About Carina DeVera

Carina is Marin Humane's Digital Marketing Manager. She shares her San Francisco home with a feisty parrotlet, a hospice dog, and a small herd of adorable guinea pigs.

Think twice before booking an ‘animal encounter’

By |2024-04-29T20:07:15-07:00April 29, 2024|Advocacy|

A moose photographed at Grand Teton National Park in 2023 — from a safe distance. Encountering wildlife in their natural habitats can be awe-inspiring and may contribute to urgently needed conservation efforts. Tourism dollars can fund animal sanctuaries, and the rise of whale watching famously helps educate visitors and allows scientists to collect data on whale behavior. Unfortunately, distinguishing between ethical encounters and harmful ones isn’t always straightforward — and slick, professional marketing can blur the lines between conservation and exploitation. With the summer travel season coming up, it’s important we educate ourselves so [...]

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Saving America’s free-roaming horses

By |2024-04-03T21:05:00-07:00April 3, 2024|Advocacy|

Marin Humane offers employees a paid, weeklong sabbatical related to animal welfare. I chose to spend this time volunteering at the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Webster, Florida. The large property with its sprawling trees and Spanish moss offers an enchanting refuge to animals and people alike. As the name suggests, their mission is to rescue and rehabilitate America’s wild horses. I’d arrived at the center late at night. Waking up that first morning, watching the herds graze on lush green pastures, I felt like I’d been whisked away to a magical place where animals are [...]

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Embrace compassionate choices this Thanksgiving

By |2023-11-20T15:23:03-08:00November 20, 2023|Advocacy|

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a flock of rescued turkeys up close at a farmed animal sanctuary in New York state. If you’re familiar with the brown-feathered birds roaming Marin’s open spaces, you might be surprised to learn that turkeys bred for their meat have white feathers, and — unlike their scrawnier wild relatives — are unable to fly due to their weight. The best part about meeting the turkeys was the sheer joy these birds exhibited when they received gentle scratches beneath their wings. They would sit still and close their [...]

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The Dark Side of Horse Racing

By |2023-05-22T15:30:53-07:00May 22, 2023|Advocacy|

“Sadly, the stench of death overwhelmed the Kentucky Derby and its magnificent athletes on Saturday. Five horses perished in the past week at Churchill Downs. … Then, on the Derby undercard, two more died. Seven horses gone.” So begins a May 6 Associated Press article, in what has turned into an all-too-familiar refrain of eulogies for racehorses who died at the country’s most prominent racetrack. Year after year, news of “catastrophic injuries” and dying horses make the headlines — some of which play out in the public eye. In one notorious case in 2008, Eight Belles, [...]

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Six animal-friendly alternatives to eggs

By |2023-01-17T16:56:11-08:00January 17, 2023|Advocacy|

This article was originally published in the Marin Independent Journal.  Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article on the availability of eggs in Bay Area grocery stores. The pun-laden piece interviewed customers and shared some of their theories as to why the shelves seemed emptier than usual. It ended with a quote from a customer who, when faced with only Just Egg’s plant-based egg scrambles, opted for wine instead. Yes, the chickens have come home to roost nationwide — if roost they could in a factory farm system that denies them even basic instincts — [...]

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