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Dairy Calf Cruelty Filmed

30/8/10

 

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50,000 Mink Freed

29/8/10

One of the biggest greek mink farms has been hit in our first night of action. All the cages imprisoning animals in 37 sheds of the farm were opened and machinery sabotaged. To let the animals out part of the fence was cut and both gates opened smashing the locks (using the farmer's tools). Two hours and half of work and we could run away along with thousands of minks (according to media 50.000 were released).

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'Sadistic' Fox Killer Jailed

28/8/10

A man who killed a fox “in a sadistic and prolonged act of cruelty” has been sent to prison for five months and banned from keeping dogs for life

William Burrell, 50, of Short Street, Stapenhill, was jailed after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a wild animal by confining it to a cage before allowing a dog to attack, and causing or attempting to cause an animal fight.

Burrell was arrested and taken into custody by officers after a one-and-a-half hour sentencing hearing at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

At a previous hearing it was said Burrell caged the fox for eight hours before fitting a lead around its neck and ‘slinging’ it in a dog kennel to be mauled to death “like a rag doll.” The fox finally died from a ‘fatal blow’ to the head with a piece of wood. Burrell had claimed he killed the fox instantly with three blows to its skull, before slinging the animal’s dead carcass to a Staffordshire bull terrier kept in a pen at his house.

John Sutcliffe, prosecuting, said this act of cruelty ‘shows total lack of humanity’.

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Finland Suspends H1N1 Children Vaccine

28/8/10

Finland suspends H1N1 vaccines after children suffer narcolepsy from vaccinations

Shortly after Australia banned flu vaccines in children due to an alarming increase in vomiting, fevers and seizures caused by the vaccines http://www.naturalnews.com/029586_Australia_vaccines.html, Finland has now suspended H1N1 vaccines due to increased reports of narcolepsy in children and teens. Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder characterized by extreme fatigue and daytime sleepiness. It indicates a serious malfunction of the brain and nervous system.

Finland is now reporting that narcolepsy is appearing in children immediately following vaccination with H1N1 vaccines. So far, six children are confirmed of suffering the neurological side effect and nine more are in the process of being confirmed, reports The Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/41604/.

The Finland National Institute for Health (THL) said in a press release that the cause of the narcolepsy may be the vaccine, and they are investigating further.

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Admission of Guilt Over MMR Vaccine Damage - Poxy Payout

28/8/10

Family win 18 year fight over MMR damage to son: £90,000 payout is first since concerns over vaccine surfaced

A mother whose son suffered severe brain damage after he was given the controversial MMR vaccine as a baby has been awarded £90,000 compensation. The judgment is the first of its kind to be revealed since concerns were raised about the safety of the triple jab. Robert Fletcher, 18, is unable to talk, stand unaided or feed himself.

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Painkillers Could Be New 'Gateway' Drugs

27/8/10

Prescription Painkillers Could Be New 'Gateway' Drugs

Prescription medicines are the way that many drug addicts first get hooked, making these legal medicines the new "gateway" drugs, new study findings show.
University at Buffalo researchers interviewed 75 patients hospitalized for opioid detoxification and found that 31 of them said they first became addicted to legitimately prescribed painkillers.

Another 24 patients said their addiction began when they used a friend's left-over prescription pills or stole drugs from a parent's medicine cabinet, while the remaining 20 patients said they got hooked on street drugs.

But the study found that 92 percent of the patients said they eventually bought illegal drugs (usually heroin) because street drugs are less expensive and more effective than prescription drugs. Their reasons for continuing to use drugs included to feel "normal," to feel "like a better person" or to ease emotional pain and stress.

"We are seeing an increase in the number of patients addicted to prescription drugs, so we wanted to better understand how they first got hooked," study senior author Dr. Richard Blondell, a professor of family medicine, said in a University at Buffalo news release.

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Retired Chimps to be Used in Experiments

26/8/10

Chimps deserve better treatment than 'retirement'

New Mexico's Gov. Bill Richardson has met with National Institutes of Health officials in a last-ditch effort to stop NIH from moving 202 "retired" chimpanzees out of Holloman Air Force base and back into experiments.

NIH is moving swiftly to transfer the chimpanzees into facilities so substandard that caging conditions within them violate not only everything that we know about what chimpanzees require but also federal law itself.

Some of the animals are 60 years old; some are left over from the space program. Petitions and pleas by everyone from physicians, veterinarians and primatologists to actors such as Gene Hackman have been ignored.

This month, a Time magazine cover story asked the question, What's on animals' minds? Fifteen years before, as Dr. Jane Goodall mulled over the complex relationships within chimpanzee families, Time had asked, Do animals think? Now the question is "What do animals think?" In the case of chimpanzees, who have been taught to use sign boards and even sign language to communicate with humans, they think a lot.

The more pressing question is now, "What is NIH thinking?" And the answer isn't befitting America's level of awareness about animals and its commitment to their protection.

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Diabetes Drugs Mass Killers

25/8/10

Diabetes Drug Actos Has Same Heart Risks as Glaxo's Avandia, Study Finds

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s diabetes drug Actos causes as many heart problems as Avandia, the GlaxoSmithKline Plc pill that had a decline in sales after being linked to higher heart-disease rates, a study found.

Patients taking Avandia or Actos were 4 percent more likely to experience heart attacks, heart failure or die, according to the study published yesterday in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.

Actos become the market leader after a 2007 study showed a 43 percent higher chance of heart attacks from Avandia, which generated $3.3 billion of sales before the findings. The latest study, the first to compare the drugs, suggests the risks are tied to that category of medicine, said Jenny Gunton, a diabetes researcher at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

“It just maybe increases the worry of using either of the drugs,” Gunton, who wasn’t involved in the study, said in a telephone interview from Sydney. A rate of 4 percent is “pretty high” given the short study period, she said.

U.S. regulators are reviewing whether Avandia, which is classed as the same type of treatment as Actos, should be taken off the market after a panel advised on July 14 that warnings about its risks should be added to prescription information.

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Parkinson’s Drug Dangers

23/8/10

FDA Studies Novartis Drug For Cardiovascular Risk

INDIANAPOLIS

Federal regulators are studying a Novartis Parkinson's disease treatment to determine if it contributes to an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes.

The Food and Drug Administration is examining clinical trial data related to the drug Stalevo, but said patients should not stop taking the drug unless directed to do so by a health care professional.

Data shows a small increased risk, the FDA said, but it has not concluded that Stalevo is to blame.

Several factors have made the evaluation difficult, regulators say. For instance, the trials were not designed to evaluate cardiovascular safety, and most of the patients had pre-existing risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

"It should also be noted that cardiovascular events are not uncommon in people with Parkinson's disease in the age range studied in these trials," the FDA said in a statement Friday.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9HP5UVG0.htm

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Greyhound Deaths Spark Campaign

22/8/10
 
The Swindon Advertiser has published an excellent article highlighting the recent death toll of greyhounds forced to perform on Swindon dog track.
 
In July alone four greyhounds were destroyed after sustaining injuries deemed uneconomical to treat and on August 1st, Swindon dog track took its 5th victim in just under four weeks.
 
Rackethall Kenny, Swift Abel, Day Two, Wots Er Name and her sister Brizzle Bling – both only two years old - all lost their lives in the name of entertainment and to further bulge the wallets of the bookmakers.
 
Please click here to read the full article and please take a few minutes to leave a comment ~ thank you
 
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/8345399.Greyhound_deaths_spark_campaign/
 

May these innocent souls rest gently in peace

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Flu Plan Scandal Ahead

21/8/10

 

Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, discusses the outcome of last year’s swine flu debacle, and the potentially harmful changes that are being made to this season’s flu vaccine as a result.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the swine flu pandemic officially over on August 9th. The swine flu, which we were warned would kill millions, if not tens of millions of people, turned out to be a complete "dud" as far as pandemics go, but health agencies and governments around the world still managed to create massive fear of this hybrid flu virus.

And, of course, vaccine makers made millions off their novel H1N1 vaccines.

For those in the southern hemisphere, like Australia, the flu season has already begun, and the health hazards of this year's seasonal trivalent vaccine have already become evident. For the rest of you, the flu season is nearing, and another round of advertisements for flu vaccines are about to hit the media.

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The High Cost of Animal Testing

19/8/10

It's always strange finding something I agree with John McCain about.

A couple of weeks ago John McCain and another Republican senator authored a report about projects funded with federal stimulus money that are what the senators called "questionable", "poorly planned", or "mismanaged".

Among the more egregious projects in the report was one that it dubbed "Monkeys Getting High for Science" in which a research facility in North Carolina received over $71,000 dollars to feed cocaine to primates.

John McCain might not have moral objections to animal testing in general, but he definitely touches on an important point: that not only is animal testing ethically and scientifically unsound, it's financially unsound. It doesn't take an economist to see that we're wasting money on experiments that teach us nothing.

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Exposed Slaughterhouse Closes

19/8/10

Slaughterhouse accused of 'unbearable cruelty' closes

AN Essex slaughterhouse has been forced to close after secret filming inside it by animal welfare campaigners led to allegations of serious cruelty towards pigs.
A and G Barber, of Purleigh, used to kill a quarter of all cull sows in the UK. Its main buyer, said to be a German sausage manufacturer, cancelled its contract after viewing the footage, forcing the abattoir to close.

The abattoir was one of a number exposed in secret filming by Animal Aid earlier this year. The animal welfare group said the film, shot over three days in April, showed scenes of ‘extreme and deliberately-inflicted suffering’, including use of electric tongs on animals’ snouts, tails and in their mouths.

It said other breaches filmed include ‘incompetent and inadequate stunning’ for most of the 767 pigs filmed, stunned pigs left to regain consciousness, and pigs being routinely kicked in the face and hit in the face with shackle hooks.

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Italian Fur Raid

18/8/10

According to local media a mink farm in Conco, Vicenza, Italy) was raided on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 August at around 2.30! The farm had apparently been monitored before the raid and was known to be unattended. The farmer was alerted by an alarm and arrived to find fences cut open and between one and two thousand mink running every which way.

The same farm was visited by an arson attack in 2005 and raided again two years ago.

Here you can find more info (in Italian):

http://www.ilgiornaledivicenza.it/stories/Home/175955_blitz_notturno_nellallevamentoanimalisti_liberano_2000_visoni/

http://www.gazzettino.it/articolo.php?id=115280

Read Liberated Mink Survive in Wild
Read Live Mink and a Dying Empire (From Dusk til Dawn Extract)

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200,000 Trout Liberated (Sweden)

18/8/10

Two fish farms for trout and rainbow trout, in Gallejaure in Vasterbotten and Norrbotten in Miekojarvi, in the north of Sweden have been subjected to acts of sabotage, according to media.
Around 200 000 fishes were liberated when all the nets were cut and an engine for a boat as well as a tractor was sabotaged.

The fishes had been kept and bred for 3 years and were all supposed to be killed this week.

Some news articles in Swedish:

http://norran.se/nyheter/norsjo/article1078911.ece

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=98&artikel=3931040

http://www.kuriren.nu/nyheter/artikel.aspx?articleid=5499174

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Bull Fights for its Life Injuring 40 at Bullfight

18/8/10

Forty spectators were reportedly injured when a bull leapt into the crowd at a bull ring in Tafalla, Spain and ran amok. The brave bull was eventually brought under control by a gang of cowards and ritually sacrificed. Images captured by Basque Television and audience members show the animal jumping several yards over two barriers and triggering panic in the crowd before the spectacle is brought to a bloody end by a baying mob of men who really should to know better.

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The Circus Elephant in the Room

18/8/10

Animal rights blogger Gary Smith describes the 'training' of circus animals.

Recently several different animal protection organizations combined their grassroots organizational skills to hold what was called the largest circus protest in history. Hundreds arrived – by carpool, bus and subway – in Los Angeles for the opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at Staples Center.

Protesters spoke with prospective circus-goers, many of whom then opted to leave without buying a ticket. Entire families returned their tickets to the box office after paying for them – all because the painted façade of a circus hides an ugly reality, particularly for elephants.

The majority of circus elephants were captured in the wild as babies. Like human mothers, female elephants won’t willingly give up their children. It is widely reported that in 2000, poachers killed 60 free-roaming female elephants so their babies could be taken and sold to the entertainment industry.

Family bonds are intensely strong in elephant families. Eyewitnesses have seen still-nursing baby elephants refuse to abandon their dead mothers, even attempting to suckle from their corpses. When born in captivity, babies are removed from their mothers so they can be more easily adapted to following a human trainer (rather accurately depicted in the Disney cartoon “Dumbo”).

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Activists Receive $15,368 Compensation

17/8/10

Unified Police Department settles suit by animal-rights activists for $15,368

The Unified Police Department has agreed to pay more than $15,000 to settle a federal lawsuit by animal-rights advocates who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were forced to end a demonstration in May.

