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06/30/2011 DOG MEAT FESTIVAL CANCELLED
A South Korean dog meat festival has been cancelled following growls of protest from animal rights activists, one of the would-be organisers said on Tuesday. The Korea Dog Farmers' Association had scheduled for Friday a festival aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption, said Ann Yong-Geun, an adviser to the association. "We couldn't possibly go on with the plan due to endless phone calls of complaint... now there are few willing to rent us a place for the event," said Ann, a professor of nutrition at Chung Cheong University. The association had said the festival, to be held in a traditional open-air market in the city of Seongnam just south of Seoul, would showcase various canine delicacies including barbecued dog, sausages and steamed paws.
Leonardo DiCaprio, backed by celebs like Megan Fox, Edward Norton, Sam Trammell, Rachel Bilson and Ben Stiller, wrote a letter to the California State Senate asking them to support Assembly Bill 376 regarding the ban of the sale of shark fins in California. If the bill is passed, than an official ban on the sale of shark fins in the state of California will be enforced.
06/28/2011 EU DROPS LABELING DEMANDS
The EU Council of Ministers have rejected calls for legislation on amongst other things labelling of non-stunned, ritually slaughtered meat. It's been stated to Scotland for Animals that the Parliament dropped their demands during negotiations to prevent the whole EU labelling Bill from falling. Ministers have apparently secured a guarantee from Euro Commissioner Dalli that the whole ritual slaughter issue will be raised again during upcoming revisions to European animal welfare legislation. It will be interesting to see if Dalli and his Ministers stick to this. The compromises are part of a package which will go to a vote next week.
MPs voted to ban wild animals in circuses in the UK after David Cameron's attempts to bully Conservative backbenchers into voting against the measure backfired and ended in a humiliating public defeat. In a decision hailed by campaigners as an "historic victory for animal welfare and protection," MPs of all parties unanimously backed a ban and the Government signalled that it would introduce one, ending forever the days of lions, tigers, elephants and other wild animals in the big top.
Twelve animal rights activists were arrested on June 22 by the Spanish police, in a series of raids sanctioned by the judge from the Magistrate's court, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. Arrests and house searches of activists from the organisations Igualdad Animal/Animal Equality and Equanimal took place in the regions of Madrid, Asturias, Vizcaya and Galicia. The detained activists were then taken to Santiago de Compostela court, where they were accused of offences against the environment, public disorder, and criminal association. The origin of the investigations appears to be centred on the seemingly intentional release of 20,000 minks from the farm Visones Bermúdez, located in Santiago de Compostela, in November 2007, which would indicate the supposed damage to the environment.
If the current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world's oceans aren't curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming, an expert panel of scientists warns in an alarming new report. The preliminary report from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) is the result of the first-ever interdisciplinary international workshop examining the combined impact of all of the stressors currently affecting the oceans, including pollution, warming, acidification, overfishing and hypoxia.
Two Greenpeace activists went to a lot of trouble to deliver a petition on Friday. With 50,000 signatures in hand, they hopped into an inflatable boat off of the organization's ship, the Esperanza, then climbed the ladder into the oil rig. They climbed up into the boat while water cannons were being pointed at them. The activists, one being Kumi Naidoo, the head of Greenpeace International, then climbed aboard and presented the petition to the master of the oil rig while demanding that the drilling be stopped. The petition asks to see the oil rigs emergency response plan. However, after that the Greenpeace activists were told they were being arrested and sent to nearby Greenland.
06/20/2011 IRAN PLANS TO SEND MONKEY INTO SPACE
Iran plans to send a monkey into space after sparking massive security fears by launching a missile to carry a second satellite into orbit. The country's top space official Hamid Fazeli announced the disturbing plans at the launch of the Rassad-1 satellite to produce detailed maps of the earth.
06/18/2011 MEATLESS MONDAY CATCH ON IN ASPEN
A new nationwide pro-veggie effort - aimed at persuading people to go meatless at least one day a week - has been embraced in Aspen more than in any other city in America. At least 20 institutions and restaurants, including Syzygy, are offering vegetarian choices on Mondays under a plan announced this month. "Nobody is saying, 'go become a vegetarian,'" said Martin Oswald, a restaurateur who led the effort in signing up Meatless Monday participants among his food-industry friends. Mr. Oswald said he thought the dynamic that made Aspen such a prime place to expand Meatless Monday was not philosophy or health, but rather the cutthroat economics of the restaurant business - keeping up with the Joneses for fear of being left out. In food, as in so many other things, Aspen was already nowhere near average. In a state with the lowest obesity rate in the nation, an alpine outdoor menu - biking, rafting, hiking, rock-climbing and, of course, skiing - make it a fitness capital. And local institutions already led the charge in healthier eating.
