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i Jul 27th No Comments by

Meat lovers may pack on the pounds over time
People who eat a lot of meat are more likely to gain weight, even if they’re consuming the same amount of calories as their less-carnivorous peers.  Dr. Anne-Claire Vergnaud of Imperial College London in the UK and her colleagues found that people who ate more meat gained more weight over 5 years than those who ate less meat, but the same amount of calories.  “Our results suggest that a decrease in meat consumption may improve weight management,” they wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“The Biggest Loser” Trainer Bob Harper Offers Advice On Vegan Lifestyle
What can we say? Every since hearing that The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper went vegan last year, we’ve been so insanely impressed with his outspoken behavior.

Animal-rights activist pleads guilty to contempt charge
The founder of an animal-rights group pleaded guilty Tuesday to contempt of court for refusing to testify about attacks on mink farms.  Jordan Halliday admitted he disobeyed an order by U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell to testify before a grand jury.  Prosecutors say Halliday either responded with “no comment” to most questions or involved a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to innocuous questions.


Traveling circus with history of animal rights abuses meets with ire in Okanagan
An American travelling circus troupe with a long history of animal rights violations is being criticized by B.C. animal lovers on the eve of its multi-stop tour through the Okanagan.  Opposition to the Jordan World Circus, billed as one of North America’s premier acts, has been particularly strong in Penticton, where residents have torn down signs ahead of the Aug. 1 show.

California dairy owners promote benefits of camel’s milk despite federal ban on sales in US
Gil and Nancy Riegler, owners of the nation’s largest camel dairy near San Diego in southern California, said the extra work pays off with milk that is therapeutic, nutritious and delicious.  It also is illegal to sell in the United States.   “If we could sell camel’s milk right now, we would have to charge $40 to $60 a litre,” said Nancy Riegler, who lives with her husband on their 34-acre (14-hectare) dairy in Ramona, northeast of San Diego. That is because there are only a few thousand camels in the United States, mostly at zoos and wild animal parks, and few of them are breeding, which makes camel milk a rare commodity.

Farm, food service jobs tied to heart disease risk
Americans in certain lines of work, including transportation, food service and farming, may have a relatively high rate of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, a new study finds.

Recall issued for chicken nuggets sold at Walmart
Perdue Farms is recalling  nearly 92,000 pounds of chicken nuggets because of concern that a small number of them may contain pieces of plastic.  The nuggets are sold under the Great Value brand in Walmart stores in the United States.

Octopus discovery could lead to new drugs
Dr Fry’s team travelled to the Antarctic aboard the Australian Antarctic Division’s flagship Aurora Australis, collecting 203 octopuses over more than six weeks.  They then genetically profiled each specimen to identify the species and collected venom to analyse in the lab.  “There are minor differences which allow them to work and we still don’t know what those differences are.  “So we’re comparing them to octopus venom with similar enzymes from other species like the tropical blue-ringed octopus.”

US seeks to garnish wages of man who freed mink
Federal prosecutors are hoping to garnish the wages of a prominent animal rights activist who freed mink from Midwestern fur farms and has earned money giving speeches about the case.

Mike Tyson Tweets About Vegan Energy On Twitter
Iron Mike Tyson, or should we say Veggie Mike Tyson, recently joined Twitter and used the social networking service to tweet about the energy he is receiving from his vegan diet.

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i Jul 20th Comments Off by

Animal activists freed from terror charges
A federal judge has thrown out terrorism charges against four animal-rights activists who allegedly threatened researchers at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, saying prosecutors filed a vague indictment that failed to specify any illegal acts.

Horse deaths have many questioning Stampede Chuckwagon races
A chuckwagon driver fears the demise of his sport in the face of mounting pressure from animal rights groups and urbanites shocked at the deaths of horses at the Calgary Stampede.  Six horses died in the first nine days of the 10-day Stampede and four of them were chuckwagon horses. There were no reports of more deaths at the conclusion of the chuckwagon finals Sunday night.

