News of Note

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Sweet success for local donut shop in ‘Food Network Challenge’
Green Lake’s Mighty-O Donuts tasted the sweet glaze of victory while Top Pot Doughnuts frittered away its opportunity during “Food Network Challenge: Donut Champions,” giving the purveyors of organic and vegan donuts a surprise first-place win over the Seattle chain and two other more-traditional competitors.
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Ohio Livestock Board votes to phase out veal crates
Last month the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board voted to allow veal crates for calves during the first half of their short lives.  The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association also agree that calves must be allowed to turn around comfortably and assume normal postures.  Additionally the board received around 4,700 public comments, of which the overwhelming majority urged the board to reverse its decision and phase out veal crates.
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Dutch set to ban Halal and Kosher religious slaughter
In the Netherlands a bill is moving through parliament to ban Halal and Kosher religious slaughter of animals on the grounds that it is a cruel and inhumane practice. The bill currently enjoys support from a majority of Members of Parliament and is expected to be put up for debate sometime this week.

New Protests in Egypt: Activists to Picket Cairo Zoo for Animal Rights
The Egyptian uprising was enough to wrestle a dictator from his long-held post and bring shadows of democracy to a Middle Eastern nation. But can people power also be utilized to elicit support for an animal-rights movement?

U.S. Aims to Test Meat Prior to Selling
The Obama administration, hoping to prevent recalls, consumer illnesses and even deaths from contaminated meat, will unveil a proposal Tuesday to force companies to delay sending beef, pork and poultry to grocery stores while government inspectors complete tests.

Utah dog’s death raises animal testing concerns
The death of a stray dog whose heart was removed by University of Utah researchers conducting cardiology tests has spurred a renewed call from animal rights groups to stop the practice of selling some shelter animals for research nationwide.
Soy Foods OK After Breast Cancer: Study
Some breast cancer survivors fear that eating foods containing soy will increase the risk of a cancer recurrence, but new research suggests that those worries appear to be unfounded. “Our study indicated that soy food intake among breast cancer survivors is safe and may reduce the risk of recurrence,” said Dr. Xiao Ou Shu, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Vegan parents in the media
It’s no wonder the media isn’t often held accountable for accuracy when it comes to its portrayal of the Bad Guy, whether the Bad Guy happens to be a Muslim, a Mexican, a mother-in-law or a vegan. In most mainstream news reports involving vegans or veganism, both the diet and its adherents are painted in the negative (or are misrepresented at best). Why? Because the vast majority of readers are not vegan and are not going to be offended (or even realize) if the vegan lifestyle is misreported or exaggerated.

Our Big Pig Problem
For more than 50 years microbiologists have warned against using antibiotics to fatten up farm animals. The practice, they argue, threatens human health by turning farms into breeding grounds of drug-resistant bacteria. Farmers responded that restricting antibiotics in livestock would devastate the industry and significantly raise costs to consumers. We now have empirical data that should resolve this debate.

Activists and circus officials debate risks from TB-infected elephant
An animal-rights group contends that an elephant performing in Baltimore with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus poses a health risk to the public because she has tested positive for tuberculosis, but circus and government health officials say the animal is no threat because she does not have an active form of the infectious disease.

Sweet Avenger Coming to Discovery Channel
This summer, Animal Planet satisfies the sweet tooth with SWEET AVENGER, a series featuring one woman’s mission to save animals one cupcake at a time. Danielle Konya, founder and owner of Vegan Treats, declares that decadent sweets can be achieved without harming any animals, and she promises to make a vegan out of you at first bite.

Vet’s view: Importing pets brings risks for all of us
Over the past 10 years, the business of overseas pet importation has seen some pretty impressive growth. Which is a very, very bad thing. That is, if you care at all about animal welfare and public health.