News of Note

January 12th, 2010

UW monkey starved to death in lab last year
Staff at the University of Washington’s National Primate Research Center allowed a monkey to starve to death last year.  A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report says the male pigtailed macaque had lost a quarter of his body weight, and had not been weighed regularly as required by the university’s own protocols.  The death is the latest blow for animal research programs at the UW, which is one of the nation’s top institutions in terms of biomedical funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Farmers Fight Back Against Animal Rights Groups
It’s little wonder that farmers fret about the future of the livestock industry. In the past two years, feed costs skyrocketed, pork and dairy prices plummeted, and animal rights groups stepped up efforts to improve living conditions for farm animals.  Some farmers are hoping to strike back with proactive efforts to ward off unwanted legislation and boost the struggling industry.

Goodnight, Nocturnal House: Woodland Zoo will close night exhibit
The shut-down of the exhibit will save Woodland Park $300,000 a year, at a time of significant budget problems for the zoo. Despite near-record attendance last year, Woodland Park has suffered from a decline in charitable gifts and revenues. It has already cut staff, started furloughs and eliminated its Wildlife Adventures travel program.  Some people have wondered why the zoo recently opened a new penguin exhibit during an economic crisis. They’ve also asked why the zoo is unveiling a new meerkat exhibit and entry way for visitors this summer, at a time of staff cuts and exhibit closures.

Three Views of Violent Clash Over Whaling
There is now a third video viewpoint on the collision between the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling speed boat Ady Gil and the Shonan Maru No. 2, which is described as a security boat in the Japanese whaling fleet. Sea Shepherd contends that this vantage point clearly shows that the Japanese ship was intent on closing with and ramming the protesters.
Whale defenders send message to Tokyo
The Sea Shepherd conservation group will not be changing tactics when it comes to its clashes with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, a group leader said at an Auckland protest yesterday.

The New Age Cavemen and the City
The caveman lifestyle, in Mr. Durant’s interpretation, involves eating large quantities of meat and then fasting between meals to approximate the lean times that his distant ancestors faced between hunts. Vegetables and fruit are fine, but he avoids foods like bread that were unavailable before the invention of agriculture. Mr. Durant believes the human body evolved for a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and his goal is to wean himself off what he sees as many millenniums of bad habits.

Gluten-free vegan diet helps rheumatoid arthritis
Eating a gluten free vegan diet may help patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a study in Arthritis Research & Therapy has suggested.  Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic inflammatory disease which affects multiple joints of the body. The vegan diet was found to be atheroprotective and anti-inflammatory.

More Perils of Ground Meat
About eight years ago, a company called Beef Products Inc. had the novel idea of injecting its ground beef with ammonia to kill deadly E. coli and salmonella. The Agriculture Department pronounced the idea effective and exempted Beef Products Inc. from routine tests. The company’s beef began appearing regularly in grocery stores, fast food restaurants and school lunch programs. It turned out the beef was not safe.

Are Zoos Prisons? Habeas Corpus Filed for Chimp
Jimmy is a 26 year old chimpanzee who has spent several years alone in a cage, where he’s on exhibit at a zoo in Niterói, Brazil, just outside of Rio de Janeiro. Just last week, animal protection groups filed a motion to have Jimmy released on grounds of Habeas Corpus, arguing that he is being denied his rights to freedom of movement and to a decent life, in Rio’s Criminal Court.

Action Alerts – Week of Jan 4th, 2010

Top Ten Easy Actions you can do – Get Active for Animals:

