News of Note

Animal-welfare news sways meat consumers
News coverage of animal-welfare issues causes U.S. consumers to cut back on meat purchases and spend their money instead on non-meat items, a study indicated.  The university study, the first known examination of how news coverage affects U.S. pork, poultry and beef demand, found increased coverage of pork and poultry animal-welfare issues from 1999 to 2008 reduced consumer demand.

Our puppy’s keeper: Christianity and the care of animals
We must take off the blinders that allow violence to happen to other animals and confront these issues directly with active compassion. I believe that there is no way a person who proclaims, “I am Christian,” can be ok with the violence of factory farms.

US Senate bans creation, sale of animal ‘crush videos’
The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would ban the creation, sale and distribution of so-called “crush videos” — sexual fetish films in which small animals are maimed or killed.  The Senate passed the legislation late Tuesday. It now goes to the US House of Representatives, which passed its own version of the bill in July.  The Senate version goes further than the House legislation in that it specifically prohibits the creation of animal crush videos, not just their sale.

Marines want more Labrador retrievers to sniff for bombs
Marines in Afghanistan want to more than double the number of bomb-sniffing dogs at their disposal in the battle against record-setting attacks by insurgents using makeshift explosives…The new dogs will allow downtime at home for the veteran canines, some of them dragging tail after their fifth or even sixth deployment. The dogs come back “thinner, just like Marines” after a six- or seven-month combat tour, said Doug Miller, the Pentagon’s program manager for “working dogs.”

Food safety auditors are often paid by the firms they audit
Certainly the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which had staff on site at Wright County to inspect the size and quality of the eggs, has said its authority was limited. USDA regulations say buildings and “outside premises” must be free of conditions that harbor vermin. Under the USDA’s unwritten interpretation of the regulations, egg graders only look for vermin inside the specific processing building where they are based, said Dean Kastner, an assistant USDA branch chief in the poultry grading program.

Thousands March for Animal Rights in Colombia
About 5,000 people marched through the streets of downtown Bogota to commemorate World Animal Day, the date when Colombian activists concentrate their criticism of the government for its lack of interest in these living creatures.

Cancer risk can be cut with good habits such as exercise and healthful eating
According to the American Cancer Society, about a third of the 550,000 American cancer deaths each year are linked to obesity, poor diet and inactivity. Another third are due to smoking….”Forty percent of breast cancer cases in the U.S. – about 70,000 cases a year – could be prevented” by changes in behavior, says Susan Higginbotham, director of research for the American Institute of Cancer Research.


More meat eaters will require doubling of world livestock
With meat eating on the increase, livestock producers will have to double their output when the world population hits nine billion, experts attending the World Meat Congress said Monday in Buenos Aires.


Dairy farmer says food safety bill a raw deal
The food-safety bill would force the food growers and dairy farmers to undergo regular FDA inspections. They’d have to begin filing routine safety reports, and start using government-approved equipment and feed.

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