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05/31/2003 ANIMAL STARVATION CASE !
According to The Portage Daily Register (5/9), a Wisconsin man has been charged with a single count misdemeanor animal cruelty for allegedly starving to death dozens of animals on his farm. Police found a pile of twenty-four dead sheep and goats, alongside thirty other starving animals, on the farm belonging to Fausto Florez. One witness stated that, "There was a grotesque and macabre pile of dead animals. . . There were dead female goats that were pregnant with stillborn goats hanging partway out of the body." And according to Brian Landers, an officer with the Wisconsin Dells Police Department and president of the Columbia County Humane Society, "Fourteen animals died from starvation and dehydration, but yet there was only one charge. (Florez) could easily be charged on felony counts."
05/31/2003 ONLY 10 PERCENT OF BIG OCEAN FISH LEFT - SCIENTISTS !
London - Large predatory fish - marlin, tuna and swordfish - are disappearing from the world's oceans, with their numbers down by 90 percent in the past 50 years, Canadian scientists said. "From giant blue marlin to mighty blue fin tuna, and from tropical groupers to Antarctic cod, industrial fishing has scoured the global ocean," said Ransom Myers, a biologist at Dalhousie University in Canada. "There is no blue frontier left. This means that the larger, more sensitive species like the sharks will goextinct unless we reduce fishing in a very large-scale manner."
05/31/2003 UK ANIMAL EXPORT - SICKENING CRUELTY !
A leading animal rights group called on the European Union to tighten laws governing the transportation of live animals after unveiling evidence of "sickening cruelty." The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) also urged the British government to change domestic laws, insisting that animals be slaughtered at home before being transported to the continent. "With ten million livestock moved by road every week in the EU, the potential for suffering is immense," said Dr Julia Wrathall, the RSPCA's deputy head of farm animals. "A huge body of evidence shows that even healthy animals can suffer serious stress, dehydration and fatigue in transit." An RSPCA report published this week details a catalogue of cruelty, including sheep found dead and dying after a nine-day journey across Europe. Undercover teams also witnessed a calf being shoved into a closed storage unit underneath a lorry and a cargo of sheep left in the sun for hours while temperatures soared.
05/30/2003 SCIENTISTS, PHILOSOPHERS, LAWYERS AND LEGAL SCHOLARS GATHERED IN THE LISBON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL DEMAND BETTER LEGAL PROTECTION FOR ANIMALS !
Portugal, Gathered in the Lisbon University Law School to take part in the Symposium "The Moral and Legal Status of Non-Human Animals," distinguished Portuguese scientists, philosophers, lawyers and legal scholars discussed several points about the moral and legal status of non-human animals and about the legal protection means that should be created to correspond to the moral obligation of respecting and protecting them.
05/30/2003 KILLING OF CATS IN PUBLIC GARDENS !
Malta, The National Cat Society is extremely worried because the Environmental Landscapes Consortium are planning to kill all cats in public gardens. The members of The NCS and animal welfare groups are ready to shed blood if it needs be. Though, they prefer persuading the Consortium manager to abandon their cruel plan and instead co-operate with the NCS to make life easier for the cats by devoting a corner with all modern facilities for them.
05/29/2003 BOYCOTT LIST !
Organizations which are do not care about animal welfare.1.World Wildlife Fund (WWF) -supports cruel animal testing in USA: Lobbies for the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "endocrine disruption screening and testing program." WWF (Canada) does not condemn the very cruel seal cull in Canada.2.RSPB -Lobbied for the Ruddy Duck to be exterminated from the UK. This will now go ahead and will mean an agonizing death for these innocent birds.3. Scottish Nature Heritage: - Lobbied for the cruel cull of hedgehogs.
05/29/2003 CATS 'FARMED FOR SKINS IN EU' !
It is thought that tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands of cat and dog skins are traded in Europe each year. Europe, it seems, is a magnet for cat and dog fur. Cat blankets, so the aficionados say, are good for rheumatism. Since the US has banned the trade of cat and dog skins, the European market has expanded. A video seen by BBC correspondent Tim Franks shows one Belgian furrier displaying a blanket he says was made from cats farmed in Belgium. So far, though, only Italy has brought in such a ban. British MEP Struan Stevenson told the BBC that two million cats and dogs are being killed in China alone each year, in order to satisfy demand in Europe. He also said that he has seen videos of animals being skinned alive.
05/28/2003 ANIMAL LIBERATION: 30 YEARS ON !
