News of Note

Once Banned, Dogs Reflect China’s Rise
Twenty years ago, there were hardly any dogs in Beijing, and the few that were here stood a chance of landing on a dinner plate. It remains possible even today to find dog-meat dishes here. But it is far easier to find dog-treat stores, dog Web sites, dog social networks, dog swimming pools — even, for a time recently, a bring-your-dog cinema and a bring-your-dog bar on Beijing’s downtown nightclub row.

‘Puppy mill’ proposition divides state
Missouri has become a battleground over the issue of dog cruelty.  Supporters of Proposition B, dubbed the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act,” have poured more than $3 million into the state to launch a campaign that includes heartrending advertisements and celebrity endorsements.  The ballot initiative is backed by the Humane Society of the United States, which says Missouri has become the “puppy mill” capital of the nation and the epicenter of bad breeding practices.

Put down the bacon! Report emphasizes cancer-fat links
There is more evidence than ever that a person who weighs too much is more likely to develop cancer, a landmark report said Wednesday.  And forget eating bacon, sausage and lunchmeat. No amount is considered completely safe, according to the analysis from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.

Meat-Monopoly Rule May Cut 104,000 Jobs, Group Says
A U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to boost competition in meat processing may eliminate 104,000 jobs and boost retail costs by 3.3 percent, a meatpacker lobbying group said….About 30,000 jobs would be lost among farmers, processors and other groups directly related to the meat industry, while 74,000 jobs in “supplier and ancillary industries” will be cut, according to a study released today by the American Meat Institute.

EU Nears Ban on Animal Cloning
The European Union moved a big step closer toward a ban on cloning farm animals and a prohibition of imports of cloned livestock and their meat and milk, which would be another stumbling block for the powerful U.S. farm biotechnology industry.  EU food and agriculture policies designed to keep out so-called Frankenfoods have continuously thwarted U.S. biotech firms.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board approves civil penalties
The penalties document authorizes the Ohio Department of Agriculture to assess a civil penalty of up to $500 for the first minor offense, and up to $1,000 for each subsequent minor offense.  Major offenders can be fined $1,000-$5,000 for a first-time offense, and $5,000-$10,000 for subsequent offenses.

A New Set of Wheels Can Improve a Dog’s Life, Too
Dogs and sheep and chickens are going around on wheels; cats not so much. Since people consider pets part of the family, they are ever more willing to spend money making life more pleasant for those laid up with injuries and illnesses….Spin is in a select but growing cadre of animals that use wheelchairs to get around. Developed for dogs with joint diseases and other complaints, wheelchairs are used to help everything from ferrets to llamas and goats.

Board OKs pilot program to protect livestock from wolves
The Montana Livestock Loss Reduction and Mitigation Board voted 7-0 Monday to set aside $4,750 for a pilot program to test the effectiveness of measures that deter wolves from killing livestock. Among the deterrents are guard dogs, “range riders” and fencing…Defenders of Wildlife, which previously ran a similar program, has said that prevention efforts are critical in breaking the cycle of livestock losses followed by the killing of wolves for killing the livestock.

State group to start registry for equine rescue facilities
Horses throughout Arizona will get a second chance at life thanks to a program from the Arizona Department of Agriculture.  The department announced late last week that it started processing the first application for a certified equine rescue facility.

Animal MASH: Fort Carson welcomes veterinary unit
Its animal care component – with eight veterinarians and seven vet technicians – will care for bomb-sniffing dogs, help native populations with animal husbandry and health care and, presumably, assist with any lions in the combat zone.  The unit is one of eight deployable veterinary detachments in the Army.

Building a Better Goat
No transgenic animal has yet been approved for use as food anywhere in the world. The FDA is currently weighing its first application, by AquaBounty Technologies, to commercialize a variety of transgenic Atlantic salmon engineered to grow twice as quickly as unaltered salmon. However, the genetically modified salmon, dubbed “Frankenfish” by opponents, have generated substantial controversy in the United States.

County toughens its puppy mill law
The changes to the county’s animal control ordinance have been debated for months. Some animal advocates said tighter regulation of breeders is necessary to crack down on animal cruelty. But a number of legitimate breeders said they felt the new laws would make it harder for them to operate.

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