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11/30/2004 PAM ANDERSON REQUESTS KFC-BOYCOTT!

Baywatch-actress Pamela Anderson request a boycott of the restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). For this poultry-fast-food from KFC millions of chicken would have to suffer terribly. Together with the animal rights organization PETA she requests KFC to keep the chicken better. KFC repudiates all reproaches.

11/28/2004 HERO DOLPHINS FOUND HACKED TO DEATH!

Two dolphins that helped protect swimmers from a great white shark attack are thought to have been killed by fishermen, New Zealand lifeguards say. The dead dolphins were found in a river in the upper reaches of Whangarei Harbour, on North Island's east coast, said animal protection officer Jim Boyd. Their tails had been hacked off, and officials believe they may have been mutilated by criminals poaching fish.Three weeks ago, a pod of seven dolphins saved a group of swimmers from a predatory 10ft shark at a beach near Whangarei city, north of the capital Wellington. The protective dolphins have been hailed as the humans' saviours after the incident was reported this week. Lifeguard Rob Howes and trainee Helen Slade said they feared the two mammals may have been part of the pod that ganged up to protect them and other swimmers from the circling great white.An angry Mr Howes called the netting and mutilation of the dolphins "indiscriminate murder", adding: "This is how we repay them for their help." Department of Conservation area manager John Gardiner said it appeared the dolphins had been snagged in illegal fishing nets.

11/27/2004 ANIMAL-FRIENDLY TRAVEL CHARTER LAUNCHED!

A new initiative to develop animal-friendly responsible travel was launched yesterday by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, (WSPA) with the aim of promoting a proposed Charter to the global travel industry. Animal cruelty can blight peoples' travel experiences and taint their impression of their destination. WSPA, which has member societies in 126 countries worldwide, receives regular complaints from distressed holidaymakers who have witnessed animal suffering. Typical examples include the mistreatment of working animals; the exploitation of animals in entertainment; the abandonment of strays; and the selling of souvenirs made from endangered species. Companies that agree to the Charter will recognise that animals deserve special consideration, and thus refuse to organise, advertise or promote events that cause animal suffering, including cruel sports such as bullfights, circuses with wild animals or zoos or aquaria that fail to meet specific standards. The Charter also calls on companies to actively discourage the use of wild animals held captive for street entertainment, such as the use of chimpanzees in photography, and dancing bears.

11/25/2004 DOLPHINS PROTECT NZ SVIMMERS FROM SHARK!

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A pod of dolphins circled protectively round a group of New Zealand swimmers to fend off an attack by a great white shark, media have reported. Lifesavers Rob Howes, his 15-year-old daughter Niccy, Karina Cooper and Helen Slade were swimming 100 metres (300 feet) off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on New Zealand's North Island when the dolphins herded them -- apparently to protect them from a shark. "They started to herd us up, they pushed all four of us together by doing tight circles around us," Howes told the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) on Tuesday. Howes tried to drift away from the group, but two of the bigger dolphins herded him back just as he spotted a three-metre (nine feet) great white shark swimming towards the group. "I just recoiled. It was only about 2 m away from me, the water was crystal clear and it was as clear as the nose on my face," Howes said, referring to a distance of 6 feet. "They had corralled us up to protect us," he said. The lifesavers spent the next 40 minutes surrounded by the dolphins before they could safely swim back to shore. The incident happened on October 30, but the lifesavers kept the story to themselves until now.

11/24/2004 SHEEP RUSTLING A GROWING PROBLEM!

A Farmers Union of Wales survey of police statistics has revealed that 1000s of sheep are being stolen from Welsh farms every year. It is thought they end up being slaughtered in unlicensed premises before entering the illegal meat trade that operates in many large English cities. Many are likely to be blow-torched to supply the ethnic community demand for smokies.

11/23/2004 ELEPHANT INNOCENT OF CRUSHING ZOO KEEPER!

