News of Note

i Dec 5th by

Whistleblower says monkeys mistreated at drug lab
A multinational biomedical lab was the focus of a federal complaint filed Monday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which said a whistleblower had come forward with images and accounts of abuse of test monkeys.
Also see this story

Animal Rights Group Accuses Sparboe Farms of False Advertising
Sparboe Farms, the egg producer featured in a recent ABC News report, has been accused of false advertising by the animal rights group that captured video of alleged animal abuse at the company’s factory-style egg farms.

Horse slaughter move decried by ASPCA official
Americans could be paying $US5 million to support federal inspections of horse slaughter plants at a time when vital programs are being cut, a senior official with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says.

Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases
Climate change emissions from meat production are far higher than currently estimated, according to a controversial new study that will fuel the debate on whether people should eat fewer animal products to help the environment.

Ringling Bros. Owner to Pay $270,000 in Animal-Welfare Case
The owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus paid a $270,000 civil penalty for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.  The fine paid by Feld Entertainment Inc. is the biggest ever assessed against an animal exhibitor, the USDA said today in an e-mailed statement.

Future of circuses with animals on county ballot
Animal rights activists in Clatsop County have convinced the board of commissioners to put the future of circuses featuring animals on the ballot.  Voters will vote on an ordinance to ban such circuses in May.

The Impact of Grazing? Don’t Ask
Millions of cattle graze on public lands all over the West and have done so for more than a century. But a new complaint filed by an environmental group charges that despite Clinton-era moves to examine and diminish the impact of grazing in the arid West, Interior Department employees have blocked the use of federal data on the impact in regional scientific studies.

New Jersey Bear Hunt Begins in Spite of Animal-Rights Opposition
New Jersey’s annual bear hunt began on Monday in spite of attempts by animal-rights groups to stop it.  The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued more than 7,800 permits to more than 6,400 people. Each permit allows the holder to shoot one bear in a 1,000-square-mile area of northern New Jersey, and some hunters received more than one permit. The estimated bear population in the state is 3,400.

Animal rights group offers rescue plan for Canmore’s rabbit population
The town of Canmore, Alta., has made international headlines and faced the wrath of animal lovers for its plan to destroy its out-of-control feral rabbit population…But trapping and gassing the rabbits, as planned, may not be necessary after an offer from the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, D.C.

Zebra euthanized at Oklahoma City Zoo
A zebra with chronic foot problems has been euthanized at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Zephra was treated by specialists from across the state for an abscess in her hoof, but veterinarians had to euthanize the zebra.

Ravens Use ‘Hand’ Gestures to Communicate
Ravens use their beaks and wings much like humans rely on our hands to make gestures, such as for pointing to an object, scientists now find.  This is the first time researchers have seen gestures used in this way in the wild by animals other than primates.

Advocates say ‘pioneering’ NJ tiger registry bill may protect animals from black market trade
Though only a fraction of the world’s tiger population resides in New Jersey, a lawmaker wants to make the state an international model for protecting against illegal sales of tiger bones and other body parts.  State Sen. Ray Lesniak is sponsoring a bill that would require New Jersey’s captive tigers to be counted, registered and tracked to ensure their body parts don’t end up on the black market.

Chicken Chain Says Stop, but T-Shirt Maker Balks
For Bo Muller-Moore, a folk artist from Vermont, the T-shirts he hand-screens with the slogan “Eat More Kale” are a dream fulfilled: a quirky project that has emblazoned this leafy mandate across the chests of people worldwide, and one he wants to trademark.  So when Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain that says it sells 537 sandwiches a minute with the help of the slogan “Eat mor chikin” (the words have been penned by cows), sent him a cease-and-desist letter this fall, Mr. Muller-Moore decided to fight the company, setting off a groundswell of local support and national media attention.