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USDA Fines Ringling Brothers $270,000 Over Animal Mishandling

28/11/11

VIENNA, Virginia (AP) – The owner of the Ringling Bros. circus has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebras and other exotic animals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the civil penalty announced Monday is the largest ever assessed against an animal exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act.

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Cloris Leachman: Retire Arthritic Circus Elephants

12/7/11

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More Than 2,000 Vaccinated Babies Died

24/3/11

...The Cost Of Doing Business

Earlier this month (March 2011), Japanese authorities ordered doctors to stop using pneumococcal and Hib vaccines because four children died after receiving the shots. However, the real news was never reported: more than 2,000 babies died in the United States after receiving vaccines for these very same diseases, yet authorities refuse to warn parents and halt production. A safety review is vital to determine whether a recall of the dangerous shots may be necessary to protect additional American babies from disability and death.

According to Paul Offit, media spokesperson for the vaccine industry, "the Japanese Ministry of Health was foolish to suspend the Hib and pneumococcal programs." Offit thinks the deaths were probably caused by SIDS, or underlying conditions, or another cause - anything except the vaccines. Often, children get sick and die by chance.

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700,000 Poisoned By Pharma Drugs

23/3/11

Study: 700,000 people, mostly children, end up in ER every year for pharmaceutical drug poisoning

Besides motor vehicle accidents, the second leading cause of injury death in the US is drug-related poisoning, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. The study indicates that nearly 700,000 people end up in emergency rooms (ER) every year from pharmaceutical drug poisoning -- and most of these visits involve young children.

Roughly 28,000 people die every year due to drug-related poisoning, and the highest poisoning rates are among children under five years of age. Forty-three percent of all these poisonings are caused by antidepressant drugs and common painkillers, many of which are available without a prescription. And all this death occurs under the watch of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) are together participating in Poison Prevention Week, an awareness campaign designed to warn the public about the poisons that lurk in their homes -- which apparently is dominated primarily by pharmaceutical drugs.

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Canadian Fur Store Closes

16/3/11

The fine folks from the Canadian Animal Liberation Movement (CALM) have won their campaign to close down Kaufman Furs in Kitchener, Ontario...

"I just wanted to share with everyone some really exciting news. Kaufman Furs has officially closed! The campaign took us a little over 3 months with 4 full-time activists.

If you want to check out the updated campaign website, the link is: www.CALMaction.org/fur

We won- the monster is closed :) "

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China Seeks Alternatives To Animal Tests

9/3/11

First congress on alternatives to animal testing in China

While the Chinese legislation on cosmetics still requires products to be tested on animals, the Beijing Technology and Business University is organising a forum on alternatives to animal testing.

For the first time ever, the People’s Republic of China is exploring alternatives to animal testing. This issue will be the subject of the first edition of the International Forum on Cosmetic Technology and Applications, initiated and organised by the China Cosmetics Research Centre of the Beijing Technology and Business University.

Premium Beauty News

Full article here:

http://www.premiumbeautynews.com/First-congress-on-alternatives-to,2812

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Investigators Prosecuted For Filming Pig Farm

8/3/11

In November 2009, the Animal Rights Alliance in Sweden released photographs and film from 100 Swedish pig farms. 

One of the farms visited, Blackstaby, belongs to the former chairman of the meat industry’s association; Swedish Meats. We reported his, and another 91 farms, to the police for breaking the animal welfare regulations. .

Despite hours of film, 400 photographs, veterinarians supporting the case and that two people testified about what they had documented at the farm, the owner was never prosecuted. Instead, the two witnesses are now being prosecuted for opening the doors to the piggery and filming the conditions. The owner also demands around 100,000 Euros.

The meat industry tries to scare us to silence with threats of large sums but we will continue reporting on animal abuse. 

Today a support page was launced with information in english as well; http://www.grisvittnena.se

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Supreme Court Will Not Hear SHAC 7 Case

7/3/11

The Supreme Court announced today that it will not review the case of the SHAC 7, a landmark First Amendment case in which a group of animal rights activists were convicted as “terrorists” for running a controversial website.

The campaign of the SHAC 7 didn’t involve anthrax, pipe bombs, or a plot to hijack an airplane. They ran a website. On that website, they posted news about the campaign — legal actions like protests and illegal actions like stealing animals from labs — and unabashedly supported all of it.