BEIJING (Reuters) - An elephant that stamped on his keeper at a Chinese zoo in the mating season and crushed him to death has been declared innocent because of mitigating circumstances, Xinhua news agency has said. Hu Tianmin was cleaning the elephant house at the zoo in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, in August when the five-tonne, 20-year-old male Asian elephant named "Zhongbo" lifted him up, threw him to the ground and stamped on him."The production safety administration in Kunming confirmed that the victim was responsible for his own tragedy because he had entered the elephant pen all alone and without adopting any protective measures, in violation of zoo rules," Xinhua said.

11/22/2004 BRITTISH LAWMAKERS CHASE HOUNDS OUT OF FOX HUNTS!

London - British hunters can no longer call in the hounds. Britain outlawed fox hunting with dogs in England and Wales as members of the House of Commons won a dramatic battle with the House of Lords over banning a popular country sport despised by many urbanites. Many hunting supporters vowed to defy the ban. The years-long debate over outlawing a sport opponents see as simply cruel has been highly charged and deeply divisive.Although it will still be legal to shoot foxes, the legislation bans all hunting with hounds, including the pursuit of rabbits and deer.

11/21/2004 THE ANTIGUA DOLPHIN CRISIS!

The captive dolphin facility at Marina Bay is causing serious environmental concerns, as it is partly to blame for the continued severe flooding in the area affecting businesses and private property in the area. The village of York is also affected and serious health concerns have developed as a result of polluted water. In order to open the salt pond to elevate the problem, the dolphins must be removed from the bay leading to the sea.

11/20/2004 PETA CAMPAIGNS AGAINST EATING FISH!

NEW YORK (AP) -- Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish -- contrary to stereotype -- are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat. Called the Fish Empathy Project, the campaign reflects a strategy shift by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as it challenges a diet component widely viewed as nutritious and uncontroversial. "No one would ever put a hook through a dog's or cat's mouth," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA's director of vegan outreach. "Once people start to understand that fish, although they come in different packaging, are just as intelligent, they'll stop eating them." The campaign is in its infancy and will face broad skepticism. Major groups such as the American Heart Association recommend fish as part of a healthy diet; some academics say it is wrong to portray the intelligence and pain sensitivity of fish as comparable to mammals.

11/19/2004 SWINE PRODUCERS ENCOURAGED TO MINIMIZE THE USE OF ELECTRIC PRODS!

Researchers at the Prairie Swine Centre are encouraging swine producers to consider upgrades to handling facilities that will allow them to minimize the use of electric prods. "Handling the Grow-Finish Process" is among the topics being examined as part of the Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2004 in Saskatoon. Pigs will often be handled several times in the last weeks before shipment as they're weighed and sorted to ensure they hit the core weights that bring premium market prices. Prairie Swine Centre Research Scientist in Ethology Dr. Harold Gonyou says the stresses of handling these animals can reach the point where some will become severely fatigued...in some cases to the point they end up being lost.

11/18/2004 BEAVERS KEEP STOLEN CASH!

Beavers found a bag of bills stolen from a casino, tore it open and wove the money into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek near Baton Rouge. "They hadn't torn the bills up. They were still whole," said Major Michael Martin of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office. The money was part of at least $US70,000 ($91,000) taken last week from the Lucky Dollar Casino in Greensburg, about 50 kilometres north-east of Baton Rouge. Sheriff's deputies in St Helena Parish, where the truck stop video poker casino is located, have accused a security guard at the casino of disabling its security cameras. Jacqueline Wall, 25, was arrested for criminal theft, Maj. Martin said.

11/17/2004 HALF OF EUROPEAN BIRD SPECIES IN DANGER!

Almost half of Europe's 524 native species of bird face an uncertain future, according to a new report, with even the common starling becoming less common. The survey was carried out by BirdLife International, an alliance of conservation groups, using bird population data from 52 European countries. They found that 45 species were in a worse situation than 10 years ago, when their first Birds in Europe report was published. "The continued decline of many species sends a clear signal about the health of Europe's wildlife and the poor state of our environment," said Mike Rands, BirdLife International's director.

11/16/2004 EU SPONSORS SEAL HUNTING IN NORWAY!

