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05/31/2004 CANADIAN SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST FAMILY FARMERS!

The epic battle of Canadian family farmer Percy Schmeiser against biotech giant Monsanto Corporation officially came to a close on May 21. A hairline 5-4 Canadian Supreme Court ruling sided with Monsanto, saying Schmeiser is guilty of the "crime" of saving seeds from his canola plants - seeds which Monsanto claims they own. In the late 90s, Schmeiser's canola field was contaminated with Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) seed, most likely from a neighboring farm or from trucks passing in front of his Saskatchewan farm. Monsanto's patent monopoly on GE crops, such as canola, mandate that farmers using the seed must pay "royalty" fees to the gene giant. Since Schmeiser never purchased his seeds from Monsanto or signed an agreement in the first place, he continued to save his seeds and replant each year, so Monsanto sued. The court's decision has angered family farmers across Canada, and emboldened organic farmers to continue their class action lawsuit against Monsanto and Aventis (Bayer) for contaminating organic crops with mutant GMOs.

05/31/2004 MALFORMED PROTEINS FOUND IN SHEEP MUSCLE!

Prions, the misfolded proteins that are widely believed to cause brain-wasting diseases, have been found in sheep muscle, scientists announced yesterday - the 1st time they have been discovered in animal flesh that many humans normally eat. But the scientists emphasized that the finding did not mean that lamb or mutton posed a danger to humans.

05/31/2004 AUSTRIA PASSES GROUNDBREAKING ANIMAL RIGHTS LEGISLATION!

In the latest example of growing European acceptance of animal rights, Austria has passed Europe's toughest animal-protection law, calling for, among other sweeping changes, the abolition of cages for all hens by the year 2020. Additionally, lions and tigers will be banned from Austrian circuses, and the new law will also make it illegal to restrain dogs with chains, choke collars, or invisible electric fences and prevent guardians from performing painful cropping procedures on their dogs' ears and tails.The new legislation carries penalties of up to $18,160 and empowers authorities to seize violators' animals. "Austria is taking the role of pioneer," Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel told the Austrian Parliament, vowing to press for similar legislation across the European Union. "This new law will give both producers and consumers a good feeling, and it lifts animal protection to the highest level internationally."

05/30/2004 AUSTRIAN PARLIAMENT VOTES UNANIMOUSLY TO BAN BATTERY CAGES!

In an historic vote on Thursday May 27, all members of the Austrian Parliament voted to ban battery-hen keeping and to put animal protection into the country's constitution. Facing down opposition from the Austrian Farm Federation, the Austrian parliament voted that under the new law, no new battery-hen facilities may be built after December 31, 2005. As of January 1, 2009, all conventional battery farms must close, and effective January 1, 2020, all "enriched" cages (cages stuffed with dollhouse chicken furniture and chickens) must close. Similarly, Germany plans to phase out battery-caging of hens by the end of 2006, and in a related good move for chickens in March, Hungary's parliament banned cockfighting. Switzerland effectively banned battery cages for hens in 1981 by developing standards that couldn't be met by battery cages. In the European Union, standard battery-cages must close by January 1, 2013; however the European Council (EC) will still allow enriched-cage battery operations - a move that European animal protectionists are challenging.

05/29/2004 PRESIDENT BUSH PETITIONED TO STOP AERIAL GUNNING OF WOLVES IN ALASKA!

The aerial gunning program in Alaska , which ended for the season on April 30, left 147 wolves dead. Up to 500 wolves are slated to be killed next season (beginning in late fall), and hundreds more could be killed annually for the next four to five years. The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund has drafted a petition, asking President Bush to use the Federal Airborne Hunting Act - legislation originally enacted to bar the use of airplanes for such hunting - to stop the killing. (Defenders of Wildlife)

05/29/2004 TRANSBOUNDARY ANIMAL DISEASE ON THE RISE!

Rome/Paris - In response to an increase of transboundary animal diseases, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and FAO have decided to strengthen their collaboration. Animal diseases spreading between countries, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza, are often having a severe economic and social impact, the two agencies said in joint statement. FAO and OIE called upon countries and donors to invest more in the control of contagious transboundary animal diseases. Such animal diseases are on the rise as a result of international trade and the movement of people and animals.