For this they faced a slew of conspiracy charges, including conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act and commit “animal enterprise terrorism.”

The defendants lost at the trial level, and were sentenced to between one and six years in prison. Upon appeal, the Third Circuit issued a sweeping ruling. It held that SHAC’s fiery rhetoric constituted a “true threat” (even though they were never accused of destroying property, or violence, or inciting such activity) because illegal conduct has taken place in the same campaign.

To put it another way, the court held that the First Amendment rights of a group of people could be restricted based on the past actions of others.

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Austrian Trial Abruptly Stopped

4/3/11

- Judge Arleth makes unexpected announcement on Thursday that a ruling is to be issued by April
- Year-long trial has drawn criticism from legal experts for evident similarities to Nazi-era, show trials
- Animal activists accused of no crimes, put on trial under special anti-terrorism paragraph
- People all over Europe could be summoned to similar trials under provisions of the European Arrest Warrant

The trial of German second world war resistance heroes Sophie and Hans Scholl had one plus poin: it was short. Nazi Judge Roland Freisler  sentenced them to death in 1943 in a few short hours for their „crime“ of distributing leaflets calling  for freedom.

The trial of 13 animal right’s activists in Austria for engaging in a similar civil rights activities, on the other hand, has been going on since March 2, 2010, under a special anti-mafia and terrorism paragraph 278a.

The regular news bulletins on the bizarre show-trial announced to Austrians that a new era of universal repression by the state had started. Coupled with plans for a massive expansion of the surveillance state through data monitoring and storage, it opens the door to a return of a Nazi-style terror regime by the state.

Under the European Arrest Warrant, people all over Europe could find themselves being summoned to face such trials in Austria. However, the notorious animal right’s trial seems finally to be coming to an end. Yesterday, Judge Sonya Arleth announced without warning that she had abandoned plans to call in another 200 witnesses and would give her ruling in April. Activists believe they will be freed because so far none of the 100 or so witnesses called against them has implicated them in any crime and the witnesses called in their defence have not been allowed to take the stand so far.

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Victory! Utah Pound Seizure Stopped

1/3/11

Following PETA's undercover investigation and an intense year-long campaign, the University of Utah (also known as "the U") has announced that it will no longer purchase dogs and cats from North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS) —or any other animal shelter—to be used in invasive and deadly experiments. Since the U was the last Utah purchaser of homeless animals for use in experiments, this victory means the complete end of "pound seizure" in the state of Utah!

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Should We Be Eating Dogs In Britain?

28/2/11

Animal Aid asks whether all animals should be treated equally

In Korea and some other Asian countries dogs (and cats) are considered a good source of protein. Although UK residents are likely to be shocked at the thought, why is it considered wrong to eat dogs yet acceptable to eat cows, pigs, chickens and other animals? This is the question that national campaign group Animal Aid is asking during March, which is designated national Veggie Month.

Of course, rather than adding dog to the menu, during Veggie Month Animal Aid is urging the British public to recognise that pigs, sheep, cows and chickens are not so different from the dogs and cats who share our homes, and instead to try a meat-free diet. Animal Aid supporters will be communicating this thought-provoking message to the general public by distributing tens of thousands of the group’s ‘Friend or Food?’ leaflet, as well as setting up street stalls in different parts of the country. A large controversial poster, depicting a golden retriever lying in a grassy field, will be displayed on the stalls asking passers-by, ‘Would you eat dog for dinner? If the idea disgusts you, tell us why’.

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More Illegal Hunting In The Kent Countryside

28/2/11

East Kent Hunt Saboteurs

Featured on BBC South East Today News

This hunting season has seen members of the East Kent Hunt Saboteurs monitoring fox and hare hunts all over the county both openly and undercover. We have seen much this year that we believe to be illegal hunting activity, and have collated evidence that the hunting act is being routinely flouted, both in Kent, and all over the country.

On Saturday 26nd Feb, some of our members were monitoring the East Kent Foxhounds, at Crundale estate.  It was obvious that they did not know that we were there, as  they appeared to be openly hunting illegally. When monitors found them, the foxhounds were "IN CRY" in a wood (this means the hounds were following a scent), at this point the huntsman should have called them back - under the Hunting Act, it is illegal for them to chase a wild animal.