Fourteen members of Salt Lake Animal Advocacy Movement (SLAAM) decided on May 8 to hold a spontaneous demonstration that day near 700 West and 8600 South, adjacent to a facility operated by the Fur Breeders Agricultural Cooperative, according to the suit. It says the protesters wanted to inform the public about their opposition to fur farming.

The suit alleges that two Unified Police Department officers broke up the protest - which was held in unincorporated Salt Lake County - by threatening to arrest or cite the protesters because they did not have a permit to hold a demonstration. The SLAAM members say the law does not require gatherings of fewer than 50 people to get a permit but they left because of the threat.

The settlement agreement, for a total of $15,368, was reached Friday. Each of the 14 protesters and the organization itself will receive $200, while the rest covers attorney fees and court costs.

The department and the two officers did not admit any wrongdoing and say they entered into the agreement to avoid costly litigation.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/50119144-76/department-rights-animal-demonstration.html.csp

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The 'Meat Paradox'

17/8/10

“Oh, I know animals suffer, but I love my steak”: The self-serving resolution of the “meat paradox”

We always must remember it’s not a matter of “what’s” for dinner but “who’s” for dinner….

Many people continue to eat animals knowing they’re consuming misery

There’s no doubt that billions of factory-farmed and other animals suffer for our gustatory delights, most of which are unnecessary. Now, a new study shows just how far people will go so that they can continue to eat animals who needlessly wind up at the end of their fork. Steve Loughnan of Kent University in the UK and his colleagues discovered that “people who wish to escape the ‘meat paradox’ i.e. simultaneously disliking hurting animals and enjoying eating meat, may do so by denying that the animal they ate had the capacity to suffer.”

While some people stop eating meat when they learn that animals suffer an overwhelming majority do not, and continue to enjoy their steaks knowing well that they’re eating pain and misery. They simply deny moral status to the sentient beings who wind up on their plates as if all’s just fine. This very important study shows “when there is a conflict between their preferred way of thinking and their preferred way of acting, it is their thoughts and moral standards that people abandon first – rather than changing their behaviour.

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Here’s What’s Wrong With Vivisection:

17/8/10

Humanitarian and British author George Bernard Shaw summed up vivisection best when he once proclaimed, “Those who won’t hesitate to vivisect, won’t hesitate to lie about it as well.”

Vivisection is the act of cutting, drugging, burning, blinding, shocking, addicting, shooting, freezing, infecting and surgically mutilating live animals. Vivisection also happens to be more than just bloody science. It’s a bloody fraud. Every year in the US about 20 million monkeys, dogs, cats, pigs and rabbits, and nearly 50 million mice and rats are incarcerated and infected with mutations of human diseases. They are tortured in violent burn and brain-damage re-creation experiments. Then they are observed for meaningless data and killed.

First, let’s understand that animals are a completely different bio-mechanical entity than humans. The anatomical, physiological, immunological, histological [dealing with the cell structures] and even psychological differences between humans and animals are too great to overcome. At this moment, a formula for making animal-derived research relevant to human health is non-existent. Animal research has not, can not and will not save a human lives because information cannot be extrapolated from one species to another.

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Most new drugs 'Offer Few Benefits'

17/8/10

85% of new drugs 'offer few benefits'

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Drug companies were accused today of conning the public by hyping up patented medicines with little new to offer while downplaying their side-effects.

An estimated 85% of new drugs offer few if any new benefits while having the potential to cause serious harm due to toxicity or misuse, a study has concluded. The author of the research delivered a damning attack on "Big Pharma" at a meeting of sociology experts in the US. Professor Donald Light described the pharmaceutical industry as a "market for lemons" - one in which the seller knows much more than the buyer about the product, and takes advantage of this fact.

"Sometimes drug companies hide or downplay information about serious side-effects of new drugs and overstate the drugs' benefits," said Prof Light, a professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, US.

"Then, they spend two to three times more on marketing than on research to persuade doctors to prescribe these new drugs. Doctors may get misleading information and then misinform patients about the risks of a new drug. It's really a two-tier market for lemons." He alleged that the pharmaceutical industry owned companies in charge of drug testing and provided "firewalls" of legal protection behind which information about dangers or lack of effectiveness could be be hidden. Companies were assisted by the "relatively low bar" for effectiveness that had to be crossed to get a new drug approved, he claimed.

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Tax Thrown Away on Pointless Animal Tests

16/8/10

Tax dollars thrown away on pointless animal experiments

A report issued earlier this month by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., blasts 100 "questionable," "mismanaged" and "poorly planned" stimulus-funded projects, including an especially pointless and cruel experiment that the report aptly calls "Monkeys Getting High for Science." The study in question is being conducted at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, a Winston Salem, N.C.based facility that was awarded $71,623 in stimulus funds to feed cocaine to monkeys.

"I think all of (the projects) are waste," McCain told ABC News. "(S)ome are more egregious than others but all of them are terrible."

Hooking monkeys on coke definitely falls into the "more egregious" category. Unfortunately, this study is just a drop in the proverbial crack pipe. Wasteful and cruel addiction studies on animals are currently being conducted all over the country - and most are simply slight variations on experiments that have been conducted for years. Often the "results" have been known for years as well.

For example, it has already been well established that smoking harms developing human fetuses. But that hasn't stopped the federal government from funneling more than $10 million to Eliot Spindel of the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Spindel impregnates monkeys and then continuously injects them with nicotine to cause damage to their unborn babies' lungs. The preterm babies are then cut from their mothers' bodies and killed so that their organs can be cut out and dissected.

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GM Crop Sabotage on the Rise

16/8/10

GMO Crop Sabotage on the Rise: French citizens destroy trial vineyard

GMO grapevines destroyed (AFP)

Early Sunday morning, French police stood helpless as sixty people, locked inside an open-air field of genetically modified grapevines, uprooted all the plants. In Spain last month, dozens of people destroyed two GMO fields. On the millennial cusp, Indian farmers burned Bt cotton in their Cremate Monsanto campaign. Ignored by multinational corporations and corrupt public policy makers, citizens act to protect the food supply and the planet.

The French vineyard is the same field attacked last year when the plants were only cut. But the security features installed after that incident kept authorities at bay while the group accomplished its mission yesterday.

Speaking for the group, Olivier Florent told Le Figero that they condemned the use of public funds for open-field testing of GMOs “that we do not want.”

Pitching tents in the rain near France’s National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) site in Colmar the night before, the group waited until 5 AM before converging on the site and locking the gates behind them. They uprooted all 70 plants, then submitted to arrest.

This is the second attack on GMO crops to make international news this year. In July dozens of people destroyed two experimental corn crops in Spain. In an anonymous press release, they wrote, “This kind of direct action is the best way to respond to the fait accompli policy through which the Generalitat, the State and the biotech multinationals have been unilaterally imposing genetically modified organisms.”

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Another Cancer Drug Failure?

16/8/10

FDA considers revoking approval of Avastin for advanced breast cancer

Avastin, manufactured by Roche's Genetech unit, has been used to treat metastatic breast cancer. (Bloomberg News)

Federal regulators are considering taking the highly unusual step of rescinding approval of a drug that patients with advanced breast cancer turn to as a last-ditch hope.

The debate over Avastin, prescribed to about 17,500 women with breast cancer a year, has become entangled in the politically explosive struggle over medical spending and effectiveness that flared during the battle over health-care reform: How should the government balance protecting patients and controlling costs without restricting access to cutting-edge, and often costly, treatments?

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the recommendation of influential scientific advisers to revoke authorization of the drug to treat metastatic breast cancer. Contrary to initial research, new studies indicate that the benefits of the drug, which costs $8,000 a month, do not outweigh its risks, the advisory panel concluded.

Citing a dearth of evidence of the drug's effectiveness, its potential toxic side effects, and its high cost, many cancer experts, patient advocates and others are welcoming the prospect that Avastin's authorization for breast cancer might be repealed. But the possibility is alarming other cancer specialists, women taking the drug, some members of Congress and advocates for giving patients as much access to as many treatments as possible.

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U.S. Bill to Ban Organic Food

16/8/10

Senate Bill S510 Makes it illegal to Grow, Share, Trade or Sell Homegrown Food

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Bullring Hit by Fire

15/8/10


Spainish animal rights activists are thought to be responsible for setting fire to the ticket office of Ciudad Real's bullring. It's thought the raiders prised open a window threw petrol inside and legged it. Even though fire fighters were there in a few minutes and tackled the fire, they used water which is just as damaging for computers and carpets and other office furniture!

From: http://www.forovegetariano.org/foro/showthread.php?p=475890#post475890 

Pictures at: http://www.burladero.com/noticias/013389/incendian/taquillas/ciudad/real

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British Zoo Plans New Elephant Exhibit

15/8/10

It seems like zoo owners just don't get it.

The BBC is reporting that Noah's Ark Zoo Farm near Bristol is planning to build a new enclosure to house elephants on its grounds, a move that has been widely criticized by many animal advocacy groups.

On top of the fact that there has been a steady trend toward closing elephant exhibits over the past two decades, this announcement comes on the heels of an elephant attacking a trainer at a zoo in Ohio and another elephant dying mysteriously at a zoo in Massachusetts.

A spokesman for the zoo assures the public of the familiar promises we're used to hearing from the animal-entertainment industry: that the animals will be well cared for, will benefit from large modern enclosures, etc.

Not only are these promises always hollow mockeries when they come from people who profit from animal captivity and entertainment, but according to the article, this zoo has already been expelled from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums as a result of a questionable relationship with a circus. As if a zoo isn't bad enough, this is a zoo with ties to a circus. It's almost like the twin enemies of elephants everywhere have joined forces.

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Dolphin Exploitation Exposed

15/8/10

INVESTIGATOR DONAL MACINTYRE EXPOSES THE APPALLING EXPLOITATION OF TWO DOLPHINS

FOUR years ago Tom and Misha, two juvenile dolphins roamed the Mediterranean with a range of 1000km – today their home is a small crumbling pool surrounded by nightclubs and bars in middle of a Turkish resort favoured by Brits.

Captured from the wild four years ago, they arrived at the Dolphin Park, in Hisaronu, off the southern coast of Turkey, in a ‘Fruit and Veg’ van after an arduous four and a half hour journey over the mountains.

Then with the assistance of drinker from the Irish bar across the street they were dumped in the 11m by 22m pool. Traumatised, by the trip, the animals just bobbed up and down repetitively in a terrible expression of distress for their first five days in the pool.

Nonetheless, British tourists over the last two months have been paying £50 a go to swim with them for what many say is the fulfillment of a life long dream.

But they don’t realise that not only is it cruel and dangerous for the dolphins but that their own health is a risk. The pool has been condemned for human use by the local health authorities and buts its owners flout the edict with impunity.

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Pesticides Destroy Anti-Cancer Compounds

15/8/10

 

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Eating fruit, vegetables and herbs is good for our health. Many members of the public, a majority of the medical and healing professions, many scientists and several Governments all accept this, and medical advice is to eat at least five portions of fruit or vegetables each day. The medical and scientific evidence shows that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables helps to combat cancer, amongst other diseases. But how do fruit, vegetables and herbs ward off cancer? And how can we maximise this protection? There is probably more than just one single mechanism whereby plants are able to act against human cancer, and there are several scientifically researched and published theories, but no definitive answers.

It is also the case that conventional chemotherapy against cancer, using synthetic drugs, is beset by widespread and severely debilitating side effects. A team of research scientists and natural products specialists in Leicester believe that a group of natural plant compounds called Salvestrols may provide part of the answer. They believe that Salvestrols can, on the one hand, help to explain how plants prevent cancer, and on the other hand offer a treatment for cancer with far fewer side effects.

The Salvestrol Concept explains how the body defends and heals itself from cancer, using natural plant compounds in the diet and a special enzyme in cancer cells. It is based on the combined research of Professor Gerry Potter (a medicinal chemist) and Professor Dan Burke (a pharmacologist), together with Nature’s Defence (UK) Ltd (a manufacturer of natural products). Salvestrols are a new class of natural anticancer chemicals, which are found in plants and safely eaten in the diet. Initially non-toxic to the body’s normal cells, Salvestrols become activated inside human cancer cells by a special enzyme, CYP1B1 (pronounced “sip one bee one”). The activated Salvestrols then cause the cancer cells to stop growing or die, without harming normal cells. This specificity of action is possible because CYP1B1 is an intrinsic component of cancer cells and occurs in all of the wide range of different types of cancer that have been studied to date, but is to all intents and purposes absent from normal cells.

MODERN AGRICULTURE MINIMIZES SALVESTROLS

Salvestrols are not a single chemical type of plant compound, but are defined on the basis of their mechanism of anticancer action as summarized above. Moreover, it is now clear that several food plants and plant-rich diets that have traditionally been considered to offer protection against cancer can be good sources of Salvestrols. Salvestrols can be particularly high in many red or green health-giving plant species, including fruit, berries, vegetables and herbs. Good natural sources of Salvestrols include strawberries, cranberries, oranges, tangerines and grapes. Olives are also a good source of Salvestrols. Several herbs contain appreciable levels of Salvestrols, including basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, artichoke, scutellaria and the roots of milk thistle and dandelion. Unfortunately modern agricultural practices have succeeded in minimizing the levels of Salvestrols in fruits and vegetables, through a combination of the development of modern plant varieties, the use of agrochemical crop sprays and the selective processing of harvested fruit. Recent research into the sources of Salvestrols has revealed that levels of these compounds are up to 30-fold higher in organic produce.

