News of Note

Returning to Meat: Who is Doing It, How it Happens, and What This Means for the Veg’n Movement
Since veganism is a lifestyle intertwined with diet, I proposed that our ex-members would have particularly interesting stories to tell. I hope that this blog can serve as a catalyst for future research in this area. The more we know about the intricacies of our movement, and the more questions we have answered, the better our chances of building a sustainable presence in the community, thus framing veganism as an accessible and sustainable option

40 beagles rescued from animal testing at Spain laboratory
Some dogs rescued from an animal testing lab in Spain are in desperate need of a good home. The beagles arrived Wednesday night at LAX.  Forty purebred beagles were rescued thanks to the Beagle Freedom Project.  “The lab was closing and either they were going to kill the dogs or somebody needed to make a commitment to get them out,” said Shannon Keith from the Beagle Freedom Project.

After outbreak, egg mogul is leaving the industry
A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation’s largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.

Feds Sue Magic Valley Dairy over Drug Issues
The FDA asked for a court order to stop Idaho’s G&H Dairy from selling cows for slaughter that are tainted with elevated levels of antibiotic residue. In a lawsuit, the agency said the dairy company’s violation of food safety standards dates to 2009.

Animal rights group complains of injured monkeys at Alice research supplier
A group that opposes laboratory research on animals filed a complaint Monday with federal regulators alleging mistreatment of monkeys at a drug development company’s facility in Alice.  The group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, cited records from the University of California in San Francisco showing that primates shipped from the facility arrived with injuries including muscle wasting, missing fingers and damaged ears.

Novo Nordisk B : Novo Nordisk reaches a milestone in animal testing
Novo Nordisk will no longer use living animals to test the quality of the batches of medicine coming out of Novo Nordisk’s production lines. Live animals that have been used in these biological product control tests include mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits. Over the years, the number of animals used in this area has been gradually reduced from more than 13,000 animals a year in the 90s, to 2,078 animals in 2000 and to 772 animals in 2010. The last living animals are used for a virus control on 28 November 2011, and in 2012 the number of biological product control tests performed on living animals will be zero.


New Mad Cow Disease Form Shows up in Two Swiss Cows
In routine tests, two cows in Switzerland tested positive for a previously unknown form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Researchers fear that tests may be missing other BSE variants that could cause human illness.

Bee “fence” keeps elephants and people safely apart
British scientist Lucy King received an award for discovering that 90% of elephants are deterred by the sound of bees, and they warn other elephants when they encounter the bees’ buzzing. Her team placed beehives on fences surrounding crops, deterring elephants from entering areas frequented by people. Conflicts between farmers and elephants have sometimes ended in the injury or death of both elephants and humans.

Second dead giraffe at Vancouver zoo
The second giraffe in a week to die at the Greater Vancouver Zoo was expecting a calf, but the facility says the death was not related to the pregnancy.  Eleah, a 23-year-old giraffe, was found dead by zoo staff on Saturday around 7:30 a.m. in her heated barn. Her nearly four-year-old calf, Amryn, died just five days earlier.  Burton says that giraffes can be sensitive to the cold winter weather in B.C., even if they are born locally.  “Giraffes raised in northern climates are very sensitive to being underfed, and they do need to have a special diet,” he said.

Fort Worth court says pets worth more than market value
A state appeals court in Fort Worth ruled for the first time that a pet’s value is greater than its price tag.  It has sentimental value as well.  “Dogs are unconditionally devoted to their owners,” says the ruling from the Texas 2nd Court of Appeals. “We interpret timeworn Supreme Court law … to acknowledge that the special value of ‘man’s best friend’ should be protected.”

Many veterinarians refuse to perform pet ‘modification’
It’s nothing new really – changing a pet to make it a ‘better,’ more ‘appealing,’ or happier companion.  Veterinary medicine for years has offered clients surgical procedures to take care of behavioral and cosmetic issues – but many veterinarians are now refusing to perform such procedures, citing ethics and prevention of cruelty as their reasons.

House protects pizza as a vegetable
The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors on Thursday by passing a bill that abandons proposals that threatened to end the reign of pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus.  The action is a win for the makers of frozen French fries and pizza and comes just weeks after the deep-pocketed food, beverage and restaurant industries successfully weakened government proposals for voluntary food marketing guidelines to children.

Cornell veterinarian develops a canine emergency simulator
Cornell veterinarian Dan Fletcher developed a robotic canine equipped with moving lungs, accurate and changeable heart and lung sounds, and vascular access to provide students with realistic simulations of clinical situations. Dr. Fletcher uses the simulator to teach students and has trained veterinarians in the U.S. and abroad; he is collaborating with others to develop the best, most affordable model.

Study will identify risk patterns for deer-car collisions
In an effort to prevent collisions between deer and cars, California’s Department of Fish and Game and University of California, Davis, will outfit deer with GPS collars and track their movements for six months. The information will be used to track deer movements to identify high-traffic areas and grazing patterns