News of Note

i Oct 29th by

Cubs bred for profit, torn from their mothers – and sent to die in the wild: The cruel truth of China’s panda factories
Today, Tao Tao is the only captive-bred giant panda in the wild. Officials boast that, if his release is a success, more young pandas will follow in his paw prints until the mountain forests of western China are once again home to a flourishing population.  If that is the vision served up to a credulous international audience, the reality is shockingly different. The truth is that wild pandas, their numbers already desperately low, are continuing to die out – their habitat disappearing beneath a tide of concrete as China’s economic juggernaut rolls on. It is entirely possible that there may be just a few hundred left.
Survey says 8.3 million Americans follow a meat-free diet
This has been a good year for vegans and vegetarians. In July, Gallup asked Americans if they were vegan for the first time ever in a poll gauging American diet trends.  While only 2 percent responded that they were vegan, that amounts to about 6 million people in the U.S. alone. Five percent – or about 15 million – responded that they were vegetarian, which proves that meat is no longer the sole protein source in the American diet.


How Effective are Graphic Images for Animal Rights Campaigns?
A recent study funded by FARM’s Sabina Fund and conducted by Chris Monteiro has monitored the effects of graphic imagery on attitudes towards animal rights, and found it to be most effective when used to a low degree.  Participants were told that researchers were interested in their opinions of advertisements and they completed questionnaires interspersed with fake advertisements and an animal rights advertisement.


Hundreds of monkeys being bred for laboratories in Europe are killed for growing too large, claims animal rights group
Animal rights activists have published shocking pictures and video of hundreds of monkeys they claim were killed because they were too big for testing in British laboratories.  The disturbing images show discarded dead monkeys stacked in piles on the floor or dumped in rubbish bins.  Mutilated bodies can also be seen in a skip awaiting incineration, according to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.


Animal Rights Protestors Target Washington University
Some twenty animal rights activists from around the country, in town for an anti-vivisection conference, demonstrated outside Washington University to accuse the school of “inhumane” and “unnecessarily ” animal experiments on everything from cats to primates.


Vegan Diet Drama: The Basics
this soul food loving sistah has decided to “go vegan” or shall I say follow a plant-based diet! What does that mean? How will I make it in this city of tasty temptations at each corner and a family of food lovers like myself. Plus, I love my curves and I don’t want to lose them. However, I want healthy curves so let’s get fit in the process. Seriously, witnessing the impact of cancer, diabetes, high-blood pressure, high-cholestoral and diabetes on family and friends.


How The Pursuit Of Animal Liberation Activists Became Among The FBI’s ‘Highest Domestic Terrorism Priorities’
Though what the FBI now calls “eco-terrorism” predates September 11, 2001 by at least two decades, since the events of that date, both the laws on the books pertaining to political activism and the implementation of those laws by police and federal investigators have shifted dramatically in the direction of repression. In a time of perpetual national emergency, freewheeling use of the “terrorist” label enabled Congress to pass the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in 2006, a law that substantially broadened the powers of the Justice Department to pursue animal rights activists — including those who engage strictly in First Amendment activities — as terrorists.


Few Ohio exotic animals registered a year after farm panic
The incident in and around the Zanesville, Ohio, farm prompted calls for Ohio to pass new laws covering animal ownership. Before Zanesville, the state had some of the most permissive laws in the nation.  Ohio lawmakers in June approved rules covering “dangerous” animals and set a November 5 deadline for owners of such animals to register them. Only 17 had by Thursday, the state said.


Rare Breeds
Schaller is best known for his highly readable books about lions, gorillas and pandas, creatures of the savanna or forest. The animals he finds inhabiting Chang Tang are far less familiar: the kiang, the wild yak and the chiru. The yak is, of course, easy to picture; the kiang is a wild ass with a white belly; the chiru is a particularly charming antelopelike creature. Over the past 30 years, Schaller has spent months almost every year in their habitat, whose average elevation is roughly 15,000 feet.