05/28/2004 WEM'S LAST DOLPHIN SECRETED AWAY IN DEAD OF NIGHT!

EDMONTON - The dolphin lagoon at the West Edmonton Mall is empty. While Edmontonians slept, Howard the dolphin was in transit, heading south. The Atlantic bottlenose dolphin is now basking in the sunshine of the Florida Keys. WEM's last dolphin was secretly moved to his new home at Theater of the Sea, a saltwater lagoon in Islamorada, Fla., early Sunday. The move started at 5 A.M. Saturday, when Howard was relocated from the lagoon to a basement pool. Sunday at 2 A.M., he was put on a stretcher, loaded into a custom box and driven to the City Centre Airport's Shell Aerocentre, escorted by the Edmonton city police. Howard was not tranquilized. He was put on a Falcon 20 private jet and accompanied by a veterinarian. By 4 P.M. Sunday, Howard had arrived safely in his new home. "It went without a hitch," WEM general manager Gary Hanson said Monday. "We're very excited about Howard's successful transfer." Howard's trip cost between $40,000 and $50,000 US, paid by Theater of the Sea. The move required close to 100 people.

05/27/2004 TRADE IN CAT AND DOG FUR BANNED!

The Australian Government will immediately move to ban trade in cat and dog fur, the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, said.The Government will amend the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 to stop import and export of the fur of domestic cat and dog species (Felis cattus and Canis familiaris respectively). Senator Ellison said the Howard Government had decided in April to introduce the ban after careful consideration and consultation with key groups in the community. "I have received more than 9,000 representations from a broad section of the community supporting a ban - the largest volume of correspondence I have received on a single issue in almost four years as Minister," he said. "This concern has led directly to the Government working closely with key groups to ensure the ban is as effective and comprehensive as possible. Many Australian families have cats and dogs as family pets, and the Government has listened to the many representations made on this issue and taken action to ensure that Australia makes no contribution to this disturbing trade in the fur of domestic companion animals."

05/26/2004 DOLPHINS CAPTURE!

Several dolphins have been captured in Haiti by a Mexican capture team. The dolphins are kept in a small and shallow sea cage in the Arcadins Islands, near Port-au-Prince. According to the local contact, the captures have been going on for about three months. He reports that two dolphins have already died and the survivors are not doing well. Some of them have many scars from the capture and are sunburned from the lack of shade, he says. The crude cage is about 15 feet x15 feet, only five feet deep. This tiny cage holds eight bottlenose dolphins. The Mexican capture team is building a bigger cage and reportedly has plans to capture more dolphins.

05/26/2004 NEW CENTRE TO REDUCE ANIMAL TESTS!

The UK Government has announced that it is establishing a national centre for "best practice" in animal testing. Announcing the proposals on Friday, science minister Lord Sainsbury said the institute would seek to reduce tests and raise standards of welfare. Funding for reduction, replacement and refinement of animal tests, known as the "three R's" will rise from £330,000 to £660,000 in financial year. The government is expect to follow this with further funding increases.

05/25/2004 ROOFTOP DEMO HIGHLIGHTS IAMS/PROCTER & GAMBLE'S CRUEL ANIMAL TESTING POLICIES!

On Wednesday May 19 members of Belgian organisation BiteBack conducted a daring protest at the HQ of Iams/Euknuba Belgium as part of this year's Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day VIII. A protester and activist in a dog costume managed to get to the roof of the Belgian HQ of Iams/Eukanuba in Gent. For over an hour they held banners denouncing cruel experiments conducted on animals by Iams in the development of the "pet" food, and the routine poisoning and killing of animals in the development of new products and ingredients by household/cosmetic product giant Procter & Gamble (makers of Daz, Flash, Fairy, Pantene and Max Factor, amongst other famous brand names). The protesters were not arrested and were allowed to speak to the media: local TV (working together with VTM national news), the major local paper "The Gentenaar," and the Belgium wire service was there too for an article.

05/24/2004 LINK BETWEEN ILLNESSES AND CHEMICALS AND THE FLAWED METHOD OF TESTING CHEMICALS (ANIMAL TESTING)!

