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Lawmaker already has list of changes he’d like in puppy-mill
When the Missouri Legislature reconvenes in January, Rep. Ed Schieffer of Troy has a list of changes he would like to see made to Proposition B, the so-called puppy mill measure narrowly approved by voters last week.

OLCSB hears multiple veal proposals, favors two production ‘concepts’
In an eventful meeting, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board approved two “concepts” related to veal production they plan to use in forming the standards for veal, and potentially the standards for other types of livestock.

While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales
Dairy Management, whose annual budget approaches $140 million, is largely financed by a government-mandated fee on the dairy industry. But it also receives several million dollars a year from the Agriculture Department, which appoints some of its board members, approves its marketing campaigns and major contracts and periodically reports to Congress on its work.  The organization’s activities, revealed through interviews and records, provide a stark example of inherent conflicts in the Agriculture Department’s historical roles as both marketer of agriculture products and America’s nutrition police.

Minn. Area Loses Hundreds Of Dairy Cows To Economy
Schell isn’t the only area farmer abandoning his dairy cattle. A rocky market has forced sellouts or retirements of at least a dozen 100- to 250-cow dairy herds in the Winona County area in the past six months, said Tom Anderson, a farm business management instructor for Riverland Community College in Plainview, Minn.

Red meat linked to esophageal, stomach cancer risks
Red-meat lovers may have a greater likelihood of developing certain cancers of the throat and stomach than people who limit their intake of steaks and hamburgers, a new study suggests.

The virtues — and volatility — of eating vegan
No meat, no dairy, no problem.  Or at least that can be the case if you know what you’re doing, according to nutrition experts. Health and nutrition experts say it’s certainly possible to keep a proper diet and take in all the required nutrients and vitamins to stay healthy without eating meat or dairy. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans tend to have a lower-than-average risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other preventable conditions.
Stern co-host Robin Quivers finishes New York City Marathon, credits vegan diet
Quivers credits her switch to a vegan diet in 2007 for helping her shed 80 pounds and giving her the strength and energy to run the race.

Smoking chimp rescued in Lebanon, sent to Brazil
A 12-year-old chimpanzee was heading to a sanctuary in Brazil on Monday after animal rights workers discovered him smoking cigarettes to entertain visitors at a Lebanese zoo.
Pennsylvania airport with feral-cat problem announces plans to trap, neuter and release cats
An airport in eastern Pennsylvania that is dealing with a feral cat problem has announced plans to trap the felines and send them to a farm — not euthanize them.  Lehigh Valley International Airport has reached an agreement with the Allentown group No Nonsense Neutering.

Fulton commission won’t let elephants off the hook
Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe argued Wednesday that nobody loves animals more than him — he cries when he puts his dogs down — but he said there is a place for cattle prods and bullhooks.  The commission went along with Lowe, voting 4-3 against a proposed ban on the use of bullhooks by circus elephant trainers.

State senator looking at animal abuse laws
State Sen. Robert Brown, D-Macon, is looking at ways to strengthen the state’s animal abuse laws and wants to make sure authorities have the “best tools possible to prosecute the abuse of innocent animals.”

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Vote for Animal Rights Election Day 2010
We’re in a last push with coalition partners to spread our critical message to voters in Arizona, California, Missouri and North Dakota about important statewide citizen’s initiatives on the ballot. Every one of these races is competitive, so nothing can be taken for granted.

Giving Thanks for Vegetables, Not Turkey
Everyone knows the best foods at Thanksgiving are the side dishes. Why fill up on turkey when you can gobble down the best fruits and vegetables of the fall harvest?

State ban on exotic pets still on hold
Ohio lacks an exotic-animal ban nearly four months after Gov. Ted Strickland promised to enact one in a deal with the Humane Society of the United States.

New technology aims to produce “stress-free” chickens
Two premium chicken producers, Bell & Evans in Pennsylvania and Mary’s Chickens in California, are preparing to switch to a system of killing their birds that they consider more humane. But telling them about it presents a marketing challenge.  “Most of the time, people don’t want to think about how the animal was killed,” said David Pitman, whose family owns Mary’s Chickens.

Fear of a Vegetarian Planet: Why the Beef Industry Is Freaked Out By a Kids’ Contest
In hopes of casting a more healthful glow on the much-maligned school lunch program, the USDA, along with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, has launched a contest encouraging people to come up with creative vegetable, bean and whole grain recipes for kids. A fun, harmless PR exercise, right? Not to the beef industry, which is up in arms over the exclusion of meat in the recipe categories.

New study says raw milk not panacea for the lactose intolerant
As for the new study, conducted earlier this year, participants went through three eight-day phases during which they consumed pasteurized milk, raw milk, and soy milk. Gardner notes that “the severity of the symptoms was virtually identical for the raw vs. pasteurized milk, while the symptoms of the soy milk were quite a bit, and statistically significantly, lower.”

Animal rights group posts video of country star Troy Gentry killing bear
An animal rights group has posted a video of country music star Troy Gentry killing a captive, tame black bear in Minnesota.  The group SHARK — Showing Animals Respect and Kindness — obtained the video from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, and posted it on YouTube

Even turtles and wasps need a little play time
Gordon Burghardt, a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has discovered that many animals-not just dogs, cats, and monkeys-need a little play time.  Burghardt is one of the first researchers to define “play” in people and also in species not previously thought capable of play, such as fish, reptiles and invertebrates.

Call me ‘owner’ — but ‘mom’ is fine, too
Are you your cat’s owner? Your dog’s mom? Guardian? Caretaker? Pet parent?  There’s been something of a revolution in how we describe the relationship between people and the dogs and cats who share their homes. The once-common term “owner” has fallen out of favor — maybe not so much in newspapers, where it still seems to reign supreme, but in just about every other arena, including the legal one, “owner” is increasingly rare.
Costs go higher at UGA lab
Dozens of researchers and students already conduct research in the building, many working on developing vaccines or therapies for dangerous diseases such as SARS, avian influenza and tuberculosis.  But until the large-animal part of the high-tech AHRC is deemed safe by federal inspectors, the researchers won’t be able to use it for experiments such as testing how well an experimental vaccine works in horses.

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