News of Note

Bill on Humane Slaughter Yields New Front for Muslim Tensions
The Dutch Parliament will vote Tuesday on a bill that, if enacted, will effectively require even Jewish and Muslim butchers to stun animals — mechanically, electrically or with gas — before they are slaughtered, eliminating an exception in current law.  A tiny animal rights party, which has two seats in Parliament, proposed the bill, arguing that failing to stun the animals before slaughter subjects them to unnecessary pain.


12 Activists Arrested in Spain, Being Charged With “Eco-Terrorism”
Twelve animal rights and environmental activists have been arrested in Spain and are being labeled “eco-terrorists.”…Some of the activists have worked with Igualdad Animal on open rescues, walking into factory farms where animals were being abused, documenting the animal welfare violations, and then rescuing some of the animals.

Ohio House Passes Tougher Animal Cruelty Laws
The Ohio House passed House Bill 25 on Tuesday that would make animal cruelty charges a first-degree misdemeanor. The current violation makes it a second-degree misdemeanor.  The legislation doesn’t solely focus on the animal but rather the entire family as a whole. Studies show that if an animal is being abused inside a house, somebody else is too.

Guidelines issued for treating combat dogs
That advice is among several new guidelines issued to battlefield doctors called on to treat dogs injured in the line of duty in Afghanistan.  “Canines differ in anatomy and physiology,” the guidelines say. “Knowledge of key differences will assist the physician in resuscitating and stabilizing … prior to transport to veterinary care.”

Gov. Scott Signs New Dog Fighting Bill
Animal activists are celebrating one of the laws that Gov. Rick Scott signed this week.  It makes dogs involved in fighting more adoptable.  Under the new law, dogs confiscated from fighting rings will not automatically be labeled as “dangerous.”  The dogs will still be evaluated by shelters to see if they can be adopted into new homes.

Physicians’ animal rights group criticizes Miss. medical center live animal teaching program
A physicians’ animal rights group has renewed its criticism of University of Mississippi Medical Center’s ongoing use of live pigs to train doctors.  UMMC said in a statement Thursday that it complies with all applicable laws in using animals for educational purposes.

CSI: Wildlife — Solving Mysterious Animal Deaths
Dead animals arrive at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., almost every day, usually by overnight delivery in plastic coolers. State and federal wildlife biologists from all over the country send carcasses to the lab hoping to solve cases of mysterious animal deaths, to confirm their own diagnoses or to provide evidence in legal cases against an animal’s killer.


Stampede to microchip chuckwagon horses to monitor health
Horses competing in the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede will be microchipped as part of a new animal care program, so veterinarians can keep track of their medical and race histories in an attempt to ensure only the fittest are allowed to compete.  Six horses died at last year’s Stampede.

Surge In Demand For Vegan Wine
A noticeable surge in demand for vegan wine has been seen by retailers and restaurants in the past year with Blackenbrook vineyard one of only a few wine producers able to offer all their white wines as vegan.

MMA Diet: Vegetarian
We all should become vegetarians to a certain extent. In fact, research – ranging from Johns Hopkins University’s “Meatless Monday” campaign to Harvard’s Health Publications – is coupling with the growing number of individual success stories, books like Skinny Bitch and documentaries like Food INC. to reveal that perhaps “should” should become “need.” Meat isn’t so bad. What’s bad is that we are eating far too much of it.

Tal Ronnen says make it vegan but make it delicious
Tal Ronnen catered the vegan wedding for Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi. Casino mogul Steve Wynn tapped him to add vegan dishes to the menus at all 22 restaurants at the luxurious Wynn and Encore resorts in Vegas.

When Food Kills
The deaths of 31 people in Europe from a little-known strain of E. coli have raised alarms worldwide, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Our food often betrays us.

Pet estate planning: Not just for Leona Helmsley anymore
Pet estate planning has grown since Helmsley’s will made headlines. Today there are retirement homes for pets all across the country, and at least 45 states allow for pet trusts. A pet trust is an agreement that specifies how an owner wants a pet to be cared for, including details on who will be responsible for the animal and how the care will be paid for.