News of Note

i Mar 28th by

Canada increases seal hunt quota
The Canadian government on Friday announced an increase in the number of seals to be killed in a controversial commercial hunt off its Atlantic coast.  The quota was hiked 20 percent from last year’s 388,200 seals to a total of 468,200, including 400,000 harp seals and 60,000 grey seals. The hooded seals quota stayed at 8,200.  Canada’s 6,000 sealers once made an average of 10 million dollars from the annual hunt, with a quarter of it from exports to Europe, according to the Canadian government.

Building Strong Bones The Vegan Way
Our earliest ancestors didn’t drink milk and didn’t need to worry about calcium at all. Milk didn’t appear in human diets until around 10,000 years ago, and even then it was common only in certain population groups. But anthropologists speculate that the diets of early humans were rich in calcium—with intakes higher than today’s RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for this nutrient—because they dined on calcium-rich greens.

Eating Vegan on the Cheap
It doesn’t seem right that meat should be so cheap and fresh vegetables, especially organic ones, relatively expensive. But once you look into it, the true cost of eating animal protein is higher than you can imagine. And being veganish in your approach to food is not only healthier by every measure, but it can actually be considerably cheaper as well. In fact, many staples of a vegan diet cost very little and can be found in any grocery store — not just in specialty markets. Whole grains like quinoa or barley or brown rice, legumes like chickpeas or soybeans, and other beans like black-eyed peas and black beans are very inexpensive.

More on Farm Animal ‘Protection’
If activists, radical vegans, or whatever you want to call them, break the law by sneaking onto private property to document animal or farm worker abuses, then yes, they should be held accountable for their actions – though unless I’m misinformed, that’s what trespass law is for. But these people shouldn’t have to sneak the cameras into the farms that are torturing animals or mistreating workers: the cameras should already be there.

Japan’s Disaster Puts Pets in Dire Need
Luna, a six-year-old Beagle mix, is tied to a tree, barking for attention or sleeping in a cardboard box on a dirty cushion, two bowls of frozen water before her.  Still she is one of the lucky ones. She has food. Passers-by pet and comfort her. She gets walked twice a day. And her 55-year-old owner is alive — he just can’t take her into the shelter he’s staying at because of a no pets rule.

From Porpoise to Pets, Animal Rescue Efforts Intensify
Since the disaster, the Sendai resident has been visiting evacuation centers to feed animals that people brought with them. He has also rescued more than 80 orphaned animals, whose owners either died or had given up on them. But the finless black porpoise in the rice paddy was a first.

Question Thursday: Right, Wrong, and Real Results
In the first entry under “Ethics and Religion” in the FAQ’s to Vegan Outreach’s “Starter Guide” it says this:
“Why is it wrong to eat meat? It’s not a question of being ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ If one wants fewer animals to suffer and die, then one can stop supporting such practices by not eating animal products.” Why wouldn’t Vegan Outreach state what one can only hope they think is obvious??  It IS wrong to eat other animals.

Alabama bills aim to protect animals from gassing, abuse, dog-fighting
At least three bills have been introduced in the state Legislature that animal rights activists say would offer increased protection to animals.

Senate approves bill to end home primate ownership
Arkansas primate owners can keep their chimps and monkeys but a bill approved by the Senate would ban new ownership of the animals.

Stray Pet Problem Grows
Arkansas laws prohibiting the mistreatment of animals apparently do little to protect unwanted or abandoned animals from being euthanized at the hands of shelter operators and animal control officers.  JoAnn Barton, director of the Sebastian County Humane Society, said that facility, which may at any time have 700 dogs and cats in its shelter, ends up euthanizing about 46 percent of the animals.  “It’s below the national average, but we would like to get better,” Barton said.

Animal ‘Hoarding’ Often Tied to Mental Illness
A small army of animal welfare workers spent nearly 10 hours removing hundreds of sick and dying animals from a rural North Carolina property in one of the United States’ larger animal-hoarding cases…Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of cases of animal hoarding are believed to occur each year throughout the nation.