"Animal Liberation at 30," appears in the May 15 issue of The New York Review of Books. Philosopher Peter Singer examines the philosophical debate over the moral status of nonhuman animals and discusses the progress that has been made in raising that status since his original essay, "Animal Liberation," was published in the Review in 1973. (A ten-year retrospective was published in 1985.) Marking the first time the phrase appeared in print, the 1973 essay introduced readers to the concept of animal liberation. Since then, the literature on the moral status of animals has grown from about 100 works to an estimated thousands. The new article assesses the current state of the philosophical debate over the moral status of animals by asking and responding to 2 questions: Can speciesism itself be defended, and, if not, are there other morally relevant differences between humans and other animals that justify putting human interests far above the interests of the others.
05/28/2003 FISH FEEL !!!
A recent study has provided new evidence that fish can experience pain and distress. It found that fish have nervous system receptors that respond to aversive stimuli. According to the U.K. researchers, the fish showed "profound behavi[or]al and physiological changes comparable to those observed in higher mammals." They demonstrated a rocking motion remarkably similar to that exhibited by stressed mammals (including humans) and other behavior that did not appear to be mere reflex responses. Acknowledging that letting tens of millions of fish suffocate each year is unacceptable (it can take up to 10 minutes for fish to asphyxiate), U.K. fish farmers are considering the stunning of fish prior to slaughter.
05/27/2003 CANADIAN ANTI-CRUELTY BILL CONTROVERSY!
Canada is in the process of revising its 111-year-old law against cruelty to animals. First tabled in 1999, C-10B would increase penalties from a maximum of 6 months in jail and fines of $2.000 to 5 years and up to $10.000. Those convicted could also face a lifetime ban on keeping animals. The bill defines an animal as "a vertebrate, other than a human being, and any other animal that has the capacity to feel pain." Arguing that there is continuing scientific debate about "whether a being has the capacity to feel pain, the Senate's standing committee on legal and constitutional affairs called the definition overly broad and has proposed amending it to "a vertebrate, other than a human being." It declared: "The definition in Bill C-10B feeds into concerns that the bill adheres to animal-rights philosophy and that an ideological shift is taking place in favor of the emancipation of animals."
05/27/2003 ENDING ANIMAL AGRICULTURE EDUCATION!
As its premiere campaign, Responsible Policies for Animals (RPA), a new organization based in Glenside, Pa., is contacting universities and asking them to stop teaching animal agriculture. The campaign title, "10.000 Years is Enough," refers to the amount of time humans are believed to have practiced animal agriculture, which RPA says has now become "a merciless industrial monster."
05/26/2003 VEGGIE PRIDE MARCH!
Veggie Pride was held in Paris on May 17th. The event is being held to denounce "vegephobia," defend vegetarians' rights, and show support for the rights of farmed animals. The organizers state: "We refuse to rob sentient beings of their sole possessions, of their very flesh, their very lives; we refuse to take part in a concentration camp system which turns their short lives into a perpetual torment."
05/25/2003 FARMED ANIMAL VETERINARIAN SHORTAGE!
The number of veterinary students interested in farmed animal medicine is believed to be decreasing. Fewer veterinary graduates are entering farmed animal practice and many vets are leaving it. This is resulting in a shortage of farmed animal vets in the public, private, industrial and academic sectors. Such a shortage could cause the public to lose confidence in animal agriculture and its products. The increased threat of exotic diseases and bioterrorism heightens concern. Already, colleges are having trouble finding professors to teach large animal medicine, and rural practices are withering. In Canada, the B.C. government is experiencing difficulty finding a veterinary pathologist to work with fish farms, and both provincial and federal agencies are having trouble finding young vets to work with animals bound for slaughter
05/24/2003 ACTIVISTS SHUT DOWN EGG FACTORY!
Gimranas Inc., the largest chicken hatchery in Sweden, the 11th largest in the world, was broken into on April 27 by 3 activists with Bye Bye Egg Industry. The activists simultaneously entered 2 parts of the complex in 2 different towns, and destroyed hatching and brooding machines used to produce chickens for the egg industry. Some 42,000 eggs, which were a few days old, were cooled down. All of the machines in one factory were destroyed, resulting in a shutdown lasting several weeks. The loss is estimated to be about $240,000. The activists left a letter for employees explaining that their actions were not to be taken personally but rather were an attack on the egg industry in general. They also left coffee and a vegan cake for them.
05/23/2003 FARM ANIMAL FORUM REMINDER!
Farm Sanctuary will be hosting a national farmed animal advocacy training program and education seminar in New York City on May 24. An outreach activity, anti-veal demonstration, and social event are also planned.
05/22/2003 EFFORTS FOR THE CLOSURE ABOMINABLE MONKEY-BREEDING FARM!
