History Lecture to Reveal New Dimensions of Slavery and Abolition in the 19th Century

 The University of Southern Mississippi continues to observe Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. when the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Southern Miss Department of History present “Shipwrecks, British Courts and Slave Emancipation in the Caribbean.” The event will be held in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101 and will feature guest speaker and history professor Dr. Rosanne Adderley of Tulane University.

Adderley will present her research on the African slave trade in the Caribbean and Gulf South, focusing specifically on the legal disputes that arose when shipwrecks, water shortages, and natural disasters brought slave ships into British courts. This talk will provide new insights into slavery and abolition and is free and open to the community.

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Professor, Students Research Dog Behavior

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For the past year, dogs of the Humane Society of South Mississippi have been participating in behavioral studies developed by researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus.

Heidi Lyn, an assistant psychology professor, and her students decided to do animal behavioral research on shelter animals because of a change in philosophy on discovering the way animals think.

Instead of comparing complex animals to humans, the researchers have decided to compare animals to animals, recently focusing on domesticated animals such as cats and dogs. 

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Groups Raise Animal Cruelty Awareness

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There is a shocking amount of animal cruelty cases reported in the media daily, and with recent controversy over the flamingo deaths in Hattiesburg, it is only appropriate to bring further awareness to the ongoing battle to end animal abuse.

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that nearly one million animals are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence each year. reports the media reveals the most commonly reported victims of animal cruelty cases are dogs, particularly pitbull types. The Hub City Humane Society takes in an average of 1,800 animals per year.

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Animal Abuse Links to Domestic Violence

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month and there are many ways to show one’s love for animals and join the fight against animal cruelty.

Each year the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to “Go Orange for Animals” to raise awareness. People can also show virtual support by using the hashtag #FightCruelty, support your local shelter or even become an animal activist.

Statistics showed animal abuse is often associated with domestic violence. American Humane reported 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their abuser injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims, and 32 percent reported their children hurt or killed animals.

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Egg-cceptable Baking

If you’re not vegan, eggs are one of the most common ingredients for baking. Millennials are the most conscientious shoppers and are more likely to pay attention to labels than any other generation, so next time you’re in the grocery store, staring at the countless cartons of eggs lined in the refrigerator, take a moment to notice the different labels and what they mean.

A quick lesson on eggs:

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What Your Vegan/Vegetarian Family Don’t Want To Hear This Thanksgiving

It’s hard enough being an environmentalist, animal rights advocate, vegan, vegetarian, or any other “woke” individual in a society that feeds off of capitalism and a fear of change. It doesn’t help that a few times out of the year there are awkward dinners with cousins, uncles and great aunts who question your sanity and try shoving their opinions onto you.

Here are five things that your vegan or vegetarian family and friends hear at every gathering and don’t want to hear this year.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Halloween Sustainably

1.    Vintage Costumes
Thrift shops, yard sales, and consignment stores are the perfect places to create a costume. Raiding your closet is also an option. This is the ultimate holiday to get your creative juices flowing. If you do have to turn to retail stores to make your costume, buying a few accessories (fangs, wings, etc.) is way more sustainable than purchasing an entirely new outfit.

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Protecting the Earth One Millennial at a Time

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Although sustainable marketing has been on the rise since the 1980s, there has been a significant increase in recent years. As consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their purchase decisions, buyers are becoming more selective when it comes to goods and services. The most concerned of these consumers are Millennials.

What exactly is sustainable living?

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Five Years Until A More Sustainable World

Slowly but surely, the world is becoming more sustainable and compassionate. There have been multiple companies and governments that have updated policies and created laws to enhance the protection of other species. Also, more money is being donated to creating more sustainable transportation, which will assist in decreasing air pollution.

Quick Facts on Fur:

Most fur comes from caged animals or fur farms where animals are treated disrespectfully. Although some brands such as Canada Goose say they only collect foxes by fur trapping, the act of trapping an animal to use its fur rather than farming animals for fur, this act is just as cruel as breeding animals for their fur. Millions of raccoons, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, beavers, otters, and other animals are killed each year by trappers for the clothing industry. These traps include snares, underwater traps, and Conibear traps, but the steel-jaw trap is the most widely used. These animals may even suffer for days at a time in traps until whoever laid the trap comes to collect them.

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