Animal-rights advocate could resolve contempt case.
An animal-rights activist charged with contempt of court for allegedly refusing to testify about mink releases at Utah farms could be pleading guilty in the case.  The U.S. District Court docket shows a change-of-plea hearing scheduled on July 27 for Jordan Halliday, founder of the Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City. Those hearings generally are set after a defendant has struck a plea bargain with prosecutors.  A government brief alleges that Halliday refused to take an oath at an initial appearance on Feb. 18, 2009, and responded with “no comment” to almost every question

Hauled to court, forced to pay £1,500 and branded a criminal…for drowning a grey squirrel
When a bird lover managed to trap one of the grey squirrels raiding his nut feeders, he decided that drowning would be the most humane way to dispose of it.  However a vet said the process would have taken three minutes, so Mr Elliott was taken to court accused of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.  The landmark case sets an important precedent for killing grey squirrels, which are classified as a non-native invasive species, and could pave the way for hundreds of other prosecutions across the country.

Scathing report on hunting industry
A damning report by Animal Rights Africa (ARA) criticising hunting in South Africa has labelled the industry “a bloody mess”.  ARA said the report, which was released earlier this month, gave an in-depth look at hunting activities in the country and included a call for an urgent and comprehensive public investigation into the industry.  But the hunting lobby has hit back, saying the report was inaccurate and badly researched.

“Old Spice Man” Goes Vegan
Perhaps impressed by the likes of manly men Mac Danzig, Jake Shields, and Rich Roll, Old Spice Man (aka former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Isaiah Mustafa) has embarked on a vegan cleanse. It’s a dangerous voyage, fraught with all the perils that come along with really great food that contains no hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol, or arsenic, but we are confident that OSM is not one to back down from a challenge that is, well, not really all that challenging.

Action Alerts

i Jul 6th No Comments by

Push Attorneys General to Charge BP With Criminal Cruelty to Animals
Ask the Attorney Generals in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi to charge BP with cruelty to animals. Tens of thousands of animals are suffering and dying painful and lingering deaths—and there is no end in sight.

CONTACT:
James D. “Buddy” Caldwell
Attorney General, Louisiana
P.O. Box 4934
Baton Rouge LA 70821
(866) 753-5025
email:  info@buddycaldwell.com

Troy King
Attorney General, Alabama
Post Office Box 310,
Montgomery AL 36101
phone (334) 239-7413
email

Bill McCollum
Attorney General, Florida
The Capitol, PL-01
Tallahassee FL 32399
phone (850) 414-3990

Jim Hood
Attorney General, Mississippi
P.O. Box 220
Jackson, MS 39205
phone (601) 359-3680
email
Urge Congress to Support Animal Protection in the Safe Chemicals Act
In a move to better protect human health and the environment from toxic substances, Congress is currently considering legislation that would tighten regulations on chemicals used in industrial and consumer goods, and ultimately reduce and replace animal testing.
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 (S. 3209) is a small step in the right direction to end animal testing, but it stops short of actually requiring the use of available alternatives, the sharing of existing test data among companies in place of new testing, or sufficiently prioritizing the further development of advanced “21st century” testing approaches that could replace conventional animal tests.
Take Action:
Contact your two U.S. Senators to urge them to strengthen measures to reduce and replace animal testing in S. 3209, the Safe Chemicals Act.
Click here to find your U.S. Senators

Ask Congress To Force BLM To Allow Public Observation Of Wild Horse Program
Tell your representatives in Congress to force the BLM to allow the public to see and document how the agency is spending your tax dollars to round up and hold WILD horses and burros. After you submit the form, please call your senators and representatives to follow up and ask them what action they have taken on this issue.
Contact:
Your U.S. Representative
Your U.S. Senators

