News of Note

 

Mice Fall Short as Test Subjects for Humans’ Deadly Ills
For decades, mice have been the species of choice in the study of human diseases. But now, researchers report evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers — sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads, they say.

 

Sen. Avella, animal rights’ group, calls for end to squirrel killing fundraiser
Sen. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, along with animal advocacy group Friends of Animals, spoke out against a competitive squirrel shooting fundraiser in the Village of Holley, Orleans County, that involves children using guns to shoot as many squirrels as they can.

 

Safety Concerns Stoke Criticism of Kennel Club
To most animal lovers, the A.K.C. is best known as the go-to place for registering purebred puppies and as the governing body for dog shows, including the regal Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which opens Monday in New York. The A.K.C. is “dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function,” according to its mission statement.  But the A.K.C. is increasingly finding itself ostracized in the dog world, in the cross hairs of animal protection services, law enforcement agencies and lawmakers who say that the club is lax in performing inspections and that it often lobbies against basic animal rights bills because they could cut into dog registration fees.

 

Study: Vegetarian diet slashes heart disease risk
The risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease is 32% lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish, according to a British study.  “Most of the difference in risk is probably caused by effects on cholesterol and blood pressure, and shows the important role of diet in the prevention of heart disease,” Francesca Crowe, PhD, the study’s lead author from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, said in a news release.

 

North Dakota Senate passes animal welfare bill
The North Dakota Senate has unanimously passed a comprehensive overhaul of North Dakota’s animal welfare laws.  The Senate voted 45-0 on Friday to move Senate Bill 2211 to the state House for consideration
SB2211 would define separate types of animal mistreatment, make animal cruelty a felony, set a penalty for leaving an animal in a vehicle without ensuring its safety and set out a clearer process for seizing animals than offered under current state law.

 

Becoming vegan for ag-vocacy sake
As a mascara addicted, omnivore Okie who grew up cowboy boot top deep in the beef industry, I’ve been criticized by my plant-based diet peers for my so-called “barbaric” lifestyle.  “You’ll be much healthier,” they say. “You’ll feel so much more alive. You’ll be thinner…” I heard it over and over again but when I’d argue my side I’d always be met with the coup de grace:  “How do you know? You’ve never actually tried being vegan.” And they were right. I’ve never tried to be a vegetarian, let alone a vegan.

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