth part of Douglas Anthony Cooper's examination of PETA. The first is "PETA's Celebs: Naked in the Name of Mass Pet Slaughter." Part two is "Ingrid Newkirk's Death Wish." Part three is "The Humane Alternative to PETA's Pet Slaughter." Part four...

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The Humane Alternative to PETA's Pet Slaughter

(155) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 9:44 AM

(This is the third part of Douglas Anthony Cooper's examination of PETA. The first is "PETA's Celebs: Naked in the Name of Mass Pet Slaughter." Part two is "Ingrid Newkirk's Death Wish." Part four is "Katniss Fight: Could Jennifer Lawrence Take Down PETA?" Part...

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Ingrid Newkirk's Death Wish

(360) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 10:11 AM

(This is the second part of Douglas Anthony Cooper's examination of PETA. The first is "PETA's Celebs: Naked in the Name of Mass Pet Slaughter.")
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How does a saint become a butcher?

I am convinced that Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA ("People...

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What Malia Obama Was Really Doing in Mexico

(44) Comments | Posted March 24, 2012 | 9:17 PM

There are so many reasons to criticize President Obama's decision to allow his daughter to spend her spring break down Mexico way in the city of Oaxaca. Some of these reasons are depressingly ignorant, but others are refreshingly stupid. Not knowing anything about Oaxaca is a good place to start.

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PETA's Celebs: Naked in the Name of Mass Pet Slaughter

(382) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 7:27 AM

(This is the first part of Douglas Anthony Cooper's examination of PETA. Part two is "Ingrid Newkirk's Death Wish." Part three is "The Humane Alternative to PETA's Pet Slaughter." Part four is "Katniss Fight: Could Jennifer Lawrence Take Down PETA?" Part five is

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Dems Owe Rush a Thank You Gift. Of Sex.

(14) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Democrats have been disgracefully uncharitable to Rush Limbaugh. He has apologized for calling a perfectly decent woman a slut and a prostitute; he deserves generosity in return. The man's fickle sponsors have been departing all weekend, like ships from a sinking rat, so I propose that Democrats demonstrate bipartisan moral...

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The World's Most Dangerous Hobby

(8) Comments | Posted February 18, 2012 | 10:34 AM

I admit to sneering when I first encountered the vast international community of flashlight addicts. Who are these losers, I generously wondered. These "flashaholics." Perhaps the nerd equivalent of, say, those neurally healthy folk who have sex with plush toys? Only less interesting?

That was a month ago.

Since then,...

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Hairless Love

(7) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 10:56 AM

Fifty years ago, the Xoloitzcuintli -- the Mexican Hairless dog -- was on the edge of extinction. Now one sleeps in my bed. Whether this is an improvement in the creature's circumstance can be debated. Other bald news, however, is unquestionably good: After centuries honing its attributes as the world's...

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