News of Note

i Feb 23rd by

Japan gets the nod to kill whales again
Commercial whaling may soon resume, after being banned for nearly a quarter of a century. Secret talks, to be held in Florida at the beginning of next month, look like finalising a deal to allow Japan to begin killing the leviathans for gain once more. The deal would go to the International Whaling Commission for approval in June.

Lawmakers Consider an Animal Abuse Registry
California may soon place animal abusers on the same level as sex offenders by listing them in an online registry, complete with their home addresses and places of employment.  The proposal, made in a bill introduced Friday by the State Senate’s majority leader, Dean Florez, would be the first of its kind in the country and is just the latest law geared toward animal rights in a state that has recently given new protections to chickens, pigs and cattle.

Animal-protection bills draw support
Animal rights groups including the Humane Society of the United States joined a small group of lawmakers calling on the Legislature to act on bills aimed at discouraging animal cruelty.  Bills still alive in the House would clarify the state’s dog fighting laws, prohibit chaining dogs to a stationary object, determine minimum veterinary care standards and ban the possession of instruments related to cockfighting.

6 Breeders Sue 2 Pa. Animal Rights Organizations
A group of central Pennsylvania dog breeders are suing two animal rights organizations claiming they conspired to violate the breeders’ civil rights.  In a lawsuit filed Friday in Philadelphia, the breeders claim the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Main Line Animal Rescue conspired to bring baseless charges of animal cruelty against them.  The suit claims the organizations bought 12 dogs at an Ohio auction and filed cruelty charges against the breeders in Pennsylvania in an attempt to solicit donations.

Going vegan: It’s a wrap on project’s third week
I’m entering my fourth week as a vegan, and you won’t find any complaining from me. I continue to physically feel great, and I have so much energy that I’m not needing that afternoon coffee or diet cola fix to get through the day.

Untied cows produce less milk than tied cattle
In a new research, scientists have found out that untied cattle in small herds produce less milk than cows tied to their stalls, but have a higher reproductive performance and suffer less teat injuries and metabolic diseases.  The researchers compared performance and health within the two stall types in response to a ban on the construction of new tie-stalls.

As circus elephants take center ring, rights activist takes center stage
If you are going to the Ringling Bros. circus, opening Wednesday at the Wachovia Center (and Bessey hopes you aren’t), you may see her outside the arena distributing literature about how circus elephants are abused in training and in the miserable lives they lead in circus captivity. Ringling says that that’s a pack of lies, and a recent federal lawsuit against the circus was thrown out – on a technicality, Bessey insists. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has an informative Web site,, filled with charges against America’s best-known circus.