News of Note

i Oct 15th by


Wisconsin wolf hunt begins; animal rights groups file intent to sue
Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt has started with no kills reported.  Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals have filed notice that they plan to sue to get the animal back on the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region.

Going meatless in October
October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, during which dedicated vegetarians and vegans step up their game to inform others about health and humane benefits of going meat-free and to get omnivores to try eating a vegetarian diet.

The Real Problem With Pokémon And Animal Rights
A new Pokémon game is out and PETA, being who and what they are, have launched an inept parody campaign against it. In this case, it’s particularly grating, as the Pokémon series they’re talking about raises some legitimately troubling issues about the way culture handles those of us with staunch views about animal rights.

James Cameron Challenges Environmentalists to Go Vegan
Last week we reported that “Avatar” director and environmentalist James Cameron adopted a plant based diet for the good of the planet. Thanks to a new video posted by “Earthlings”, we now see that he’s spreading the message far and wide. He’s challenging us all to remove animal products from our diets.

Being Vegan – What Ethics Has To Do With It
Imagine there are two people who are identical in every way–except one.  One is a vegan and the other is a meat-eater.  All things being equal, which individual is more ethical?  The vegan or the meat-eater?  The answer is blindingly obvious to everyone.” Philip Wollen  I would have to agree with Philip Wollen.  In case you have not heard of Philip Wollen, he is an Australian Philanthropist and a former Vice-President with Citibank.


Demand for palm oil, used in packaged food products, leaves orangutans at risk
One of the Sumatran orangutan’s richest habitats, an area of swampland containing the highest density of the red apes on the planet, is being illegally slashed and burned by palm oil companies to make way for palm oil plantations.


Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers
At Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise, a seafood exporter on Vietnam’s southern coast, workers stand on a dirty floor sorting shrimp one hot September day. There’s trash on the floor, and flies crawl over baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an unchilled room in Ca Mau.
Elsewhere in Ca Mau, Nguyen Van Hoang packs shrimp headed for the U.S. in dirty plastic tubs. He covers them in ice made with tap water that the Vietnamese Health Ministry says should be boiled before drinking because of the risk of contamination with bacteria. Vietnam ships 100 million pounds of shrimp a year to the U.S. That’s almost 8 percent of the shrimp Americans eat.


Eat Vegetarian, Live Longer?
n the ’70s and ’80s, a series of studies from Loma Linda University in California, which has tracked tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists since 1958, were the first to show that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters. Not only that, the studies also indicated that the kinds of foods frequently consumed in vegetarian diets — fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes — can reduce a person’s risk for diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, control body mass index and waist size, and boost brain health.


Hirst Exhibition Killed 9K Butterflies
British artist Damien Hirst, famous for his works using pickled and dismembered animals, has once again angered animal rights groups—this time for a work that used live creatures. His “In and Out of Love” exhibition at London’s Tate Modern allowed visitors to observe the lives of butterflies close up, but more than 9,000 of the insects died during the 23-week exhibition after being trampled or brushed off visitors’ clothing, the Telegraph reports. The tropical species used has a life expectancy of nine months in the wild, but most only survived a few days in the Hirst exhibition.


With No Animal Shelter Nearby, Bronx Rescuers Are Left to Their Own Devices
Ms. Ferrara is part of a growing network of trappers, feeders and rescuers who say they have no choice but to step up to care for lost and unwanted animals in the Bronx — a borough with city shelters for the homeless, but not one for animals. Their grass-roots effort comes amid renewed concern among some elected officials and animal welfare groups that New York City’s animal control programs and services are woefully inadequate.

A year later, painful memories of Zanesville, Ohio, exotic animal tragedy
It’s been almost a year since Terry Thompson released more than 50 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and monkeys from his Zanesville farm.  Thompson then took his own life and didn’t see the carnage that resulted from his actions.  The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed most of the animals, with the exception of six that were taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and placed under quarantine.  Five of those were returned to Thompson’s widow, Marian, earlier this year.


Larry Hagman Thankful ‘Dallas’ Costar Advised Him to Go Vegan
Last year “Dallas” star Larry Hagman went vegan to help fight his cancer. By cutting out animal products, drinking freshly made juices and following an all organic diet, the actor was able to revamp his health, and now he’s 81-years-old and cancer free.