1. There is a significant rise in cancer starting shortly after World War 2 and persisting into the 1990s. 2. The death rate due to all cancer, except lung cancer, in people between ages 40 and 45 years, increased six-fold between 1950 and 1980, lung cancer ten-fold. 3. Trends as impressive as these are found, for example, in allergies (asthma) especially in children, and dementia (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis), which is increasingly afflicting people below their fifties. Autism in children soars at a breath-taking rate: according to official US data, the number of affected children increased ten-fold over the past 10 years and amounts to 120,000 in 2002 in this country (UK). 4. Since World War 2, some 80,000 man-made chemical substances, for various purposes, were brought on the market in varying quantities of up to 100,000 tonnes a year. These chemicals are used for outdoor and domestic purposes, even finding their way onto our tables in the form of food additives and pesticides. This suggests a link between the adverse health trends and the concomitant introduction of chemicals. 5. According to the European Commission (EC), only 2% of these chemicals have been assessed for the risk they may cause to rodents! In 2003, the EC issued the REACH project (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals) in which we should know by 2020 the risk of the 100,000 chemicals in rodents. Ninety two million animals would be involved. 6. Non-animal testing is reliable and very fast. They provide definitive results within hours, or days at most, valid for humans, while animal experimentation lasts for months and years and yield results valid for animals only. 7. Industrial parties seem uninterested in correctly testing chemicals. If they have their way we will have dangerous products infiltrating our homes and our food just because they were declared safe by flawed (animal) tests.

05/24/2004 IN AUSTRIA, A COMPLETE BAN ON BATTERY-HEN CAGES IS POSSIBLE!

Martin Balluch reports from Austria that a complete ban on battery-hen keeping is within reach in Austria thanks to a major successful ongoing campaign including hen rescues, strong media coverage, street demonstrations, a letter-writing campaign to the government, and support by the Green Party and the social democrats. The Austrian campaigners are seeking a ban on cages separate from the European Commission (EC), which will only ban old cages by 2013, and then still allow "enriched" cages thatare basically no bigger than standard cages, but have scratch material, a sitting stick and some sort of nest in each little prison. In contrast, the Austrian campaign demands a ban on keeping hens in cages altogether, never mind how "enriched" or how "big."

05/22/2004 TEENS LINKED TO SLAUGHTER OF 163 TURTLES TO BE DEPORTED!

KOTA KINABALU: Four mainland Chinese teenagers, who were among the 16 fishermen arrested with 163 turtles on board their trawler earlier this month, have been ordered to be deported. Magistrate Marlina Ibrahim ordered the four teenagers, all 16, to be referred to the Immigration Department for immediate deportation. She made the order in her chambers after allowing an application from prosecuting officer Anthony Gamad from the Fisheries Department. Gamad told the court he had received instructions from the Deputy Public Prosecutor's office to withdraw charges against the juveniles. The teenagers were arrested with 12 others in Malaysian waters on board a Chinese fishing vessel at 12:30 P.M. on May 2. The magistrate ordered the 11 others - Hwang Sue Seng, 48, Lee Pang Mao, 22, Lee Ling Sang, 22, Lee Chuan Sing, 30, Wang Hai, 21, Lee Pang Gin, 19, Lee Pang Chen, 25, Woo Yang Seng, 25, Lee Seng Sang, 46, Fong Jong Ai, 37, and Woo Chan Hai, 22 - to each pay a fine of RM50,000 in default six months' jail for the same offence. For the second offence of illegally catching 163 protected turtles, the skipper was fined RM3,000 in default two months' jail, while his 11 crew members were each fined RM2,000 in default two months' jail. The 12 fishermen failed to pay their fines and are now serving term in Kepayan prison.

05/22/2004 FOIE GRAS BILL PASSES CALIFORNIA SENATE 21-14!

Earlier this year, California lawmaker, Senate Pro Tem John Burton, introduced SB 1520, a bill that would ban force-feeding of ducks and geese to make foie in California. The bill would also ban the sale of foie gras made from the diseased livers of force-fed ducks and geese. Burton told the Sacramento Bee (3/1/04), “We shouldn't be cramming a tube down a duck's throat and forcing in food to make foie gras. Happily, the California Senate and its constituents agree!" The bill, which on Tuesday (3/17) passed the California Senate 21-14, now goes to the California Assembly to be assigned to a committee. After the committee vote, the bill will go to the full Assembly for a vote. If the bill passes the Assembly and is signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, California will become the first state to ban the force-feeding of ducks and geese to produce foe gras.