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Drug Firms Hiding Negative Research

14/8/10

Drug firms hiding negative research are unfit to experiment on people

GlaxoSmithKline was sued by the New York attorney general for 'illegal and deceptive' reporting of the risks of its anti-depressant Seroxat. Photograph: Jack Sullivan

Another pharmaceutical giant has settled a big compensation claim. So why are they allowed to go on misleading the public?

This week the drug company AstraZeneca paid out £125m to settle a class action. More than 17,500 patients claim the company withheld information showing that schizophrenia drug quetiapine (tradename Seroquel) can cause diabetes. So why do companies pay out money before cases get to court?

An interesting feature of litigation is that various documents enter the public domain. This is how we know about the tobacco industry's evil plans to target children, the fake academic journal that Elsevier created for Merck's marketing department, and so on.

One of the most revealing documents ever to come out of a drug company emerged from an earlier quetiapine case: an email from John Tumas, publications manager at AstraZeneca. In it, he helpfully admits that they do everything I say drug companies do.

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Big Pharma Probe

14/8/10

Surprise surprise. The US Department of Justice is now investigating Big Pharma for corruption.

The Financial Times reports that GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Merck are all being investigated. The US Government is looking at the payments they made for hospitality, consultants, licensing agreements and charitable donations in markets around the world. It's also looking at the recruitment of physicians for clinical trials and sticking the same physicians on to regulatory boards that approve or deny drugs.

In other words, the DOJ is examining allegations that the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies had engaged in systematic bribery around the world, in breach of US and other laws. More to the point, these corrupt payments might have "influenced" the "reliability or integrity" of data in clinical trials performed abroad, putting people's lives at risk.

Perhaps the DOJ can start with the latest findings of the World Health Organisation which, as reported here, has released the names of academics and advisors who influenced the WHO's decision to declare a phase six pandemic last year, and who also happened to receive money from vaccine companies. Declaring the pandemic created a financial bonanza for Big Pharma.

This is an important probe. It's not before time.

http://www.soxfirst.com/50226711/big_pharma_probe.php

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New Videos Expose Shooting & Snaring Cruelty

13/8/10

Two new videos expose the cruelty of shooting and snaring!

Yesterday marked the release of two new League videos highlighting the cruelty inflicted upon animals for the shooting industry.

The first film, titled ‘Blood Still on the Wire’ was released to coincide with the start of the grouse shooting season. The 'Glorious Twelfth' traditionally celebrates the first day of shooting but the League is using this to highlight the terrible suffering caused by snares on Scottish estates rearing game birds for shooting.

Read more and watch the videos here

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Pharmaceuticals in Food Crop

13/8/10

US food crops absorb toxic pharmaceuticals and personal care products from treated wastewater

Several major reports have come out in recent years about the dangers of pharmaceutical drug residues being found in the nation's water supplies. But a new study has shown that major American food crops like soybeans are also absorbing these chemicals, and others, from the treated wastewater that farmers are applying to them.

It is common practice for large-scale farm operations to dump billions of gallons of treated sewage and other recycled water on crops to help fertilize them. But this semi-treated water still contains chemical components from drugs, creams, lotions, shampoos and other consumer products, all of which end up in the soil.

A research team from the University of Toledo in Ohio decided to test whether or not major U.S. food crops were capable of absorbing these chemicals in real-life agricultural conditions, so they performed an experiment on soybeans, the second most-widely grown crop in the U.S.

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Quack Solution to Fast Food Damage

13/8/10

Doctor urges fast food restaurants to hand out pharma drugs like ketchup packets (opinion)

It sounds like an April Fool's joke, but it isn't: A doctor from Imperial College London whose study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology has proclaimed that people who eat burgers and milkshakes at fast food restaurants should be given free statin drugs (like ketchup packets) to counteract the cholesterol effects of eating burgers.

"Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge," says Dr. Darrel Francis, lead author of study, who goes on to complain that statin drugs shouldn't be prescription drugs at all. People should be able to get them as easily as asking for a packet of ketchup: "It makes sense to make risk-reducing supplements available just as easily as the unhealthy condiments that are provided free of charge," Francis says, calling statins a "supplement" instead of a drug. Yeah, as if it were a nutrient or something.

What Francis doesn't mention is the disastrous side effects of statin drugs: Extreme muscle pain and weakness, kidney failure, the loss of CoQ10 (a vital nutrient for heart health), liver damage, erectile dysfunction, constipation and much more. I know people who say they were almost killed by statin drugs but who thankfully recognized the symptoms and stopped taking these dangerous chemical medications before things got worse.

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Cattistock Hunt Filmed Breaking Law

13/8/10

Cattistock hunt cubhunting in Dorset 10th August 2010. 6am behind the kennels thinking they were away from prying eyes (& cameras). The gorse they drew (hunted) was at Lankham Bottom nature reserve - a fox was put to ground and terriermen attempted to dig out. Later the hounds nearly caused chaos on the busy A37 Dorchester - Yeovil road during 'rush hour'.

This is 5 1/2 years after a ban on hunting with hounds...

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Glaxo Drug Causes Meningistis: FDA

12/8/10

Glaxo's anti-seizure drug may cause meningitis: FDA

GlaxoSmithKline Plc's anti-seizure drug Lamictal can cause a brain inflammation known as aseptic meningitis, U.S. health regulators said on Thursday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cited 40 cases of the serious complication between December 1994 and November 2009, 35 of which required hospitalization. The cases did not involve more serious meningitis caused by bacteria.

Symptoms returned when patients restarted the drug and were often worse, the agency said in a notice posted on its website at link.reuters.com/xez64n. The agency said it was adding the warning to the drug's label.

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AR Group Calls for Ban on Leg Hold Traps

12/8/10

Roxy is adjusting to life with three legs.

Roxy, a two-year-old healer cross, is adjusting to life with three legs. She recently had surgery to amputate a leg after it was severely injured in a leg hold trap.

"Leg hold traps are non specific. Whatever animal crosses their path, they're going to get stuck in there whether it be a raccoon, a dog, a bird, and to whatever animal gets stuck, it's a horrific death, or injury, which we see often in the dogs we rescue," said R.J. Bailot with Pound Rescue.

Leg hold traps are legal in Alberta and are often used in rural areas. Animal rescue groups like Pound Rescue are seeing a spike in the number of cases of animals getting caught in the traps.

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Military Tests on Living Animals Prohibited

11/8/10


The U.S. Army in Germany intended to injure pigs and goats at the military training area Grafenwoehr in Bavaria to train their medical staff. The German association Doctors Against Animal Experiments and other animal rights groups protested against these plans. The competent authority has now rejected the application of the U.S. Army because it violates the German Animal Welfare Act.

When the plans of the U.S. Army became known in May this year several animal rights and antivivisection organizations called for protests. The competent authority, the local Government of Oberpfalz, and the Headquarters of the U.S. Army in Germany were flooded with letters and emails from the public. The public outcry resulted in the Army withdrawing its first application only one day after the plans became public. The experiments were supposed to be conducted and organized by a German company specialized in trauma training. On 12th July the Army submitted a new application in cooperation with a different company. The competent authority now denied the permit because the planned experiments would have violated the German Animal Welfare Act as no outstanding new findings were to be expected.

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Flu Advisors Ties to Vaccine Manufactures

11/8/10

WHO list reveals flu advisors with financial ties to pharma, vaccine manufacturers

After months of stalling, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally revealed the names of key pandemic advisors who influenced its decision to declare a phase six pandemic last year -- a decision that resulted in a financial windfall for vaccine manufacturers. As you'll see here, that list includes at least five expert advisors received money from vaccine companies.

Here's who received money from Big Pharma and then influenced the WHO decision to declare a pandemic:

Arnold Monto is a professor from the United States who has received money from virtually all the major vaccine manufacturers: GSK, Novartis, Roche, Baxter and Sanofi Pasteur. He has specifically been given grant money by Sanofi Pasteur to study influenza vaccines.

Nancy Cox works for the US Centers for Disease Control, which already maintains a pro-vaccine stance while utterly ignoring the importance of vitamin D in halting infectious disease. Nancy took funds from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) to conduct work on vaccines.

John Wood works at Britain's National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC). They've taken money from Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis and several other companies focused on influenza vaccine research.

Maria Zambon is a professor at the UK Health Protection Agency Centre for Infection. She has received money from Sanofi, Novartis, CSL, Baxter and GSK.

Neil Ferguson is also a professor, and he has accepted money from Roche and GSK Biologicals.

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Police Steal Family Dog & Lose Her!

10/8/10

An innocent dog was seized by the police in Hertforshire because of what she looks like. They then let her escape, and she is now lost! She has a family who are devastated, especially the children. Please vis it the link,where you can see - and if local print - a poster of this poor dog..

http://www.doglost.co.uk/poster.php?dogId=24580

The theft of innocent dogs is as disturbingly common as the theft of innocent children in this society. They are often stolen not by the 'criminal gangs' we are taught to fear but by the very people who tell us who to fear! Something is wrong and it needs fixing.

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Dr Steven Best the Left & Animal Rights

10/8/10

By Jon Hoch

Dr. Steven Best co-founded the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, whose representatives speak on behalf of the militant animal rights movement. His activism has earned him a lifetime ban from the United Kingdom and nearly cost him his teaching job. I spoke with him on April 29.

JH: Why do you think there’s so much hostility between the anti-capitalist Left and the animal rights movement?

SB: The Left has disdain for the animal rights movement because the Left is humanist and speciesist. The Left politics are always about human rights above all else. The highest ethic that the Left has been able to reach in terms of animal rights is animal welfarism, which is the ethic of the industry and which is a euphemism for animal torture…it’s like their peddling ‘Clean Coal’ or something….Now, the Left also sees animal rights people as elitist. Some people of color, rightly so, see (them) as, maybe not racist, but certainly not anti-racist. There is a problem of white elitism in the animal rights and vegan movement; there is no doubt about it. The composition of the movement is overwhelmingly white, middle class. It promotes all these expensive cruelty free products. It doesn’t take its message into the inner city. It never targets people of color. There’s a huge gulf between black vegans and white vegans. It really is a very isolated movement.

JH: So to a degree, do you sympathize with that criticism of the animal rights movement?

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Millions Prescribed Unapproved Medications

10/8/10

FDA admits millions of patients prescribed illegal, unapproved medications by doctors

In 2009 alone, more than four million prescriptions were written for nitroglycerin tablets that had not been approved by the FDA, the agency has said, representing 80 percent of all prescriptions written.

Nitroglycerin tablets are commonly prescribed to patients at high risk of heart attacks. When a patient feels chest pain or another early sign of a heart attack, the tablets are dissolved under the tongue. They cause blood vessels to dilate, and can prevent or stop a heart attack in up to 4 percent of cases.

Because the tablets were in use before the passage of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in 1938, manufacturers have always claimed they can continue selling them without FDA approval. Yet in recent years the FDA has begun cracking down on unapproved medications, disputing this interpretation of federal drug law.

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Swedish Mink Farm Conditions Exposed

PRESS RELEASE 9/8/10

Undercover investigation reveals horrific animal cruelty at Swedish mink farms – photos could bring an end to Sweden’s fur industry During 2009 and 2010, the Animal Rights Alliance took undercover photo and video at one- fifth of all of the fur farms in Sweden. Investigative materials show that mink on Swedish fur farms live under miserable conditions – worse than previously recognized. The results of the investigation could bring the fur industry in Sweden to an end. In 2003, a governmental commission of inquiry gave mink farms until 2010 to comply with the Animal Welfare Act. The commission of inquiry concluded that if the fur farms did not comply with the law, then the farming of mink for fur should be partly or totally banned.

“Our investigative material clearly proves that the fur industry has done nothing to improve conditions for mink on fur farms. At the majority of the farms that we visited, we found evidence of stereotypical behavior, multiple cases of cannibalism, and countless mink with gaping wounds, missing ears and rampant infections. The animals react to stress and frustration in their extremely small cages by biting each other to death”, says Malin Gustafsson, spokesperson for the Animal Rights Alliance.

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Fox Hunt Video Hoax

6/8/10

Urban fox hunt video was hoax aimed at the media, say film-makers. Chris Atkins and Johnny Howorth, the team behind Starsuckers, say film was satirical swipe at press coverage of fox attacks.

It was the internet video that sparked a media outcry: grainy footage that seemed to show four masked men drugging a fox and later beating it to death with cricket bats in a London park that was posted on YouTube and Facebook earlier this week. But the Guardian can reveal that the new sport of "urban fox hunting" was an elaborate hoax. The film-makers, Chris Atkins and Johnny Howorth, said no real foxes were harmed in the film, which was intended as a satirical swipe at what they believe is media hysteria over the danger of urban foxes.