The health benefits of going veg are no secret, but it's always great to see an A-list celeb promoting the cause! Carrie Underwood was a guest on an Australian show called "The Circle," when she started dishing on her recent move from vegetarian to vegan. "I've recently made the switch to vegan because I'm actually kind of lactose intolerant," the 28-year-old explained. She then added that her initial step into a meat-free diet came at an early age. "I grew up on a farm," she said. "Once I learned why we had a farm, that was that."
PETA is holding its annual sexiest vegetarian celebrity competition, and they need your veggie help to choose just who will win! One male and one female will be chosen, with a drop down menu offering up hunky stars like Brendan Brazier, Casey Affleck, Jared Leto, Kevin Bacon, and Russell Brand, along with beautiful counterparts such as Anne Hathaway, Emily Deschanel, Padma Lakshmi, Kristen Wiig, and Leona Lewis.
Actor Michael Vartan may be best known for his roles on such TV shows as Hawthorne and Alias, but the job he takes most seriously is acting as a responsible guardian toward his dog Millie. In a new ad for PETA, the 42-year-old offers tips to companion animals guardians on how to make the life of mans best friend a little brighter. The footage shows Vartan and Millie out on a walk, being playful and getting plenty of exercise. Vartan finishes the piece by adding, "These things may seem small to us, but to our dogs they mean the world."
Animal Planet welcomed back its hit reality series "Whale Wars" last Friday – and with it, over 1.27M viewers tuning in to kick of the show's fourth season. That’s a record turnout compared to previous seasons – and marked an increase across all demographics (including the coveted P18-34 with a 21% increase).
After eight days of intense public pressure following the exposure of horrendous cruelty documented by Animals Australia investigators, the Gillard Government has announced a suspension on the live cattle trade to Indonesia. The massive public outcry following the exposé eclipsed the backlash of almost any other political issue in Australian history. Within one week over 200,000 people signed an online petition, over 100,000 Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia supporters had written to the Prime Minister at BanLiveExport.com, and countless politicians were adding additional pressure on the Government to act by speaking out against the brutal trade - many for the first time.
Compassionate people everywhere celebrated when the European Union banned seal imports. Now, the World Trade Organization has decided to formally hear Canada and Norway's arguments against the EU's ban. Joan Jett and PETA are asking the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs to open up the hearings and make them available to the public. Jett wrote, "Norwegians and kind people everywhere have the opportunity to weigh in on this issue by submitting comments to the WTO panel deciding the case, and I hope that they will join me in demanding that the government not allow Norway to be a partner in the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, which has been condemned by world leaders such as President Barack Obama, Vladamir Putin, and the Dalai Lama." Anyone who has ever heard about the annual Canadian seal hunt can't quite fathom how such a brutal and pointless slaughter continues year after year. Hundreds of thousands of baby seals are bludgeoned to death for their fur before they are even old enough to swim.
In a victory for animal rights activists, the Fulton County Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to ban the use of bullhooks by circus elephant trainers. The ordinance only covers unincorporated south Fulton. While it would apply to small circuses that set up in parking lots, it will not affect Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus' major shows at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The coalition of animal rights groups that turned out at Wednesday's commission meeting said they'll be taking their cause to Atlanta and Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.
Long time eco advocate Adrian Grenier and his website SHFT have teamed up with Gilt.com to feature environmentally friendly men's fashions and other items for the home. Amongst his selections are the highly adored line of vegan bags from designer Matt and Nat. Other eco brands of men's fashion include Edun, Nau and Simple Shoes. It's not just clothes though. In the shop you'll find bicycles, backpacks, lamps, journals and even a gravity defying garden. Grenier says about the choice of products, "The common thread in all of what we do together is whatever we present has a high esthetic value, made well, quality – it's something that you'd want, but at the same time has a very meaningful, sustainable element to it." Grenier adds that unlike a lot of celebrities, he's not simply phoning it in to improve his image. Making sustainable choices has been a cause he's been involved with for a long time now.
Demi Moore partnered with PETA to write a letter to the Fulton County Board to ban bullhooks from being used to train circus elephants. She wrote, "Today, elephant sanctuaries and most zoos - including Zoo Atlanta - never use bullhooks or other weapon-like tools to punish elephants. I hope you will extend that inherent decency to elephants used in circuses... The elephants deserve our kindness, respect, and protection." A bullhook is a training tool with a sharp steel hook. Like a fire poker that's used to hit the animal any time they do not do something the trainer wants.
Adelino Ramos, a rural activist protecting the dwindling land of the Amazon, was murdered this Friday in Porto Velho, the capital of Rondonia, Brazil. He's the third reported activist that has been killed this week for his public denouncements of the illegal logging activity that has been decimating the Amazon Rain Forest, which is now, unfortunately, becoming a common occurrence. Thousands of activists have been slain over the conflict since 1988, the loggers themselves paying these gunmen to instill fear and "shut up the public." This attack comes only days after world-renowned activist couple Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria were also murdered for reporting illegal loggers.
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