1. NASA NUKES MONKEYS – STOP THEM

Take Action

2. GET CRUELTY OFF SHELVES – NO FUR 2009/2010

Take Action

3. ROUNDUP 2010 – BLM TO SEIZE 12,000 MORE HORSES, BURROS

Take Action

4. HOW COULD THEY? 250,000 LIVE ANIMALS BUTCHERED IN NEPAL

Take Action

5. KILLING PHOENIX – TEENAGE TWINS INDICTED

Take Action

6. SHARK FINNING BAN PROGRESSES IN U.S. CONGRESS

Take Action

7. STOP THE MILITARY’S WAR ON INNOCENTS

Take Action

8. ASK ASTRA ZENECA & GLAXOSMITHKLINE TO DROP HLS

Take Action

9. SHOT IN THE DARK – AUSTRALIA’S KANGAROO MASSACRE

Take Action

10. SAVE GRAY WOLVES SO WE CAN SLAUGHTER THEM?

Take Action

Help save wild horses – support the ROAM Act
Federal land throughout the American West is home to thousands of healthy wild horses. Yet as herds continue to grow, Bureau of Land Management officials have raised the possibility of killing as many as 30,000 of these wild animals.
Recently, the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed the Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act — a bill working to protect wild horses from the possibility of a government-sponsored slaughter.
The ROAM Act would step up fertility control measures, encourage more adoptions and provide as much as 19 million additional acres for the wild animals to roam.
Slaughtering healthy animals to control populations should not be an option!

Get your Senator’s contact information here:


News of Note

January 4th, 2010

Judge rules in favor of circus in lawsuit over treatment of Asian elephants
A federal judge sided with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in a legal fight in which animal rights activists accused the circus of abusing its Asian elephants.  U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said a former Ringling employee, Tom Rider, and the Animal Protection Institute did not have legal standing to sue the circus under the Endangered Species Act.

also see:  http://tinyurl.com/y8fvtzk

Federal animal welfare inspectors find 20 violations at UW-Madison
Depressed and vomiting dogs, a dirty operating room and expired medications were among 20 violations found at UW-Madison by federal animal welfare inspectors during a surprise visit last month…Investigators told Sandgren that the university is not likely to be fined for any of the offenses. University officials are working to fix the violations and prevent new ones, Sandgren said.  One major finding is that in five studies, UW-Madison researchers did not show that they tried to find an alternative to painful experiments on animals.

Down on the Farm, an Endless Cycle of Waste
Wildcat Dairy produces about 200 million pounds of manure every year.  Proper handling of this material is one of the most important tasks faced by a dairy operator, or by a cattle feedlot owner, hog producer or other farmer with large numbers of livestock. Manure has to be handled in an environmentally acceptable way and at an acceptable cost.

Pressure rises to stop antibiotics in agriculture
Researchers say the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has led to a plague of drug-resistant infections that killed more than 65,000 people in the U.S. last year — more than prostate and breast cancer combined. And in a nation that used about 35 million pounds of antibiotics last year, 70 percent of the drugs — 28 million pounds — went to pigs, chickens and cows. Worldwide, it’s 50 percent.

Animal welfare groups propose ballot measure to tighten rules for Missouri dog breeders
Under the proposal, dog-breeders could only have 50 breeding dogs and would be required to feed animals daily, provide annual veterinary care and not breed animals more than twice every 18 months. Breeders also would have to follow rules for the dogs’ living space and house animals indoors with unfettered access to an outdoor exercise yard.

News of Note

December 27th, 2009

Landmark Investigation Announced: “The Blueprint”
After five months of research and investigation, I am announcing the release of a landmark document: The Blueprint – the largest update of fur farm addresses in nearly 15 years.

Foie gras given away
“French producers have given away 14 tonnes of foie gras to charity after hugely overestimating the demand for the delicacy this Christmas.  After a decade of growth, sales of foie gras stagnated last year but production levels rose, leading to a surplus, according to Les Marches, a French food trade magazine.

Animal welfare victories force farmers to use PR
The suffering cow covertly taped by the Humane Society of the U.S. prompted the biggest beef recall in U.S. history and contributed to sweeping legislation over the past 13 months designed to improve the lives of farm animals. But more important for farmers, it awakened the masses to the stark reality for many animals raised for food.

Bow hunters shoot elk in Wash. pasture
The herd would run from one end of the pasture to the other, led by the ranking elk cow. A few of the animals had arrows embedded in their hides and were bleeding but were still upright and running…The state wildlife agency declared an elk hunting season in an area roughly bounded by Highways 9 and 20, east to the intersection of 20 and Cape Horn Road.