Animal rights campaigners had expressed fury over the "bloodthirsty" huntsmen, eliciting the support of MPs on Twitter and prompting an inquiry by the Metropolitan police's wildlife crime unit. Youtube and Facebook swiftly removed the footage from their sites, and the controversy was covered in a number of news outlets including the Guardian, the Daily Mirror, the Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, and London Evening Standard. The BBC was also duped, sending a television reporter to Victoria Park, in Hackney, to produce a package from the supposed scene of the crime. Amid a growing furore, the animal welfare group League Against Cruel Sports launched a campaign against urban foxhunting, while the RSPCA said it was investigating the footage.

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Dubious Drug Studies

6/8/10

Report finds drug industry funded studies almost always yield good results

A recent study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine has revealed that industry-funded clinical trials -- that is, drug trials funded by pharmaceutical companies -- almost always show positive results for the drugs they test. In contrast, only about half of government-funded studies show the same drugs to be safe and effective.

The results of the study may not come as much of a surprise to many who already recognize the corruption inherent in drug company-funded clinical trials. But they do broadcast this reality to a much larger audience than ever before.

According to the study, out of 546 drug trials evaluated, industry-funded studies showed positive outcomes 85 percent of the time while 72 percent of trials funded by nonprofits or non-governmental organizations showed positive results.

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GM Crop Escapes into the American Wild

6/8/10

Transgenic canola found growing freely in North Dakota.

If GM crops with herbicide resistance spread beyond farmland, they could become problematic weeds. IStockphoto

A genetically modified (GM) crop has been found thriving in the wild for the first time in the United States. Transgenic canola is growing freely in parts of North Dakota, researchers told the Ecological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today.

The scientists behind the discovery say this highlights a lack of proper monitoring and control of GM crops in the United States.

US farmers have dramatically increased their use of GM crops since the plants were introduced in the early 1990s. Last year, nearly half the world's transgenic crops were grown in US soil — Brazil, the world's second heaviest user, grew just 16%. GM crops have broken free from cultivated land in several countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan, but they have not previously been found in uncultivated land in the United States.

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Hundreds of Partridges Freed

5/8/10

reported on finoallafine.info (translation):

"August 4 - Tonight we provided the opportunity to escape to freedom to hundreds of partridges bred for hunting, opening 21 cages at the Urogallo company in Asiago (VI). To see the birds in the sky and not confined or on plates... "

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Sick Experiments on Cats

5/8/10

Animal advocates: Stop tracking brain waves in awake cats

Four animal-rights groups call on the Health Ministry to halt a medical experiment that involves forcing cats to remain awake in order to monitor their brain function

Four animal-rights groups have joined forces to demand that the Health Ministry halt a medical experiment that involves forcing cats to remain awake in order to monitor their brain function. The organizations said the cats in the study at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are confined in small enclosures and force-fed food containing substances to keep them awake during testing.

Research in Israel into feline brain function is generally conducted while the cats are anesthetized. They are often killed when the experiments are completed.

The study in question, led by Dr. Opher Donchin of the university's Department of Biomedical Engineering, investigates neural activity in Purkinje cells in the animals' cerebellar cortex. Researchers ultimately plan to study at least seven cats.

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Animal Experiments Explained by Dr Ray Greek

5/8/10

FAQs About the Use of Animals in Science - Blog by Dr Ray Greek

Why does the use of animals as predictive models persist in drug testing and disease research?

Many factors contribute to the continued use of animals as predictive models, and little, if any have anything to do with science. The animal experimentation industry is a multi-billion dollar business, with many vested interests in both industry and academia that have much to gain by maintaining the status quo—and much to lose by a dramatic change in how research is conducted. Upton Sinclair in his 1935 classic I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked wrote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

How would you describe the position of the scientific community relative to the value of the animal model?

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Amount of Cloned Meat Unknown

4/8/10

Amount of clone-derived meat in UK 'unknown'

Two bulls born from embryos harvested from a cloned cow had been slaughtered, one of which entered the food chain. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Highland council and Food Standards Agency investigate history of bulls born from embryo taken from cloned cow

The Food Standards Agency has admitted that it does not know how many embryos from cloned animals have been imported into Britain, after it was revealed that meat from one had already entered the food chain and been eaten.

Yesterday, the FSA revealed that meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entered the UK food chain a year ago, in the first official confirmation of a breach of food laws.

A second bull born from an embryo taken from a cloned cow was slaughtered last week, but the meat was intercepted before it could be sold. The agency has found another cloned offspring in a dairy herd.

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US Vivisection Lab Serial Offender

4/8/10

The University of Kansas Medical Center has become known for violating the Animal Welfare Act….

[Editor's note: Please call and email the parties detailed at the end of the article to help end the nightmare that KU Med has manufactured for its primate "patients."]

According to the annual report filed with the USDA by the University of Kansas Medical Center, this facility experiments on and/or holds captive about 150 primates per year, a relatively small amount. The report which contains this statistic is a bland one page document which belies the cruel reality that it represents.

A cross-section of the lives of these animals is represented by a stack of documents which is just over a foot tall. The existence of these highly intelligent animals has been reduced to so much paper and ink. Their identities represented only by numbers, their passing marked only by the word “euthanized.”

The University of Kansas Medical Center has become known for violating the Animal Welfare Act. In fact, recent inspections for the period from September 2007 to June of 2009 catalogue 58 pages of violations, many of which involve primates and their deaths. The USDA inspectors who wrote these documents uncovered heinous acts of cruelty which prolonged the pain these animals endured. One monkey was allowed to deteriorate so severely that his/her weight dropped by 26.8%, or just over ¼. Another primate, whose skull had been opened to have a recording chamber put into place, did not receive anything close to adequate treatment. These recording chambers can harbor serious bacterial infections which can lead to brain abscesses, and so they are supposed to be cleaned regularly. The chamber of one animal at this facility had not been cleaned for three weeks. It is amazing that s/he was still alive.

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Call to Punish Cockfighters

 

3/8/10

Animal rights call for tougher punishment for cockfighting

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A cockfight in the North Valley that ended with two people dead has now gotten the attention of a national animal rights organization.

The violence happened Sunday morning near Livingston.

Sheriff's detectives say a man, who has not yet been identified, shot and killed 20-year-old Miguel Orosco over a $10 cockfighting bet.

Then, deputies say the shooting victim's brother Rafael Orosco and another man Juan Aguilera chased the shooter into the street and beat him to death.

Both are under arrest.

A statement issued by the Humane Society of The United States calls for tougher cockfighting punishments in California saying "it is time to make cockfighting a felony on the first offense so we can deter cockfight promoters from staging these events."

California is one of only ten states where cockfighting is still considered a misdemeanor for the first offense.

http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=7589278

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Vivisectors Caught Lying

3/8/10

Press release: Leading Health Researchers Lie about SSPCA Support

Contact John Patrick

For Immediate Release

Animal welfare charity Scotland for Animals has condemned Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute for misleading the public regarding their use of animals in experiments.  They claim the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals support animal experiments as necessary to find cures and treatments for disease.

Roslin Institute Director, Professor David Hume, circulated this statement to members of the public concerned about Roslin's use of animals in their research programmes.

Scotland for Animals' Spokesman John Patrick stated "We contacted SSPCA CEO Stuart Earley who has confirmed that this is untrue and that they are completely opposed to animal experiments. If Roslin Institute is being so brazenly economical with the truth here how can we be expected to believe their claims that their animal experiments are necessary?"

Referring to the Institute's project to replicate Cystic Fibrosis in genetically modified pigs Stuart Earley told Scotland for Animals that in light of the SSPCA's opposition to the use of animals "it is highly inappropriate if Roslin are quoting us in letters as being supportive of this initiative". He added that their policy statement outlining their opposition to animal experimentation is "pretty emphatic".

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If You Think Vivisection is Essential...

2/8/10

... Then Read On...

The idea behind animal experimentation (vivisection) is that if a new drug or medical procedure is tested on an animal, such as a mouse, rat, cat, dog, or whatever, then the results of such an experiment would give us an indication on the effects of that drug or substance on a human patient. We would be given an indication of its effectiveness (how well it works); its possible side-effects (how much harm it is likely to cause); as well as its toxicity (how poisonous the drug or substance is likely to be); right?...WRONG

The simple fact is that animals not only respond in different ways to other animals, but also in different and contradictory ways to people. Animal experiments are not a help but a hindrance to medical research. If a new drug or procedure is found to be beneficial to an animal, say a rat, it would only be beneficial for other rats and cannot be readily transferred onto other species. Any vet would tell you that most medicines we readily take could have a catastrophic, even fatal, effect if given to a pet. In the same way, it would be unwise for us to take a drug intended for a pet dog, cat, or budgerigar. Besides which, people do not suffer from the same diseases or illnesses that animals suffer, and vice-versa. The idea that we can simulate human ills in animals (which animals would not normally suffer from), create a drug to cure this artificial illness, THEN pass it on to humans as a safe and reliable cure, is totally absurd.

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Spies Target Animal Rights Campaigners

1/8/10

An Auckland private investigation firm has been caught out after it attached a sophisticated tracking device to a political campaigner's car – but left the device visible from outside the vehicle.

The GPS tracking device, which used a mobile phone connection to report the car's position to private investigators, had been attached with magnets. It is the third time in three years the Sunday Star-Times has caught Thompson & Clark Investigations doing covert surveillance on political groups for corporate clients.

On April 22 this year, animal rights campaigners Jasmine Gillespie-Gray and Rochelle Rees were in Levin, where Gillespie-Gray was in court for filming inside a chicken-processing farm.

The judge dismissed the case and later that day the pair noticed a black box under Rees' car. When they removed it, they found the tracking device, a cross between a GPS receiver and mobile phone.

The Star-Times traced the device to Thompson & Clark Investigations, which had obtained the device from Auckland firm Argus Tracking Ltd, which advertises tracking services for companies to monitor their own fleets.

Thompson & Clark co-director Gavin Clark declined to comment on "anything we might do operationally".

Rees said the campaigners were upset but not surprised at finding the device "given the past spying we've had to put up with from Thompson & Clark". They were relieved they were able to spot it so easily: "Whoever put it there was incompetent, there's no other explanation." She thought it was "very likely" Thompson & Clark was monitoring them for the Pork Industry Board.

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Sponsored Run for Animal Rescue Centres

1/8/10

 

Anthony Mann is running 70 miles in 7 days which equates to 10 miles a day in 1 hour 10 minutes or less. He is raising money for Jerry Green Foundation Trust and Animals In Need. 16-22 August 2010 at the Racecourse in Northampton UK

 

 

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Flu Jab Linked to Fits in Under Fives

31/7/10

GPs have been told not to use a particular flu jab on 110,000 children under five after it was linked with a tenfold increase in fits, it can be revealed.

Children under five are only routinely vaccinated against seasonal flu if they are in designated 'risk groups' because they have chronic asthma

Doctors should stock alternative vaccines for under fives who are due to have the seasonal flu vaccine this winter, a letter from the head of immunisation at the Department of Health has said. The action is being taken as rate of convulsions caused by high fever among children in Australia given the jab was ten times higher than normal.

Up to one in 100 children given the jab, made in Australia by CSL and marketed in the UK by Pfizer, suffered febrile convulsions in the following hours and days.It is not known what is causing the problem and no other flu vaccines have been linked to an increased risk of fits. Adults given the vaccine do not appear to have been affected.

Children under five are only routinely vaccinated against seasonal flu if they are in designated 'risk groups' because they have chronic asthma, have been admitted to hospital with a respiratory infection previously or have other long-term conditions which means they would be particularly badly affected if they caught flu. Seasonal flu vaccines contain three strains which have been identified by the World Health Organisation as the most common in circulation that year. This year the vaccines contain the pandemic strain H1N1.

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University Lab Cited for Violations

31/7/10

Princeton University cited for violations of USDA rules for lab animals

What would Peter Singer do?

As author of the landmark book, Animal Liberation, Singer described the industry supporting the continued use, and horrible abuse, of uncounted millions of laboratory animals around the world. As Princeton Professor of Bioethics in the Center for the Study of Human Values, what is Peter Singer thinking now, and what will Peter Singer do about his own institution's practices?

Following a routine USDA inspection of its facilities in late June, Princeton University was cited for 11 "procedural" violations of federal guidelines for treatment of animals in laboratories, as detailed in the Animal Welfare Act of 1966.

All violations noted occurred with primates who are used in research at the university. These reportedly consist of 15 macaques and 10 marmosets. The other animals used in research are guinea pigs, rats, mice and salamanders.

The violations had to do with withholding water to use as a reward for the animals' participation in experiments, administering post-surgical painkiller medications only "as needed" instead of routinely, and performing more surgeries than had been spelled out in research proposals.