Let TNT Know What You Think of Its Ringling Bros. Reality Show
Recently, cable station Turner Network Television (TNT) announced plans to air a reality show featuring Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The show will send TNT’s cameras inside the Ringling train as it travels from city to city, in what will likely amount to nothing more than a lengthy Ringling commercial.
The reality is that Ringling Bros. circus animals may spend up to 11 months of the year traveling, caged or chained for upwards of 26 hours at a time, enduring extreme conditions, and forced to perform unnatural tricks which they may also find painful.
This will likely not be the reality portrayed in the TNT show. Unfortunately, this show will become another marketing vehicle for Ringling. Bros. as it reaches into the homes of millions of viewers across the country — many of whom may be unaware of the sad reality of the living and training conditions experienced by the animal performers.
Take Action:
Contact the executives at TNT who are responsible for producing and airing a “reality” show on Ringling Bros. and urge them to abandon their plans to air this show.
For more information, and to sign a petition, check here

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i Jul 6th No Comments by

Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants

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i Jul 5th No Comments by

Suit filed over treatment of zoo’s elephants
A civil lawsuit filed against the city of Seattle on Tuesday argues that “inhumane and unlawful” treatment of the Woodland Park Zoo’s three elephants violates local anti-cruelty laws.
Suit: Stop funding zoo’s ‘cruel’ elephant treatment
Two women have sued the city of Seattle in an effort to stop their tax dollars from funding what they call “cruel, inhumane and unlawful” treatment of elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo.

‘The Cove’ to screen in Japan despite protests
“The Cove,” an Oscar-winning film about a dolphin-hunting village in Japan, will be shown in the country from next month, despite pressure from nationalist groups that caused several theaters to cancel screenings.

Tuna’s End
Appetites continued to outstrip supply. Global seafood consumption has increased consistently to the point where we now remove more wild fish and shellfish from the oceans every year than the weight of the human population of China. Fishing has expanded over the continental shelves into the international no-man’s territory known as the high seas — the ocean territory that begins outside of national “exclusive economic zones,” or E.E.Z.’s, usually 200 nautical miles out from a country’s coast, and continues until it hits the E.E.Z. of another country. The high seas are owned by no one and governed by largely feeble multinational agreements.

Antibiotics in Animals Need Limits, F.D.A. Says
Federal food regulators took a tentative step Monday toward banning a common use of penicillin and tetracycline in the water and feed given cattle, chickens and pigs in hopes of slowing the growing scourge of killer bacteria.  But the Food and Drug Administration has tried without success for more than three decades to ban such uses. In the past, Congress has stepped in at the urging of agricultural interests and stopped the agency from acting.

Ag Must Learn From Ohio’s Disappointing Outcome
Ohio’s agricultural leadership has succumbed to pressures from the Humane Society of the United States, a national animal rights group that has effectively undermined the authority of the newly-established board by imposing restrictions that mandate the way that producers can care for their animals.  HSUS agreed to withdraw its pending initiative from the ballot this fall after the producer organizations agreed to meet certain important stipulations – including the phasing out of scientifically-based housing systems that will affect many producers in the state. A moratorium will be placed on the installation of new conventional cage systems used for laying hens and gestation stalls for pregnant sows. In HSUS’ most far-reaching deal yet, the demands also included the Governor’s agreement to encourage increased penalties for cockfighting, “puppy mills,” and humane euthanasia to the state legislature.

Day 12: Making The Vegan Movement Mainstream
If the UN wants the entire world to go vegan, I figured I should test the waters.  Who’s a better candidate than a life-long carnivore raised in Indiana, where agriculture, dairy farming and hamburgers reign supreme? So far, I’ve accomplished one of my goals, which was to expose that veganism is not as hard as you might think.  There are so many ways to adjust your diet that will satisfy you as much, if not more, than the animal products you’re used to.  I didn’t foresee myself loving vegan products as much as I do.

Let Live 2010: Community, compassion, and creativity

i Jun 29th No Comments by

This year was my first time in attending the Let Live Conference, a yearly grassroots animal rights activist conference and forum from Portland’s Let Live Foundation. Over the course of the weekend, a wide array of workshops were held on many topics moderated by activists of note from all over the country. After meeting with many people that I admired and have known only through the world of social networks and blogs, had many engaging conversations, and heard many inspiring presentations, I returned home with my head bursting with ideas that I can’t wait to act upon.