The EU has sponsored a project aiming at increasing the Norwegian seal hunt and developing new seal products. The project is a co-operation between Norway, Sweden and Finland. Cooking courses, development of new seal meat recipes, sewing courses with seal pelts for designers and the general public, and promotion of seal hunting are among the planned activities. Biologist Mona Gilstad from Vega in Norway says that there are far too many seals and that the project is going to change the seals "from a problem to a resource".

11/15/2004 NORWEGIAN DESIGNERS AGAINST FUR FARMING!

Approx. ten well-known Norwegian designers have responded to NAWA´s request and stated in writing that they will no longer use real fur in their designs. NAWA sent out information about fur farming to more than a hundred Norwegian designers, and many of them have already been lobbied and/or sponsored by the fur industry.

11/14/2004 RADIO DJS ASKED TO GET STUFFED!

Terry Wogan will be invited to eat a Christmas dinner as he broadcasts his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show as part of British Turkey's 2004 Christmas campaign. A plate of hot turkey with all the trimmings will be delivered to 14 radio DJs including Mr Wogan, Sarah Kennedy and Radio 1's Chris Moyles, on Dec 1.Kim Burgess, chairman of the British Turkey Sector Group's publicity and marketing committee, said the stunt would raise the profile of the Quality British Turkey mark. The committee had wanted to start the campaign in a fun way and getting DJs to talk about turkey live on air meant the campaign could hit an estimated 30m households. "With the threat of cheap imports and fears over quality it is more important than ever for retailers and consumers to demand the Quality British Turkey mark on packs," she said. "The mark guarantees they are buying meat from farmers and producers who achieve some of the highest standards in the world."

11/12/2004 DOMESTIC DUCKS COULD POSE A NEW AVIAN INFLUENZA THREAT!

Rome -- Domestic ducks may be acting as a silent reservoir for the H5N1 Avian Influenza virus, which is highly pathogenic for chickens, and may thus have acquired an important new role in the transmission of the virus to other poultry and, possibly, to humans as well, three international agencies warned today. The concern is greatest in rural areas of affected countries, where traditional free-ranging ducks, chickens and wildlife mingle, frequently sharing the same source of water, according to a joint statement by FAO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Findings pointing to an altered role for domestic ducks join other recent evidence that the H5N1 virus circulating in parts of Asia has increased its virulence in chickens and mice (a laboratory model for mammals), and has expanded its host range to include mammals, such as certain members of the felidae family (e.g. cats and tigers), not previously considered susceptible to infection.

11/11/2004 SKINNED CARCASSES WASH ASHORE ON SINCLAIR ISLAND!

The high tide Tuesday night carried dozens of skinned mink carcasses onto the shore of Sinclair Island, the likely result of commercial crab fishermen dumping the bodies overboard rather than using them for bait. But the eerie sight of the small skinned animals on a normally pristine beach has raised questions of who dumped them overboard, and how many are washing up on beaches elsewhere.Ferdi Businger, one of five people who live on Sinclair Island year-round, first spotted the dead animals on his beach Wednesday morning. After walking around the island, he counted about 24 on shore. Thursday afternoon, five carcasses were still on his south-facing beach, with about seven more along the western shore.Dead minks are often bought from large Canadian fur farmers to use as crab bait, said Sgt. Russ Mullins of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mullins said it would be almost impossible to find out who dumped the minks. Expect for possibly violating a state littering law, whoever threw the minks overboard did not do anything illegal, Mullins said. "What someone has done rather distastefully, is dumped them all overboard," Mullins said.

11/10/2004 DOG TIED UP AND BURNED TO DEATH!

A dog was tied up and burned to death on a Halloween bonfire in County Tyrone, the USPCA has said. The incident happened in the Glebe area near Sion Mills on Sunday night. In another Halloween incident, a nine-year-old boy has had a finger partially amputated after he injured his left hand in a fireworks accident in County Armagh..Dog tied up and burned to death.

11/09/2004 FISHERMEN ACCUSED OF SEAL KILLINGS!