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Vivisection: A Moderate Proposal

31/7/10

To the dismay of many of my friends, I’m not unalterably opposed to vivisection. In fact, I’d wholeheartedly support it, were vivisectors to make one minor administrative change. It would be that scientists perform the experiments not on nonhumans but on themselves and their colleagues. Scientists keep telling us how beneficial the experiments are for Science with a capital S, Progress with a capital P, and of course Man with a capital M. If the experiments really are Necessary with a capital N, the scientists should be willing to make this sacrifice (with a small s) for the greater good. In any case, because of strict regulations, according to no less an authority than Lord Sainsbury, British Science Minister, advocate of genetic engineering and owner of a very large supermarket chain, experiments generally cause no more than “moderate” suffering. If this is actually true, scientists shouldn’t too much mind throwing their hats into this ring.

Vivisector restraints.

Now, I’m sure you can spot the problem: too many important experiments for the number of vivisectors. Just in Europe an animal is killed every three seconds in a laboratory. In Britain it’s one every twelve seconds, in Japan one every other second, and in the United States one per second. I’m not sure even full-ride scholarships and high salaries will suffice to bring in enough scientists to fill this bill. But that’s okay, because every problem carries within it the seed of its own solution.

The solution comes through the words of Sainsbury, or rather his existence: add another category of those eligible to be vivisected. This would, of course, be those politicians who speak or vote in favor of experimenting on live animals. Given the importance of these experiments to everything from the economy to national security to shiny-clean hair to new cosmetics, I think the politicians will be glad to serve the public in this manner.

Unfortunately, this won’t entirely solve the problem: I just don’t think we have enough politicians (and I’ll bet you never thought you’d hear someone say that).

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AstraZeneca Makes Secret Payout

31/7/10

AstraZeneca Will Keep Seroquel Settlement Terms Confidential

AstraZeneca Plc, which tentatively settled almost 4,000 product-liability cases this month involving its antipsychotic drug Seroquel through mediation, said it will keep terms of the agreements confidential.

“AstraZeneca remains committed to a strong defense effort, but will also continue to participate in good faith in the court-ordered mediation process,” Tony Jewell, an AstraZeneca U.S. spokesman in Wilmington, Delaware, said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

The London-based company, the U.K.’s second-biggest drugmaker, said in a regulatory filing that by the end of March, it was defending more than 10,000 cases involving 22,500 plaintiff groups. Some of the cases were previously dismissed because plaintiffs lacked sufficient evidence to support allegations that Seroquel causes diabetes.

The company, with $32.8 billion in sales last year, said in the July 29 filing that by March, it had spent about $688 million defending Seroquel-related cases.

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Daniel Amos Released

30 July 10 Daniel Amos was released from prison today after serving 2 years. He isn't on tag (home curfew), but he does have to stay at the same address and he currently isn't allowed to attend any animal rights demonstrations, edit AR websites etc. He thanks everyone who wrote to him and supported him during his time inside.

For more information you can check out http://www.myspace.com/supportdan

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ALF Making Waves

29/7/10

*Escalating Violence From the Animal Liberation Front*

Scott Stewart -

On July 22, special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI arrested Walter Bond in Denver and charged him with conducting the April 30 arson that destroyed a Glendale, Colo., business, the Sheepskin Factory, which sold a variety of sheepskin products. According to an affidavit completed by a special agent assigned to the Denver ATF field office, Bond used the nom de guerre, "ALF Lone Wolf" and boasted to a confidential informant that he not only torched the Sheepskin Factory but also was responsible for a June 5 fire at a leather factory in Salt Lake City and a July 3 fire at a restaurant in Sandy, Utah.
The Bond case serves as a reminder that activists with organizations such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) are still very active - indeed, there have been several firebombing attacks by such activists in the United States this year, not only at businesses but also at the homes of animal researchers. And there have been scores of animal rights-related attacks in other countries, with Mexico being among the most active. The Bond case also provides an opportunity to examine the manner in which the animal liberation movement conducts its leaderless resistance campaign, to draw lessons from the case and to assess the trajectory of the animal rights movement....

For the rest of this interesting article, see:

http://www.rightsidenews.com/2010072911173/homeland-security/escalating-violence-from-the-animal-liberation-front.html

The article originally appeared on STRATFOR, which is a global intelligence and security agency.

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Over 3.5 million Animals Sacrificed In British Labs Again Last Year

29/7/10

News Release - Uncaged Campaigns

The annual UK Government statistics for animal experiments have revealed another appalling toll of cruelty and killing in British labs during 2009. By law, the Home Office only counts those experiments that are 'likely to cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm'. It is the second highest total figure since the current system began in 1986, dropping from the shocking 2008 tally by 1%. In 2009, 3,619,450 million experiments took place in British labs, a decrease of 36,540 (1%) on 2008, but still 417,959 (13%) higher than 2007. Over 2.4 million experiments - 67% - were carried out with no anaesthesia whatsoever.

The number of animals used remained fairly constant relative to 2008 at 3,541,252 (some animals are used in more than one experiment, hence the difference in figures between the number of experiments and the number of animals used).

Another rise similar to 2007-8 would have lifted the total to a staggering 4 million animals. While we are slightly relieved that the previous upward trend didn’t continue, the continuing lack of action to tackle abuse in British labs shames the Government and the scientific community. The very crude figures - some of which the Home Office admits it fixes - indicating the severity of projects have changed little over the years, so it is impossible to assess confidently whether each animal is suffering more or less than previously. But ultimately, one animal poisoned, mutilated, diseased and killed is still one too many.

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Lab Animal Breeder Talks, Lies

29/7/10

Activists' arson attack led to 'agonising' death for rabbits in van

EIGHT rabbits burned to death during an arson attack on a Lincolnshire farm for which animal rights activists claimed responsibility, it has been revealed. As reported in the Echo, Highgate Farm in Normanby-by-Spital, near Market Rasen, was targeted by arsonists at about 2.20am on Monday, July 19. A white Mercedes Sprinter van was destroyed.

It has now emerged in the back of the van were eight rabbits waiting for collection. They all died.

Animal rights group Militant Forces Against Huntingdon Life Sciences has claimed responsibility for the arson.

Two 25-year-old men – one from London and one from Driffield – were yesterday arrested on suspicion of arson and blackmail. At the time of going to press, no charges had been brought.

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Catalonia Bans Bullfighting in Landmark Spain Vote

28/7/10

The parliament of Catalonia has voted to ban bullfighting - the first region of mainland Spain to do so. The vote took place as the result of a petition brought to parliament, signed by 180,000 people who say the practice is barbaric and outdated.

Bullfight supporters insist that the corrida, as it is known, is an important tradition to preserve. They also fear the vote could be the first of many in the country. The ban takes effect in January 2012.

In Wednesday's vote, 68 backed a ban, 55 voted against and nine abstained.

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Fire & Explosions Rock Oregon Mink Farm

28/7/10

Twice-raided Ylipelto Mink Farm Destroyed

Astoria, Oregon: In an anonymous communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, animal liberation activists have taken credit for the destruction of Ylipelto Mink Farm in Astoria, Oregon. The farm has been the target of 2 previous raids by animal liberationists; the first occurred in October 2008, when 1,500 mink were released in a raid claimed by the “Vegan Straight Edge”. The second raid occurred October 4th, 2009, when 300 mink were released; at 1:23 AM that morning, a farmer reported to police that someone was “releasing her mink”, indicating the liberators were spotted in the act, but escaped un-arrerested. No group took credit for that raid.

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Hormone Drug Case Opens

28/7/10

Wyeth hormone drug case opens in Philadelphia

Before a packed house in a shoe box of a City Hall courtroom Tuesday, attorneys Rainey Booth and Beth A. Wilkinson offered opposing views of Prempro, a hormonal replacement drug that has been linked to breast cancer.

Booth told a Philadelphia jury that over the coming weeks he and his team will show that the drug made by Wyeth was among the causes of the breast cancer developed by Sharon Buxley, 66, a Tennessee resident formerly of Allentown, and Joy Henry, 75, of Harrisburg.

Wilkinson, a former federal prosecutor representing Wyeth, countered there were no direct links between the drug and the cancers, and no science to support Booth's contentions.

The trial before Common Pleas Judge James Murray Lynn is the latest court test for Prempro and Wyeth, which is now a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.

The drug, which combines the hormones estrogen and progestin, was widely used from 1995 to 2002 to treat menopause symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.

In 2002, however, a federal study of 10,000 women linked Prempro to higher rates of heart attacks, breast cancer, and other problems.

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Campaign Launched to Close Down German Dolphinarium

27/7/10



"Not only do we have to fight criminal operations and cruelty to animals on the high seas but also take responsibility and direct action to help those who are imprisoned in concrete pools, doomed to entertain us."

Palawas, Nando, Kite and Rocko. Those are the given names to four bottlenose dolphins who are currently performing at the dolphinarium in Münster, Germany. Built in 1974 as part of the local zoo, the dolphinarium remains one of the last three of its kind in Germany. From the original nine facilities keeping dolphins in captivity, only Nürnberg, Duisburg and Münster are still blocking and ignoring concerns of animal welfare groups, conservationists, politicians and the public.

Arne Feuerhahn and Christine Bindal, both co-founders of the new ocean activist group The Black Fish recently moved to Münster to get an impression of the situation in the Westphalian city. "Our aim is to shut this facility down as quickly as possible. Public education and constant pressure are our main strategies to get our four aquatic friends out of the miserable and unworthy conditions they live in".

The campaign started a week ago with a screening of the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Cove'. The film exposes the yearly slaughter of dolphins in a blocked-off cove in Taji, Japan. Many of the dolphins caught at Taji end up in dolphinariums worldwide. During the event the connection between the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, the worldwide dolphin entertainment industry and facilities such as here in Münster were discussed and many people joined to support The Black Fish campaign. Attending the dolphinarium regularly to educate zoo visitors and passers-by, the campaign crew hopes that the citizens of Münster realise the horrible situation that the four cetaceans are in and the need to take action.

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Uni Security Attacks Animal Activists

25/7/10

Cambridge Uni Security Injures Animal Activists

Elderly female campaigner sustains injuries and is taken to hospital.

On Friday 23rd July 2010 protesters were back at Cambridge University to protest against the use of animals in experiments by the academic institution. This time the group were specifically focusing on the primate experiments that the University carry out.

The protesters started off with an anti-primate experiments stall in town and then moved to the Uni's Downing Street site where they encouraged staff to 'blow the whistle' about cruelty at the site.

Security were soon surrounding the activists along with one male who was not wearing any identification. This male told a young male protester to stop using the megaphone or he would take it off him. The protester refused stating the man had no right to take his property. When the protester resumed use of the megaphone the man knocked him to the ground and began dragging him along the floor eventually prising the megaphone from the protester. In the process the protester sustained bruising to his elbow and swelling to his hand.

An elderly female protester in her 80's came up to tell the man to stop his unprovoked attack. At this point she was knocked to the ground by the man in question. Helped up by fellow campaigners she was moved to a wall where protesters waited with her for the police to arrived (who had been ironically called by security). When the police arrived a paramedic was sent for and she was taken to hospital.

Complaints were made to the police. If this is how Cambridge Uni deal with peaceful protesters it makes you wonder how they treat their animals – as if we didn't know!

Animal Rights Cambridge

http://animalrightscambridge.webs.com/

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Are We Any Wiser Today?

25/7/10

I'm not sure that today in 2010 we are any wiser since I wrote a letter to the Editor of the Cleveland PD in 1991. You'll have to read it to decide for yourself.

I wrote this letter to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on February 5th, 1991:

It is ironic that I should read an interesting stat on the "greying" of America in view of the PD's "Bush will seek $23 billion Medicare cut" (2/3/91). Nearly 40 million Americans are over 60 and by the year 2010 there will be more than 12 million people 80 years or older.

One would think how wonderful that people live longer these days, but as the article goes on--there is a darker shade of grey that is not so apparent to most of us. Millions of these elderly Americans are not enjoying their longer life because many of them are poor and almost one third of them are living in absolute poverty. Some of them can't even afford basic health care costs.

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Diabetes Drug = Kidney Problems

25/7/10

Diabetes Drug Byetta Linked to Kidney Problems by FDA

Byetta, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, has been linked to kidney and pancreas problems.

Type 2 diabetics taking Byetta, a drug that promises to lower blood sugar, may be at increased risk for serious kidney problems, the U.S. Food and Drug administration said in November.

The problems can include kidney failure, which can in some cases lead to death. After just two years on the market, the drug was linked in 2007 to an increased risk of pancreatitis, a potentially fatal inflammation of the pancreas.

Over seven million prescriptions for Byetta were written between the drug's debut in 2005 and September of 2008. The injected drug is popular among both doctors and users because it's easier to administer than insulin and it causes weight loss in some patients.

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More Undisclosed Vested Interests

24/7/10

If you haven't done so, be sure to read the lead story in the July 15, 2010 Isthmus: Man over monkey: UW researcher Dr. Paul Kaufman: Scientist believes humans have an ethical obligation to use animals to help their own species. Bill Lueders.