Community was front and center, with the idea of building coalitions with many other movements. The way the workshops were arranged allowed plenty of room for interaction, participation, and sharing of views and opinions, and placed the role of the audience in the same level as the speaker(s). It focused on the grassroots; people who in their spare time do what they can to help others and create change. The conference also created space for social interaction, networking, and conversation to bring everyone together and to remind everyone of the common goal. The scale of the conference was impressive, as behind the scenes volunteers tirelessly manned tables, video-taped presentations, served food, and kept the conference humming along as the spotlight speakers helped others to help animals.

There were so many workshops I wished I could have attended, but since I am (still) rooted to the physical principle of not being able to occupy two places at once, I had to make some tough choices. As a relative newcomer to animal activism (3 years as a member of the Board of Directors for NARN), I chose the ones that I felt would be most useful for me personally to become a better activist. I took a lot of notes, and as I review them, many ideas are already formulating that I can apply in the coming months towards new campaigns, tactics, and creative approaches. Look for some action soon!

Very soon we will have a “What I Learned at Let Live” forum to bring those of you who weren’t able to attend together with those of us who did to spread the wealth of information and ideas, so stay tuned!

Action Alerts

i Jun 22nd No Comments by

Help Save Wolves in Washington State
Ask Governor Chris Gregoire to bring wolves back to Washington State. As wolves are beginning to return to Washington, state officials are considering how to best manage them.

contact:

Governor Chris Gregoire
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
phone (360) 902-4111
fax (360) 753-4110

See For information and talking point see here
and
www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20100611.html

Prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries for Animal Cruelty
Tell Santa Cruz California’s District Attorney Bob Lee to prosecute Cal-Cruz for cruelty to ducklings at the Cal-Cruz Hatchery.

CONTACT

Bob Lee
Santa Cruz County District Attorney
701 Ocean Street, Rm. 200
Santa Cruz CA 95060
phone (831) 454-2400
email  dao@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

for more information see

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i Jun 22nd No Comments by

Let Live Conference

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i Jun 22nd No Comments by

BP Faces More Complaints Over Wildlife Injuries
Do wildlife victims of the Gulf oil spill have legal recourse?  Not really, was the short answer.  But that has not stopped some folks from trying.  Attorneys general in 10 Atlantic Coast states, including New York, Maryland, and North Carolina, have sent letters to BP complaining about the potential effects of the oil spill on birds and marine life along their coasts.

Animal rights activists target BP
Animal rights advocates are pushing prosecutors to go after oil giant BP with a new weapon: animal cruelty charges.
Animal rights and human wrongs
In the U.S. alone, we are responsible for the torture and slaughter of more than 25 million animals EVERY SINGLE DAY. While many may be astounded by the numbers and not believe them, others will simply say, “So what?” “Why should we care?” “They are only animals?” The reasons to care are many, and I will try to address a few.
As demand grows for locally raised meat, farmers turn to mobile slaughterhouses
Along with mid-size and small farms, the number of federally inspected slaughterhouses has been dropping, from 1,627 in 1980 to 1,051 in 2010, according to the USDA. Today, four corporations slaughter 80 percent of the cattle in the United States. In Wyoming, for example, where cattle ranching is so iconic that license plates carry an image of a cowboy, there is no longer a single slaughterhouse inspected by either the federal or state government.
3rd Circuit Turns Down Animal Activists’ Appeal
The full 3rd Circuit won’t reconsider a panel decision upholding the convictions of six animal-rights activists who used their website to incite threats and vandalism against researchers in a New Jersey lab.

Chimps, Too, Wage War and Annex Rival Territory
Chimpanzee warfare is of particular interest because of the possibility that both humans and chimps inherited an instinct for aggressive territoriality from their joint ancestor who lived some five million years ago. Only two previous cases of chimp warfare have been recorded, neither as clear-cut as the Ngogo case.

Link of the Week

i Jun 7th No Comments by

Help Elephants