News of Note

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Suit: Dairy cows systematically slaughtered to drive up price of milk
The class-action lawsuit accuses companies of slaughtering thousands of cows just to decrease supply.  Animal rights group Compassion Over Killing was the first to uncover the alleged systematic slaughter of healthy dairy cows in California. The group turned to Seattle attorney Steve Berman, who filed the suit claiming more than half a million U.S. dairy cows were slaughtered over seven years to artificially reduce the supply of milk and drive up prices.

Allegations of animal mistreatment at Princeton University surface
A whistleblower leaked graphic photographs and an eyewitness account of alleged animal mistreatment and killings by Princeton University’s Primate Neuroethology Laboratory yesterday as part of a campaign headed by Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN).

Animal group claims it set fire to Idaho fur store
Animal rights activists claimed responsibility on Monday for a fire that caused $100,000 in damage to a Boise-area store that sells fur coats and fireworks, authorities said.  No one was injured in the early morning blaze at Rocky Mountain Fur & Fireworks, a retailer in Caldwell, Idaho, about 30 miles northwest of the state capital.

Group wants Wisconsinites to cut cheese intake, displays message on billboard; Milk Marketing Board bothered
Wisconsin and cheese go hand in hand, right?  The long-standing relationship, however, is drawing a deadly comparison from a nonprofit group called Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. It is expected to place a billboard in De Pere that features the Grim Reaper wearing a Cheesehead with the words: “Warning: Cheese Can Sack Your Health.”

Kenmore Mercy Hospital is going meatless on Mondays
Under an effort spearheaded by manager of food services, Kathy McAlpine, the hospital is going meatless on Mondays. It’s all part of the Meatless Mondays program championed by former Beatles superstar Paul McCartney.  The idea is that omitting meat from your diet just one day a week will have a big effect on the environment, your health and even your pocketbook.

New Report Links Agricultural Subsidies to Childhood Obesity
A report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, or U.S. PIRG, titled “Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food” found that between 1995 and 2010, the U.S. has spent more than $260 billion on agricultural subsidies.  But while $262 million has gone to apples — the only fruit or vegetable with a significant subsidy — nearly $17 billion has spent on four common food additives — corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soy oils — known to contribute to weight gain.

Love of animals led to language and man’s domination of Earth
Humans became masters of the planet for a startling reason: our love of animals gave us unsurpassed power over nature. This is the claim of a leading American anthropologist who says our prehistoric ancestors’ intense relationships with other creatures – including those we hunt, keep as pets and use for food – propelled humanity towards global domination.

Rabbit control keeps Long Beach City College volunteers hopping
Two years ago, the population — now mainly abandoned pets — peaked, and more than 300 rabbits competed for food, space and mates on 112 acres.  The campus’ Rabbit Population Control Task Force, formed in 2009.  The group chose not to exterminate the rabbits but to instead round them up, spay or neuter them and put them up for adoption.

Risk Factors for Cat Cancer Could Have Human Implications
A recent, large-scale study on cat intestinal cancer has provided new insight into a common pet disease and its causes; the findings could ultimately benefit humans…Selting says that tracking animal cancer is important because animals share the environment with humans. By noting patterns of cancer development, doctors and veterinarians may become aware of environmental factors that could be causing tumor progression in different species, including humans.

Eagle views Santa Barbara Zoo as a cafeteria
Zoo officials tuck away a wide variety of potential meals, including meerkats, after the bald eagle starts hanging around. An eagle expert finally traps him, and he is released into the wild.  A bald eagle had winged its way into the Santa Barbara Zoo and started evidencing great interest in some of the zoo’s smaller, perhaps more delectable, inhabitants. He swooped low over the flamingos and perched on a rooftop just above the achingly cute meerkats, waiting. He showed no fear of humans.