News of Note

i Feb 27th by

House passes bill to stop ‘animal-rights terrorists’ shooting video on farms
State lawmakers took aim at what one representative calls “animal-rights terrorists” who shoot videos or photos on farmers’ property without permission to create propaganda to destroy the agriculture industry.  “This is not about animals. This is a group of people who want to put us out of business. Make no mistake about it,” said Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, a rancher and farmer.

China’s animal rights movement energized by stars like Yao Ming, group says
Celebrities like basketball star Yao Ming have helped energize China’s animal rights movement by speaking out against shark fin soup and bear bile tonics, an animal welfare group said Tuesday.

NC appeals court says pets are property
The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday agreed with state officials about the value of a pet’s life, ending a long legal battle over how a family should be compensated for the loss of their Jack Russell terrier five years ago.

New York eyes shark fin trade ban
A group of New York legislators on Tuesday unveiled a draft law banning trade in shark fins, saying the practice, which serves the market for Chinese shark fin soup, was decimating the ocean predators.  If enacted, New York would join California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington as US states outlawing the sale, possession and trade in the fins, which fishermen slice off, often before tossing the rest of the much less valuable shark back in the water.

Senate Passes Felony Animal Cruelty Bill
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would establish a felony penalty for Idaho animal abusers.  Under the proposal, a person would be charged with a felony if they had two prior animal cruelty convictions within the 15 years prior to a third such charge.  Bill sponsor Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, acknowledged that one of the reasons for bringing forth the legislation is to fend off what he called extreme efforts by animal rights activists to impose more strict regulations.

Are more African-Americans embracing veganism?
Despite African-Americans traditionally being known as meat eaters, a number of black A-list celebrities have become advocates of the vegan lifestyle, including the likes of Erykah Badu, Russell Simmons and Mike Tyson.

Manny Pacquiao vs. the Vegan
Instead, the boxer will embrace the quinoa. He will thrill to the avocado and befriend the almond. He will enjoy the spinach, the tofu, and the $7.95 organic smoothie tha bears his not-yet-household name.  And on June 9 in Las Vegas, after months of strict vegan training, the undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. hopes to have the fight of his life—and defeat the world-renowned champion Manny Pacquiao.

Vegetarian Teens — Learn How to Better Navigate Their Healthful Path
Going vegetarian is nothing new for America’s youths, but there does seem to be increasing interest among young people in adopting a plant-based diet. A 2010 poll by the advocacy organization The Vegetarian Resource Group found that 9% of girls aged 13 to 15 claimed to be vegetarian. The reasons youngsters are making this change also have shifted over the years.

Bon Appetit announces animal welfare reforms
Hoping to set a standard for others in the industry to follow, food-service giant Bon Appetit Management Co. announced today that it will purchase pork, liquid eggs and veal only from producers who follow more humane animal agricultural practices.

Health and nutrition labels may have negative impact on taste expectation
A Spanish study found that biscuits labeled as sugar-free were perceived as less tasty than those without the label. “The information on the biscuit packaging had a strong influence on the consumers’ perceptions,” according to the study, published in Food Quality and Preference.  Excessive information on health claims on food packaging is perceived as off-putting by consumers, and can have a negative influence on the perception of sensory characteristics, say researchers.

Federal raids a ‘serious blow’ to rhino trade
Federal wildlife investigators in California and other states say they have cracked an international smuggling ring that trafficked for years in sawed-off rhinoceros horns, which fetch stratospheric prices in Vietnam and China for their supposed cancer-curing powers.

Animal rights group says drone shot down
A remote-controlled aircraft owned by an animal rights group was reportedly shot down near Broxton Bridge Plantation Sunday near Ehrhardt, S.C.  Steve Hindi, president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness), said his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter drone to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday when law enforcement officers and an attorney claiming to represent the privately-owned plantation near Ehrhardt tried to stop the aircraft from flying.