A short response letter appeared in this week's Isthmus:

Amazing advances

I'm glad you wrote about primate research at UW ("Man Over Monkey," 7/16/10), but I wish more emphasis had been given to the amazing medical advances it has generated instead of insinuating that UW just does it for the grant money.

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'ALF Lone Wolf' Arrested

24/7/10

From Voice of the Voiceless

Informant used in arrest of Walter Bond for "A.L.F. Lone Wolf" arsons

News is emerging, but the FBI has arrested a man in connection with the A.L.F. arson at Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado. Walter Bond, 34, was arrested by federal agents Thursday.

The FBI alleges Bond admitted to an informant to setting two additional fires - one at Tandy Leather Factory, the other at Tiburon (foie gras restaurant), both in Utah. In anonymous communiques, "A.L.F. Lone Wolf" took credit. The criminal complaint outlines the case against Walter Bond, and alleges the following:

*On July 1st, investigators received a call from a confidential informant wishing to provide information on the Sheepskin Factory and Tandy Leather Factory arsons. The informant stated Bond had told him/her in a telephone call from the Salt Lake City library to refer to Voice of the Voiceless and scroll down to an article on the Sheepskin Factory arson to learn what he'd "been up to lately".

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Bad Animal Data is Big News!

24/7/10

News headlines 20th June to 23rd July 2010

‘Curis Tumbles on Failure of Cancer Drug Trial: Biotech's Latest Mishaps.’
Bullfax. 20 June 2010.

‘Pfizer pulls leukemia drug from U.S. market.
Drugmaker Pfizer Inc is pulling a decade-old leukemia medicine off the U.S. market after a study found a higher death rate and no benefit for patients.’

Reuters. 21 June 2010.

'Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin): Market Withdrawal.'
FDA Medwatch. 21 June 2010.

‘Pfizer Suspends Trial of Tanezumab for Osteoarthritis Pain at U.S. Request’
Bloomberg. 23 June 2010.

‘Glaxo Settles Nearly 200 Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuits.’
Pharmalot. 23 June 2010.

'Pfizer shares fall over problems with pain drug.'
Bloomberg Business Week. 24 June 2010

'EU regulators probe risks of blood pressure drugs.'
Reuters. 25 June 2010

'Study raises questions over wider use of statins.'
Reuters. 28 June 2010 

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Delaware Passes Landmark Legislation

23/7/10

Dear Friends,

The Governor of Delaware just signed the most sweeping, progressive companion animal protection legislation in the United States. The law was modeled on the No Kill Advocacy Center's Companion Animal Protection Act and spearheaded by the non-profit No Kill shelter Faithful Friends, in Wilmington, Delaware, and involved groups like Stray Haven Animal Sanctuary.

Like Oreo’s Law sought to do, the Delaware Companion Animal Protection Act mandates collaboration between shelters and rescue groups. A shelter cannot kill an animal if a rescue group is willing to save that animal's life. But that is just the beginning. It also makes convenience killing illegal—shelters can no longer kill an animal when there are available cages or the animals can share a cage or kennel with another one.

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Arson Claim (no dead rabbits)

23/7/10

Animal rights group claims responsibility for arson attack at Highgate Farm

 Highgate Farm in Highgate Lane, Normanby by Spital.

A MILITANT animal rights group has claimed responsibility for an arson attack at a rabbit farm in Lincolnshire. It is understood that police are looking closely at the chilling claim after a white Mercedes Sprinter van was set on fire at the premises in Normanby-by-Spital, near Market Rasen. Firefighters attended the blaze in yard at Highgate Farm at about 2.20am on Monday.

The farm, which supplies rabbits to Huntingdon Life Sciences' Cambridgeshire lab, has been the targeted by animal rights extremists twice before. Now it appears a group called Militant Forces Against Huntingdon Life Sciences (MFAH) says the attack was its handiwork. According to the website of the Austrian Times, the Austrian branch of MFAH last year admitted torching a Tyrolean hunting lodge, the owner of which has connections with Huntingdon Life Sciences.

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'Unsafe' Diabetes Drug Stopped

23/7/10

Trials of 'unsafe' drug for diabetes stopped

NEW DELHI: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has directed pharma biggie GlaxoSmithKline to stop enrolling new subjects worldwide for conducting safety studies of controversial diabetes pill, Rosiglitazone (Avandia) till regulators decide whether the drug will be banned.

In India, at least 20 cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad had enrolled over 150-200 subjects earlier this year for conducting these clinical trials, which are part of the global post-marketing studies to asses its safety risks.

This development is significant in the wake of the fact that a total of around 2,000 diabetics were to be enrolled from India.

A debate has been raging on the blockbuster drug, Avandia since studies reported serious side-effects like heart attacks and strokes associated with its use, in 2007. It is widely-prescribed by doctors here in India, with 9-10 companies marketing it.

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Sick Hunt Thug Convicted

21/7/10

League evidence leads to another successful conviction

Alistair Robinson, a terrierman with the Ullswater Foxhounds, Cumbria, has today (Wednesday) been found guilty of breaching the Hunting Act by illegally hunting a wild mammal in October last year.

Video evidence captured by League observers shows Robinson digging out the fox from underground and then beating it to death on 26 October 2009. He then tried to hide the carcass in a dry stone wall where it was later retrieved and found to have suffered horrific injuries.

Robinson was charged under Section 1 of the Hunting Act and appeared in Penrith Magistrates’ court.  The Judge, Mr Chalk, said he was “fully satisfied that Robinson was hunting a wild mammal illegally”. Robinson was fined £250 and ordered to pay £900 in costs. 

Chief Executive of the League, Douglas Batchelor said: “This was a vicious attack on a wild animal which would have gone unnoticed had it not been for League evidence. Today’s guilty verdict is yet another example of how vital the League’s work is in assisting the police with ensuring the Hunting Act is effectively enforced”.

http://www.league.org.uk/news_detail.aspx?ID=908

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Animal Lab Supplier Arson

21/7/10

Police investigate arson attack on van in science lab supplier's yard

POLICE are investigating an arson attack after a van was discovered on fire in a yard at a rabbit farm. Firefighters attended Highgate Farm in Normanby-by-Spital, near Market Rasen, at about 2.20am on Monday. A white Mercedes Sprinter van was found ablaze and the vehicle was totally destroyed.

Police are investigating it as arson at the premises, which supplies rabbits to Huntingdon Life Sciences' Cambridgeshire lab. As reported in the Echo, officers from five police forces converged on the farm in September last year, where hundreds of animal rights protestors staged a demonstration. Owner Geoff Douglas pointed out the business's lawful activity is regulated by the Home Office.

Anyone with any information on the arson, or who saw anything suspicious in the area between midnight and the time the fire was discovered, should call police on 0300 1110300.

http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/news/Arson-strike-science-lab-supplier/article-2435293-detail/article.html

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Sea Shepherd News

20/7/10

Faeroe Islands: Sea Shepherd Undercover Operation Exposes Cetacean Mass Slaughter

On July 19, 2010, a pod of 236 pilot whales was ruthlessly slaughtered in the town of Klaksvik in the Danish Faeroe Islands. Sea Shepherd was able to document the slaughter through the efforts of an undercover operative who had been living among the locals in order to capture footage of “the grind.” The grind is a cruel method of whaling that involves stranding pods of cetaceans in coves before severing their spinal chords with knives.

Sea Shepherd Undercover Operative Peter Hammarstedt, also First Mate of Sea Shepherd’s vessel, the Bob Barker, had been living undercover with the ferocious islanders for a week when he heard news of a grind happening in Klaksvik over the radio. He immediately drove to the scene.  Grossly outnumbered and unable to physically stop the grind, Hammarstedt documented the bloodshed upon arrival.

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Glaxo $1 Billion Birth-Defect Payout

20/7/10

GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve more than 800 cases alleging its Paxil antidepressant caused birth defects in some users’ children, according to people familiar with the settlements. The accords, which provide an average payout of more than $1.2 million to families of affected children, leave more than 100 birth-defect cases pending, the people said. Officials of Glaxo, the U.K.’s biggest drugmaker, said July 15 they set aside $2.4 billion to resolve litigation over Paxil and its Avandia diabetes drug.

“It looks as if this should be covered in the liabilities to be charged in the second-quarter numbers,” Nick Turner, an analyst at Mirabaud Securities in London, said today in an interview. “If there are further liabilities to be disclosed in the third-quarter numbers, that would be very disappointing.”

The birth-defect settlements bring to more than $2 billion the amount Glaxo has agreed to pay to resolve a variety of Paxil-related suits, including claims it caused suicides or attempted suicides and addiction problems, the people said. Glaxo officials confirmed yesterday they agreed to settle some Paxil birth-defect cases filed against the drugmaker. They refused to comment on the terms of the settlements.

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Animal Rights 'Terror' Law Challenged

20/7/10

Targeted researchers support the legislation, despite free-speech concerns.

A tough but rarely invoked US law intended to protect researchers from violent and threatening animal-rights activists has stumbled out of the starting gate: last week, a judge dismissed the first prosecution under the law. The decision comes on top of evidence that the legislation has done little to deter illegal incidents, and concerns that it risks restricting free speech.

Yet researchers who have been targeted by activists mostly support the law — and wish that it would be enforced more often and more aggressively. "You could present this as a setback," says John Ngai, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and the university's spokesman on animal research issues. "But this is one step in a lengthy process. The wheels of justice grind really slowly."

The 2008 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), which replaces a less powerful statute, is designed to help end campaigns of harassment against academic scientists. It outlaws property damages at universities and threats that produce a 'reasonable fear' of death or injury for researchers or their relatives.

The law's first major test came in February 2009, when four animal-rights activists — Adriana Stumpo, Nathan Pope, Joseph Buddenberg and Maryam Khajavi — were arrested and later indicted under the AETA, for incidents at the homes of several University of California system researchers in 2007 and 2008. The group, with other protesters, wore bandanas over their faces and wrote messages such as "Stop the Torture", "Bird Killer" and "Murder for Scientific Lies" on the pavement with blue and purple chalk, according to police reports. The protesters allegedly burst through a researcher's door and one of them hit her husband with an object.

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Victims Sue Pfizer for $384 Billion

20/7/10

Nigeria: Trovan Case - New Victims Sue Pfizer for U.S.$384 Billion

Abuja — Victims of the 1996 Pfizer meningitis trovan vaccine test which caused over 200 deaths and several others permanent disability have again sued the drugs manufacturing giant for a whopping sum of $384 billion (N8384 billion.)

The victims, numbering 192, who have just surfaced, are claiming the colossal sum as damages from Pfizer Incorporated and Pfizer Specialities for the injuries they were made to suffer by the negative effect of the untested vaccines administered on them.

Joined as defendants in the suit filed by Chief Etigwe Uwa (SAN) on behalf of the plaintiffs are the Health Care/ Meningitis Trust Fund, Kano State government, Pfizer Incorporated, Pfizer Specialties Ltd, David Odiwo, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Corporate Affairs Commission.

The 192 plaintiffs are challenging the proposal by the defendants to conduct a DNA test to determine the real victims of the trovan vaccine in view of the unprecedented increase in number of those claiming to be victims.

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Pfizer U-Turn on Pain Drug

19/7/10

Pfizer halts third study of experimental pain drug

TRENTON, N.J. — Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. has stopped patient tests of an experimental drug for two types of pain at the request of federal regulators, just weeks after halting its testing in arthritis patients.

Pfizer was testing tanezumab in patients with chronic low back pain and with painful nerve damage from diabetes complications. Both were late-stage studies. For now, the two studies won't add new patients and will have study participants stop taking their pills.

They were part of a program of nearly 20 patient studies of the drug, including several for osteoarthritis, a very common condition caused by wear and tear on the joints. That's a potentially huge market as baby boomers age.

Monday's move comes less than four weeks after safety problems led Pfizer to halt testing of tanezumab in patients with osteoarthritis because it worsened in some patients, requiring joint replacements. That decision also was due to pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

New York-based Pfizer said the FDA made the new request after further review of reports of harm to patients with osteoarthritis. Pfizer said it will keep working with the FDA to decide how to handle all future human testing of the drug.

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Hunt Thugs Caught on Camera

19/7/10

Fernie hunt employees face prosecution after being filmed by anti-hunt groupBoth men are due to appear at Market Harborough Magistrates' CourtTwo employees of a hunt face prosecution after being filmed by an anti fox-hunting group.
 
Fernie huntsman Derek Hopkins and Kevin Allen, a terrierman, are being prosecuted for alleged offences under the Hunting Act 2004 and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. The alleged offences have not yet been specified but are understood to have involved disturbing a badger's sett. They are alleged to have taken place on Wednesday, January 27 at Thorpe Langton, near Market Harborough. It is alleged the men were caught on camera by observers working for the League Against Cruel Sports.
 