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Unforeseen In Animal Tests

22/2/11

5th January to 22nd February 2011

Antipsychotic drugs: Class Labeling Change - Treatment During Pregnancy and Potential Risk to Newborns.

FDA cites Sanofi over drug side effect reporting.

Can Prescription Amphetamine Use Raise Parkinson's Risk? Study found those who said they had used Benzedrine or Dexedrine showed 60 percent greater likelihood.

Diabetes drug to be withdrawn over heart risk fears.

State sues drug maker.

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Pamela Anderson Urges End To India Monkey Testing

19/2/11

New Delhi (Reuters Life!) - Former Baywatch star and model Pamela Anderson has accused one of India's most prestigious research centers of animal cruelty, urging it to retire decades-old test monkeys and adopt humane practices. Anderson, famous for slow-motion beach running scenes in the hit 1990s lifeguard TV show, wrote to R.C. Deka, director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after watching a video allegedly exposing animal cruelty at the New Delhi center. "It broke my heart to see the suffering that is documented in the enclosed video," wrote Anderson, in a letter sent on behalf of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). "But the animals suffering behind closed doors at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day."

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Austrian Trial: Human Rights Abuse

16/2/11

Animal Protection Trial: Turkish Human Rights Campaigners angered. Charge against Austrian Association of Judges

Turkish human rights campaigners have responded angrily to a statement given by the Association of Judges earlier this week. The association's statement followed strong criticism from the media for the decision to charge a professor of law for criticising the judge's handling of the animal protection case

In the newspaper interview the professor stated that, after being at the court she was of the opinion that the defendants were not being given a fair trial. The Vice President of the Association of Judges told the press We are not in Turkey, we are not in Sudan. Here we conform to human rights.

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Amerijet Stops Transporting Primates!

14/2/11

In a one-sentence letter received on February 14 (download here), Amerijet International CEO David G. Bassett confirmed that the airline had stopped transporting primates:

"This letter on behalf of Amerijet International, Inc. is intended to confirm that, as stated on our website, Amerijet has ceased transporting primates for any and all purposes."

The letter follows a five month letter-writing campaign by the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida and numerous protests by local animal advocates. ARFF is thrilled to be able to add Amerijet International to the list of companies that have made the compassionate decision to dissociate themselves from the cruelty and suffering of the international trade in primates.

http://www.animalrightsflorida.org/Alerts.html

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Walter Bond Gets Minimum Of 5 Years

11/2/11

Animal Liberationist Walter Bond Gets Minimum 5-Year Sentence for Colorado Arson

Denver: Animal liberationists Walter Bond received the minimum sentence allowed by a Colorado court, 5 years prison and 3 years probation, after pleading guilty to burning the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale. Hon. Christine Arguello, while stern with him, noted that she read all 50 letters to her from Mr. Bond's supporters and every essay he had written on his support site. The judge commented that she realizes Walter is very intelligent by his writing, and urged him to focus in the future towards his essays on Animal Liberation and to move away from arson in his life.

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160,000 Cats Get Cancer After Vaccine

10/2/11

"160,000 cats each year in the USA develop terminal cancer at their vaccine injection sites."
  
http://healthfreedomnet.ning.com/forum/topic/show?id=2014308%3ATopic%3A9743&xgs=1

Got dogs or a cat? - Don't vaccinate them!

"The vaccinated, but not the non-vaccinated, dogs in the Purdue studies developed autoantibodies to many of their own biochemicals, including fibronectin, laminin, DNA, albumin, cytochrome C, cardiolipin and collagen."

"Meanwhile, the study dogs were found good homes, but no long-term follow-up has been conducted. At around the same time, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force initiated several studies to find out why 160,000 cats each year in the USA develop terminal cancer at their vaccine injection sites."

"It is also widely acknowledged that vaccines can cause a fast-acting, usually fatal, disease called autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA). Without treatment, and frequently with treatment, individuals can die in agony within a matter of days."

"However, no one warns the pet owners before their animals are subjected to an unnecessary booster, and very few owners are told why after their pets die of AIHA."

