News of Note

i Nov 20th by

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ runs into animal-rights issues

Wranglers in New Zealand have complained that as many as 27 animals have died as a result of conditions on the set of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” according to the Associated Press.  A spokesman for director Peter Jackson has confirmed an unspecified number of deaths related to conditions on a Wellington farm. Horses, goats and sheep were among the casualties, he told the AP.


Monkey Killed At Zoo Boise During Break-In
A break-in at Zoo Boise early Saturday left a Patas monkey dead from blunt force trauma to the head and neck and police were analyzing blood found at the scene to determine if it came from the monkey or one of two human intruders.


Bill and Lou and Shifting the Paradigm: Now Is the Time to Go Vegan
I never would have guessed that the fate of two old oxen on a Vermont college campus would inspire tens of thousands of people around the world to raise their voices. But it did. Bill and Lou, scheduled for slaughter after a lifetime of service to the college, were featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe and many other major media outlets, and inspired action and dialogue around the world. But now that Lou has been euthanized due to an injury and the college has decided to keep Bill, an even more urgent dialogue needs to happen. It is a dialogue about sustainability.
Los Angeles City Council Declares Mondays “Meatless”
For one day a week, citizens in the city of Los Angeles are encouraged to be ‘veg heads.’  On Friday, the LA city council unanimously passed a resolution that declares every Monday a “Meatless Monday,” becoming the largest city to endorse the movement to curb meat consumption.


Beyond animal rights, the search for a sustainable and ethical vegan diet
It seemed so simple at first; I was an empathetic person, so I became vegetarian. Little did I know that my journey to ethical and socially just eating was only beginning – and it was a much more paradoxical road to get there than I thought. – if we all made one or two changes to our diets regularly, we could begin to refine the system.


To Birds, Storm Survival Is Only Natural
Yet biologists studying the hurricane’s aftermath say there is remarkably little evidence that birds, or any other countable, charismatic fauna for that matter, have suffered the sort of mass casualties seen in environmental disasters like the BP oil spill of 2010, when thousands of oil-slicked seabirds washed ashore, unable to fly, feed or stay warm.


Hunters join animal rights’ groups in lawsuit to ban use of dogs in wolf hunt
Over a dozen Wisconsin hunters have joined animal rights’ groups in a lawsuit that seeks to permanently ban the use of dogs by wolf hunters.  Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson has temporarily banned dogs that help hunters track down wolves. And he’ll hold a hearing next month to consider a permanent ban – as well as an opposing effort by the state DNR to drop the lawsuit altogether.
Singapore animal rights activists continue protests over pandas
A number of local media reports in Singapore highlighting the “up close and personal” interactions with two Giant Pandas who arrived in the city-state this fall have angered animal rights activists, who continue to call for the animals to be returned to their natural habitat.


Vegan Former NBA Star John Salley Explains How Athletes Get Enough Protein Without Meat
The Los Angeles Times just interviewed John Salley, the former NBA player (who played with the Lakers) about his vegan diet. They asked some obvious questions about his transition from vegetarianism to becoming a vegan athlete, but one of their questions was one that’s common for non-meat-eaters, whether you’re a basketball player or a first-grader: “How do you get enough protein?” Salley’s perfect answer blew us away.


Combined Pesticide Exposure Severely Affects Individual- and Colony-Level Traits in Bees
Bee colonies have increasingly been failing. It is suspected it is as a result of exposure to pesticides used in agriculture. To test this link bee colonies were exposed to two common types of pesticides. The study found that exposure negatively effected the performance of individual bees and increased the likelihood of colony failure. Furthermore, these effects were more likely if bees were exposed to both pesticides.