Summonses were sent out on Tuesday last week. Both men are due to appear at Market Harborough Magistrates' Court on Thursday, August 19. Under the law which came into force in February 2005, hounds may be used to flush out a fox but cannot be used to kill it. Other methods, such as shooting, must be used.

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Raiders Take Aim at Dodgy Breeders

18/7/10

They carry out their raids with military-style precision in the dead of night. Their targets are Victorian puppy farms breeding thousands of dogs in what the raiders claim are usually atrocious conditions.

Led by veteran activist Debra Tranter, Animal Liberation Victoria's rescue team has been illegally raiding properties for years trying to save dogs from lives of misery locked in cages. Ms Tranter has welcomed a new campaign by the RSPCA, as revealed in last week's Sunday Age, that targets puppy farms. In her blog on the Prisoners For Profit (Puppy Breeding Factories, The Truth Behind The Pet Shop Window) website, Ms Tranter said the campaign needed widespread support.

''[The RSPCA's] ability to reach the public and educate them is huge and will make all the difference to the forgotten dogs hidden in puppy factories,'' she said.

''The battle has never been easy. Many times I have came home from a puppy factory and have found myself uncontrollably sobbing wondering what the hell I am going to do next to try to get these dogs some help, a vet, water, a blanket, freedom, a home. It's a terrible feeling of hopelessness that … drives you to keep doing something, anything, because the dogs' suffering … is so intense and relentless how can you not try everything?''

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Animal Abuse = Human Abuse

17/7/10

Animal abusers: a precursor to violence against humans

Just last month I reported about the two LI teens who viciously tortured and killed an innocent turtle.

Now a 22-year-old Albany man admits drowning a cat in his bathtub and torturing two other cats.

According to Associated Press and CBS News, Caleb Capen faces one to four years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to felony animal cruelty. This past February he was arrested after a police officer found a dead cat burning inside paper and plastic bags in a snowbank.

Police went to Capen’s home where they found two more cats with broken bones from abuse. He told police that he had adopted a cat who didn't get along with the other cats and admitted to stepping on the cat, squeezing it, striking it with a wrench and then drowning it. He'll be sentenced in September.

According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.

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Free Our Polar Bears

17/7/10

The proposed International Polar Bear Con­servation Centre that recently broke ground at the Assiniboine Park Zoo will, if it unfolds as planned, do a profound disservice to the legacy of Debby, the recently departed polar bear at the zoo who was adored by generations of Winnipeggers. She was an orphaned cub from the Russian Arctic, "rescued" from certain death when her mother died.

The plan is to capture Manitoba polar bears from the wild, keep some of them for display at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and export the rest to zoos outside of Manitoba. The existing bear enclosure at the zoo is being converted into a "transition centre" for the wild bears destined for other zoos.

It is at the "transition centre" that the bears will get their first taste of captivity -- and learn to get used to it, something animal welfare scientists say is impossible. Captivity is where they will spend the rest of their lives.

Polar bears targeted for captivity include orphaned cubs, and possibly "problem" bears, for whom life in captivity will be the newest - and as it turns out cruellest - punishment ever meted out to problem bears by the government of Manitoba.

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US Prisoner Perused by the Law

17/7/10

Marie Mason: Victimized by Green Scare State Terrorism

Fighting for Justice in America now Criminalized

In May 2005, then FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism, John Lewis, told a Senate panel that ecoterrorism is "one of today's most serious domestic terrorism threats," the 2001 USA Patriot Act creating the crime of "domestic terrorism," broadening the definition to apply to US citizens as well as aliens - henceforth, the Bureau dividing the crime into two categories, international and domestic, the latter changing dramatically in the past decade.

Then FBI's Domestic Terrorism Section Chief, James Jarboe, said two organizations are principally responsible: the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal Liberation Front (ALF), committing over 600 criminal acts since 1996, causing over $43 million in damage. Lewis cited over 1,100 acts since 1976, resulting in about $110 million in damages, and on June 30, 2008, the FBI used the same figure for over 2,000 crimes since 1979 - against "international corporations, lumber companies, animal testing facilities, genetic research firms," and other companies harming the environment or animals, defining the crime as follows:

"the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature."

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Horse Deaths Lead to AR Campaign

16/7/10

Death of 6 horses stirs animal-rights debate at Stampede’

No one cares more about animals than the owners,’ says supporter

Chuckwagons race earlier this week at the Calgary Stampede. A petition from a U.K.-based lobby group is protesting the rodeo as cruel to animals. - Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY—For a Calgarian, it’s a tough admission to make: Rhonda Pomfrey says she went through a stage in her youth when she questioned the existence of the rodeo.

“I went from loving the Stampede as a kid and then I began questioning why was it necessary to put the horses through all that,” says Pomfrey, stroking the nose of a grey horse and contemplating how a horse would look in her backyard. But then Pomfrey, visiting the Calgary Stampede along with her 10-year-old daughter Jayden and son Jake, 6, says she grew to understand why men and women rope calves, race chuck-wagons or sit on bucking steers.

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55 Monkeys Saved

14/7/10

55 Macaque Monkeys Find Refuge as Advocates Rush to Collaborate and Construct Living Spaces

San Antonio, Texas — Early Thursday morning,15 July, a Hoover Transport vehicle, packed with 55 crates of four- to six-year-old male Java macaque monkeys, heads for New Castle, Oklahoma.At an Oklahoma primate sanctuary called Mindy’s Memory, eight monkeys will be welcomed. All weigh from four to seven pounds. All come from an Oxford, New Jersey animal testing lab that recently closed its doors. Today, they’re identified by their numbers: 28739, 28740 … But they will soon have names, friends, love, and caregivers who will never again let them be used for others’ benefit.The lab from which they came — Aniclin Preclinical Services, owned by Azopharma — has fallen into receivership...

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Glaxo Pay Out $460 Million

14/7/10

Glaxo pays $460 million to resolve Avandia suits

It was facing more than 13,000 claims alleging that it hid the diabetes drug's heart-attack risk.

GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. agreed to pay about $460 million to resolve a majority of lawsuits alleging that the company's Avandia diabetes drug can cause heart attacks and strokes, people familiar with the accords said.

Glaxo, the British pharmaceutical company that has major operations in the Philadelphia area, agreed to settle about 10,000 suits for an average of at least $46,000 apiece, the people said.

The company had been facing more than 13,000 suits alleging that Glaxo hid the drug's heart-attack risk, according to UBS AG analyst Gbola Amusa. The settlements come as Glaxo is set to face its first Avandia trial in federal court in Philadelphia in October.

"This is exceptionally good news, given the market has discounted $6 billion in liability" for Avandia litigation, Amusa said. "We had outlined an absolute worst-case scenario where $500,000 per case would have to be paid." At that amount for 13,000 cases, the total would have been $6.5 billion.

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Welsh Badger Cull Halted After Appeal

13/7/10

Pembrokeshire badger cull halted after appeal

A controversial cull of around 1,500 badgers in south-west Wales has been halted after protesters won their legal challenge to stop it.
The Badger Trust appealed against Welsh Assembly Government plans for a trial cull to reduce TB within cattle. The trust had questioned the cull's effectiveness, though farmers losing diseased stock wanted action. The assembly government said it was "disappointed" with the Court of Appeal's judgement.

Wales' Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said she would need to consider the judges' decision in detail before deciding the next steps.

The Badger Trust has consistently argued that the cull plan wasn't backed by science. What was clarified during the Appeal Court hearing was that a 9% reduction in cattle TB was all the government was expecting. Two of the three judges said this didn't amount to a "substantial" reduction in disease - and that's what's required in law to kill badgers, which are a protected species.

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Mel Broughton Found Guilty

13/7/10

Animal rights campaigner Mel Broughton has been found guilty of charges relating to incidents at Oxford University's Templeton College and The Queen's College cricket pavilion.

Broughton, 50, of Semilong Road, Northampton, had denied conspiracy to commit arson and an alternative charge of possession of an article with intent to to destroy property.

Jurors reached their verdict at Oxford Crown Court this morning.

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2010 International Animal Rights Gathering

12/7/10

Venaus, Italy, from July 8th - 11th.

In a wonderful place in the middle of the alps more than 300 activists gathered to know each other and share skills, experiences, ideas.

The place that hosted the gathering is a resistance camp against the High Speed Train (TAV) project, created back in 2005 after 90.000 people, mostly locals, marched in the mountains, broke police cordons and took back their land to oppose the destruction of these lovely mountains. A video of their struggle was aired in the first night, and the emotion to be in such a fighting village was intense. This was clear also from the general positive reaction of the locals. While building the camp for AR2010 we had a lot of help with infrastructure and other needs, and during the gathering itself everyone appreciated how local food shops created "vegan only" corners and neighbours were always smiling and nice. We even had the major of the town coming to the reception asking if everything was alright and if we needed anything, and he opened a private space to let us park all the cars!

The gathering started on thursday the 8th with a 200 strong march in the city centre of Torino, informing people about the horrors of vivisection and specifically about the new campaign against Green Hill/Marshall farm in Montichiari, Italy, breeders of beagles for vivisection labs like the notorious HLS. After the march 3 buses have been filled with activists from so many parts of the world and up we were at the camp for some vegan food, ready to start the gathering itself.

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Vivisection Lab Expansion Rejected

12/7/10

Following years of applications and appeals the sicko's operating the animal laboratories at Wickham in Hampshire have finally had their campaign to move and expand the labs rejected. Proposals to move our of the village at Wickham to farm land a few miles away at Lower Upham were thrown out this week and no further appeals will now be allowed. This is great news – according to lab spokesman “extremely disappointing” - but we must never forget that something in the region of 70,000 animals are poisoned to death and gassed every year so to test products such as Botox at Wickham's existing laboratories http://www.fromdusktildawn.org.uk/Keith%27s%20view/botox_and_dead_bodies.html

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/8268217.Animal_lab_plan_thrown_out/?action=complain&cid=8626121

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Grey Squirrels Acquitted?

11/7/10

Please distribute widely:
 
From the book "The Grey Squirrel" by A M Middleton
 
"Red squirrels appear to have been very numerous throughout the whole of Great Britain from about 1890 to 1900 (or later in some districts); but there is no reason to suppose that they had been continually in a state of abundance in England before that time, and in Scotland we know they were practically extinct for a time about 1820 - so much so that it seems to have been necessary to reintroduced them from England to keep the stock going. But whatever troubles hampered them at the beginning of the last century; they were certainly at a very high peak in numbers by the end of it; in many of the Scottish pine forests, and to a lesser extent in England they became an absolute pest, destroying thousands of young trees.  Then things began to go wrong with them.From 1903 to 1914 epidemic disease was rife among the squirrel population of southern England; in Hampshire, for example, large numbers were found dead and dying in 1904 and a great reduction in their numbers was apparent. The same sort of thing happened in Devon, Wales, Kent, Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucester, Norfolk, and southern Scotland - in fact all over the country - the actual date of the pronounced decrease varying somewhat in different localities, but nearly always falling between 1903 and 1916, and generally occurring earlier in the south than in the north.  The result was a widespread decrease in the numbers of red squirrels throughout the whole country, both where greys had been introduced and where they had never been heard of, so that by about 1920 they were rarely seen in the southern part of England except in a few favoured localities, and even then nothing like their former numbers.  In the North of Scotland their decline was not so violent at any one time, although a marked decrease did occur about 1910-1912; by 1930, however, very few squirrels were to be seen even in such historic strongholds as the forests of Speyside.  In most parts of Ireland, also, disease was common during the same period, and violent reductions in the squirrel population were noted.

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Drug Giant on Killing Spree

10/7/10

Pfizer: The Drug Giant That Makes Bank from Drugs That Can Kill You

The drug company Pfizer is best known for Lipitor, a drug that brings cholesterol down and Viagra, a drug that brings other things up. But the "world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company" which sits between Goldman Sachs and Marathon Oil on the Fortune 500, is also closely associated with a seemingly never-ending series of scandals. To say Pfizer's been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill. Other drug companies have a portfolio of products, Pfizer has a
portfolio of scandals including, but not limited to, Chantix, Lipitor, Viagra, Geodon, Trovan, Bextra, Celebrex, Lyrica, Zoloft, Halcion and drugs for osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, kidney transplants and leukemia.

During one week in June Pfizer

  1. agreed to pull its 10-year-old leukemia drug Mylotarg from the market because it caused more, not less patient deaths Suspended pediatric trials of Geodon two months after the FDA said children were being overdosed
  2. Suspended trials of tanezumab, an osteoarthritis pain drug, because patients got worse not better, some needing joint replacements (pattern, anyone?)
  3. Was investigated by the House for off-label marketing of kidney transplant drug Rapamune and targeting African-Americans
  4. Saw a researcher who helped established its Bextra, Celebrex and Lyrica as effective pain meds, Scott S Reuben, MD, trotted off to prison for research fraud
  5. was sued by Blue Cross Blue Shield to recoup money it overpaid for Bextra and other drugs
  6. received a letter from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) requesting its whistleblower policy and
  7. had its appeal to end lawsuits by Nigerian families who accuse it of illegal trials of the antibiotic Trovan in which 11 children died, rejected by the Supreme Court. And how was your week? Nor does Pfizer back down when faced with legal troubles. Even as it was under the probation of a 5-year Corporate Integrity Agreement
    (CIA) with Health and Human Services for withholding $20 million in Lipitor rebates owed to Medicaid in 2002, it off-label marketed its seizure drug Neurontin and entered into another CIA in 2004.

