News of Note

 

Editorial: Protecting Seattle’s aging elephants
 Many zoos have closed, are ending or discussing closure of their elephant exhibits.  Let Chai, Watoto and Bamboo spend the rest of their lives in open space with three new Canadian friends, Thika, Toka and Iringa.

 

To Save Wildlife, and Tourism, Kenyans Take Up Arms
Many jobs in the safari industry can pay as much as poaching. Though the ivory trade may seem lucrative, it is often like the Somali pirate business model, with the entry-level hijacker getting just a minuscule cut of the million-dollar ransoms. While a pound of ivory can fetch $1,000 on the streets of Beijing, Mr. Lokinyi, despite his lengthy poaching résumé, was broke, making it easier to lure him out of the business.  Villagers are also turning against poachers because the illegal wildlife trade fuels crime, corruption, instability and intercommunal fighting.

 

Sudden Death of Show Pony Clouds Image of Elite Pursuit
Since 2010, random drug tests at various equestrian events, including the Olympic trials, have uncovered dozens of violations for substances like cocaine, antipsychotics, tranquilizers and pain medication — even ginger placed in a horse’s anus to make its tail stick out.  While show-horse trainers have abused some of the same drugs that have caused problems in racing, the Equestrian Federation has lagged behind in regulating how they are administered. Now, the circumstances surrounding Humble’s death have become a rallying point for those who believe that the federation should more aggressively investigate drug use.


Israel Supports Animal Rights With Ban Against Cosmetics, Cleaning Materials Testing
Perhaps it was the dark, Jewish experience of the Holocaust where Nazis would use Jewish children for medical tests. Or simply the humanitarian heart that Israel is respected for with its medical and rescue aid teams which assist disaster victims from Haiti to Japan. As of today, the sale and import of cosmetics and cleaning materials tested on animals will be illegal in Israel. The Israel Health Ministry said it would investigate and prosecute importers who violate the new law.

 

Pennsylvania’s Dog Law Enforcement Office Cracking Down On Illegal Dog-Breeding Kennels
The Pennsylvania Agriculture Department says it has taken action against 37 illegal dog-breeding kennels, this year, including several in the Philadelphia area.  The department says it has stepped up efforts to enforce the 2009 anti-puppy-mill law.

The Year In Vegan!
Happy last Meatless Monday of the Year! Since it’s the last day of the year, I thought it’d be nice to do a little round-up of animal victories from the year. Additionally, I know many people use the New Year as a time to try new things–say veganism, perhaps? Come on, Ne-Yo is doing it! So we can also take a look at some tips for kicking off a vegan lifestyle. Shall we? Oh let’s do!

 

Pet chicken saves family from fire
Cluck Cluck’s noisy calls from two floors below woke a Wisconsin couple in time for them to escape their burning house. The chicken became the Murawska family pet after wandering over from a neighboring farm; instead of killing the bird, who wasn’t producing eggs, the couple built her a coop and brought her inside when the weather got too cold. “I spent way more money than I ever should’ve. I guess it paid off,” Dennis Murawska said. Along with the couple, the chicken and a cat survived the blaze.

 

Going Vegan Doesn’t Mean Missing Out On Favorites
In the first of a two-part series on veganism, Renee Montagne talks to health and wellness expert Kathy Freston about the benefits and challenges of being vegan. Vegans enjoy a plant-based diet and don’t eat meat, fish or dairy. Freston says as a vegan you can still have comfort food, it’s just a healthier version of what you used to eat.