Please go and read the full article here - it's worth it!
http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/scienceVaccineDamage.html

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Austria: Another Police Infiltrator Exposed

3/2/11

Agent 481 had contact to VGT as early as 1999 when she took part in protests against live animal transport

VGT identifies Undercover Agent 481 – Permanently under the influence of alcohol, served time in prison and whose application for a job with VGT was turned down

A déjà-vu: yet another infiltrator who, once again, has nothing of any criminal relevance to report. As with the first infiltrator, 'Danielle Durand', police also attempted to cover up her operation. However, this second infiltrator, unlike 'Durand', is not a police officer. Undercover agent 481 operated inside VGT, or in other words, was animal rights active from the beginning of May 2007 until the beginning of November 2007.

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What Are They Doing To Brian Haw?

It was deeply sad to get the message about Brian in America which said he was in hospital in London with lung cancer and could I contact him.

I was travelling back through London to my next event in Europe and I headed straight from the plane to see Brian at his hospital near the Houses of Parliament. What struck me immediately was that despite the diagnosis his focus was on getting back to his spot in the Square as soon as possible.

He had been told he had lung cancer and that it was 'operable'. But the term 'operable', it turned out, meant to remove the lung and then they changed their mind because they said the other lung was not strong enough to cope alone.

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The Downfall Of Science & The Rise Of Intellectual Tyranny

21/1/11

The very reputation of so-called "science" has been irreparably damaged by the invocation of the term "science" by GMO lackeys, pesticide pushers, mercury advocates and fluoride poisoners who all claim to have science on their side. It seems that every toxin, contamination and chemical disaster that now infects our planet has been evangelized in the name of "science."

Where "science" used to be highly regarded in the 1950's, today the term is largely exploited by pharmaceutical companies, biotech giants and chemical companies to push their own for-profit agendas. Actual science has little to do with the schemes now being pushed under the veil of science.

To make matters even worse for the sciences, many so-called "science bloggers" have been revealed to have financial ties to the very same companies whose profits are shored up by their activities http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/08/the-new-york-times-exposes-scienceblogs.html

Rather than defending any sort of scientific truth, science bloggers have become the internet whores of Big Pharma, Monsanto, pesticide manufacturers, chemical companies and toxic mercury factories. There's hardly a dangerous chemical in widespread use today that the science bloggers haven't venomously defended as safe and effective. Many are just blatantly paid off by corporate entities to run around the internet pushing GMOs, chemicals and vaccines.

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US Govt Poisoning Bird Populations

21/1/11

USDA found to be poisoning bird populations, causing mass die-offs involving millions of birds

Not all the mysterious bird die-offs that have been witnessed around the globe recently are due to unexplained causes. A recent mass die-off event witnessed in Yankton, South Dakota was traced back to the USDA which admitted to carrying out a mass poisoning of the birds.

After hundreds of starlings were found dead in the Yankton Riverside Park, concerned citizens began to investigate. Before long, a USDA official called the local police and admitted they had poisoned the birds. "They say that they had poisoned the birds about ten miles south of Yankton and they were surprised they came to Yankton like they did and died in our park," says Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel, as reported by KTIV http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13865540

The USDA then confirmed the story and explained it was all "part of a large killing" in Nebraska. Some of the birds that ate the poison apparently flew all the way to Yankton before succumbing to the poison.

Watch the video yourself, as reported from KTIV:
http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=191572F79E8B2C64705B4AB182AF54F9

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600 Orangutans To Be Set Free

The Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia, part of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, has been given permission by the Indonesian government to release over 600 orangutans into thousands of acres of land. There had been no releases of orangutans from their animal facility for the last nine years. The new releases will take place in East and Central Kalimantan in Borneo through 2015. East Kalimantan has experienced a boom in logging, coal mining, forest products and petroleum production. The logging and mining have caused habitat loss for orangutans, so much so that even the newly released orangutans will go to lands that have already been logged, although some areas were replanted with trees in 2002. The Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia will have to pay $1.4 million dollars for 60 years for the orangutans to live on the lands where they will be released.

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MFA'S Fish Investigation Reveals Horrors

20/1/11

Photo | Merseyside Animal Rights

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation provides a startling glimpse into “Catfish Corner,” a fish slaughter facility in Mesquite, Texas.

Behind the operation’s jaunty name lies a grisly reality. From the water to the cutting table, fish are tortured – suffocated, skinned and dismembered, all while conscious and feeling pain.