Controversial roundup of wild horses underway
Mustangs are herded into corrals as Bureau of Land Management begins a two-month operation to capture 2,500 of Nevada’s wild horses. Equine activists say the action is unnecessary.  A controversial roundup of 2,500 wild horses from public and private lands in Nevada began on Monday amid protests from activists who call it needless and inhumane.

Racehorse’s plight shines light on illegal slaughter farms
Freedom’s Flight’s racing career ended before it had even started…That “worst” farm in America turned out to be an illegal slaughter farm in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Couto, working for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, participated in a raid on the farm and rescued Freedom’s Flight.

News of Note

Dec 22nd, 2009

Eco-prisoner Jeff “Free” Luers Released from Prison
“Jeff Free Luers, political prisoner and environmental activist, was released from the Columbia River Correctional Institution this morning after serving nine and a half years. Luers was originally sentenced in 2001 to twenty two years and eight months for the politically motivated arson of three SUVs at a car dealership in Eugene, OR.”

Dog sanctuary houses the worst of the worst
“The Olympic Animal Sanctuary caters to the worst of the worst: dogs that would be euthanized or turned away at any other shelter, dogs with records so bad no humane society would consider adopting them out…The sanctuary’s most famous inmate is Snaps, a mixed breed who made headlines south of Seattle in September when he attacked two women on the command of his owner, a 15-year-old girl.”

Catalan Parliament passes landmark vote to ban bullfighting
“Catalonia voted yesterday to ban bullfighting, a move that campaigners claim could mark the beginning of the end of Spain’s most controversial sport…Though the ban will put an end to bullfights, it will not prohibit street fiestas in which bulls are tormented, sometimes with balls of fire attached to their horns. “

Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too
“But before we cede the entire moral penthouse to “committed vegetarians” and “strong ethical vegans,” we might consider that plants no more aspire to being stir-fried in a wok than a hog aspires to being peppercorn-studded in my Christmas clay pot. This is not meant as a trite argument or a chuckled aside. Plants are lively and seek to keep it that way.”

PETA, Ringling Bros. at odds over the treatment of baby circus elephants
“Sammy Haddock started working with elephants when he joined the circus at 20, in 1976, a young man’s dream. He walked them, groomed them, cleaned up after them. More than once, he later confessed, he beat them.  Over time, his feelings about elephants grew more tender, especially toward the babies.”

Animals Get Legal Status
“Europe has legally recognized animals as sentient beings according to the Lisbon Treaty, which went into effect December 1.”

Action Alerts

Brookstone’s Frog-O-Sphere Supplier Exposed
Your Voice Is Urgently Needed
Brookstone, Wild Creations’ biggest customer, bears much responsibility for the systemic neglect and mistreatment of frogs uncovered by PETA’s investigation. Brookstone has refused to meet with PETA and has ignored the concerns of thousands of compassionate consumers. Please call on Brookstone to stop contributing to the suffering of tens of thousands of animals by ending the sale of Frog-O-Spheres immediately and pledging never to sell any live animals again.
http://tinyurl.com/yd5aon6 (peta action alert)

News of Note

New Mexico Dairy Pollution Sparks ‘Manure War’
http://tinyurl.com/ye95v3j (npr)
“The picture on many milk cartons shows cows grazing on a pasture next to a country barn and a silo — but the reality is very different.  More and more milk comes from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), where large herds live in feedlots, awaiting their thrice-daily trip to the milking barn. A factory farm with 2,000 cows produces as much sewage as a small city, yet there’s no treatment plant.”

77 percent of European pigs are castrated without anesthetic
http://tinyurl.com/ybggwzk (eurekalert)
“The castration of pigs prevents the “boar taint” smell in the meat and allows them to contain more fat. However in practice this can be very different. Now, for the first time, a scientific team has collected information on the conditions of castration on European pigs. The main conclusion of the study, that forms part of the PIGCAS project, is that these animals are castrated directly by the livestock farmers, without anaesthetic and in some cases, without respecting the European legislation.”

