News of Note

W5 report sparks investigations into Manitoba pig farm
Disturbing footage captured at a Manitoba pork farm has prompted the launch of several investigations looking into the treatment of animals at the facility, including an internal investigation by the company at the centre of the abuse allegations…Manitoba’s Pork Council told CTV News on Monday that while there were issues with some of the footage, much of what was captured by the animal welfare group was standard practice — including the “thumping” of piglets.  The group behind the footage, Mercy for Animals Canada, held news conferences in Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal on Monday where they called on major grocery chains to stop carrying meat from producers who use gestation cages.

 

Senate endorses stricter consequences for watching animal fights
The Senate has voted to strengthen penalties associated with attending events that involve animal fights. “This bill is about ending animal fighting, which plainly and simply is a blood sport,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who introduced the measure. The legislation now moves to the House.

 
Vegan Diet Hugely Helpful Against Cancer, Especially For Women
For cancer-free living, meat and dairy-free dining are the way to go, it seems. A new study funded by the National Cancer Institute found vegans have even lower cancer rates than vegetarian counterparts, who in turn see less cancer than omnivores.  “Most people think they are a victim of their genes, helpless to stave off some of the most dreaded diseases,” , writes Kathy Freston at HuffPost Healthy Living. “We aren’t helpless at all; in fact, the power is largely in our hands. It’s on our forks, actually.”

 

Ikea monkey transferred to primate sanctuary
A five-month-old monkey that became an internet sensation after it was photographed running around the parking lot of a Toronto Ikea store is now in the care of a southern Ontario primate sanctuary.


Yellowstone wolf shootings draw scrutiny as Montana trapping season set to begin
The shooting of collared gray wolves from Yellowstone National Park is prompting Montana wildlife commissioners to consider new restrictions against killing the predators in areas near the park.  Wolf trapping in Montana kicks off Dec. 15. It’s the state’s first such trapping season since the animals lost their federal protections last year after almost four decades on the endangered species list.  But hunting already is under way for the predators in Montana and neighboring Idaho and Wyoming, and at least seven of Yellowstone’s roughly 88 wolves have been shot in recent weeks while travelling outside the park.


Racetrack Drugs Put Europe Off U.S. Horse Meat
For decades, American horses, many of them retired or damaged racehorses, have been shipped to Canada and Mexico, where it is legal to slaughter horses, and then processed and sold for consumption in Europe and beyond. Lately, however, European food safety officials have notified Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses of a growing concern: The meat of American racehorses may be too toxic to eat safely because the horses have been injected repeatedly with drugs.