Large-animal veterinarians for farms on decline
The vast majority of veterinarians choose to take care of dogs and cats, not cows, pigs and chickens. The trend has raised concerns among animal-health experts who worry that there won’t be enough farm veterinarians to fill the expected vacancies at key federal agencies responsible for protecting the nation’s food supply.
Prop B elicits strong emotions as vote nears
Proposition B would prohibit breeders from keeping more than 50 adult dogs for breeding. It would also impose stricter shelter and care requirements for those dogs. Among other things, it would require that all dogs be given constant access to the outdoors, be raised on solid — as opposed to wire — floors, have climate-controlled indoor kennels and be bred only twice every 18 months….Other criticisms of the initiative have come from some agricultural organizations that claim the initiative is the first step in a larger attempt by animal rights advocates to impose more legislation on farming and livestock breeding.
Clean Living in the Henhouse
In Henhouse No. 1 at the Hi-Grade Egg Farm here, the droppings from 381,000 chickens are carried off along a zig-zagging system of stacked conveyor belts with powerful fans blowing across them. Controlling manure and keeping henhouses clean is essential to combating the toxic strain of salmonella that sickened thousands of people this year and prompted the recall of more than half a billion eggs produced by two companies in Iowa.
Organic farms debate letting chickens outdoors
Some organic chicken farms do not see it that way, and a fight is brewing over what exactly “access to the outdoors” means when it comes to chickens used for organic eggs and meat. “There’s huge lobbying going on from industrial agriculture trying to force the NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) to get rid of the concept of any outdoor access,” said Goldie Caughlan, nutrition-education manager at PCC Natural Markets in Seattle and a former member of that board.
FSA threat to abattoirs who refuse to install CCTV
Abattoirs that do not install CCTV cameras could face additional inspection costs, under plans to be discussed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) board on Tuesday. The FSA board is being asked to endorse a proposal to encourage abattoirs to install CCTV as a tool to help protect animal welfare. FSA director of operations Andrew Rhodes has recommended the policy in response to undercover filming by animal rights group Animal Aid, which has exposed breaches of animal welfare legislation at a number of UK abattoirs over the past year.
European research animal use holds steady
The number is similar to that of 2005, when the last statistical report was published. But the figures mask the impact of the gradual introduction of alternatives for safety testing of chemicals and drugs that use many fewer animals. And they have not yet been affected by the deluge of animal tests that stand to be carried out over the next decade or more as a result of the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation, which requires safety testing of all chemicals marketed in the EU by 2018.
Group slams use of live pigs in training
Animal rights activists say the use of live pigs in trauma training by non-profit health system UPMC in Pennsylvania violates the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Animals Said to Have Spiritual Experiences
Animals (not just people) likely have spiritual experiences, according to a prominent neurologist who has analyzed the processes of spiritual sensation for over three decades. Research suggests that spiritual experiences originate deep within primitive areas of the human brain — areas shared by other animals with brain structures like our own.
Inmates turn to farming to help zoo animals
The Folsom Zoo Inmate Garden Project was launched this year allowing level-one inmates at California State Prison, Sacramento, to harvest crops on the prison grounds to feed rescued animals at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary in a partnership between the prison, the zoo and Wal-Mart in Folsom.
‘Cow whisperer’ helps dairy farmers
Cumbrian “cow whisperer” Karen Lancaster has been helping farmers get to know their cattle for the past four years. The 33-year-old former vet, who works for Dairy Co, says it is all down to learning to read their signals. Ms Lancaster said the only way to understand them is to put yourself in their position.
Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board adopts State’s first standards: euthanasia
After months of discussing, debating and fine-tuning its language, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board yesterday (Oct. 5) adopted its first set of standards. Twelve of the board’s 13 members were present, and voted unanimously in support of standards covering the proper methods and techniques of livestock euthanasia, including captive bolt systems, blunt trauma, gun shot, electrocution and various others.
Circuit court calls part of Ohio’s milk labeling law unconstitutional
Milk in Ohio can soon be labeled according to what is not in it, according to a decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
D.C. initially backs bill on pest control
The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill to impose some of the nation’s strictest standards for _blankhow animal- and pest-control firms can remove raccoons, opossums, foxes, snakes and other nuisance animals from lawns, attics and basements.
Sea lion gets surgery for gunshot wounds on face
A California sea lion that was shot in the face underwent plastic surgery to fix his damaged muzzle Friday.