MFA’s hidden camera video reveals:

* Workers using pliers to pull the skin off of live fish
* Dozens of fish crammed into buckets and baskets, gasping for oxygen
* Skinned fish still moving and gasping on the cutting table
* Fish flailing and struggling to escape the workers’ knives
* Live fish sliced and split in half
* Workers tearing the heads off of live fish

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Commons' Speaker In Hunt Row

19/1/11

Commons Speaker John Bercow is at the centre of a fresh row over his impartiality after he revealed he backed the hunting ban

The Buckingham MP told a constituent he agreed hunting foxes to kill them was "wrong in the 21st Century". A constituency spokesman said it was Mr Bercow's "duty" to represent his constituents' views. But Conservative minister Alan Duncan said Speakers should not express party political opinions.

The international development minister told BBC News: "The most important quality in any Speaker is his impartiality. "Of course he has to look after his constituents, but he should be a step removed from any party political opinion."

Some Conservative MPs are hoping to repeal the Hunting Act when it comes back to the Commons. The coalition agreement promises a free vote on the issue, although no date for the debate has been set, with some press reports suggesting Prime Minister David Cameron was keen to delay it to avoid a potentially damaging row with his Lib Dem coalition partners.

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Indian Bullfight Injures 76 People

19/1/11

The Indian bull taming sport of jallikattu injured 76 people on Monday

The jallikattu took place on Monday in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu as part of the harvest festival of Pongal.

Jallikattu differs from other such sports in the West in that there is no attempt to favor the bull over the humans involved and the bulls are not killed. In jallikattu, the bull's horns are sharpened and the human competitors are not allowed weapons.

There are variations on jallikattu, but generally the sport involves people attempting to subdue or simply hold onto a bull that is running and thrashing about. Those who can subdue the animal or hold onto him for a predetermined amount of time are awarded prizes.

There has been a lot of attention paid to jallikattu recently, as activists work to have the games outlawed. A recent legal battle brought by activists resulted in jallikattu being banned in 2008, but was later reinstated, albeit with more restrictions.

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Canada: Hospitals End Fatal Use Of Animals

19/1/11

Canadian Hospitals End Fatal Use of Rabbits and Pigs: One Action

Together, we continue to save lives and stop cruel training practices! We recently learned that PCRM was successful in ending the use of rabbits and pigs in trauma training courses at two Canadian medical facilities.

In a pediatric trauma training course in Hamilton, Ontario, trainees made an incision between live rabbits’ ribs and inserted a plastic tube into the animals’ chest cavities. In another course at Hamilton Health Sciences, up to 91 pigs per year were used in a course in which needles were inserted into the animals’ chest cavities and the sacs around their hearts. Pigs were also used in a trauma training course at Saint John Hospital in New Brunswick. Both hospitals now teach these crucial lifesaving procedures with medical simulators modeled on the human body.

PCRM urged course directors and administrators at both medical centers to adopt nonanimal training methods. We also filed a federal complaint against Hamilton Health Sciences with the Canadian Council on Animal Care before the hospital confirmed that it had replaced animal use.

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25 Lions Rescued From Circus Cages

19/1/11

Twenty-five rescued circus lions from all over Bolivia were gathered this week, in preparation for their trip to an animal rescue center in Colorado. Animal Defenders International worked with Bolivian authorities enforcing the country’s ban on the use of animals in circuses. The lions will be transported to The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver, CO, where they will have about 80 acres of open land to move around in. Preparations are being made to move the lions now.

“These lions have endured incredible pain and hardship, but their new home will be a natural oasis where they can live freely in family prides the way nature intended,” said Executive Director Pat Craig of the Wild Animal Sanctuary.

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China Bans Animal Circuses!

18/1/11

China has banned animal circuses and warned its zoos they must stop abusing animals or face closure

Live animal shows and circuses are hugely popular in China, and draw around 150 million visitors a year at 700 zoos. However, animal rights campaigners have repeatedly complained that the shows should be stopped.

“A zoo in my city had a show where they forced an adult lion to stand on the back of a horse for a sort of animal acrobatic performance,” said Xiao Bing, the chairman of the local animal protection association in the southern city of Xiamen.

“I also saw one entertainment park where the monkeys seemed to have wounds all over their bodies. The manager told me the monkeys got hurt during live monkey-fighting shows,” he said.

