News of Note

Man who beat dog sentenced to 6 months in jail
A Washington state man who beat a neighbor’s dog with a hatchet after luring it with treats has been sentenced to six months in jail.  The Pierce County prosecutor’s office says 55-year-old Ricky Knowles was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in July to first-degree animal cruelty.

 

Economics, Politics, and Hunting
In 2006, about 5% of the American adult population hunted. This number is a 4% decline from 2001 and a consequent 3% reduction in hunting-related expenditures. The trend is part of a two-decades decline in hunting numbers, but this is not the only important statistic. Although 5% of the American population hunted, there is a strong, interlinked network of economic support for hunting that includes the firearms and sporting goods industry, conservationists, and government entities like the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW). Furthermore, the financial dependence and institutional centrality of hunting for the DNR and DFW mean they are not responsive to democratic demand but rather are merely the state arm of the pro-hunting lobby. A sober account of the financial assets of the hunting industry is necessary if we are to effectively understand the power it may exert over policy and public opinion.

 

U.S. lawmakers from Tennessee, Kentucky introduce legislation to stop walking horse abuse
To stop the soring of Tennessee walking horses, two U.S. lawmakers from Tennessee and Kentucky today introduced legislation to end the use of action devices and to end self-policing in the industry.

 

Would We Be Healthier With a Vegan Diet?
A July 2012 Gallup poll puts the percentage of American adults who say they consider themselves vegetarian at 5%, and those who consider themselves vegans—who eat no meat or dairy products—at 2%.

 

Obese elephants in Tamil Nadu given slimming help
Veterinary surgeons point out that obesity and captivity go hand in hand.  Elephants eat up to 200 different varieties of food in the jungle, including fruits, flowers, roots and branches, but in captivity their diets often lack variety…Many of the temple elephants throughout India – including 37 in the state of Tamil Nadu – are living in appalling conditions, studies have shown.
Romney Ryan Record Of Animal Abuse
In 1997 Romney bought German animal torture company Behring and expanded its animal research to Miami, Florida renaming it Dade Behring. He invested in slaughterhouse products, brought brutal rodeo into the nonviolent Olympics, had an aggressive promotion of toxic animal flesh ads on Clear Channel, refused to sign a bill acknowledging the right of students to refuse to dissect animals in biology classes, filled the state wildlife agency with that 4.5% of the population which hunts, treated his family dog terribly while breaking Massachusetts law.


Deadly African Ebola Virus Linked to Bushmeat
Uganda and Congo experienced Ebola outbreaks this year, and a report in 2004 found the deadly virus tended to surface among wildlife before human outbreaks nearby. Gorillas, chimpanzees and duikers are among the species susceptible to Ebola, and they may transmit the disease to humans who come into contact with the carcasses. In Kenya, the African Network for Animal Welfare is working to educate local people about the risk of contracting Ebola and other zoonotic diseases from handling and eating bushmeat, but local economics pose serious barriers to stemming the practice.

 

The Social and Ideological Foundations of Meat Consumption and Vegetarianism*
Meat consumption is associated with multiple ethical, health and environmental issues. Considering the social issues associated with meat consumption, vegetarianism is a good potential alternative to current dietary patterns.


Ten Things Every Vegan Knows (That You May Not)