News of Note

February 8th, 2010

Controversial UTEP professor Steve Best risks much in fight for animal rights
People have judged Steve Best many ways during his 30 years in academia.  Some have called him a troublemaker, a radical, and even a domestic and international terrorist because of his vocal and often confrontational stance on animal rights.  He said it is his tenured position that has kept him on the payroll as a philosophy professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Judge rules that the Animal Liberation Front is not a gang
The Federal government indicted two animal rights protesters, 62-year old Faith Greene and 23-year old Richard Olliff, accusing them of being “gang members.” However, Judge David S. Wesley finding that the prosecution’s expert, Lt. Butte, had “misled the grand jury” ruled that the ALF did not meet the legal requirements to be considered a gang. Instead, Judge Wesley found that the ALF’s “primary goal is to save animals, not commit crimes.” Nevertheless, other charges remain against the two animal activists.

Heel. Sit. Whisper. Good Dog.
Although there is no reliable estimate as to how many dogs have had their vocal cords cut, veterinarians and other animal experts say that dogs with no bark can readily be found — but not necessarily heard — in private homes, on the show-dog circuit, and even on the turf of drug dealers, who are said to prefer their attack dogs silent.  The surgery usually leaves the animal with something between a wheeze and a squeak. The procedure, commonly referred to as debarking, has been around for decades, but has fallen out of favor, especially among younger veterinarians and animal-rights advocates.

If You Swat, Watch Out: Bees Remember Faces
Bees and humans both use a technique called configural processing, piecing together the components of a face — eyes, ears, nose and mouth — to form a recognizable pattern, a team of researchers report in the Feb. 15 issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology.   It is the same ability, Dr. Giurfa said, that helps humans realize that a Chinese pagoda and a Swiss chalet are both abodes, based on their components.

Pa. woman convicted in pierced kittens case
A northeastern Pennsylvania woman who marketed “gothic kittens” with ear and neck piercings over the Internet has been convicted of animal cruelty.  A Luzerne County jury on Wednesday convicted 35-year-old dog groomer Holly Crawford of one misdemeanor count and one summary count of animal cruelty, but acquitted her on two separate counts.

Shrimp’s Dirty Secrets: Why America’s Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare
Americans love their shrimp. It’s the most popular seafood in the country, but unfortunately much of the shrimp we eat are a cocktail of chemicals, harvested at the expense of one of the world’s productive ecosystems. Worse, guidelines for finding some kind of “sustainable shrimp” are so far nonexistent.

Cattlemen fight EPA with ‘Climategate’
A national beef group is invoking the so-called “Climategate” controversy as it challenges a recent U.S. government ruling on climate change.  The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has filed a petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to overturn the EPA’s recent greenhouse gas “endangerment” ruling.

Going vegan: Lessons learned during the first week

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