News of Note

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B.C. sled-dog executioner charged
Criminal cruelty-count for tour operator, who admitted he shot and knifed ‘friends’
Grisly reports of the execution of sled dogs in Whistler following the 2010 Games, a lengthy probe, and a mass grave exhumation have led to a criminal animal-cruelty charge against the self-admitted executioner, former Whistler dog tour operator Bob Fawcett.


Can Following a Vegan Diet Be Appropriate for Children?
Going totally vegan is becoming increasingly popular among health-conscious adults and many encourage their children to follow suit. But some parents are unsure whether diet restrictions they find healthful for themselves are also a good choice for their kids….Looking at all the options, it seems very possible to raise healthy children on a vegan diet, especially as they grow older and become adolescents. As long as parents are aware of potential pitfalls and take proper precautions, they should feel confident that they are doing their kids a good service.

5 Interesting Facts About Plant-based Food Choices
People can debate all we want about whether a vegan diet is good for everyone, but there’s no disputing the fact that the market for vegan food is booming. While vegans still account for only 2.5% of the population in the U.S. (an impressive doubling in size since 2009), what’s really interesting is that 100 million people (approximately 33% of the U.S. population) are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, though they are not vegan or vegetarian.



USDA to Let Industry Self-Inspect Chicken
The USDA hopes to save $85 million over three years by laying off 1,000 government inspectors and turning over their duties to company monitors who will staff the poultry processing lines in plants across the country.  The poultry companies expect to save more than $250 million a year because they, in turn, will  be allowed to speed up the processing lines to a dizzying 175 birds per minute with one USDA inspector at the end of the line.

Confining pigs in crates stirs complaint from US Humane Society
The Humane Society of the United States filed a legal complaint asserting that a national campaign that portrays the pork industry as ethical and humane is misleading
consumers because of practices such as confining breeding pigs to small crates.


A Vegan Among the Deerstalkers
When I was a kid, I had this fantasy of farm life, where I’d have a barnyard composed of a happy harmony of pigs, chickens, cows, horses, and other suitably agricultural animals. The animals wouldn’t actually do anything – we’d all just live on the farm together, them eating or grazing or whatever, me taking care of them. After all, Old MacDonald’s farm animals were just – there, right?


Starbucks to stop using ‘crushed bug’ dye
Starbucks Corp. says it will stop using a red dye in its drinks that is derived from crushed bugs. The Seattle-based coffee chain said in a blog post on its website Thursday that it made the decision to reformulate its drinks after feedback from consumers prompted a “thorough” evaluation.


Rights group lauds India’s ban on animal testing
The Indian government’s decision to stop experimentation on animals for training college and university students was Friday hailed by animal rights group Humane Society International.

Man must pay $25K for kicking, killing his Lacey ex-wife’s cat
A former Lacey man convicted of second-degree animal cruelty after he was accused of kicking his then-wife’s cat, resulting in the cat’s death, has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $25,000.


Red the paralyzed pit bull gets adopted
That night three years ago marked the first lucky break of many for Red. His underdog story and personal charm won over Cicio, then an army of veterinarians, shelter volunteers and, most recently, a single mother from the Rockford area adopted the plucky pit bull.


Going vegan in a meat-mad town
A Harley rumbles to a stop outside a restaurant with an awning that reads “Pizza-Chicken-Ribs.” Across the street, a now-shuttered bar still advertises itself as “home of the 1-lb Dream Burger.”  The unpretentious southwest suburb of Lockport has long been known for its biker bars, hot dog stands and barbecue. But on this historic block, two residents have found unexpected success with a once-unthinkable alternative — a restaurant serving only vegan, uncooked foods.


Women mauled in zoo bear rampage
An unknown number of creatures were on the loose in the snow-covered Hachimantai bear park in Akita prefecture, which keeps 38 animals, most of them brown bears.  By early evening, local hunters had shot dead six of the animals, all within the gated park campus, and had recovered two bodies, thought to be those of workers at the facility, an Akita police spokesman said.