Mice holding back muscular dystrophy research
http://tinyurl.com/ycwt5s7 (press release)
“Humans and mice have previously unknown and potentially critical differences in one of the genes responsible for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology have found that two major features of a key DMD gene are present in most mammals, including humans, but are specifically absent in mice and rats, calling into question the use of the mouse as the principal model animal for studying DMD.”

In Birthplace of Local Food, Fish Imports Take Over the Menu
http://tinyurl.com/y8kwl88 (nyt)
“San Francisco’s situation is part of a national phenomenon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last year that more than three-fourths of the fish Americans eat comes from other countries, mostly China. Yet the trend has special resonance around San Francisco. Robert E. Ross, executive director of the California Fisheries and Seafood Institute, a trade group, estimated that Bay Area residents eat, on average, about double the amount of fish consumed annually by most other Americans.”

Greyhounds chasing rabbit for last time in Mass
http://tinyurl.com/yctfmap (ap)
“Greyhound racing has been a form of entertainment in Massachusetts for 75 years, but not for much longer. The last card at Raynham Park is expected to be Dec. 26, and the state’s other dog track, Wonderland in Revere, stopped racing earlier in the fall.  It may, in fact, be the last time greyhounds run anywhere in New England.”

Action Alerts, News of Note & Community Events, now on the NARN Blog

The NARN Blog will now be the place to go to see Action Alerts, News of Note about Animal Issues, as well as Community Events that are either directly related to Animal Rights issues, or events that we thought might be of interest to NARN’s membership.

Keep checking the NARN Blog, or even subscribe, as it will now be updated a few times a week with News Stories and Action Alerts.  This will allow us to post items of interest in a more timely manner rather than waiting for the Weekly Email to roll out.

Out first Action Alert is from the good folks at Save Washington Pets:

Support Spay Neuter Assistance Legislation
Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill (SB 5329/HB 1406) has been proposed by Save Washington Pets, and will fund approximately 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year.
The bill has been sitting in the senate and house agriculture committees since hearings were held last session. These committees need to act on this bill by voting it out of committee in the 2010 session. Only then does the bill survive and have a chance to proceed toward a vote by the whole house and senate.
Take Action
Please contact your state legislator, and let them know you support the Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill (SB 5329/HB 1406).
Need to find out who your state legislators are? Here’s how to find them:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

For talking points and more information, check out:
http://savewashingtonpets.org

NARN Halloween Party 2009

NARN’s first Halloween Party was a smashing success! The studio was creeped out, the attendees were costumed, and the building was set up for Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”). Bethany provided us with awesome food to snack on, Pete with awesome music, and Katrina with an awesome (and free!) space. Thanks to them, and to everyone who came! Hopefully it was worth the drive to Beacon Hill.

We’d like to apologize for not holding a costume contest, since we know some people were looking forward to it – time flies when you’re having fun, and in this case it flew right past us since we hadn’t picked a time to hold the contest.

However, a couple of the best costumes are pictured below! Be sure and check out Jeff’s outstanding Edward Scissorhands – in terms of effort and craftsmanship, we can safely say he was the winner, but there were some other great costumes (like Mark’s costume inspired by V for Vendetta – also pictured below).

The witch’s pantry game winner was the board’s own Jenn, closely followed in second by Amith. Congratulations to both on a superior sense of smell!

We hope everyone had fun, and will consider coming out the next time we have a party – it’s sure to get even better!

Bryan
NARN Board


Dancin’, or just hangin’ out:

Skin Deep Studio Halloweenified!

NARN Board President “V”. Animal oppressors beware!

V: NARN Board President

This is the country and western table – we’re not sure how the NRA got in:

Skin Deep Studio Halloweenified!

And over here, the undead and a nice young man with scissors for hands:

Skin Deep Studio Halloweenified!

In this corner, it looks like it’s still the 1940’s (minus all the CD’s):

Skin Deep Studio Halloweenified!

It really wasn’t just the younger folks dancing, I swear!

Skin Deep Studio Halloweenified!

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