National Primate Liberation Week is October 16th – 24th. If you would like to help NARN organize an event, please contact rachel[at]narn[dot]org
Animal-welfare news sways meat consumers
News coverage of animal-welfare issues causes U.S. consumers to cut back on meat purchases and spend their money instead on non-meat items, a study indicated. The university study, the first known examination of how news coverage affects U.S. pork, poultry and beef demand, found increased coverage of pork and poultry animal-welfare issues from 1999 to 2008 reduced consumer demand.
Our puppy’s keeper: Christianity and the care of animals
We must take off the blinders that allow violence to happen to other animals and confront these issues directly with active compassion. I believe that there is no way a person who proclaims, “I am Christian,” can be ok with the violence of factory farms.
US Senate bans creation, sale of animal ‘crush videos’
The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would ban the creation, sale and distribution of so-called “crush videos” — sexual fetish films in which small animals are maimed or killed. The Senate passed the legislation late Tuesday. It now goes to the US House of Representatives, which passed its own version of the bill in July. The Senate version goes further than the House legislation in that it specifically prohibits the creation of animal crush videos, not just their sale.
Marines want more Labrador retrievers to sniff for bombs
Marines in Afghanistan want to more than double the number of bomb-sniffing dogs at their disposal in the battle against record-setting attacks by insurgents using makeshift explosives…The new dogs will allow downtime at home for the veteran canines, some of them dragging tail after their fifth or even sixth deployment. The dogs come back “thinner, just like Marines” after a six- or seven-month combat tour, said Doug Miller, the Pentagon’s program manager for “working dogs.”
Food safety auditors are often paid by the firms they audit
Certainly the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which had staff on site at Wright County to inspect the size and quality of the eggs, has said its authority was limited. USDA regulations say buildings and “outside premises” must be free of conditions that harbor vermin. Under the USDA’s unwritten interpretation of the regulations, egg graders only look for vermin inside the specific processing building where they are based, said Dean Kastner, an assistant USDA branch chief in the poultry grading program.
Thousands March for Animal Rights in Colombia
About 5,000 people marched through the streets of downtown Bogota to commemorate World Animal Day, the date when Colombian activists concentrate their criticism of the government for its lack of interest in these living creatures.
Cancer risk can be cut with good habits such as exercise and healthful eating
According to the American Cancer Society, about a third of the 550,000 American cancer deaths each year are linked to obesity, poor diet and inactivity. Another third are due to smoking….”Forty percent of breast cancer cases in the U.S. – about 70,000 cases a year – could be prevented” by changes in behavior, says Susan Higginbotham, director of research for the American Institute of Cancer Research.
More meat eaters will require doubling of world livestock
With meat eating on the increase, livestock producers will have to double their output when the world population hits nine billion, experts attending the World Meat Congress said Monday in Buenos Aires.
Dairy farmer says food safety bill a raw deal
The food-safety bill would force the food growers and dairy farmers to undergo regular FDA inspections. They’d have to begin filing routine safety reports, and start using government-approved equipment and feed.
Support the Child Nutrition Act, HR 5504
Please urge Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Education and Labor Chairman George Miller to pass the superior House bill, H.R. 5504, and reject the Senate’s bill, S. 3307.
Congress is on the verge of voting for a new Child Nutrition Act. HR 5504, the House version of the bill, which would allow more children to have access to healthful plant-based options, may be rejected for a much weaker, stripped-down Senate version.
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The end of the 2009-2010 legislative session is fast approaching and the U.S. Senate is simply sitting on major animal protection bills, some passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009.
There is still time for the Senate to take action on these bills, but they need a push from constituents to let them know that legislation to provide better protection for animal is important to voters. The bills range from ending the interstate primate pet trade to banning the distribution of crush videos, and even ending research on great apes. While it is unrealistic to expect the Senate to approve all of the bills below, they owe it to the American public to give fair consideration to many bills that have already passed the scrutiny of the House instead of letting these bills sit in committee without any further attention.
Contact your U.S. Senators
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• The Captive Primate Safety Act, H.R. 80
• The Restore Our American Mustangs Act, H.R. 1018
• The Truth in Fur Labeling Act, H.R. 2480
• The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010, H.R. 5566
• The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009, S. 619
• The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, S. 727
• The Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2009 S. 1834
• The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS Act), S. 3424
• The Great Ape Protection Act, S. 3694
Contact your U.S. Senators
Help Stop Elephant Abuse at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo!