Worse, it bought Warner-Lambert in 2000....

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The Animal Protection Party's Next Campaign

10/7/10

The future for the APP is very exciting. In fact, our next campaign is sitting right on our doorstep in London.

The Government’s Medical Research Council (MRC) has joined forces with the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and University College, London (UCL) to develop the £350 million British Library International Science Site (Bliss) which would be the largest laboratory of its kind in the world accommodating around 1,500 researchers.

The Bliss lab will be a Bio safety (BSL) level 3 containment facility which are primarily used to work on highly dangerous and infectious agents such as: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, SARS and Yellow Fever amongst many others. Apart from the animal rights issue, this lab poses a very real threat to the whole of London should one of these viruses escape, and we believe that something should be done to stop it being built.

We hope you will join us, like others have done, on this important campaign. Please contact us on info@animalprotectionparty.com

Thank you

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Desperate Dolpin Leaps from Tank

9/7/10

Shocking moment dolphin desperate to escape captivity leaps out of its own tank during marine show

Kuru almost makes it over the edge before sliding back into the water

This startling footage shows the dramatic moment a dolphin suddenly leapt out of its tank in a desperate bid to escape captivity.

The dolphin, a species known as the false killer whale, had been taking part in a marine show at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in southwestern Japan when it jumped on to the floor near its tank.

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Unsafe Drugs Fed to Livestock

9/7/10

FDA Allows Unsafe Drugs to be Fed to Livestock

The FDA continues to allow use of a dangerous livestock drug banned in 160 countries, including across Europe, China and Taiwan, even though the agency itself admits that the chemical is highly toxic to humans.

The drug in question is known as ractopamine, and it increases the body's synthesis of protein -- thereby causing animals to bulk up and yield more meat. Ractopamine is in the family of drugs known as beta-agonists, which contains many asthma drugs.

Yet ractopamine is so dangerous to human health that the FDA requires it to be labeled, "Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask."

Nevertheless, three different variants of the drug have been approved for use in U.S. livestock immediately prior to slaughter. This is the exact opposite of the rules relating to other livestock drugs, such as antibiotics and hormones, which must be stopped as slaughter nears.

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San Francisco May Ban Pet Stores

9/7/10

In the city where (almost) anything goes, dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs and other common pets could become contraband.

San Francisco officials are considering a ban on the sale of all pets except fish as a way to curb unwanted animals getting dumped at shelters or euthanized.

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Protestors Outside of Stampede Grounds

9/7/10

Every year, the Calgary Animal Rights Meetup Group gathers outside of the gates at the Stampede Grounds and holds a protest to oppose the rodeo.

On Friday, a handful of protestors held signs that demand an end to rodeo and chuckwagon events.

Protestor Jeremy Thomas says animals involved in those events are coerced to perform through fear and pain.

"Every year, horses, calves, and steers are crippled and killed for the sake of entertainment. We are hoping that Calgarians will stand up and say that it is not worth the entertainment they get out of watching the show," said Thomas.

The Calgary Stampede insists all 7,500 animals used during Stampede are well cared for.

http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100709/CGY_stampede_protest_100709/20100709/?hub=CalgaryHome

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Dublin Zoo is No Place for Wild Animals

8/7/10

AFAR would like to condemn yet again the keeping of wild animals in captivity for entertainment purposes. The 10 year old Penguin stolen from the Zoo and dumped in the City centre is yet another example of the dangers posed to wild animals by Zoos. Zoos are a remnant of bygone days and  merely a continuation of the outdated Victorian menageries of the past. They serve no purpose other than that of commercial gain.

Dublin Zoo is no stranger to controversy and bad management as we recall some of the other sad events in the past that have befallen animals, birds and mammals  imprisoned in enclosures in Dublin Zoo.

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Austrian Animal Protection Trial: 14th - 17th June 2010

8/7/10

Former head of VGT as witness for the prosecution

The witness Dr Franz Josef Plank is the only witness called by the prosecution from the side of animal welfare. Dr Plank was previously head of VGT but was voted out of the organisation following his misuse of donations. Dr Plank appeared before the court in a highly emotional state and let forth a stream of accusations against Dr Martin Balluch, the present head of the organisation. These allegations came as a surprise to the court as Plank had been interviewed by police three times and had written a statement without mentioning them. Dr Balluch has evidence to dispute these accusations and it remains to be seen whether the judge is aware of the plainly obvious: That Dr Plank is driven by a desire for revenge. In any case, she was particularly short with him especially in contrast to her treatment of other prosecution witnesses. This witness is due to testify again on July 19th.

Defendants' right to respond

There was heated discussion between the judge and the defence concerning the defendants being able to respond to witnesses. The defence pointed to the fact that defendants should have the opportunity to respond after each witness has testified. This had not been the case and because of the sheer volume of information it was unfair to expect defendants to make their responses simply some time in the future. In the beginning of the trial, the judge allowed those responses, then shifted to once a day and now it is only once a week.

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Vivisector Dies

7/7/10

UCLA Vivisector Arthur L. Rosenbaum dies at 69

And About Damn Time! Los Angeles: Notorious UCLA primate vivisector Arthur Rosenbaum has finally died, at age 69. Although he claimed to only kill the occasional non-human primate, Rosenbaum was well known for torturing his subjects in order to publish still more useless papers on strabismus, an eye movement disorder that has been effectively treated for decades. For his 36 years at UCLA, Rosenbaum, who served as chief of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Jules Stein Eye Institute since 1980 and had been vice chairman of ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine since 1990, continued to annually obtain grants by promising the NIH he was going to deliver innovative clinical data "any day now". Institutions such as UCLA depend on such grant money to fund their expansion, and will not continue to employ researchers who do not obtain funding from outside the university.

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Whaling Activist Bethune Gets Suspended Sentence

7/7/10

Pete Bethune has received a two-year suspended sentence and banned from Japan for five years, for obstructing a whaling fleet in the Antarctic Ocean.

He is expected to be deported back to New Zealand on the next available flight.

Bethune, 45, was also found guilty of assault, for throwing a bottle of rancid butter at whalers on board the whaling ship Shonan Maru II.

The ruling was made at the Tokyo District Court this afternoon, after Bethune obstructed the activities of a Japanese whaling fleet in February.

The sentence is suspended for five years, meaning Bethune will not be jailed.

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Pfizer Accused of Experimenting on Kids

6/7/10

The Supreme Court gave a rare hit to private businesses when it declined to take up a case against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The suit alleges the drug company conducted nonconsensual drug testing on over 200 Nigerian children, some of whom died as a result of the tests. The suit was filed under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) which grants federal judges the ability to hear civil lawsuits filed by non-US citizens for violations of the "law of nations". By declining to hear Pfizer's appeal and entertain its argument that it cannot be sued in an American court for these claims the Supreme Court has allowed the matter to move forward to trial.

According to the complaint, in 2006 Pfizer employees, working with Nigerian officials, recruited 200 sick children during a viral outbreak in Kano, Nigeria in order to test a new product. Half of the children recruited were given Trovan, an experimental drug never tested on children. The other half of the recruits received a Food and Drug Administration-approved antibiotic.

While Trovan had never before been tested on children, it had been tested on animals, and those clinical trials showed the drug had life-threatening side effects. But according to the complaint, Pfizer never advised the children or their guardians about those lethal side-effects, nor did Pfizer ever advise the recruits that the relief group Doctors Without Borders was providing a "conventional and effective treatment" for the virus, free of charge, at the very same hospital.

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AR Campaigner Insists Innocence

6/7/10

Animal rights campaigner says: ‘I don’t break the law’

Animal rights campaigner Mel Broughton, above, has told jurors he understands why people break the law for animals – but insisted he no longer did so.

The 49-year-old, of Semilong Road, Northampton, denies conspiracy to commit arson and an alternative charge of possession of an article with intent to destroy property. Unexploded bombs were found at Templeton College, Oxford, in 2007 and a device caused almost £14,000 of damage to The Queen’s College’s cricket pavilion in 2006.

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27 Quails Released

5/7/10

Yesterday night, we found a news about slaughterers protesting about the closure of the slaughterhouse in Bilbao where they had been working in the last years. Their protest consisted in giving away living quails to the public (with the idea that they would later kill the animals to eat them). At 23 pm we asked local activists to go there, get all the quails they could to later release them.

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Hunting in South Africa: A Bloody Mess

5/7/10

MEDIA RELEASE:

Animal Rights Africa (ARA) has just released a key report which takes an in-depth look at hunting activities in South Africa. The Report is available online:

http://www.animalrightsafrica.org/Archive/Hunting_in_South_Africa_A_Bloody_Mess_ARA_4_July_2010_final.pdf

South Africa has the largest hunting industry in sub-Saharan Africa. It is Africa’s most popular destination for foreigners wishing to kill anything from elephants to duikers. South Africa also has a large domestic recreational hunting industry. In addition bushmeat hunting, usually referred to as ‘poaching’, takes place in many parts of the country.

South Africa remains the world’s top ‘canned’ lion hunting destination, the rhino hunting permit system has been repeatedly abused in recent years to launder horn into the illegal medicine market in the East and some hunters are shooting animals which live in the Kruger National Park and cross unfenced boundaries into private and provincial nature reserves.

Over 1000 lions were killed in 2008 at a time when most people believed the industry had been stopped. It has not and still continues pending a court appeal. The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has no current figures for the number of lions hunted.

According to research by the University Of North West in Potchefstroom, of more than a million wild animals are killed by hunters every year, some for meat but some just because they have large horns, tusks, or ‘pretty’ coats. Some, like African wild cats and genets, for example, are killed simply for fun and target practice. The Government supports this killing, arguing that hunting in South Africa is in line with concept of ‘sustainable utilisation of natural resources’. Ethics and scientific justification appear not to come into it.

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Over 100 Beagles Rescued

2/7/10

Over 100 Beagles Rescued from Bankcrupt Animal Testing Lab

Great Beagle Escape!

A cold, lonely research laboratory is no place to call home. Especially if you’re a fun loving beagle like Liberty here, and thanks to Best Friends Animal Society and Pets Alive, she’s gone from lab to lap almost overnight! Just in time for Independence Day – these dogs have something wonderful to truly celebrate.

While the 120-something odd beagles living at the facility were not used for invasive testing, their lives were far from idyllic. The beagles had a champion in Camille Hankins of Win Animal Rights, who followed their plight from research subjects to refugees. The economic downturn took its toll on the research laboratory and these lives were left in limbo until the wheels of the beagle freedom train started spinning. Best Friends was made aware of the situation through the Community Animal Assistance department and things started moving as soon as word got out that the beagles had the potential to be released to sanctuaries. Best Friends quickly partnered with Pets Alive to figure out the logistics of moving dozens and dozens of abandoned dogs! Getting over a hundred animals from point A to point B can be a challenge for any organization, so the network of volunteers rallied and the staff readied.

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Vaccine, Pharma Fraud Exposed

2/7/10

Vaccines, pharma fraud, quack science, the CDC and WHO — all exposed by Richard Gale and Gary Null

A remarkable article was published today by authors Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null of the Progressive Radio Network (http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com). It may be the most shocking (and important) public health article published in the last two years. If you read just one health article this entire month, make it this one.

The article is remarkable not just for its timeliness on the issue of mandatory vaccinations and public health policy, but also for its damning evidence that exposes the fraud and quackery of the vaccine industry (as well as the corruption at the CDC and WHO).

As you'll read below, flu vaccines remain a mainstay modern medicine only because they provide a reliable source of profits for the pharmaceutical industry which now virtually dictates public health policy thanks to its powerful lobbying resources. And the CDC, for its part, has now become little more than the regulatory branch of Big Pharma, pushing vaccines on the entire population even though the scientific evidence reveals quite clearly that flu vaccines simply do not work. (Vitamin D actually works far better at preventing flu infections, but the CDC won't recommend vitamin D to anyone.)

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One More Mink Farm Closes Down (Italy)

2/7/10

"According to a statement published in December 2009 a small, new mink farm near Carbognano (Viterbo province) was hit. The cages in a long shed where hundreds of mink were locked up were opened and demolished. Based on this information, at the end of March 2010 the ALIU (Animal Liberation Investigation Unit) visited the farm to confirm its almost certain closure. Here are the photos where you can see the dismantled shed, the piles of cages and the absence of mink. A message written by unknown liberators on the night when the farm was hit is still visible on the walls. Once again, as with the farm in San Cesareo, direct action gets results, one less executioner. The ALIU will maintain a high level of alertness just in case any of these exploiters is stupid enough to revive their shameful activities.

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