05/21/2004 ABOUT 5,137,000 ANIMALS ARE KILLED EVERY HOUR THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!

It is hard to give the exact number of animals that are killed throughout the world each year but it is estimated that it is about 45 billion. That means about 5,137,000 animals are killed every hour throughout the world. It takes slightly over one hour to equal the numbers of innocent Jews that were killed in the Jewish Holocaust. Would you believe that there has been about 2,600,000,000,000 animals killed in the world since the end of WWII? The 2.6 trillion animals killed for food and experimentation since WWII is an educated guess. That is a little less then a half million times as many Jews that were killed in the Jewish Holocaust. The word "holocaust" can apply to both the animal holocaust and the Jewish Holocaust and does not take away from the Jewish Holocaust. The comparison is valid since both get rounded up and placed into cages (concentration camps). They both are tortured and sometimes starved in the case of laying hens. They are both eventually slaughtered.

05/20/2004 EXPERTS URGE ACTION TO STOP ANIMAL DISEASES INFECTING HUMANS!

Scientists have called on governments to take urgent action to prevent the emergence of new zoonotic diseases-ones that jump species from animals to humans-in the wake of recent fatal outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), believed to have been transmitted by civet cats, and avian flu from birds. Experts told an international conference on zoonotic diseases hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva on May 3-5 that over the past decade most emerging human diseases came originally from animals.This trend would continue as humans came into more contact with wild animals and encroached on their habitats, they said. Some zoonoses have triggered relatively few cases in humans but have wrought considerable economic damage and panic. For example, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the disease that produced a new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, led to mass culls of cattle. A particularly lethal strain of avian flu, H5N1, first broke out among humans in Hong Kong in 1997. Subsequent outbreaks in Vietnam and Thailand led to culls of poultry, damaging the livelihood of thousands of people in the region.Last year's SARS outbreak had devastating consequences for the Asian economy, as well as the travel business and airlines.

05/18/2004 FOR THE QUEBEC WOLVES!

Over 12,300 people from Quebec, the rest of Canada, the United States, and Europe signed CLAN's (CLAN DES LOUPS D'AMÉRIQUE DU NORD) petition to draw attention to the government's inaction regarding the issue.Signers firmly denounce the aberrations of the current system, namely: - That trapping remains the leading cause of wolf mortality: 350 to 550 wolves are still killed annually in Quebec. - That the trapping of 19 animal species, including wolves, is allowed on 1,490,444 km2 in Quebec, or over 98% of the province's total area. - That trapping has been allowed on wildlife reserves since 1984. On this public land, 343 trappers - including many government workers employed by Société de la Faune et des Parcs hold lifelong privileges of all sorts.

05/17/2004 AUSTRALIA'S LABOR PARTY FOR CATS AND DOGS!

The import of cat and dog fur products will be banned if Australia's Labor Party wins this year's federal election. "The ban is necessary to protect Australian consumers from fraud as the makers of these products attempt to deceive consumers by falsely labeling them as originating from fictitious animals." Consumer affairs spokesman Alan Griffin said. Mr. Griffin also said there was evidence of health risks associated with dog and cat fur being used in toys, such as the carcinogen chromium, which is used in tanning at fur factories.

05/17/2004 HAMSTERS STRANGLED FOR THEIR SKINS!

In Hungary, tens of thousands of hamsters are strangled so their skins can be sold to the fur trade. Each pelt sells for 600 Hungarian forint (US $2.66) to furriers who export them to Germany and Austria, where they are to be made into coats and hats to be sold around the world.While furriers claim hamsters are considered an agricultural pest, locals cannot recall when they last saw one. The fifty-nine year old mayor of the village of Dany says that he has not seen a wild hamster since he was a young boy.

05/16/2004 NUTRIA'S SLAUGHTER!

Enticed by a $4 bounty on the heads of nutria's, Louisiana's trappers killed more than 330,000 of the animals during the winter fur season, 24,436 more than were killed in the 2002-03 season. Most of the nutria skins went to Russia for use in fur hats.