As a result of inadequate facilities, abusive management practices, longstanding intentional neglect, and breeding practices in callous disregard for elephants’ welfare, the elephants Bamboo, Watoto, and Chai at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo suffer from severe and chronic foot and joint injuries, unexplained physical trauma and bleeding, and sustained psychological harm. Chai’s daughter, Hansa, died in 2007 when she was only six years old as a result of the Zoo’s practices. A fourth Woodland Park Zoo elephant, Sri, who is currently on loan to another zoo’s breeding program, has endured the horror of carrying a full-term deceased fetus in her womb for over four years.
That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is representing two outraged citizens who filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle, Washington. The lawsuit aims to stop the City’s unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to support the Woodland Park Zoo’s reckless and illegally cruel treatment of its elephants.
Sign the petition today to urge the City of Seattle to stop funding the Woodland Park Zoo’s cruel elephant exhibit.
Ohio man sentenced in videotaped cow cruelty case
An Ohio dairy farm worker accused of beating cows while unwittingly being filmed has pleaded guilty to six counts of animal cruelty. A court clerk says 25-five-year-old Billy Joe Gregg Jr. was sentenced Friday in Marysville on the misdemeanors to eight months in jail. That was cut to four months because of time already served.
Farmer beware, some things to consider when hiring farm workers
For livestock farmers, hiring has become increasingly complicated as they must consider whether an applicant is actually an undercover animal rights activist, destined to put them out of business…Hiring an activist can spell disaster for your farm, as two Ohio operations found out this year. And it can happen at any farm, in any county.
Oklahoma cattlemen’s group concerned about new rule
An emergency rule that requires companies that perform reproductive services on animals in Oklahoma to have a veterinarian on staff could put the industry in a “real tailspin,” the head of a state cattlemen’s group says.
Coalition wants to see improper ‘puppy mills,’ ‘dog auctions’ regulated in Ohio
Improper “puppy mills” and “dog auctions” might be plentiful in some of Ohio’s Amish country areas, but apparently not in Geauga County, where many officials support a statewide initiative to ban all such mills and auctions.
DNA Is New Weapon In Fight Against Dogfighting
Scientists are hoping that a new DNA database for dogs will help track — and prosecute — people who breed dogs to fight. But advocates say there’s a risk that the DNA records could be used against the dogs, or against people who adopt them.
The Meat Eaters
Our own form of predation is of course more refined than those of other meat-eaters, who must capture their prey and tear it apart as it struggles to escape. We instead employ professionals to breed our prey in captivity and prepare their bodies for us behind a veil of propriety, so that our sensibilities are spared the recognition that we too are predators, red in tooth if not in claw (though some of us, for reasons I have never understood, do go to the trouble to paint their vestigial claws a sanguinary hue). The reality behind the veil is, however, far worse than that in the natural world. Our factory farms, which supply most of the meat and eggs consumed in developed societies, inflict a lifetime of misery and torment on our prey, in contrast to the relatively brief agonies endured by the victims of predators in the wild. From the moral perspective, there is nothing that can plausibly be said in defense of this practice.
The costs of cheap meat
The majority of this cheap protein is delivered by “factory farms” that house thousands of animals in confinement. These concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce mass quantities of food at low cost.
Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries
It’s been a busy week for vegetables….Both efforts, high and low, are aimed at the same thing: getting America to eat its vegetables. Good luck. Despite two decades of public health initiatives, stricter government dietary guidelines, record growth of farmers’ markets and the ease of products like salad in a bag, Americans still aren’t eating enough vegetables.
Egg farms with violations need scrutiny, Markey says
Representative Edward J. Markey is planning at today’s congressional hearing to ask federal regulators to prioritize inspections at egg farms that have a history of violations and at producers — including three in Maine — that have ties to these farms.
To Label or Not Label Lab-Spawned Salmon
Consumer groups urged the Food and Drug Administration to require labeling of genetically modified salmon Tuesday, while industry representatives called on the FDA to stick to current rules the agency says prevent such labeling.
Pets help people cope with their troubles
“An animal can provide a non-threatening relationship and can easily establish trust, especially to those who have learned to not trust, talk or feel,” Slayton said.
Join the Grassroots Campaign and be a Save Washington Pets Legislative Advocate in Your District!
Save Washington Pets is looking for people who will commit to contacting their district legislators by telephone, regular mail, or in person during the 2011 legislative session and do one very important thing: Ask your legislators to support passage of the spay/neuter assistance bill–through committee, through the house, and through the senate.
Check out their advocates page to see how you can help
North Carolina’s Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS) employees who abused dogs, cats and rabbits need to be prosecuted under ALL applicable county, state and federal laws.
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Steve Troxler, Commissioner of Agriculture
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