For more than 12 years, the BFC farm in Mazor, Israel, has been breeding monkeys to be sold to laboratories. About 1,000 monkeys are held inside the farm. Each year, hundreds of baby monkeys on the farm are shipped off to a life of pain and misery in Israeli and European laboratories.The farm operates in direct violation of Israel's policy on trade in wildlife, which specifically prohibits the import and export of primates except in special cases that would result in the primates' rescue. Efforts are currently underway by the Israeli Society for the Abolition of Vivisection (ISAV) and other animal protection organizations to have the BFC farm permanently closed.
05/21/2003 POISONING OF THE MONKEYS!
Bangalore, passers-by on the busy Hosur Road near Wipro premises were surprised to see several monkeys on trees and electricity poles. Some were precariously hanging from the branches, and others were falling from the poles. Later, they found that many monkeys were dead and some of them were struggling for life. Several female simians had given birth to stillborn baby monkeys.People who gathered at the place learnt that about 40 monkeys had been poisoned, and more than 25 of them had died.
05/20/2003 BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA SEEK ATLANTIC WHALE SANCTUARY!
Brasilia, Brazil - Brazil and Argentina said this week they would resubmit a proposal to the International Whaling Commission next month to ban whaling in the Atlantic Ocean south of the equator. Brazilian Environment Minister Marina Silva said the two countries would ask the commission at its June meeting to set up a whale sanctuary. The idea has been rejected twice before by the commission. Despite a moratorium on whaling, introduced in 1986, some countries like Japan and Norway carry out limited whaling. The moratorium was supposed to have been reviewed in 1990 but never was. In 2002, 18 members voted for it and 23 against. There were 4 abstentions. There are two whale sanctuaries in the world - in the Indian Ocean and the Antarctic Ocean - where no whaling is permitted.
05/19/2003 FLORIDA RESIDENTS: IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO STOP MASS EXTERMINATION OF CATS IN FLORIDA!
On May 28, 2003, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will vote on a proposed policy to "prohibit the release, feeding or protection of cats" throughout Florida. If this policy is adopted, FWC will kill hundreds of thousands of feral and free-roaming cats.
05/18/2003 THE ARRAU TURTLE FACING THE EXTINCTION!
On the Orinoco River, Venezuela - The Arrau turtle is threatened with extinction, so every year conservationists in Venezuela collect thousands of the hatchlings, raise them in captivity and then release them into the wild to try to guarantee the survival of the species. Hunted for their meat and eggs by native Indians and other residents living along the banks of Venezuela's mighty Orinoco river, the population numbers of the species known in Latin as Podocnemis Expansa have declined dramatically over the last century. "The problem is basically human. Residents of the region have a strong tradition of eating the eggs, eating the newborns and the adult turtles," Omar Hernandez, coordinator of the government-funded program to save the turtles, told Reuters. Although the species has been legally protected since the 1960s, turtles are sold at local markets for nearly $100 each. The region's poor inhabitants, mostly farmers, simply go to the river and catch them to enrich their meagre diet.
05/17/2003 THE BAN ON DECLAWING !
West Hollywood, The liberal enclave of West Hollywood, which has long championed the rights of gay men and women, this week became the first city in the United States to ban "pet guardians" (also known as pet owners) from removing the claws of their cats. The ban on declawing - which involves the amputation of a cat's toes and tendons - came into effect after more than a year of campaigning by animal rights activists who say there are kinder ways of stopping cats scratching people and furniture. The ban on declawing will apply to veterinarians in the two-square-mile (5.2-sq-km) city, which last year decreed that pet owners should be known as pet "guardians" and their pets referred to as "companion animals."
05/16/2003 ADIDAS SUED FOR BREAKING CALIFORNIA LAW !
Frankfurt, Adidas-Salomon declined to comment yesterday about a lawsuit in California alleging the German sporting goods firm was selling sports shoes made with banned kangaroo products. Adidas shares were lower on news an animal rights group sued the firm in a San Francisco Superior Court this week, saying the company was selling shoes that include kangaroo products barred in California."It is too soon to comment on this case," said an Adidas spokeswoman, adding that the company used kangaroo skin for sports shoes like its Predator football boots promoted by British soccer star David Beckham.
05/15/2003 ANIMAL MUTILATION IN TOLEDO, USA !
Haskins, The Wood County sheriff is investigating a gruesome case of animal mutilation. The bodies of about a dozen greyhounds were found along railroad tracks in northern Wood County. The dogs were skinned and had their ears removed to make it impossible to track their origin. Team Greyhound is a rescue agency for the breed because they are frequently disposed of in this manner.
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