News of Note

 

 

What’s it really like to be a vegan?
Making an impact on the environment starts with tofurkey.  Nutrition and dietetics sophomore Katie Moses has been a vegan for three years, and after doing much research on the current food system, she says a vegan diet is the healthiest choice.

 

Lost fishing gear becoming big threat to Puget Sound marine life
The death of a rescued seal pup, trapped in an underwater tangle of fishing line, shows the deadly toll of lost fishing gear. Old fishing nets, crab pots, lines and hooks ensnare and kill more than half a million sea creatures in Puget Sound every year, according to the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.

 

Animal rights group asks court to force officials to confiscate tiger at La. truck stop
An animal rights group filed suit Thursday against Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, seeking to have a tiger long displayed at a Grosse Tete truck stop sent to a wildlife sanctuary.

 

IU Health research unit under fire for lab animal care
An animal rights group is calling upon the federal government to fine the Methodist Research Institute after investigators detailed seven federal violations, including the death of a dog.  Stop Animal Exploitation Now said only one place had more violations in one visit in the past year than the Indiana University Health facility. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary had nine violations.

 
Claiming Fido On Your Taxes
Are you getting tax benefits from your pets? Probably not, and the IRS is unlikely to help. But Congress might. A proposed tax bill would allow tax deductions for pets even though they can’t be claimed as dependents like people. See Strange But Legit Tax Deductions.

 
Ringling circus firm evolves amid challenges from market, regulators, animal-rights activists
Still, the company remains under siege from animal-rights activists who accuse it of treating elephants and other animals cruelly. Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture imposed a $270,000 fine against Ringling — the largest ever assessed by the federal government against an animal exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act — for a variety of violations.