05/16/2004 THE EUROPEAN FUR TRADE!

Members of the European Parliament have finally backed a ban on the imports of domestic dog and cat skins following a lengthy campaign, but the ban now faces the task of being passed before the European Parliament breaks for the May elections. Scottish Euro MP Struan Stevenson says that some within the European Commission are trying to stall the ban for political reasons.

05/13/2004 U.S. EASED RULES ON DOLPHIN PROTECTIONS DESPITE BRIBERY CLAIMS!

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that an internal agency e-mail reveals that representatives of the National Marine Fisheries Service believe that government observers in Mexico are taking bribes to create false reports that tuna fishing boats in that country are not netting on dolphins. The White House has argued that knowledge of the allegations were not relevant to its decision to relax restrictions on tuna fishing, according to the Chronicle. A new study shows that, in addition to dolphins being snagged by fishing nets, tuna boats can separate dolphin mothers from their babies. Despite protections, dolphin numbers have failed to recover substantially in the past couple of decades. (Defenders of Wildlife)

05/12/2004 DOGS AND CATS TO BE GASSED TODAY IN NORTH CAROLINA HELLHOLE!

Recent news coverage has revealed animals' enduring hellish living and dying conditions at the Duplin County animal control facility, located at 117 Middleton Cemetery Ln. in Kenansville, North Carolina. Laws addressing the use of carbon-monoxide gas chambers are on the books, but that doesn't stop Duplin County from piling animals on top of one another in dark, filthy, blood-stained cement and wooden boxes. One dog warden told WECT-TV 6 that "25 dogs were killed in the pound's gas chamber-all at once" (emphasis added) before TV crews arrived on scene, and an eyewitness told PETA that she observed 18 cats being crammed into a wooden gas box and killed together. Chapter 130A-192 of the North Carolina General Statutes requires that impounded animals who must be euthanized be "put to death by a procedure approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)." The AVMA states that animals under 16 weeks of age cannot be humanely killed using carbon-monoxide poisoning and that chambers should allow for the separation of individual animals, be well lit, and include view ports that allow personnel direct observation. Both chambers at the Duplin County facility are in clear violation of state law. PETA's letters and calls to officials have met with silence. The cruel killing continues. The next gassing is scheduled for today.

05/11/2004 U.S. SENATORS CALL FOR END TO SEAL HUNT!

Two leading U.S. senators are supporting a committee resolution urging the Canadian government to stop the slaughter of harp and hooded seals. The move comes just days after Prime Minister Paul Martin made an official visit to Washington, in an effort to boost relations between the two countries. A day after meeting with Mr. Martin, Republican Senator Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, and Joseph Biden, the top-ranking Democrat on the influential committee, endorsed the resolution that was adopted unanimously on Friday. "I think the timing is just a coincidence," said Rebecca Aldworth, seal campaigner for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Canada. "But it's a strong statement from the American government that the American public and its representatives condemn Canada's commercial seal hunt and feel there are better economic solutions for the people of Canada's East Coast." Having the support of senators Biden and Lugar is "tremendously important," she said, adding it sends a strong message to the Martin government that "very serious political forces around the world" oppose the hunt.

05/10/2004 WHALING CRITICS BLAST NORWAY OVER SENSORS TRIAL!

OSLO (Reuters) - Environmentalists started the 2004 whale hunting season by criticizing a Norwegian trial system that replaces inspectors on ships with computerized sensors. Critics said the new "blue boxes" - which are to be installed on 14 out of about 40 whaling boats this year - can be too easily manipulated and will not record how long it takes for the huge sea mammals to die after they are harpooned. "Human surveillance is best," said Frode Pleym of Greenpeace. "Any other system allows manipulation." Norway resumed commercial hunts of minke whales in 1993, arguing that Atlantic stocks of the small species had recovered, despite a 1985 moratorium by the International Whaling Commission. Norwegians mostly eat minke whales fried as steaks. Norway has set a quota of 670 whales for 2004 and estimates that there are more than 100,000 in the northeast Atlantic. Japan and Iceland also hunt minke whales.

05/10/2004 SHEEP USED TO TRAIN DOCTORS!

