News of Note

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1,000 cats saved from Chinese dining table after being discovered in cramped cages when truck crashed
The cats were destined for the restaurants of Guangdong until the road accident in Changsha, Hunan province delayed the journey by 24 hours and enabled the 50 locals to rescue them.  They were nursed with food, water and milk before being packed off to Changsha Small Animal Protection Association for treatment.


Animal rights organization files suit against Santa Cruz Biotech
An animal rights group is suing Santa Cruz Biotechnology over alleged violations of animal welfare laws occurring throughout the past several years.  The suit was filed in Santa Cruz County Court on Thursday by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, on behalf of Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation Now. It seeks a permanent injunction to prevent Santa Cruz Biotech, an antibody production facility, from continuing to violate animal welfare regulations. The nonprofit and its executive director, Michael Budkie, allege that Santa Cruz Biotech has provided inadequate and improper medical care to unhealthy animals, primarily goats.


Lobsters and crabs can feel pain and take action to avoid it happening again
Chefs may have to think twice before plunging live lobsters into a simmering pot.  Scientists have proven that crabs and other crustaceans do feel pain, and are able to recall an unpleasant experience and take action to avoid it happening again.  Research has shown that when shore crabs are given small electric shocks while hiding in dark shelters, they try to escape being zapped again by opting to migrate to another hideout.

Farm show highlights controversial side of animal housing
A new exhibit at this year’s week-long Pennsylvania Farm Show introduced visitors – some 400,000 this year – to life inside of a typical working barn in the state.  Housed in the metal barn erected in the farm show’s food hall were dairy cows, calves, turkeys, ducks, chickens and pigs. Some visitors may have been alarmed to see how some animals, particularly chickens and pigs live.

Are the animal rights groups on to something?
I’d love to know the real story of the Canadian seal hunt. How far back does the federal government’s discomfort with it go? When did Ottawa start treating the hunt like Canada’s dirty little secret they didn’t want to talk about? As you know, Taiwan is the latest country to ban seal products. They’ve lined up with the EU, with Russia and Belarus and Kazakhstan, and with the U.S.  It’s too bad, really, that all Ottawa has offered up are a few empty phrases about its support for Canadian sealers.

Malaysia animal rights activists want more action after leopard found dead
Malaysia’s growing animal rights community has called on the government to do more to ensure the safety of animals in the country. They are speaking out after a leopard’s body was found on the side of the highway in the country.

College officials say support needed for animal rights threats
Officials with the Vermont college that was targeted by animal rights activists over its decision to slaughter two oxen says resources are needed to help farms and other businesses deal with online threats from activists.

Energy Industry Awaits U.S. Ruling on Prairie Chicken
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, acting under the Endangered Species Act, will decide by the end of September whether to put the birds on its list of threatened species. Such a move could have serious repercussions for wind farms, as well as oil and gas drilling, conceivably halting activity in some areas. Those industries are fighting to keep it off the list.

Your Twitter Tips for Going Vegan
In this week’s Well column, “How to Go Vegan,”, we asked you to send in your favorite tips and tricks for adopting a solely plant-based diet on Twitter. We received a range of responses, from quirky ingredient combinations that replicate a nonvegan dish to simple mantras to get you in a vegan frame of mind. Here are some of our favorites. To see the entire list of submissions, visit the hashtag, #vegantips.