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06/30/2004 ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST LORI LEHNER DIES!
Lori Lehner, who played a central role in the infamous "Silver Spring monkeys" case when she opened her house to 17 laboratory monkeys in 1981, died of leukemia June 2 in Tampa. She was 45 and had lived in Florida since 1997. (Washington Post)
SACRAMENTO - In his brief political career, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has challenged powerful state unions, prison guards and wealthy American Indian tribes alike. But now he is up against a group with far greater numbers and a louder voice: animal lovers. Schwarzenegger wants to repeal California's comprehensive law forcing animal shelters to hold stray cats and dogs up to six days before killing them, a budget-cutting move that has enraged pet adoption groups.
MADRID, Spain (AP) - One of Spain's top bullfighters was gored, thrown and trampled by a bull, leaving him with a 10-inch gash through his leg. Enrique Ponce, 32, was preparing to finish off the animal at a bullfight Tuesday evening in the southeastern city of Alicante when the incident occurred. The bull tossed him into the air, then trampled him as he covered his head with his hands. Ponce initially wanted to keep fighting but was carried from the ring before fainting. Ponce underwent emergency surgery at the bullring. Doctors said the bull's horn pierced through Ponce's right thigh. He also fractured his collarbone and two ribs. He might be hospitalized for another two days, although he won't be able to fight for up to six weeks, chief surgeon Jose Maria Reyes said Wednesday. Even among top-rated matadors, gorings are common in bullfights, where bulls can weigh up to 1,300 pounds. The late Antonio Ordonez suffered some 30 serious gorings over his career. He died of cancer in 1998. The last major matador to die in a bullfight was Miguel Cubero, known as Yiyo, who was gored in 1985.
WASHINGTON, DC, - The United States officially condemned Iceland and Japan on Tuesday for their ongoing whale hunts. Both nations contend the hunts are necessary for scientific research, but U.S. officials say that excuse is baseless and the hunts are undermining international whale conservation efforts."The lethal research whaling conducted by both Iceland and Japan is unnecessary for the management of whales, and we urge them to use non-lethal research methods," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans.Iceland, Japan and Norway are the only three nations engaged in whaling.
Following a proposal by the European Commission, on June 21 the Council adopted a decision for the European Union to sign the revised European Convention for the Protection of Animals during International Transport. This international Convention will increase the requirements for the protection of transported animals in Europe. It revises the existing Convention adopted in 1968 and introduces major improvements for animal welfare that are consistent with the recent Commission proposal on animal transport (see IP/03/1023) and existing EU legislation.David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, welcomed the update of the Convention. "The welfare of animals during transport is a very important issue for many Europeans and I welcome every step towards improved conditions" he said. "I was disappointed that Member States could not reach agreement on the Commission's recent proposal to strengthen the EU animal transport rules, but I remain hopeful that a solution will be found in the near future."
US Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee is the lone person blocking HR 857, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, from coming out of that committee and to a vote on the House Floor. The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is the legislation that would ban the slaughter of horses in the United States and their export for slaughter to foreign countries. There are 224 co-sponsors of this bill in the US House. A more recently introduced companion bill in the US Senate (S. 2352) currently has 7 co-sponsors.Although HR 857 has enough votes to pass the House, Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia is preventing this legislation from being moved forward out of committee for a vote. Congressman Goodlatte is appeasing the foreign-owned horse slaughter industry and other special interests that are profiting from the death of American horses in the only 3 horse slaughterhouses in the US. The three slaughter houses in the United States, two in Texas and one in Illinois, all are Belgian and French owned, are protected under free trade agreements and do not even pay export fees. Over half of the US House supports this bill and it would pass if it could come to a floor for a vote but this one Congressman is preventing this.
NOUAKCHOTT - More than a hundred dolphins, eight marine turtles and five beaked whales have washed up dead on the windswept beaches of southern Mauritania in recent days, puzzling scientists and worrying the government. Experts from the West African country's Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fishing visited the scene but were unable to take any samples because of the advanced state of decay of the corpses, the government said late on Thursday.