Operations performed on the throats of live sheep are the latest tool being used to teach life-saving medical procedures, a key medical conference in Perth has been told. At a gathering of some of the world's leading anesthesia experts, an innovative program developed at Royal Perth Hospital has shown how the use of both live and dead sheep is helping instruct doctors how to perform emergency airway operations on humans. The Emergency Surgical Airway Access Simulation (ESAAS) program, designed by the hospital's anaesthetic department, teaches surgical airway techniques using freshly killed and live sheep. Video footage taken with a special intra-tracheal camera, projecting images from inside the animal's throat while the operation is taking place, is also used to show how the emergency procedures are carried out. The program, led by Dr Ralph Longhorn, is primarily aimed at anesthetists and anaesthetic technicians, although it is also open to medical students, non-anaesthetic doctors and paramedics. (T.Clarke)

05/09/2004 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PATENTS SICKENED BEAGLES: AAVS FILES LEGAL CHALLENGE TO REVOKE PATENT!

In 1999, experimenters at the University of Texas "successfully" rendered 31 beagles to be immunocompromised in order to "mimic" humans who suffer from secondary lung infections due to weakened immune systems brought about by diseases such as AIDS or as a result of chemotherapy. Although similar experiments have been conducted on other animals, such as mice and rabbits, the researchers claimed theirs was the first type of experiment performed on a "large animal." The dogs were dosed daily with steroids and were exposed to various levels of total body irradiation to essentially destroy their immune systems, a process which entailed putting dogs in a box and exposing them to high doses of radiation. After several weeks, the beagles who survived were exposed to a mold through a tube down their throats, allowing for a localized infection in one lung lobe. The "inventors" consider the beagle patent a "testing vehicle" through which they can learn more about respiratory fungal infections. It is also a money maker for the experimenters, since they have licensed the use of the patent to Sandra Technology, Inc., a for-profit company in Texas. The American Anti-Vivisection Society along with the International Center for Technology Assessment, a non-profit group that works to address the impacts of technology on human health, animal welfare, and the environment, has formally filed a legal action requesting that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rescind patent no. 6,444,872, which covers live beagles and the several methods used to infect them with a fatal fungal infection in their lungs. The Request for Re-Examination was submitted personally to the Patent Office on February 25, 2004. The intent of this beagle patent to make dogs sick in order to generate a profit is clear, and AAVS aims to end the notion that animals are "objects" that can be patented. To learn more, visit www.StopAnimalPatents.org.

05/08/2004 PETA THREATENS AUSSIE WOOL BOYCOTT!

The world's largest animal rights organization condemned the deaths of 2,000 sheep in Victoria, describing the Australian wool industry as "cruel" and renewing the threat of a global boycott of Australian wool products. "People throughout the world aren't just going to stand by while they continue to abuse sheep in the hideous ways," Matt Prescott, an official at the US headquarters of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said. PETA has fired off a letter of protest to Australia's ambassador in Washington DC, Michael Thawley. The group was outraged 2,000 freshly shorn sheep died in East Gippsland just over a week ago when cold weather struck the region. The letter underlined PETA's October deadline for the Australian sheep industry. If improvements were not made in the "worst abuses" of sheep, PETA would promote an international boycott of Australian wool.

05/07/2004 MCDONALD'S CEO UNDERGOES CANCER SURGERY!

NEW YORK (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp. (MCD) said on Wednesday its new chief executive, Charlie Bell, underwent successful colorectal cancer surgery earlier in the day, only two weeks after his predecessor died of a heart attack. The surprising nature of the announcement may shake investors. When then-CEO Jim Cantalupo died suddenly on April 19, the company's shares tumbled briefly. But the decision by the world's largest fast-food chain to quickly name the highly regarded Bell, 43, helped to calm investors."The market may be nervous in the short term," said Dean Haskell, an analyst with JMP Securities in response to the news. "Probably Charlie was asked to get a clean bill of health and they found something." With McDonald's still to name a chief operating officer to replace the promoted Bell, the last thing it needed was another health issue at the top.

05/07/2004 IS DOLPHIN-SAFE TUNA REALLY DOLPHIN-SAFE?