About 60 gray seals, most of them pups, had been slaughtered on a western Irish island, wildlife officials said. Activists from a group called the Irish Seal Sanctuary blamed local fishermen for killing the animals because they eat fish. Gray seals are a protected species under Ireland's Wildlife Act of 1976."There's only one direction the finger can be pointed at: the fishing community," said group spokesman Sean Eviston, who travelled to Beginish Island, off the coast of the Dingle peninsula, to confirm divers' reports of the slaughter. Eviston said the gray seals killed were mostly "whitecoats" - pups about three weeks old. He said the attackers appeared to have used several methods, including gun shots, beating the animals with rocks and driving nails into their skulls. "They ripped some of these seals open from the nape of the neck," he said.

11/07/2004 ALASKA TOURISM BOYCOTT CONTINUES!

DARIEN, Conn., US - In the first year of Alaska's current state-sponsored aerial wolf-killing scheme, over 200,000 people pledged to boycott the state's $2 billion-a-year tourism industry. The tourism boycott, an intervention led by international animal advocacy organization Friends of Animals, is now resuming - this time to impact Alaska's summer 2005 tourism season - with over two dozen protests from Sitka, Alaska to New York City already scheduled in the first weeks of the campaign. On Saturday the 6th of November, activists in 16 states presented Howl-Ins: Volunteers collected signatures on postcards for Alaska's Gov. Frank Murkowski pledging to boycott travel to Alaska until the wolf-killing ends. Supporters of wolves displayed posters announcing that "Alaska is planning a heart-stopping wildlife spectacle" and showing a wolf in a rifle's crosshairs. Howl-Ins will continue through April 2005 unless Governor Murkowski calls off the state-sanctioned killers before that date. En route to San Francisco's annual Green Festival, Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral said, "We cannot wait to howl with the people of San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday. We'll make sure that Frank Murkowski can hear us."

11/06/2004 FRENCH GOAT PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF INTER-SPECIES BSE TRANSMISSION!

Scientists believe that a goat tested two years ago in France may represent the first case in which bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or "mad cow" disease) has jumped from one species to another. During tests throughout Europe in 2002, the goat was found to have an abnormal strain of scrapie, which is in the same family of diseases as BSE. Subsequent tests on laboratory mice showed that the disease was BSE, although European Union officials are awaiting confirmation from labs in England. Scientists believe the goat may have contracted BSE by eating infected cow meat and/or bonemeal, which has been banned in the UK since 1996 and in the EU since 2001. Only one case of the disease has been found in more than 140,000 tests of goats throughout the European Union. Although officials say there is no increase in risk to consumers because of these findings, the UK's leading BSE expert pointed out that there remains "a risk from eating the brains of any ruminant."

11/03/2004 IF BRAIN SIZE IS A MEASURE, WE ARE NOT THAT DIFFERENT!

Newswise - Scientists have determined how brain size changed in dolphins and their relatives over the past 47 million years, and how these species evolved in relation to humans. The results of their research, published on-line this week in the journal The Anatomical Record, show that, in terms of brain size, humans and dolphins aren't that different. Lead scientist on the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project is Lori Marino of Emory University in Atlanta; colleagues Daniel McShea from Duke University in North Carolina and Mark Uhen from the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield, Michigan, are co-investigators on the study. Dolphin brains are four to five times larger than would be expected for their body size when compared to another animal of similar size. In humans, the measure is seven times larger. "Essentially, the brains of primates and cetaceans arrived at the same cognitive space while evolving along different paths," Marino says. "What the data say to me is that we, as humans, are not that special. Although we are highly encephalized [have large brains], it's not by much compared with cetaceans."

11/01/2004 TAIJI DOLPHIN CAMPAIGN!

Each year, from October through February, in small towns across Japan, thousands of dolphins and small whales are confined and brutally killed. Over 23,000 dolphins will be needlessly killed this year alone. Sea Shepherd is mounting an intense worldwide publicity campaign to bring pressure to bear on the Japanese to end this abhorrent and unnecessary slaughter. Visit our new campaign pages; read about how the Japanese are poisoning their people; see how "Swim with Dolphin" programs help fund this slaughter; hear the story as told by Susan Sarandon and find out exactly how vicious these dolphin killers are. Furthermore, learn how you can become involved to stop the slaughter. www.seashepherd.org

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