In Second Session 2004, the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) will be offering a Masters course in Animal Law. The course will be the first time an Animal Law course has been offered in Australia. In addition to the agricultural use of animals such as live exports and rearing of livestock, Animal Law covers the law relating to wildlife, cruelty to animals, the regulation of companion animals (aka pets), animal experimentation, veterinary science and practitioners, and the use of animals for entertainment and exhibition in places like zoos, circuses and hunting. The theory of Animal Law has spurred on broader animal ethics and philosophy, with a central contention that, under our legal system, animals are classified as personal property. It further contends that, while humans have rights and interests, animals, like inanimate object, only have uses. The course will start on 27 July, running Tuesdays, 6-8pm during Second Session.
06/20/2004 AUSTRALIA'S KOALAS FACE EXTINCTION!
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Koalas, an iconic symbol of Australia, face extinction as rapid urbanization along the eastern seaboard destroys their fragile habitat, environmental activists have warned. The Australian Koala Foundation has written to the government urging it to declare the koala a vulnerable species after a survey of 1,000 koala habitats found 30 percent no longer had a koala in them and 60 percent had suffered widespread
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - The effort to reunite a lonely orca with its family was disrupted on Wednesday by native Indian protesters who believe the animal is the spirit of a dead chief and do not want it to leave. Members of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht band used canoes to lure the curious killer whale, nicknamed Luna, away from a boat that scientists had hoped the animal would follow into a floating capture pen. The canoes got Luna to swim more than 4.5 miles away from the capture pen on Nootka Sound on western Vancouver Island, according to reporters monitoring the capture effort. Luna's fascination with boats is a reason scientists want to relocate him to the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the U.S.- Canada border off southern Vancouver Island, where they hope he will reunite with his family pod. Whale experts believe that Luna, whose official name is L98, is searching for human companionship because there are no other killer whales in Nootka Sound. But they fear he will get hurt in a collision with a boat or float plane. The relocation plan calls for Luna to be captured, tested for medical problems, and then trucked about 215 miles to Pedder Bay on the southern tip of Vancouver Island where it is hoped he will reunite with other members of L pod. Scientists organizing the project admit that, because they do not know why Luna became separated, they do not know if the pod will accept him back. However, they insist the dangers of him of staying at his current location outweigh the risks of moving him.
CAPE TOWN - Park rangers have incurred the wrath of conservationists with a ruthless cull of a rare intruder on Table Mountain. South Africa National Parks (SANParks) says the Himalayan tahr is a threat to the unique ecosystems and rare plant species found on the imposing mountain that serves as Cape Town's breathtaking backdrop. Animal lovers say it is cruel to kill off the roughly 100 tahrs that are there and want them moved.
06/18/2004 200,000 FOWLS STARVED TO DEATH!
KUALA LUMPUR: More than 200,000 chickens were starved to death at two farms owned by Consolidated Farms Bhd in Rawang and Kalumpang, over the past two months. Selangor Veterinary Department Director Dr Noraida Abdul Rahim confirmed that they died of starvation but said that the department had not taken a head count of the dead chickens."We were told that the farms were closing down due to financial problems and the chickens were left to starve without chicken feed. During our inspection to the farms our concern was whether the chickens had suffered from any disease, but this was not the case," she told The Star.However, the retrenched staff who had been disposing the dead chickens over the past two months estimated that 200,000 chickens had been starved to death.
HARRISBURG - According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters and trappers harvested 140 bobcats (73 males and 67 females) during the 2003-2004 bobcat seasons. During the 2002-2003 seasons, 135 bobcats were taken.At a public drawing last September, the game commission awarded 570 permits from a field of more than 3,000 applicants who applied to receive a bobcat-harvest permit. Each permit allowed a hunter or trapper to harvest one bobcat.
