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In Everett, the circus arrives and so do protests
Activists say elephants are highly intelligent wild animals that deserve to live beyond the confinement of pens. Traveling with a circus is torture, the activists say.

100 animal-rights protesters demonstrate outside circus
More than 100 animal-rights activists assembled outside Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus Friday evening to protest the first of four Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows this weekend.
The slow but steady animal rights revolution, from ‘Planet of the Apes’ to slaughter-free meat
One such quiet revolution we should stop and acknowledge: A new respect for animal rights is decisively emerging, far beyond the PETA fringe. Within 20 or 30 years, enabled by new technology, we will be living in a profoundly different world…Soon enough, all this will change the dinner plate. Millions of us, myself included, love to eat meat. But vegetarianism is steadily growing.

Animal rights activists go after Israel’s monkey farm, get arrested
Animal rights activists said police attacked a protest on Saturday held outside the infamous monkey breeding farm in central Israel.  At least 9 activists were detained, although four of them were released, but the remaining five had a court hearing on Sunday.

Register investigation: Egg farms rack up violations
One year after 1,900 people were sickened and a half-billion Iowa eggs were recalled, government inspectors continue to find unsanitary conditions and inadequate protections against salmonella on Iowa’s egg farms…None of the violations have resulted in fines or penalties from state or federal agencies, and Iowa’s egg producers still aren’t required to tell state officials when they find salmonella on their farms.

LAPD Officer Puts A Muzzle On Illegal Animal Sales
Los Angeles is cracking down on illegal animal sales. Thousands are sold on downtown streets every year. Recently, an ordinance went into effect that raises fines on the buyers, but curtailing this underground economy will not be easy.

Gore: Eat less meat to fight warming
Al Gore wants society to ditch meat-heavy diets and go organic to combat global warming.  “Industrial agriculture is a part of the problem,” Gore said Friday during an interview with FearLess Revolution founder Alex Bogusky. “The shift toward a more meat-intensive diet,” the clearing of forest areas in many parts of the world in order to raise more cattle and the reliance on synthetic nitrogen for fertilizer are also problems, he added.

Readers chew over ruling on Clinton’s vegan diet
Readers of our PETA fact-check felt we didn’t show proper respect for shrimp and other sea creatures.
We’ve received lots of e-mails criticizing PolitiFact Georgia’s recent fact-check of the claim from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that by becoming a vegan, former President Bill Clinton “has spared the lives of nearly 200 animals a year.

British animal activists outraged at plans for beagle ‘factory’
Plans to build Britain’s biggest beagle “factory” have prompted protests by animal rights organisations.  Campaigners fear that if the breeding centre – which could hold more than 2000 beagles bred for scientific experimentation.

A nutty week for the Wildlife Center of Virginia
“When we see a hurricane forecasted, we know that means lots of baby squirrels coming in,” said Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the center. “Unfortunately hurricane season coincides with the second season for squirrels—late August and early September. At the end of last week, rehabilitators started getting into crises mode and thinking about how many they could handle.”

Soapbox: Arguments for a vegan lifestyle
Depending on which vegan you ask, you could get a number of different answers to your question. Many vegans are motivated by ethical concerns; others are principally concerned with their health. My answer is that I was first brought to vegetarianism as an 8-year-old who didn’t like the bare idea of eating animals, and as I’ve learned more and more about industrialized animal agriculture systems in the United States I have become increasingly compelled by the idea that veganism is the best basis for an ethical and healthy diet.

Vegan in the city
Niranjan Amarnath loved his hamburgers and chilli chicken as much as anyone else till class XII. But after seeing the way goats were transported for slaughter, he cut all meat from his diet and turned vegetarian. Four years ago, the animals lover took it a step further, and became vegan.