Other cases of abuse include beating lions to make them jump through rings of fire and forcing bears to walk across tightropes, said Hua Ning, at the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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Vegan Activist Reveals New Measure of Intelligence

14/1/11

A new measure of intelligence: Big-picture thinking trumps narrow-minded expertise

Observing the various realms of science, medicine, experts and world events, I've come to the conclusion that our modern definition of "intelligence" (IQ) is seriously lacking. The label of "high IQ" is typically assigned to those who are experts in narrowly-defined fields such as disease pathology, pharmacology, particle physics, mathematics or other so-called "hard science" areas. And yet, it's not uncommon to see a high-level mathematics professor with an IQ of 175 chowing down on a processed hamburger laced with toxic chemical additives, while wearing clothes washed in carcinogenic mainstream laundry detergent.

The professor may be brilliant in mathematics, in other words, but he's unknowingly bathing his entire body in cancer-causing chemicals at the same time.

Not too bright.

Similarly, a typical conventional doctor thinks he knows about health, but he buys breakfast cereals made with genetically modified corn and doesn't even know that GMOs are bad for your health. A quantum physics professor wears antiperspirant deodorant and cologne products that contain powerful cancer-causing chemicals that are absorbed right through the skin. A pharmacist who is an expert in the world of drugs and synthetic chemicals has no clue that the common mineral zinc is crucial for proper immune function.

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Save The Wolves

14/1/11

©AFP/Olivier Morin

Tomorrow the slaughter of wolves starts in Sweden again and wolf-lovers has taken a picture, where they are armed and with a murdered hunter saying they will be in the forests to to protect the last remaining wolfes in Sweden;

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article8408750.ab

The pictures is to be seen as a posing picture, the way the hunters to with murdered animals, and is not a threat. But lots of different activists will be out in the forest tomorrow when the illegal wolf hunt starts to do what they can to stop it.

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Bullfighting Banned From Spanish TV

12/1/11

Spain´s national television broadcaster, RTVE, have announced that it will no longer allow bullfighting to be broadcast across the television network.

The move has come after the broadcaster took steps to self regulate the program content, based on the idea of protecting children from images that could be harrowing, distressing or damaging.

The ban on showing these gruesome acts falls under their newly devised “Violence with animals” charter.

The country on the whole is still debating the merits of bullfighting with some people claiming it is a right of heritage of Spanish culture, whereas many animals supporters are outraged that the slaughter of animals for sport should continue in this modern world.

Bullfighting was outlawed in Catalonia in 2010, joining a ban that has been in place in the Canary Islands since 1991.

By Mark Nolan

http://www.theleader.info/article/26700/spain/costa-blanca/bull-fighting-banned-from-tv/

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36 Beagles Rescued - Spain

12/1/11

Anonymous Communique

Click here for a photo gallery from the rescue, and here to view video; see below for details about downloading the photographs/video

"Thirty six dogs have been rescued by a group of animal rights activists from the breeding facility of animals for experiments Harlan Interfauna located in the outskirts of the catalonian town Sant Feliu de Codines (Catalonia, Spain), offering a new life to these animals in this new year.

Once inside we documented the miserable life of these animals and start preparing their transportation. Permanently locked in the kennels without being able to run, play, explore their environment or relate with each other, several of them had sores –as shown in the images we filmed that night- since they had to sleep in winter in direct contact with the cold concrete that was covered with their own feces and urine.

One of the rescued dogs was living in total isolation without any kind of contact with the other animals. This is a form of psychological torture for social animals who need the company of other animals. Others were so anxious on having any contact and stimuli after been in those kennels for nearly four years that they desperately tried to touch us through the bars and call our attention in any way possible. When we entered into their kennel, they excitedly jumped onto us looking for affection. Few minutes later they happily accompanied us out of that place in the first walk free they do in their whole lives.

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Monkey Gets Revenge On Cruel Trainer

10/1/11

See how you like it! Moment a performing monkey got its revenge on his cruel trainer

A cruel street performer who whipped his monkeys got the shock of his life when one of the animals turned on him.

The incident happened when the man and his performing monkeys were putting on a show on a street in Nanchang, capital of southern China's Jiangxi Province.