Chimpanzees are disappearing at a faster rate than originally thought and some subspecies could become extinct within 17-23 years, based on preliminary research conducted at the African sanctuaries that take in orphaned apes.The Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance (PASA) presented a study at its 2004 Management Workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa, that revealed chimpanzees in West Africa are facing extinction within the next two decades.The subspecies Pan troglodytes vellerosus - which is found predominantly in Nigeria - is one of four chimpanzee subspecies, and it is estimated that no more than 8,000 remain in the wild. It is believed that the illegal hunting and eating of apes - known as the "bushmeat crisis" - has had the greatest impact on the rate of decline, along with deforestation, human encroachment, and disease."The situation is much more critical than we thought," said Prof. Norm Rosen, an anthropologist at California State University-Fullerton, who coordinated the study and serves as chairman of the PASA Advisory Board. "The numbers at the sanctuaries don't lie. You don't get the kind steady stream of orphaned chimpanzees we're seeing without a devastating drop in the wild population."
06/15/2004 CALIFORNIA BILL TO BAN FORCE FEEDING OF DUCKS AND GEESE SALES OF FOIE GRAS PASSES SENATE!
Senate Bill 1520 passed the California Senate by a vote of 21-14. It now goes to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. The bill, which bans the force feeding of ducks and geese in the production of foie gras, as well as sales of the product in California, is being carried by Senate President Pro-Tem John Burton at the request of AVAR, Farm Sanctuary, Viva!USA, and LA Lawyers for Animals. In order for the bill to pass out of the senate, it was amended to have a 7 ┬Ż-year phase out before the law goes into effect. Many countries, including Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, and Israel, ban the practice because it is considered cruel. In the United States, there are only two producers of foie gras, one in New York and one in California.
06/14/2004 INTERNATIONAL GREYHOUND MEMORIAL WEEKEND!
July 24th - 25th, 2004 - International Greyhound Memorial Weekend (IGMW) is held worldwide, and in 2003 consisted of over 50 events in the USA and several European countries.Greyhound Saturday - Saturday, July 24th: Street stalls and demos to educate the public about the mass slaughter of dogs caused by the greyhound racing industry. With a large enough boycott by ordinary people, the industry can be brought to its knees and the suffering and untimely death of thousands of greyhounds prevented.Greyhound Remembrance Day - Sunday, July 25th: Greyhound racing in the UK began on July 24th, 1926 at Belle Vue, Manchester. On the nearest Sunday to this date every year an event is staged, called Greyhound Remembrance Day, in memory of the hundreds of thousands of dogs that have been abused and killed by the greyhound racing industry since that day.
06/13/2004 DOG MEAT USED IN HOT DOGS!
Two directors of a Belgian meat wholesaler have been arrested after dog meat was found in hot dogs around Europe. More than 20,000 kilos of hot dogs were seized by food inspectors during a routine visit to the company's headquarters in Brussels. Health and safety officials have notified neighbouring countries that sausages sold by the firm involved are not fit for human consumption.Several thousand of the dog food contaminated hot dogs have turned up in Holland, according to the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.Checks are being carried out to see in what other countries the hot dogs may have been sold.
06/12/2004 NORWAY WILL HUNT MORE WHALES AND SEALS!
The Parliament has decided that Norway should increase hunting quotas of minke whale and harp seal. The Parliament stated that international boycott actions do not seem to cause substantial harm to Norwegian export, industry or tourism. It was stated that Norwegian information campaigns abroad aimed at increasing the acceptance for whaling and sealing were successful, and should continue. The Parliament also decided that Norwegian marine mammal politics is to be reviewed in 2008 by the Parliament and government, in a new white paper.
06/11/2004 BIRDS MUTILATED IN 'SICK' ATTACK!
Seventeen birds have been killed and mutilated at a wildlife rescue centre near Stafford. Volunteers discovered the dead birds, including a crow which had been shot in the head and two baby magpies which had their legs snapped off. The attack at the centre at Amerton Farm happened just days before a new animal hospital was due to open. Centre director Alf Hardy has put up a 200 reward from his own pocket in an effort to catch the culprits. Mr Hardy said he was physically sick when he was told about the incident. "I cannot describe how I feel," he told BBC News Online. "I was really physically sick when I found out. It's sick and mindless, just mindless. We have been broken into before but something like this has never happened before. If someone knows something, we can only hope they are brought to book for what they have done." The wings were also ripped off several fantail and wood pigeons during the attack, which took place on Tuesday night after the locks to the aviaries were smashed. The centre is home to numerous creatures including, rabbits, badgers, birds of prey, snakes and spiders, which have either been brought in by the public or by the RSPCA.
