News of Note

Animal rights activists protest Everett biomedical lab
Dozens of protestors gathered at an Everett biomedical research lab on Monday to protest what they call cruel and potentially illegal experimentation on animals.  The protestors claim SNBLUSA, which is based in Japan but headquartered in Everett, is violating the Animal Welfare Act with unimaginable abuse against animals.
Vegan diet finds growing niche with bodybuilders
Vegan diets have found a growing niche among competitive bodybuilders who embrace it to improve their health, as a backlash against steroids or to reflect their views about the environment. Jose Antonio of the International Society of Sports Nutrition says the diet can be healthy, but bodybuilders have to make sure they get enough of the amino acids usually consumed in meats.

New focus on less meat: As meat prices and health concerns rise, more chefs decide less is more
This separation remained the state of affairs until the 1990s, when Whole Foods began its nationwide expansion. The success of Whole Foods lies in the company’s recognition that the gourmet world and the health-food world have merged, and that their customer base doesn’t exclusively eat one kind of food or the other but both. Often for the same meal.
Lawsuit looks to prove dogs have souls
Do puppies have souls? That’s what an unusual lawsuit is asking a New York judge to decide.  In her civil suit, dog owner Elena Zakharova contends that pets — considered “property” under state law — are much more than that: living creatures that feel love and pain.

Undercover Animal Rights Investigations Threatened
The Los Angeles-based group Mercy for Animals is responsible for the sheriff’s action. Now the activists fear the FBI is renewing efforts to prosecute them as “domestic terrorists,” according to Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, who defends their activities.
“Undercover investigators are often the only line of defense, the only watchdog that these animals have on factory farms, and the abuse really thrives in secrecy.”

Oregon meat class goes on despite bunny burglary
An Oregon farmer and instructor for the Portland Meat Collective says there was likely political motivation behind the theft of 23 rabbits.

Dogs’ Ability to Sense Communication Similar to Infants
“Our findings reveal that dogs are receptive to human communication in a manner that was previously attributed only to human infants,” co-author Jozsef Topal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences said in a journal press release. “Increasing evidence supports the notion that humans and dogs share some social skills, with dogs’ social-cognitive functioning resembling that of a 6-month to 2-year-old child in many respects.”

Citing Drug Resistance, U.S. Restricts More Antibiotics for Livestock
Federal drug regulators announced on Wednesday that farmers and ranchers must restrict their use of a critical class of antibiotics in cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys because such practices may have contributed to the growing threat in people of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment.

The Ethicist – A Dog’s Right to Life?