News of Note

3 Arrested At Protest Outside Renton Fur Auction
Three people were arrested Friday morning as animal rights protesters blocked entrances at the American Legend Fur Exchange in Renton.  “They are using there (sic) bodies as a human blockade,” read a news release from the Seattle Animal Defense League.

Bills making it illegal to photograph farms pending in Iowa and Minnesota
While Sen. Jim Norman‘s controversial farm-photo bill may have died in the Florida Legislature, animal rights advocates are cautiously acknowledging the victory is a temporary one whose significance may ultimately be thwarted by laws currently pending in Iowa and Minnesota.

College Researchers Avoid Prosecution in Sheep Deaths
A special prosecutor in Wisconsin has declined to charge University of Wisconsin researchers who animal rights groups accused of breaking the law when sheep died undergoing experiments in a hyperbaric chamber.

Why our testing of antibiotics and other drugs may not be safe
An important factor contributing to the poor safety record of so many drugs, including antibiotics, is our reliance on safety testing in animals. The government insists that all new drugs are shown to be safe in two species of animals before they can be given to humans. However, many studies have shown that animal tests – even in both dogs and monkeys – are no more predictive for humans than tossing a coin.

Pet cruelty registry could help fight against domestic abuse
A registry for animal abusers — the first in the nation according to advocates — goes live in New York’s Suffolk County next week.  Not just an effort to protect animals, the registry is the result of growing awareness that brutality against a dog, cat or even a squirrel is a chief indicator of potential violence against women and children, according to experts and studies.

Agony for Japan livestock farmers in nuclear crisis
As more people are forced to leave their homes around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, anger is growing in a farming community forced to make the agonising decision whether to slaughter livestock or face ruin…livestock farmers are not the only villagers who are feeling the bite.  Yuko Sugimoto, 56, who ran cottages in Namie, another village newly designated as part of the no-go zone, had planned to raise and sell organic vegetables this year.