06/10/2004 REVISION OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT!
Norwegian authorities have started work to revise the national animal welfare act. The current animal welfare act was written in 1973 and is now clearly out-dated. NAWA is represented in a resource group which was put together to advise the authorities in their work.
06/09/2004 BROOKLYN CHEESE ARTIST MAKES BED OF HAM!
NEW YORK - An artist best known for decorative cheese has broadened his palette, or palate, to ham. Brooklyn-based Cosimo Cavallaro, who once repainted a New York hotel room in melted mozzarella, has begun covering a bed in Hormel. "I feel like I am back in my mother's deli," the artist said. Cavallaro's installation in a street-level gallery space of the Roger Smith Hotel in midtown Manhattan involves slicing 312 pounds of ham and laying it down in an elegant four-poster bed. The installation, which took 3 1/2 hours, will be kept in the air-conditioned room for two days. According to the artist, no concern about cockroaches has been raised. "They are welcome," he said. "Imagine what this looks like from the point of view of an insect." He added that his cheese exhibits had never attracted a mouse. "Too much cheese," he said. "It would have overwhelmed them."
During the evening of June 5, six Sea Shepherd crewmembers stranded on Isabela Island were finally allowed to leave.At 1300 Hours the crew, escorted by Naval marines, went to the dock to board a Galapagos National Park vessel. They were stopped by a crowd of about 50 fishermen who told them they could not leave. The marines and the crew retreated to the office of the Port Captain followed by the fishermen. The fishermen informed the Port Captain that they would let the Sea Shepherd crew depart if they would agree to sign a document stating that they had never been prevented from leaving and were never held on the island against their will. The crew refused to sign.The Navy insisted that the crew sign the document so they could depart. The crew contacted Captain Paul Watson onboard the Farley Mowat and he advised them to not sign any document.The Port Captain told them that they were not being held against their will and that they could leave if they would just agree to sign the document. Finally at around 1730 Hours, the fishermen decided to let the Sea Shepherd volunteers go without the signed documents and the crewmembers boarded the Park boat and departed for Santa Cruz Island.
The welfare of Norwegian animals in slaughterhouses and animal road transports has been checked and found not be in compliance with EU regulations.Norway is not a member of the European Union, but a vast majority of the EU legislation on animal welfare applies to Norway due to a bilateral treaty (Agreement on the European Economic Area).The checks were carried out by an independent control organ ESA (EFTA Surveillance Authority) which aims at ensuring Norway┤s compliance with EU law in accordance with the EEA treaty.The report was published in May 2004 and revealed very disturbing facts, e.g.:- Stunning and bleeding procedures were not carried out accurately.- Birds were loaded in wet and dirty containers.- Lactating animals were not milked.- Pigs were caught with electric stunning equipment which is designed onlyto stun.- Transport vehicles were loaded with too many animals.- The Norwegian national control did not ensure acceptable conditions.
06/07/2004 GALAPAGOS UNDER SIEGE!
Sea Shepherd crew members held hostage by angry mob of fishermen demanding unrestricted exploitation of Sea Cucumbers.The offices of the National Park on Santa Cruz Island and the offices of the National Park on Isabella Island have been taken over by angry mobs of fishermen. Also taken were the island of Espanola and the tourist sites there. The mob is armed with clubs, lead pipes, & Molotov cocktails. Unarmed Sea Shepherd Crew had a standoff lasting hours until just recently when the rangers & all persons were ordered out by the Ministry of the Environment, basically leaving the office in the hands of the Mob. Some of the Marines & the Police are still there but it's a very touchy situation. Apparently there is help coming from the mainland. However, Sea Shepherd crew on Isabella Island is still being held hostage there, and that includes citizens from America, Canada, New Zealand and Switzerland. There has been no word from them at the time of this release. People are getting weary of this mob rule. Anytime the fishermen make demands; they simply use violence to get what they want. They were given a quota of 4 million sea cucumbers, that's not enough for them, even though the scientists have said that none was too many. Now the fishermen are demanding unrestricted exploitation which is an impossible demand.
