News of Note

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Measurers to stop livestock taping stall in states
Efforts to outlaw the undercover recording of animal abuse in livestock operations appear to have stalled in Iowa and other states in the face of complaints that the proposals were intended primarily to protect the industry with little concern for animals’ welfare.

Princeton University is cited by USDA for violations involving primates used in experiments
Princeton University continues to run afoul of federal regulations in its testing of primates, including depriving some of the animals of water for over 24 hours, according to a report obtained by The Times.

Animal rights activists upset over protection given to University research
Animal rights activists are up-in-arms about a state budget measure to exempt U-W Madison researchers from crimes against animals.  The item was quietly put into a budget proposal that gives UW campuses more flexibility and freedom from state rules.  It says Madison researchers would not have to follow state laws involving crimes against animals if “bona fide scientific research” is involved.

New strain of antibiotic-resistant staph appears in cows
A new strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, has been discovered in cows and humans in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, researchers reported Thursday. The new strain disturbs researchers because it evades one of the most commonly used tests to detect MRSA.

Legislature Votes To Give Chickens More Room
Lawmakers in Oregon want to give egg-laying hens more room to stretch their wings and move around.  The bill requires the state Department of Agriculture to come up with new standards for cages, lighting and ventilation based on from the American Humane Association, an animal rights group.

Los Angeles Moves To Ban Factory-Bred Pet Sales
The City Council today instructed the Department of Animal Services to draft a law banning the commercial breeding of dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens in Los Angeles and the sale of factory-bred animals in pet stores.

Bill Would Ban Horse Transport to Foreign Processing Plants
Legislation introduced into the United States Senate on Thursday (June 9) would ban the transport of horses from the U.S. to processing plants in Mexico and Canada.  Horse processing has not taken place in the U.S. since 2007 when the last processing facility operating was closed. Since then, horses have been transported to Mexico and Canada for processing. Previous legislative attempts to ban the transport of horses to foreign processing plants have been unsuccessful.

FDA: Some chicken may have small amount of arsenic
The Food and Drug Administration says some chicken meat may contain small amounts of arsenic, though the agency is stressing that the amount is too tiny to be dangerous to people who eat it.  The FDA said Wednesday that a new study by the agency shows that an ingredient in chicken feed that contains arsenic

Texans charged with cruelty over taped cow killings
Seven people are facing animal cruelty charges after a welfare group released video last month showing pickaxes and hammers being used to bash the skulls of calves at a West Texas cattle company.

EPA to Ban Some Rat Poisons
The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it would move to ban the sale of most pellet rat and mouse poison to consumers, but the decision will face challenges from at least two affected companies.

NOAA OKs Factory Fish Farming for the Gulf of Mexico
That the U.S. government agency responsible for managing the nations fisheries falls within the agency responsible for international trade is painfully clear with Thursday’s announcement that NOAA will finalize regulations for open ocean aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico.

Vegan Black Metal Chef Is Still Cooking With Hellfire
The Vegan Black Metal Chef, the culinary sensation that blew everyone away last month with his devastating musical recipe for pad thai, is back at it again. And this time he’s using the flames of Satan to make three different vegan meals.