The Bush Administration is trying to weaken the definition of the dolphin-safe label on tuna cans. The proposed changes would allow tuna caught using the harmful practice of chasing and setting nets on dolphins to be labeled "dolphin-safe." This policy has the potential to devastate dolphin populations, especially three dolphin populations in the Eastern Tropical Pacific - the northeastern offshore spotted, the eastern spinner, and the coastal spotted - which have all seen their numbers plummet as a result of dolphin-deadly fishing practices.

05/06/2004 CONGO'S WAR DECIMATES GORILLAS!

GOMA, Congo (AP) - Years of civil strife in eastern Congo have decimated the habitat of the eastern lowland gorilla, cutting the apes' population by more than 70 percent in the past decade, experts said.With the number of apes estimated to have dropped to 5,000 - down from about 17,000 in 1994 - a U.S.-funded program is trying to stem the habitat loss by creating community nature reserves."The rate of decline of this subspecies is unprecedented," Clare Richardson, who heads the Atlanta-based Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, told The Associated Press.

05/06/2004 THEY ASK TO KILL 20,000 AUSTRALIAN KOALAS!

SYDNEY (Reuters) - the population's of koalas increase in an Australian island has generated orders so that they kill at 20,000 of these hairy marsupials with the purpose of avoiding that they destroy the habitat of the island and to finish with the existent famine among themselves. About 30,000 koalas in the Island Kangaroo, at certain distance of the coast of the state of Australia of the South, they are razing with the native rubber trees of the island, destroying the ecosystem and causing famine among the population of these animals, environmentalists and officials of the parks said. The state government from Australia of the South has rejected orders for a selective slaughter, and he said that he preferred the sterilization and the relocation.

05/05/2004 SENATORS LUGAR AND BIDEN SIGN ON TO RESOLUTION CALLING ON CANADA TO END COMMERCIAL SEAL HUNT!

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Senate resolution urging the Canadian government to end the needless slaughter of harp and hooded seals has gained the support and co-sponsorship of Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE). "We applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its leaders for unequivocally condemning the Canadian seal hunt," said Dr. John Grandy, senior vice president of wildlife programs for The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS). "Greenpeace USA and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) join us in thanking the Committee because there is simply no justification for Canada's killing of harp seals. By putting the Committee on record against the unconscionable and needless slaughter of seals for fur, they have conveyed to the Canadian Prime Minister and the rest of the world that the practice must be ended once and for all."

05/04/2004 THE CRUEL "ART" OF DIRECTOR LARS VON TRIER!

During the filming of Manderlay the Danish director Lars von Trier arranged for the killing of a donkey on the Swedish set with the excuse that it was "necessary" and that the donkey was going to be slaughtered anyway. The question is why the Swedish authorities allowed that the donkey was going to be slaughered as the Swedes are not donkey meat consumers.

05/03/2004 THE CASE OF THE MISSING MONKEYS!

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia is trying to account for around 600 monkeys thought to be missing from a consignment imported from Africa, the daily Balkan reported. According to the Serbian Statistics Bureau, the monkeys were imported from Tanzania two years ago and paid for by the kilo. The shipment weighed two tons, which works out at about 1,000 monkeys weighing two kilos each, the paper said. The national vaccine producer Torlak Institute bought 400 for polio vaccine testing, but the fate of the others is unclear. Belgrade Zoo director Vuk Bojovic said he had not bought a single monkey in 20 years. The Serbian Chamber of Commerce (news - web sites) said only Torlak would buy monkeys for laboratory use, and while some people took them as pets, it was unlikely 600 were sold to individuals. The Chamber of Commerce said Customs had to have all data on live imports. But Customs could not immediately supply figures.

05/02/2004 RULE CHANGE COULD WEAKEN SALMON PROTECTIONS!

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Bush administration plan to revise protections for endangered Northwest U.S. salmon drew praise from farmers and industry groups, but environmentalists and fishing advocates said future salmon runs would be gutted. Under the plan, the National Marine Fisheries Service would count salmon raised in hatchery tanks as well as wild fish when determining a species' population, according to excerpts of a draft report of the agency's plan. A final version is due in June. The plan could alter the fate of some of the 27 species of protected migratory fish if the change in the counting procedure raises population levels beyond thresholds for protection.

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