Overall 60 % of European fish catches exceed safe limits, i.e. levels above which the biomass removed by fishing is no longer replaced by population growth. Catches of open sea fish account for almost two thirds of all catches; about half of these catches are outside safe limits. Industrial fishing catches account for another 20 % of the total. Fish play an integral role within the wider marine environment, which is experiencing pressures from shipping, pollution, coastal eutrophication and climate change. The continuation of present trends of overfishing will therefore probably lead to substantial changes across the entire marine ecosystem.
06/06/2004 ANOTHER UK MASS CULL?!
Up to 25 million sheep, two-thirds of the national flock, might be destroyed if the nightmare of BSE spreading from cattle to sheep were proved to have occurred. Contingency plans which were published by the government made clear there would be severe shortages of lamb until farmers could breed flocks resistant to BSE and similar diseases.
Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency is close to reaching an agreement with some of the nation's largest animal processors that would lay the groundwork for the first federal emission standards for companies that process millions of pigs, cows and chickens every day.The agency says the agreement, which would allow the companies to monitor the air quality of their own operations for two years, would produce information that is essential to develop standards for the industry, which generates huge amounts of animal waste. Toxic pollutants in the waste have been linked to a wide range of respiratory problems, especially in children.
06/04/2004 ANIMAL RIGHTS ARRESTS!
The Bush administration sent a calculated message to grassroots political activists this week: The War on Terrorism has come home.FBI agents rounded up seven American political activists from across the country Wednesday morning, and the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey held a press conference trumpeting that "terrorists" have been indicted.That's right: "Terrorists." The activists have been charged with violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 1992, which at the time garnered little public attention except from the corporations who lobbied for it. Their crime, according to the indictment, is "conspiring" to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that tests products on animals and has been exposed multiple times for violating animal welfare laws.The terrorism charges could mean a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The activists also face additional charges of interstate stalking and three counts of conspiracy to engage in interstate stalking: Each count could mean up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
A large study out of New Zealand indicates that slaughterhouse workers have much higher rates of cancer than the general population. The study's author suspects that there is something about the handling of live and newly-slaughtered animals that increases cancer risks in people.
06/03/2004 PESTICIDES FOUND INSIDE EVERYONE!
The Ontario College of Family Physicians has released an international study, conducted over a 13 year period, saying that there is no evidence that certain pesticides are safer than others--rather, pesticides misconstrued as "safe" may simply have delayed effects on health. Meanwhile, the Pesticide Action Network has compiled data from the Centers for Disease Control that shows that 100% of blood and urine samples, collected from 9,000 random people, showed residues of pesticides.
Scientists in the UK have discovered thousands of the nation's citizens may be incubating the human form of Mad Cow Disease (vCJD) in their bodies. Researchers at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital and the CJD Surveillance Unit tested 12,674 human tissue samples and found three that had vCJD. Applying those numbers to the overall population of the UK resulted in an estimation that as many as 3,800 people may be carriers of the deadly disease.
Hollywood, Calif., May 26 /U.S. Newswire/ - Actress Pamela Anderson is calling on Hollywood to end the use of apes in film and television, and has personally vowed never to be a part of any production using live ape "actors." She is joined by fellow celebrities Alec Baldwin, Tiffani Thiessen, Joanna Lumley, Christopher Lee, Ali MacGraw, Terrence McNally, Brooke Adams, Tippi Hedren, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Barker, Frances Fisher and Wendie Malick. "Chimpanzees used in ads and shows are all babies, snatched from their mothers and made to perform silly tricks. I chose to be in the movies, but these poor animals didn't. I don't want to be a part of the cruelty," said Anderson. Anderson made the decision after hearing about the systematic abuse of chimpanzees at one of Hollywood's primary animal training facilities. A recent investigation by the Chimpanzee Collaboratory - a consortium of eight chimpanzee rights and welfare organizations that includes the Great Ape Project - found that: Trainers may physically abuse chimpanzees for various reasons, but often for no reason at all.
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