A trainer got quite a surprise when, after threatening his monkey with a whip, the animal pulled his hair

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Activists Target Mink Farms In Italy

9/1/11

Yesterday we launched a day of action against mink farms in Italy. Around 2pm o'clock 400 people (according to local media) started to march from the local ex concentration camp of Fossoli (http://www.fondazionefossoli.org/) to a modern one located since so many years 1 km far from the camp: the Italo Rossi's mink farm. We made connections between the two realities for all the march and also for the previous days through our press releases.

Anyway we spent also the previous days answering to media which criminalized the protest often writing Campagna AIP was similar to Alf and the demos of yesterday were organized to free the animals from cages. We had some positive responses to local media we got in touch, making clear we're not connected with Alf even if we strongly support direct actions against mink farms.

The march and the demos were really really good, people were so involved and large part of them probably never got in touch directly with a mink farm, just seeing that was so important. But the best news arrived at the beginning of the march when we were informed the mink farm located in Novi (where the second demo was planned, not so far from the one in Fossoli) was definitely closed. Yes, we can announce another mink farm closed down in Italy! And surely bacause of direct actions against it (There were during the past years: two liberations, two cars of the owner's family were burned, several raids in the middle of the nights with fireworks, menaces through phone callings... All these actions according to what media reported). We think the owner was really stressed.

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Child Flu Vaccine Contains Mercury

9/1/11

Up to a million under-fives have been inoculated against the flu virus with a controversial vaccine containing poisonous mercury

Pandemrix has been given to almost a quarter of all healthy babies and young children as well as thousands of older children with health problems. Inquiries by the Sunday Express reveal it contains a preservative made with a form of mercury that was phased out of childhood vaccines in 2004 after fears about its safety

The preservative, called thimerosal, has been linked with autism and developmental disorders in children and was withdrawn from childhood vaccines in the United States and parts of Europe 10 years ago. Yet the UK government has always insisted there is no persuasive evidence it poses a health risk. When it was withdrawn, Labour health minister Rosie Winterton said the move was part of “a global goal to minimise environmental exposure to mercury”. However, many experts disagree. Dr Richard Halvorsen, author of the book, The Truth About Vaccines, said: “Thimerosal is an extremely toxic substance and known poison to the brain.

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Patients Are Now The Real Guinea Pigs

6/1/11

Antidote Europe. Press Release

Antidote Europe welcomes recent French media reports warning the public about dangerous medicines.

Antidote Europe welcomes recent media reports warning the public about dangerous medicines (the latest are the drugs mediator and buflomedil). The French-based NGO fully endorses this latest expose that reveals the enormous gulf between reliable scientific methods and some of the currently used tests, which are hopelessly out of date.

All medical drugs are required to undergo extensive animal testing, even though animals cannot reliably predict what will happen in a human. This message was clearly brought home by the near fatal Northwick Park clinical trial involving six young men, who received an experimental drug at one five hundredth the dose found safe in monkeys. While cases like this are relatively rare, the rate of adverse drug reactions in the general population is far greater. In fact, nine out of ten drugs that pass animal tests fail to make it through clinical trials involving people (1). This begs the question of why our regulatory authorities still require animal tests.

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Anti Hunt MPs Face Backlash

2/1/11

Conservative MPs face a backlash over hunting ban

 

Conservative MPs opposed to repeal of the hunting ban face a backlash from hunt campaigners in their constituencies, it has emerged. Barely a few hours after he became Prime Minister, David Cameron spoke to a leading member of the hunting community instrumental in moves to overturn the ban on hunting with hounds.
 
"Tell me how to do it and I will do it," Mr Cameron said. Despite having arguably more pressing issues such as the economy on his mind, the new Prime Minister was clearly eager to find a way to deliver on his oft repeated promise to the traditionalists of rural England, a community he comes from after all and one he is unlikely to want to betray.
 
No one close to Mr Cameron believes that he is anything but still personally wedded to the commitment he made in opposition to bring forward repeal of the hunting ban with a government bill in government time. Whether he can deliver on the promise, however, is looking increasingly in doubt.
 
In the past few days, suspicions have grown that the issue has been kicked into the longest possible grass. Claims by the anti-hunting lobby that more than 20 of the new intake Tory MPs would not support repeal have caused particular disquiet.

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